Every teacher was the best in the class when he/she was young. Nobody wants to share their failures in life with others. Everybody wants everyone to think that they were never losers. But I want to share my personal experience with gastric reflux. Most of the things I teacher are from experience. I even go far to the extend of experimenting the things I learned at the vocal school.
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I’m addicted to singing. I can sing for three or more hours provided the musicians are good. I mean really good. But in 2011 after the birth of my second child, I realised that my voice was always gone after singing whether it was longer time or shorter. I would rest by sleeping to recover. This kept on for a while. But because I’d not studied vocals then, I couldn’t figure what the problem was.
I remember telling my Mama one day and her response was that “you sing too much. You need to reduce the time of singing.” But the truth was that I’d not change the time of singing. I suspected something was wrong with me. Then I told my husband since he studied music. He then asked me to consult a Voice Anatomist. It was the first time of hearing that word. I went to my Music Director then Rev. Ebenezer Acheampong who asked to study myself for a week and if I don’t figure the problem out, I should come back to him. I did just that and on the fifth day I realised that I’d had GASTRIC REFLUX for some time. I wrote it down. The day before singing in the church which was a Saturday evening, I’d a serious heart burns. I wrote it down again. Then comes Sunday, I couldn’t sing for even thirty minutes and my voice was gone.
After discussing with Rev. Eben (Music Director), we concluded I should see a doctor. I made an appointment with my Doctor. She prescribed a medicine for me and the heart burn stopped. The following week, I could singing for more than 3 hours without having any difficulties or loosing my voice.
The problem came back after the medicine was finished and it was even worse. I got a new stronger drug which also helped till it was finished. Then I got to the level of anti-biotics. I took it for some time. But I decided to find a natural to solve that problem and that was what made me study voce physiology when I got to Belgium.
TO BE CONTINUED…
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