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Dust-ball In My Mouth

Posted on: July 5, 2009

Sometimes I feel like I have a great big dust-ball in my mouth. You know what I mean, right? That scratchy feeling you sometimes get when you try to swallow and your mouth and throat is completely dry. You try to swallow and it hurts. There’s no saliva. You try to speak and either just a little croak or absolutely nothing comes out.

This doesn’t happen to me only when I am stuttering. I can be having a great speech day and still get dust-ball mouth. When I talk a lot (which I can do) and forget to sip water, or worse yet, forget to bring it, the dust-ball settles right in the back of my mouth.

When stuttering with a dust-ball in your mouth, every delay and trip is magnified and worsened. It becomes obvious that not only have I run out of air to speak, but I also can’t even swallow. And I really struggle with actually trying not to swallow, because I don’t want to swallow the dust-ball. I can visualize the after-effects of swallowed dust-balls, and its not pretty. Choking up is one thing, literally choking on a dust-ball is something completely different.

If you are not sure how this feels, experiment with it. Take a cotton ball, put it in the back of your mouth and do some voluntary stuttering. “Duh-duh-duh-Dustball”. Its hard to do, without getting the cotton caught farther back in your throat and feeling that you are choking.

What possessed me to write about this? I have no idea, except that sometimes it really feels as if I have dust-balls in my mouth. You?

4 Responses to "Dust-ball In My Mouth"

OUCH!! Are you trying to kill me?? Cotton does not mix well with the inside of my mouth!!

Nr 1; almost threw up about 10 times… (I tried again)
Nr 2; unable to talk at all until I moved it a little
Nr 3; voice changed completely
Nr 4; stuttering became much more difficult.

This is strange Pamela… Conclusion; bring water and remember to drink it! =) Easy right? Tihi ;p

Does it feel at all for you like when you have a cold, and your throat itches, and when you start talking you can’t go on until you’ve couched?

The point exactly. Sometimes it feels like this stuttering. Like I am gasping for air, going to choke. And your points – the stuttering changed completely, and became more difficult.
This is what I have been feeling for about 2-3 months now.
I just thought it would be an intersting little experiment for people to try. I am glad you did!

I’m glad you make these little projects for me to try. I love getting to try this, and by that understanding better. Hopefully…
I’m very sorry it’s been so difficult for you to talk lately. I wish there was something I could do to make it better for you.

When that happens to me, I swallow. It gets the juices flowing. Even better is remembering not to get dehydrated in the first place, but I’m a work in progress.

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