Monday, September 22, 2008

i'm not feelin' the 'celebrity' ballroom dancing.

my sister is trying to get me into dancing with the stars... but i don't think it can top so you think you can dance. doesn't ballroom get old after awhile? i'm willing to watch a bit and see.. i mean, might as well! nothing else is on my no-cable tv. EXCEPT the office comes back next week! yay, looking forward to 30 rock even more. and LOST even more than that.
i went to an ENT doctor today for my ears. and the results were interesting folks. he was very nice and very thorough. this is the best part. the white spots in my left ear? residue from the ear drops a i used a couple weeks ago. are you kidding me, how did my regular doc not figure this out?! and the pain i have now with the sinus pressure/tingling is none other than your good ol'fashioned TMJ [temporomandibular joint disorder]. at first i was unsure of this diagnosis. it seemed like a default fall-back response. the doctor sat and talked with me though and i felt like he answered all my questions. i guess my swollen ear from a couple weeks ago is not related and he said both my ears look very healthy. [thank you garlic? i told him i'd been putting garlic cloves in my ear and he laughed for awhile. he said he knew garlic oil could work but did not know about cloves. but i am used to doctors thinking i do weird things so it was more humorous than anything]. anyhow come to realize from talking with him and further research at home i DO have a ton of symptoms of TMJ!! even the sinus pressure, neck pain and migraines i didn't realize that could be related. i always thought of TMJ more connected with jaw pain but apparently ear pain is common too. and yes they have been clicking/popping when i'm chewing or yawning or even burping but i still wasn't thinking TMJ. all that to say i think he may be correct and all he suggested was a hot compress 20 minutes on my ear, stop chewing gum, go easy on 'hard foods' [my almonds?!] and advil for a few days. we didn't discuss why/how often it flares up except he thinks its not really related to being stressed/tense. there you have it i'm glad i don't have a yeast infection in my ear and i'm bout to heat up a rice sock and see how that works....
saylor hugging a pumpkin and cousin emily at the zoo


and now just to show there are more pictures in my world than saylor a few recent pics that i like
fresh home from brazil-amber made us a casserole!

me in a dress! hoovie and i at matt and april's wedding.


i'm not sure why i like these, one at dinner for colin's birthday,then friends on the couch at irene's baby shower...i just love and treasure my friends so much i guess i like the intimacy it captured. though yes i am kinda giving the finger in second picture.

i swear i'm going to start clicking away at all my amigos and then i'm gonna plaster their faces all over my blog.
on a completely different note, i wanted to post this video. it is sad and i cried, but at the same time it is so beautiful and inspiring. my heart will CHOOSE to say BLESSED be the name of the LORD.

6 comments:

meridith said...

wow on your diagnosis. who would have thought?? i'm so glad you didn't take those meds you didn't need. it can never hurt to get a second opinion and this further proves my theory that you can't sit back and just go to the dr you have to take some initiative yourself to get good info.

Becky (R.L.) Coffield said...

Hey there, did you know that the vast majority of TMJ Disorder cases will self-resolve given a SOFTER DIET and TIME. Check out "You Can Conquer TMJ: Ideas and Recipes." I had TMJD so badly I couldn't even open my mouth to insert a fork. I've now been pain free for well over a year. I got here by using these recipes (I still use them) and I watch very carefully what I eat. Good luck to you.

Aaron, Sarah, and Emily Walter said...

Wow.....yikes....Good video-of course with tears in my eyes...it gives me (being on the other side of those diagnoses) the flip side to look at....amazing......

anyways, glad you are non-fungal now, and seriously-stick to dancing w/the stars-I promise it's good stuff!

jenny mae. said...

i recommend, and i know you're going to be shocked here, a chiropractor! my dad sees TMJ patients all the time!

saylor days said...

are you being sarcastic bout being shocked jenny? i kept thinking chiropractor all along-i know the benefits of seeing one and i also believe it's all related/connected as when i was going to one consistently i felt better all around, not just my back/headaches. i wish your dad was like...in westerville. :)

katemcdonald said...

I am not feeling DWTS either. Glad someone else said it. I too am a LOST fan. Wish the seasons weren't so far apart though...the waiting is killer!

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