I thought I wasn’t allergic to this cat. My nose didn’t freak out, no itchy eyes, no sneezes, we’re in the clear! Then I went into the studio yesterday and even after warming up for 20 mins my voice hurt really bad. I wanted to impress the producer that was listening so I just pushed through and thaaaaat is something I do all the time. I know it’s bad, I do it anyways.
It got me thinking about how my wonderful tour mate, Will Sturgeon, keeps an incredibly strict diet: no tomatoes, peppers, greasy stuff, citrus, spicy stuff… the list goes on. He does all this because he has acid reflux, but not the kind that gives you heart burn you can feel, the kind that just silently messes with your voice. So with that knowledge he sleeps at an incline, does the strict diet, and takes medication throughout the day. All those things require him to ask for stuff, getting extra pillows, changing the menu items, asking me to climb to the back of the car to grab his pills. It’s something I find fascinating, like he’s speaking another language.
I tend to just let the world happen to me. I’m not very good at paying attention to how stuff effects me but even with stuff I’m conscious of, like my cat allergy, I stay at friends houses who own cats and just double my allergy medications. Same with foods and smells and environments.
It’s hard to know what you need in the first place, and then to ask for it feels impossible sometimes. BUT THAT’S DUMB. WHY DO I DO THAT?
Step 1: Figure out what you need. Step 2: Ask for it.