What’s Wrong With David Finfrock Now?

August 20, 2007 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Last winter I caught a bad cold, which then went into a sinus infection. And at the same time, I was fighting allergies from the peak of mountain cedar pollen season. After the first few days, the cold symptoms improved, but I fought a lingering cough for six weeks. We had so many calls and emails from worried viewers, we even decided to run a “What’s Wrong with David Finfrock” story on our newscast. Finally, after three courses of antibiotics to fight a sinus infection, and beginning a course of weekly allergy injections, the cough subsided.

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My voice gave me no problems for months. I have been continuing my weekly allergy injections. In fact, I had one earlier today.
But in mid July, I came down with a summer cold. Within days, the runny nose and sore throat were gone. But ominously, I noticed an increase in sinus drainage, and the return of the dreaded cough. So it wasn’t just allergy-induced. I immediately called my doctor, and suspecting another sinus infection, went back on antibiotics.

But when the cough continued for several weeks, I got a referral to a specialist. The new doctor, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist is well regarded as an authority on voice problems. (On the walls of his office are autographed photos of some of his other patients, including LeAnn Rimes, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion, Bette Midler and the Dallas Opera)! He sent me for a CAT scan of my sinuses. But the results showed no sign of infection, suggesting that we had been treating the wrong problem. He says that his examination showed “hyperkinetic” vocal cords. Basically, they are stretched too tightly, perhaps a result of the cold virus I caught last month settling in the vocal cords. So I then started an inhaler, and a muscle relaxant, to relax, and reduce the stress on the vocal cords.

But the inhaler itself caused a secondary problem. Last week, in addition to the irritating cough, my voice began to sound weaker and hoarser by the day. I called the doctor and he confirmed that sometimes those inhalers can cause yeast infections in the throat which can cause hoarseness. So he sent out a new prescription. And I got rather a shock when I opened it and read the instructions for curing a “vaginal yeast infection”! No, I promise that we are not planning to do a new “What’s Wrong with David Finfrock” story featuring a sex change! It just turns out that both yeast infections have the same treatment. And the treatment worked. The hoarseness is gone and my voice sounds much stronger today than it did last week.

Still, I have the cough. The doctor told me that there is no quick fix, but that he thought the muscle relaxant would eventually do the trick. Let’s hope that works.

The good news is that I feel just fine. As long as I don’t talk, you would never guess there was a problem. But since I talk for a living, that is quite a problem indeed.

Although I feel I am doing better, management has decided to let me rest my voice this week. After all that’s why we have a team of professional meteorologists here at NBC5. So James Aydelott and Steve MacLaughlin will fill in the next couple of days while I work on other projects.
I also have another doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and hope to have reports of further progress.

Thanks to all of my loyal viewers who have expressed concern for my health. Really, I feel fine. It’s nothing serious. It’s just frustrating.

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  1. Hopefully you have found the solution that works. Having suffered from a nagging cough & the consistent urge to clear my throat for some time, I certainly can sympathize with your condition. I may have to visit your doctor. Good luck and I hope you have a speedy recovery.

  2. We are concerned about David because we consider him family and we love him.

  3. I am glad that your problem has finally been identified. Just a word of encouragement, Diane Rehm of NPR had severe voice problems and has successfully overcome them.

    We will misss you, but please take the necessary time to heal.

  4. Glad to hear your doing alright. Get your voice back, we miss you!

  5. I’m so glad to hear you’re doing better. Don’t rush the process and let your able staff cover for you for awhile. I look forward to seeing you back on the air.

  6. Dear Mr. Finfrock,
    I am a paramedic by trade(Trauma 2 years at Methodist Medical Center Dallas). I have seen a procedure used to relax the vocal cords using Glucagon (normally used as a defense against diabetic insulin shock). This medication is well known for it’s ability to relax the invoulantary smooth muscle of the esophagus and invoulantary muscles associated with the vocal chords. A direct injection or even a prophylactic administration of the compound Glucagon might benefit the healing process concerning your vocal cords. Only your doctor can say if this might work. Cheers,
    Mike wombat3030@sbcglobal.net

  7. I had a coughing and throat clearing problem for several years. I was finally diagnosed as having acid reflux. Was prescribed aciphex. It seems to have cleared up the problem for the most part. Glad to hear you are doing better. We look forward to seeing you back on the newscast.

  8. Get better soon Mr Finfrock we miss you

  9. Hello David,
    I am glad that the problem has been found and fixed for we the viewers need you back we miss you
    just me

  10. Hope youn feel better real soon
    Rene goodman

  11. Dear David,
    I can completely sympathize with your vocal issues. I have been a patient of Dr K’s, off & on, for the past 15 years. Just remember that if there’s ever anything you don’t understand, just ask him to clarify it for you. He does tend to go rather quickly. He really is very sharp !! However, if you ever need second opinions, the docs at UT Southwestern ENT dept at primo. Dr Truelson there has done wonders with the spastic dysphonia I’ve struggled with for the past 5 years.
    Sincerely, Kim C

  12. Dear David,
    I have been a long time patient of Dr. Kirkham’s for a vocal condition as well. He is really a great Dr and he will give you first rate attention. However, he is a little quick on the explanation, so if there’s something you don’t understand, just ask him to clarify. He is good at that. Should you ever need any 2nd opions, though, I currently recommend the staff at UTSW ENT dept. They’ve been doing wonders with my voice.
    Kim C

  13. David, we have depended on your expertise since moving to the Metroplex in 1977 when you were on WBAP Radio. Since we can see you now on NBC TV, the weather reports are even better.
    Please rest your voice and let the young guys earn their pay.
    Thanks again for so many weather reports. We’re still watching.

  14. I’m glad to hear it isn’t something too serious!!! My family and I watch you every evening so we were worried when you weren’t on the air!! We hope you get to feeling better soon!!

  15. Hi David,
    Just found this blog about your health. I myself have email you about your cough in the past and was happy to get your responses telling me you are o.k. Hope you are doing much better now. Thanks for all you do for us.


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