I had a nasty not-quite-flu virus after Christmas, which laid me out for about three or four weeks. At one point I was coughing so violently that I pulled a muscle and a couple of times I coughed up a little bit of blood. I now feel fine, except for my singing voice.
People tell me that my speech voice now sounds clear, however singing is still difficult. The Hungarian doctor has given me Amoxicillin, which doesn't seem to be making any difference, but I'm only half way through.
I find that I have lost the top of my range, the voice sounds gravelly, and it hurts if I sing for more than about 10 or 15 minutes. I also find that I sometimes start coughing again if I take a quick breath. My voice teacher has told me that the voice is a muscle, and it is bound to feel a little 'used' when I sing because I haven't used the muscle for six weeks. I really don't want to damage my voice by singing too soon, but I want to get back to homework.
I'm taking warm honey and lemon drinks, which really help.
Do any of you clever forumites have any recommendations regarding other things that I can do to help my voice, or how to tell when it is really safe to start singing again?