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A Cure for the Hiccups
December 8, 2008 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I recently saw your show in NYC on December 6th. It was really wonderful! It made for a great day and it would have been a REALLY great day, had I not been plagued by hiccups.
Then it occurred to me when a mere 17 year old girl from New Jersey gets hiccups, it's no big deal. But what about when YOU finds you are having repeated spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm while ON AIR?
Hasn't happened to me yet, Julia, and thanks for raising the specter in my mind. I guess I'd just signal the band and they'd play something loud for awhile and I'd put my head under water. On Saturday night, I started coughing, but a stage manager dashed out with a bottle of water and I was okay. There is something about adrenaline that suppresses these problems, I find. I've started the show with a blazing headache and pretty soon it's all gone. I've been sick to my stomach and doing the show clears that up. And I have never had to pee during a show. Never. Isn't that interesting? So the cure to your hiccup problem, Julia, is to put yourself into serious trouble like, doing a show in New York and that'll take care of it.