I caught Covid and it has damaged my voice

Two weeks ago, I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, it has not been too severe, I didn’t need to go to the hospital, but it has taken me out of commission for the past 2 weeks. I am still not at 100%. I continue to have a mild fever and cough. As a result, I really haven’t been able to do anything. Fortunately, I have been able to work remotely but that is all I have done except try and recover.

For me, the most concerning and long-lasting impact of catching Covid has been its effect on my voice. At the height of my illness, I effectively lost my ability to speak and it has been slow to recover. While my fever and cough have improved considerably, my voice has remained incredibly damaged. I am not able to maintain my girl voice, as it constantly breaks and skips certain sounds. I am barely able to speak above a whisper without my voice blanking out into squeaks. My voice is also much deeper than it typically is, which I am finding personally upsetting. This doesn’t seem to be getting any better which has me very concerned.

The poor condition of my voice has been a serious issue this past week, as I have been working from home. This has meant a lot of conference calls and virtual meetings where I have to speak. I need to use my fem voice at work, so I forced my voice to work even if it was broken and raspy. This certainly was not wise, but I was not going to slip into my pre-transition voice and potentially out myself. I just tried to fight through it, which definitely put more strain on my voice. Despite this effort, I received several comments on how awful my voice sounded.

My biggest concern is that it just isn’t getting better. I am speaking as little as possible, I was effectively mute the last two weekends, but I don’t see any real improvement. I have to talk some for work, but that is all the talking I have done for two weeks. Despite this, I am not seeing any improvement. I have an appointment with my voice therapist in a couple of days, so I am hopeful they will have some recommendations. Until then, I am just trying to speak as little as possible and drinking a lot of water.

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