Since I’m never hesitant about whining, readers know I’ve been a bit under the weather, and when I’m feeling crummy the blog goes “BlogLite” just as the brain is “BrainLite”. Or something like that.

I think I’m feeling better this morning — at least I woke up with only a slight headache and no migraine! At the end of a cold, though, I always have to deal with the pattycough™. This cough can last for up to a month. It happens primarily at night. It’s uncontrollable. It’s loud. It’s annoying for both me and those around me. It especially likes to make itself known when I’m on stage or in the pit and things are being played pianissimo. I have one opera tonight before a break until Friday. I’ll have my cough drops on my little tray, but I hate using them when I’m trying to play (bad on the reeds, and annoying to have in one’s mouth when blowing on that reed!). We’ll see how things go. I try to cough “ahead of time”, when things are quite loud, hoping that will take care of things for a while. Sometimes that works. Sometimes not. I’m hopeful that by the next week the cough will at least have settled down a bit: I have Symphony Silicon Valley concerts overlapping with a choral group that has hired SSV to play (I’d post information about that here, but it’s a mystery to me: I can’t find a single thing online. We’ve been told it’s the “A# Chorus”. Anyone have a clue?), so it’s a very busy week.

But yes, I’ve been ill, so this blog has been neglected even more than usual. I’m debating about December — do I blog or do I just post Advent and Christmas music? Hmm. Just not sure at this point. If any readers have suggestions do tell. Not that I always listen …. :-)


  1. sorry, hon. If you can take cough med with dextromethorphan, try Buckley’s Mixture. You can get it at your basic CVS or whatever drug store. Jill Cohen told me about it. It tastes positively VILE but it’s the most effective cough suppressant I’ve ever tried. Onstage coughing is often an issue for me in recovery mode as well, because the vibrations of the instrument up against the throat tend to set off quite splendid fits of noise-making. Always in the GP after the pianissimo of the slow movement, natch.

  2. …most effective except for the ones with codeine, of course, but we don’t recommend those for work hours…

  3. Never heard of the stuff … guess I’ll have to give it a go if I’m still hacking away on Friday. Since I usually hang on to the cough for a month or so I’m guessing I will.

    I had never thought about the instrument against the throat … but I can sure see how that would be an issue.

    Thanks, patti with an i! :-)