This is meant to be a key indicator, but it confuses me. Sometimes I can do sentences but it's an effort and I'm breathless. Sometimes I sound a bit like William Shatner but eventually it stops (my previous cons said any problems I had with talking and breathlessness must be down to hyperventilation as if I couldn't talk in full sentences easily I'd be critical. Not ruling hyperventilation out in this case esp if it does go away but surely there's a sliding scale for how easily you can talk?)
Last week when I was pushing myself to make it to choir and the concert we were doing I found the words/music almost came out (once I stopped coughing) but couldn't quite escape - it was like the breath came out, made some noise at about the right pitch but then couldn't break free and went back down my throat! Eventually I got it more or less under control (sitting down) but then I find singing does help stabilise things.
Also, how do any of you test whether you can talk if you're on your own? I feel a bit embarrassed if my flatmate's next door and can't think of anything to say to myself so end up muttering random bits of poetry.
Sorry this is a bit random...just curious really about other people's experiences!