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webMD claims the symptoms are:
The main symptom of laryngitis is hoarseness. Your voice may sound raspy, be deeper than normal, or break now and then. You may lose your voice completely. Other symptoms may include a dry or sore throat, coughing, and trouble swallowing.
Now, if you already have a naturally hoarse voice like myself, you most likely will lose your voice more easily. Plus, I'm told teachers are more prone to laryngitis because their job consists of constantly talking and/or yelling at students. :)
Well, I'm no doctor, but I believe you haven't heard from me in a while cause my body said ENOUGH.... PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND REST NOW.
After a busy few months of teaching, graduate work, planning parties, and getting some wedding planning underway, I think I just needed to rest. So my sinus cold also took my voice away too.
I don't really understand why people whisper back to you when you are whispering to them. It's kind of like when people yell really loud at non-English speakers in hopes that their pitch will force them to learn English immediately. Maybe people think I'm telling them really confidential information and they can only whisper when I ask them a question. Even my students would whisper back at me. Hey.... maybe that's the logic behind teachers getting laryngitis all the time. They are secretly just trying to get a quiet day at work! Ah Ha! I've got it now! Tricks of the trade.
Well stay warm, get some rest, and drink tea with honey so you don't end up like I did.