Local Radio Personality Has Had Week-Long Hiccups

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

Just listening to him tell his story, your heart goes out to Earle Robinson.

"When I wake (hiccup) up in the morning (hiccup) they're okay, they're gone (hiccup)," he says. "But (hiccup) then they come back a couple hours later (hiccup) and it's been that way (hiccup) every (hiccup)... everyday."

The medical explanation is his diaphragm's contracting every few seconds or so--a case of hiccups so persistent it's tough to get a sentence out. It's been that way since Wednesday.

His co-workers are baffled, and he says his doctors are stumped, and there are few jobs worse to have if you have hiccups than Earle's.

He does an hour-long radio show called "Sportstalk 870" on WKAR from 2-3 p.m. weekdays and an hour with Tim Staudt on Staudt on Sports Sundays on WILX.

Staudt explained it to viewers Sunday, and Robinson suffered through the broadcast but his radio chairs been empty for a week.

"I'm starting to feel bad," producer Rob Bennett says, admitting they'd given him some grief. "I just want him to get back."

Oddly enough, Robinson had persistent hiccups once last year too for about a week, or a week and a half. He says they just faded away.

Both times, you name it, he's tried it as a cure.

"I've tried eating a spoonful of mustard," he says. He also tried eating a spoonful of peanut butter, drinking water really fast, and drinking water upside down. All failed. Holding his breathe also failed. Valium is helping him sleep and, for now, he's just praying those hiccups fade away--soon.


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  • by Sheila Location: Portland, MI on Oct 19, 2007 at 10:04 AM
    I second that notion...drinking water while plugging your ears has been foolproof in our home as well!
  • by Ruthann on Oct 19, 2007 at 05:05 AM
    My dr told me to take a teaspoon of sugar for a cure. It worked when my son was a baby...and worth a try!
  • by Blue Iris Location: unknown on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:18 AM
    I thought he was drunk on Staudts show. It is the first time I've like his show.
  • by Lorri on Oct 17, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    maybe try some liquid mylanta or another liquid antacid, that has worked also.
  • by Sally Location: Camden, MI on Oct 16, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    I know Earle Robinson said he tried everything for his hiccups and i understand it may be a medical problem, but i wish he could try our home remedy that has never failed us yet. He needs to have someone plug his ears with their fingers nice and tight while he drinks a large glass of water while holding his breath. It works for us everytime, even my four year old grandsons!
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