Thursday, September 18
She's hoarse and husky now!
Luckily, (according to her publicist) she is not smoking... at least not anymore.
"My problem is: I talk and get overly excited," she says (her publicist later confirmed Ray does not smoke). "I'm breathing wrong. I’ve bruised my vocal chords. And I never shut up long enough for that to heal. They’re going to try to teach me how to speak properly. I don’t know if an old dog can learn new tricks, but I'm going to try."
According to the article, Rachael is trying echinacea, antacids, and herbal teas.
In addition to not smoking (and let's hope that other one isn't anymore, either) Rachael will probably need to back off some of her projects and include more recovery time (vocal rest a la Celine Dion!).
Rachael has a two-year deal with Food Network that includes, among other things, 120 episodes of 30 Minute Meals. And while she can bang out four per day, I have a feeling she'll cut down--or eliminate altogether--the 30MMs after she completes this two-year contract. She needs to be at home not talking!
[Thanks Madeline for pointing me to this one!]