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May 7th, 2010
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Tuvan Throat Noises

So I've been working on ideas for the band.  Got a new outfit and noise makers. I scribble words here and there and use them in some of the songs. It's hard to remember anything you did unless you play it back in a recording or do it over and over. It's also hard to repeat moments that you felt good about doing more than once. 

Ten days ago, I was walking out of the restaurant and I felt like the sunlight was going to make me sneeze.  Like an idiot I decided to try to suppress the sneeze. Some of you know that my sneezing can be very loud and violent. I think I get that from my dad.  So, anyway, It was like I had a mini explosion in my throat.  I didn't tell maria right away, but the sensation was not pleasant, and it felt like i broke something inside my neck.  After a while the pain subsided, so I let it go.  The pain in my throat and neck persisted for the last week, and I noticed it particularly when I sneezed, snorted, or shouted in band rehearsal.

Yesterday I had lunch with my dad and the bosses daughter, Amy.  We were eating pizza at this great place in Arcadia and were in the middle of a discussion about large group bike rides and Critical Mass.  I was sort of talking while eating and swallowed kind of a big bite.  I literally felt and heard a loud "SNAP!" coming from my throat.  I managed to swallow, but the pain was so intense that I grimaced and grabbed my neck.  I was trying to explain to my dad and Amy that I felt I hurt my neck and felt a snap.  Thinking about what might of happened made me feel kind of woozy. Next thing I knew I blacked out. 

I only blacked out for about 15 seconds according to dad. But, It was like I was on drugs, because I realized Amy had been talking to me and I had no idea what she had been saying but I was feeling kind of a good rush from passing out. So I recognize that I had been sitting in the same place and wasn't responding back to whatever they were talking about like a dork. I suddenly felt embarrassed, so I pretended that I was following along and nothing was wrong. However, I wasn't pulling it off well because Amy was saying, "..uh do you realize you just passed out?" This kind of freaked my dad out, so we paid and left the restaurant quickly and then he drove me to an urgent care place. 

It wasn't a big deal after all. But It really was painful. Doctor said it was sore inside but to go see a specialist. Fortunately, there was one down the street and he was pretty cool doctor.  My dad wanted to come in the room with me. While we waited for the doctor my dad kept walking around the room playing with equiptment and saying, "woah what it this". So I told him, "Dad will you just sit doen and leave things alone!"

So to wrap up, after sticking a camera through my nose and down my throat the doc says I probably just hurt some muscle tissue in my neck when I sneezed, but he was conserned more about these tons of growths in my sinuses he calls Polyps.  He suggests that I have surgery to remove them and to open up my sinuses. Persistent allergies and a deviated septum helped to cause this. This explains why I sound like I talk out of my nose, why I snore so loudly, why I have headaches, and why I can never really breathe through my nose. This has been my experience most of my life. 

I'm going to get this surgery done. I'm hoping it helps me breathe better and sound better.  Problem is I don't know if I'll be able to make the same noises I like to make in the band at the time we will perform coming up if i am to have this surgery done at this time.

I'll probably just dance, ring bells, honk horns, and play the tambourine until I am ready to make sounds from my repaired internal megaphone.  We will see... 

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Date:May 7th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
WAIT! YOu're so hyper!!!
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Date:May 7th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
An exiting story, I read it like a novel! It reminded me somehow on Synecdoche New Yorke :)
I hope, the surgery will go well and you'll be able to make even more interesting noices or will develop a new beautiful deep baritone
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Date:May 7th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Crazy to think that if you maybe hadn't suppressed that sneeze that you'd still be going through live all stuffed up. Life is crazy like that. Little things that end up making such a big difference.
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