Hi there! I completely understand your concern. I doubt your voice loss could be associated with the swine flu, you got over it. Voice loss can be brought on by lesions, polyps or other damage to the vocal cords, more accurately known as vocal folds. But even a simple cold virus can lead to voice loss. I red somewhere that you should keep your throat and mucous membranes moist by staying well hydrated. Also caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating--avoid consumption of either. Avoid being around people who smoke (though it's going to be hard for you since you're a bartender). If you smoke, stop it. Tobacco fumes are irritation, and can worsen inflammation associated with voice loss. There are some home remedies I found: 1.One-half teaspoon of salt added to one cup of warm water provides temporary relief for losing your voice. Gargling several times a day will help with healing. 2.Garlic has powerful antibiotic effects. Allicin in garlic is shown to have an antimicrobial effect. Make a pot of garlic soup. Do not salt the soup. Use herbs for seasoning. 3.Make (or buy) ginger tea. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. If you make your own tea, use fresh ginger root steeped in water for 30 minutes. Sip the tea throughout the day. Add honey to home-made ginger tea for extra help with losing your voice. 4.Boil water on the stove, pull the hood of your favorite sweatshirt or robe around your face, lean over and inhale the steam from a safe distance. Hopefully these informations will help you.