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TMJ and a 2-Wire Brace

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on January 21, 2019 at 4:34 am
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Self Ligating Braces

With braces on the upper and lower rows of my teeth
TMJ is still active. Yes, she is a beast.

In 2-months I will have been braced for a year
and I’m down for 1 1/2 more — from what I hear.

All has been well on my braced 10-month journey
It comes with a bit of pain, but none that yield to the gurney.

I can handle it; the pain hits hard but there’s no hollerin.’
Thank God my DNA’s from Ireland and that I have a high pain tolerance.

Yes. I do.
My father was a redhead, too.

Not quite a leprechaun, but he did wear clean shoes,
and thanks to his DNA, TMJ pain won’t cause me to lose.

Though I can see a little bruising around my jawline.
Braces and TMJ are not without pain, but I’m fine.

I mean, considering that in December of 2018
I was charted for a double-jaw surgery scene,

then at the last minute, I felt compelled to opt out.
I realized what the pain ratio would be about.

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TMJ PAINS are caused when this happens @ jaw bone point – in front of the ear.

Whether or not I stayed in the surgery lane
there were no promises on ridding me of this TMJ pain.

There was only “a chance.”
I chose an alternative procedure with which to dance.

I chose to have two teeth from the lower jaw removed.
Comparable degrees of pain but with a less-intense recovery groove.

Surgery would’ve included a hacksaw and about 8-weeks for post-swelling to go down
whereas tooth extractions required  2-rooted teeth & 3-weeks of light recovery rounds.

However, TMJ is currently bound by a 2-wire brace
the nocturnal grinding ceases not to pain my face.

Likely, because my jaw bones are currently moving.
My trachea measurements have widened; improving.

Braces are yielding a great help in improving my bite,
but the grind of TMJ still owns the night. Aye-yae-yae.

Good morning beloved, I felt the need to insert an update,
I’m Qui
Please wish me Godspeed on this TMJ pain and 2-Wire Brace.

TMJ and Surgery Day

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on December 8, 2018 at 9:20 am
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Surgery was on the lower rather than on the top.  EASY!

Ever since April of this year, I have been bracing for Winter, when I would have oral surgery. Braces were installed on my teeth in April and the journey began to correct my lower crossbite issue.

I entered into this journey knowing full well that braces would not solve my TMJ issues and that my Oral Surgeon had suggested Double-Jaw surgery; taking a hacksaw to the roof of my mouth to move my upper teeth forward just a bit and then sustain the position with titanium screws. This procedure would leave me with a more perfect “bite” position and a more perfect bite may help lessen my TMJ symptoms, that include chronic pain in the face, neck, & shoulders, and 7-day migraines. It’s also good for yielding a limited ability to open your mouth for food or otherwise.

After doing extensive research and traveling the states looking for a TMJ resolve, I found that there is none. Not even surgery is a fool-proof way to halt the pain associated with involuntary teeth-grinding. Still, I was willing to give it a go, knowing full well there would be an 8-week recovery that includes no solid food for about 4 of those weeks. Which is precisely why I went all in on Halloween and Thanksgiving. I knew Christmas would catch my mouth wired and the pounds melting off, as my body will decide to eat its own fat because my mouth will be pizza deprived.

I’ve had plenty of time to think about surgery. If not in April when they installed my brace, then how about in September when I started to get this lovely underbite? It’s quite noticeable.

A few weeks ago I woke up and didn’t want to have surgery anymore. It just dawned on me that TMJ has a whole host of pains associated with it including 7-day migraine sessions. Why then would I add to my pains the 8-weeks of healing from major a surgery that still may not resolve the TMJ?  Post-Double-Jaw surgery its very common to start having “seasonal pains” where the screws are bolted.  Seasonal pains!? I researched the cons of wearing titanium and I don’t feel the pros outweigh the cons for me. I do not want to add to my pain bank during my sincere effort to lessen it by having surgery. What can be done at this point? I began to wish that I had more teeth on the upper row to override my new protruding underbite. I wished hard.

No manifestation.

I took my ideas to my Orthodontist a week ago and shared my regenerative wish with one of her assistants who replied, “That’s easy to do; to make your top teeth fit slightly over the bottom teeth. But it’s a cosmetic procedure, and not comparable to surgery.” The Orthodontist came in and clarified that by removing two of my molars from the right and left side of my lower teeth would resolve the underbite situation cosmetically but won’t heal me of TMJ.

NEWS FLASH,” I yelled out! “That’s exactly what my surgeon said:  “Surgery may or may not heal me of the TMJ issue.””

So what’s the difference?” The Orthodontist left the decision completely up to me.

Life is about choices. There will be blood – one way or another, but it doesn’t have to be by hacksaw.

Eureka!

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So I had mouth surgery the other day.
I forwent the hacksaw for a two-tooth parlay.

Call me cosmetic, call me simple, but I won’t be crappy.
Not succumbing to titanium screws is what’s making me happy.

Now, I will have to wear these braces for another year.
But at least my skull will be originally intact; ear-to-ear.

Now I just have to do something about all of that Halloween candy and Thanksgiving dressing that I ate.
Good thing I’m feeling Invictus; I can control my calories. I can control my fate.

I’m exercising today. It’s a beautiful morning, I’ll start with brushing my teeth,
I’m Qui
Dealing with TMJ; braces yield fewer migraines and there’ll be no hacksaw for me.

Oui-Oui!!!

TMJ = Teeth Mouth Jive

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Science, Self Improvement on June 10, 2016 at 6:34 am

tmj-teeth-mouth-jiveScientifically if you grind and clench your teeth unconciously as a way of relieving stress then you may be suffering the effects of TMJ. Symptoms include sore jaw bone area, headaches/migraines, ear aches, over developed trapezius muscles as well as taut neck and back muscles. The symptoms list goes on and on, but these are a few of the immediate symptoms that I’ve been experiencing. It seems I’ve been Teeth Mouth Jiving for a while now, so my tight muscles have extended to my mid and lower back.

I live in Phoenix in a valley that is surrounded by beautiful mountains. When traveling within the state, depending on the elevation of the route my head can feel like it’s in a vice grip. It was unbelievable. This new level of pain is new to me, so last week I laughed off the unusual feeling, though today I am told by medical professions this head squeezing will likely intensify in years to come if I don’t correct the issue. It’s time to get serious. I have got to stop Jiving around with my Teeth and Mouth. It’s what TMJ is all about. If gone untreated long enough, it’s enough to make you pout, get a root canal and/or pull all of your teeth out. I should know.

In September 2013 I was rear ended in an SUV that I was driving and suffered whiplash. Two months later I had a cavity filled and the drama began. There was a post pain like never before that had nothing to do with the cavity or the filling, but before i could figure that out (6 months or more) I had a root canal done. It was my pleasure to do if it would relieve me of the constant toothache pains I was experiencing almost daily. The root canal worked for a month or two and then the pains came back and were stronger than ever. Mostly paining me at the left jaw joint, in front of my ear. In fact, to this day, if I need to blow my nose, I have to place the first 2 fingers of my left hand in front of my left ear, or the popping and sensitivity will nearly un-glue me.

So what is this Teeth Mouth Jive all about and is there a cure? In short, it’s about how you express your stresses and no — there is no “cure,” persay, but there is a way to correct it. I am early in my journey of resolution, but like I mentioned a few days ago I have met an amazing man with an awesome team and they are quite knowledgeable on what to do, how to do it and effectively relieve, re-set and get me through this. It’s been 3 intense years that I have been researching help. I have an excellent PPO medical plan and a pretty cool Dental plan situation, but this type of issue isn’t covered under either.

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Really? What medical board would know about this debilitating condition and not cover it? The answer in short: All of them. It’s just not something the insurance companies deem a necessary, however, the pain is so chronic that the medical system will allow you to receive all type of experimental prescriptions that have life stifling side effects. Surely you’ve heard the narrators of various RX commercials ramble through [FDA passed] side effects including, heart, liver and kidney failure, yada, yada, yada including loss of life — due to taking APPROVED by your doctor, prescription drugs.

Really? Over Teeth Mouth Jive symptoms? Well, prescriptions for TMJ come in the form of valiums and various injections that were offered to me by one particular professional. He referred to the valium as a “happy pill.” ? His philosophy was to inject me in my face and neck with a cocktail of different B vitamins and botox for 3-6 months while maintaining a soft food diet. The end game would be a healed TMJ joint (from not eating hard foods) and the shots would ideally help with the pain. Though I am sure my liver would be fighting a new battle of bi-product effects from all the prescribed valium I may have ingested. That did not resonate with me.

A maxillofacial surgeon told me that a mouth guard or opting for TMJ surgery (where your jaw is broken, possibly altering your smile and no guarantee that your TMJ pains won’t return or worsen) were my main options. The mouth guard was $1200 and surgery is $2500. Our insurance pays for the surgery but I am on my own if I opt to just use

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This .GIF show a Normal TMJ [pic 1], the second and third pics are what the TMJ looks like after grinding and clenching over long periods of time. Joint damage is real and very painful. 

the mouth guard. The insurance will not help in the meeting the cost. To be honest with you, the mouth guard sounds attractive compared to surgery and the unknowns it could render you.

Last week I found Dr. Eddie Siman and now I know about tens units (a more natural, RX-free way of relieving pain) and the necessity of a “happy bite.” Dr. Siman has a couple of ways to help me out long term. I’m excited. It’s not covered by our awesome PPO insurance, but then it’s not so expensive that it’s out of reach. It’s considered cosmetic surgery, so they offer quick application to associate DDS loan services and usually can have an answer of approval or otherwise for you before you leave the office. Me? I’m a cash kind of girl, so I’ll be hosting a bake sale soon… 😀

Hey! I need funding because my quality of life is at stake and I still want to eat steak in the face of TMJ.

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I love applesauce – and I’ve been eating it a lot.
I can’t eat foods too cold, I can’t eat foods too hot.

I can’t sleep on my side, because it threatens the hinge of my jaw.
I can’t call the cops in this situation, it’s pretty much a “self assault.”

I can’t eat hard foods and crunchy foods are too rough on my gums.
TMJ can turn sour your eating hour – killing the savor of your favorite ‘yum-yum.

I thought I was alone in this dilemma and that no one could ever help me
But then I met Dr. Eddie Siman and good information has definitely blessed me.

He can help me and he can likely help you too, if you’re in this predicament.
The price is $$$ in terms of affordability – less than 6-months rent.

What’s your quality of LIFE worth? I require fine quality in my life!
I’m Qui
Done with TMJ disorder and all of this Teeth Mouth Jive. 😀

Now down to business: Should I bake chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies?

Feeling 19

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on June 24, 2019 at 5:15 am
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GIRL WOMAN NEXT DOOR

It’s where I am right now, in my life. It’s what I’m doing.
It’s how I’m living and how I’m… chewing.

Did you think I was going to say something lewder?
I’m still on stealth game — objectives shrewder.

I feel limitless. I feel bliss.
I feel like a few years prior, that I really miss.

You know?
Maybe yes? Maybe no?
Regardless of your age, let your youth show.

Who are you and what do you want?
Is life making you proud; your chief flaunt?

Either way, act how you feel.
Life is short; with thyself keep it real.

Let today have a limitless appeal – get your groove on.
I’m peeping the dude in front of me; deep melanin and strong.

Feel’s like a Friday kinfolk. I ain’t ‘gone lie.
If I can put in on a promising evening – I’m ‘gone try.

What about you?
Braces are tight and effect my chew.

Speaking of, I’ve been in braces for more than a year.
I’m smiling shiny chrome from ear to ear

and I like.
It has fashioned for me, a more perfect bite.

Not for the sake of conceit,
but to stop the grinding of my teeth.

Yes — I have TMJD and it hurts like heck.
Right now I’m in braces with pains in my neck.

It’s not solely the braces at play,
it’s a disorder at my good ol’ TMJ.

If you don’t have TMJD, don’t get it and relax your shoulders.
TMJ is facilitated by necessary fascia that has grown colder.

Crazy science stuff, still very true.
Fascia build-up is fixed but can move.

Did you know that?
My current documentary is about a ‘healing arts cat.’

Because of her handy work; moving the fascia in my face and neck
I was able to avoid cashing that double-jaw surgery check

last year. Remember that piece about TMJ = Teeth Mouth Jive?
TMJ disorder has a grip that is all-the-live,
though with the help of my LMT, I have more than thrived.
Eh fam, it’s truly good to be in control and alive.

How are you feeling? Me? I’m Feeling 19.
Good morning beloved. I’m glad to have you on the scene.

How about one of these?

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Approach this day stressless and at ease.

Let’s breathe. This week is going to be a great one – I see.
I’m Qui
Open to opportunistic prospects, after all, I’m just 19. 😛

Oh, Happy Day!

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on January 30, 2019 at 4:24 am

oh-happy-day_smiley-face.jpgI am one y sister this morning.
Yesterday was the last day that TMJ reigned at dawning.

I’ve researched more than my migraine could stand
with a laptop, 2 leads on and a tens unit in my hand.

A migraine lasted for more than a week; it wouldn’t let up.
Every day felt like a hangover; I was annoyed by every touch.

I was really in a bind and I’d really had enough.
Yesterday’s migraine reigned long and tough

until I learned how to properly stretch my muscles.
Smoothing my SCM, Masseter, and Suboccipitals was a tussle.

They were years tight.
I almost cried – I thought I might.

Okay, I did. WHAT? I’m just a girl
and TMJ doesn’t fit the frame of my happy-go-lucky world.

I massaged my muscles in between tens treatments and further learned
that if you don’t move the lead-pads every 20-minutes you could get burned.

Yep. I burned my shoulders a little bit —
but my muscles are more relaxed, so the process was hit.

Today I am grateful. Today I did pray
when I woke up and realized that I felt great!

Oh, Happy Day!

What about you? How’s your vantage view?
Is the family good? How about your hood?
I really missed vibing with you.

Please tell me that you haven’t been watching the news?
What’s the point? We, the people are the joint;
Not politicians.
Me & you.

So what’s up? What are we going to do?
Are you free for lunch? I’ve enough for two.

Let’s sit and make plans for tomorrow, quick.
Let’s be mindful of what we take in – bad ingredients make us sick.

So cut back on the news and read a newspaper.
Cut back on the flower if you can vapor.

Um, I thought you might want to know that too.
Of course when it comes to homeopathic stuff – I got you, Boo! 😛

Today I hump lightly in jest and in love.
Today I’m giving you and good health a big hug.

LET’S HUG IT OUT:
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I’m so touchy-feely.
The human touch is oh so healing.

Hug me and I’ll hug your back – I’m up for a squeeze today.
I’m Qui
with no TMJ about me, singing  Oh, Happy Day!

Thank you for stopping my way.
I mean it, I love you, and have a fantastic day!

Oui Oui Oui – SHORTS TV

In Comedy, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on January 28, 2019 at 9:52 am
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I love SHORTS…

During my own personal “shutdown” (i.e., my 2.5-week & running visit with TMJ) I lean heavily on short films to keep my spirits up and my attention off of the pain. It works. Film-after-film I am enlightened, emotionally charged, humored, and alas, feeling less pain in my SCM and Masseter muscles. Endorphins counteract pain receptors.

#ResearchNerd 
#TMJSlapToTheFace

Being no fan of medicine (OTC or prescribed) I prefer natural and homeopathic remedies when my good health is challenged. For the chronic pains of TMJ, I prefer to administer MMJ topicals and edibles while watching original short films on DirecTV’s channel 573. It’s a winning combo if you’re trying to “be somewhere else without leaving the house.” 😉

Travel via channel 573 is the best way to go. You don’t speak multiple languages? How do you feel about subtitles? If you’re down – there are no limits to where you can kick-it.

This weekend I traveled well via these hard-hitting short films that took me far away from the tensions of TMJ. I found a few that had trailers and thought they’d be cool to share, so I started with:

WEST SIDE SWORDY:

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WEST SIDE SWORDY [2015] yields strong homage to West Side Story in the frame of their tale of two street gangs and fight choreographies that was shot in California on a $15K budget. I loved the relative scene designs, the DJ who controlled more than the music and the integration of sword dancing. This is not a West Side Story re-make, but it is strongly inspired. Director Dan Liu and crew did a fantastic job on this 9-minute short that could have easily been a “Thriller-length” music video. Drop in on their website to catch the next showing: http://www.westsideswordy.com/

I then took a journey with Abraham, the principal character in IN GOD WE TRASH. Now before you send this one to the blasphemy bin hear me out. I really took this film to be hinting at a number of our population who say and do things in the name of Christianity to cover their own shortcomings. The film’s message is conveyed in a practical and comical way;  no offense – comprehend.  It’s only 22-minutes and is subtitled. Reading is fundamental – go for it!

IN GOD WE TRASH:

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The following film was probably by far the silliest, most metaphorically visual film that I have seen in a long time. IS THIS A JOKE, (aka THIS IS A JOKE) is a fabulous comedy written by Tom Edmunds and whose Cinematographer is Luke Bryant. Laughter is a huge producer of endorphins, thus this show helped to TKO my TMJ pain easy. Here’s a teaser to a jam-packed comical pleaser:

I particularly like the way that Tom directs silliness; his vision is hilarious. To see a directors mind does little more to reveal to me the contents of his mind and Tom Edmunds mind is a colorful hoot. My TMJ didn’t stand a chance. Actually, I had to watch this film twice to catch all of the literal punches that were sewn into passing conversation. Believe it or not, on the second round I laughing harder, and reaped more of those pain-free endorphins. Yes-yes!!

It’s possible that I watched at least 20 short films this weekend to help keep my mind distracted from the taut pull of my sternocleidomastoid muscle and my masseter muscle. The pain is pass-out worthy, I just won’t give in.  Especially since there’s always  Probability & Statistics, Shorts TV, a Tens Unit, and BC Powder. 😛

There’s plenty to do than focus on TMJ’s hue. However, with all of the research I’ve done on it, I wouldn’t doubt that a future character in a future script will be battling this ailment.

The way it’s kicking my arse is a comedy, but I’m sure I could work it into a drama. STAY TUNED.

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So what have you got up for the day? I think I’m going to take it easy.
As much as I like “doing the most” – with TMJ it isn’t easy.

If you’re at the point of wondering why I keep bringing it up,
it is because it’s giving me a bear hug and the chronic pain sucks.

But I won’t lie, intense math equations help to keep me from focusing on;
and the hope of TMJ fading away is my prayerful sum,

I accessorize that with a couple of edible yum-yum’s and short film binging,
I’m Qui
Oui Oui to the reel vibes of Shorts TV and it’s assistance in my pain ending.

Watching more today because TMJ defense via endorphins is mind-bending.
Reviewing my peers’ films is what I call, “passionate time spending.”

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What Kind of Outfit Are You Running

In News on January 25, 2019 at 6:44 am

Somebody said, “This is America” and I said where?
Ain’t America that place that folks call beautiful and fair?

Well… at one point, maybe it was.
But today? America needs a hug.

I look around and I see politics doing the flea-flick and class-gunning.
Makes me ask the question, “What Kind of Outfit Are You Running?”

Give us your tired, your poor…”
and in a cage we’ll put them – for sure!
What?

“Pay them their wages each day before sunset…”
That’s scripture from the Bible — still no check, yet.

My neighbors and friends are hungry.

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Outfit Changing.

Who knew working for the government would be so funky?

The very first job that I ever held was with the Corp of Engineers.
I felt like our water system was in good hands – I had no federal fears.

I heard about past shutdowns, the subsequent lows, and jeers.
But I had not ever seen government employees reduced to tears

because their employer wasn’t paying or for being an obligation louse.
Federal workers who once foreclosed on defaulted loans now stand to lose their house.

More bad news reveals that this is not their first lost to fate.
Many worked through the recession; employment was a blessin,’
still, they suffered in the recession of ’08.

They don’t deserve this stall of income…
Scholars fear another recession will come.

Hum-diddy-hum-hum. Save your spare change now!
Your tax dollars won’t pay the rent and you’ve no alternate cash cow.

Lord why and how? Not this again.”
Yep. I always turn to God when I need a true friend.

With open arms, He reigns me in and shows me another way.
I pray that same for you when you go to Him today.

Tina-Fey_hi-fiving-angels.gifYep! I’m back to sticking-in the notion “to pray.”
Good morning sweetheart – be productive today. beating-heart

Hip-hip-hooray! Today is Friday and I’m all about winning.
I’m doing so with an internal glow because I can’t do too much grinning.

Why you ask? Since I’m all about smiles and teeth?
I will tell you, child, TMJ ain’t yielding much relief.

It is on my boo-hiney like you would not know.
Thank God for MMJ Salva showing blatant pain the do.’

I’m wearing braces so when I had a TMJ flare up I called my Ortho –
She referred me to my DDS…? Oh. So,

tmj-pain_quiI went.
That’s how my Wednesday morning was spent.

I received a tooth examination and a thorough cleaning.
They also heard me out on how my TMJ journey was leaning.

I was sad to report that my Ortho was unfamiliar with my symptoms
and that she suggested I may have an abscessed tooth among other mentions.

I was dumb-founded. My Ortho’s lack of TMJ knowledge was stunning.
She referred me to my DDS? — What Kind of Outfit Is She Running?

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Big Ups to my DDS. I appreciate you for taking the time
to see a sister at the last minute and assess my grind.

Thank you so much. Today I am better.
When an outfit is right – it feels like your best sweater.

I’m going to keep my DDS but a new Ortho doc is coming.
I’m Qui
and life is full of surprises, seen by the wisest
never fear to inquire: What Kind of Outfit Are You Running?

Ask it of your country.
Ask it of yourself.

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Bracing for A Bite

In Communication, Griot, News on May 2, 2018 at 8:05 am

qui-bracing_for_bite1It’s been 16-days since my braces have been installed and life is still good.
I have to forgo eating out at many of the favorited establishments in my hood.

Applesauce is my friend; no longer am I in search of spices and seasonings of fire.
In other words, no spicy Chik Fil A or robust steak because of my mouth-jeweled wires.

It’s a new day for me kinfolk – I must say, and Ooo Weee!
In the future, we’ll likely follow this up with Jaw Surgery.

There are many restrictions on the food list that I used to love and find dandy.
So thank God we’ll need no resolve for me to continue to consume chocolate candy.

I’m a lover of the basic Hershey’s chocolate bar. Give me one and you can’t stop me.
I eat half of a chocolate bar every morning; it goes well with my black coffee.

My coffee game is strong and I don’t want my teeth to stain,
so I may have to pull back on it, but eating chocolate will remain the same.

My new mouth jewelry feels strange, I must say.
However, it is also lending relief to my daily TMJ.

Remember that?
TMJ is a bad cat.

My TMJ seems to be restrained a little, by the new brace.
I’m sleeping like a baby, but no longer on my face.

I have to sleep on my back; I’m sad, but no pout.
For sleeping on my tummy, causes the wires to cut my mouth.

qui-bracing_for_bite2When sleeping on my face, the inside of my jaws give-way to gravity.
I wake up feeling like I’ve been chewing barbed wire; quite raggedy.

But if I sleep on my back, gravity holds all in place
and restricts my jaws from resting on the brace.

What a new route to take? I loved sleeping on my tummy.
But for the relief of TMJ, tasting a new sleeping route is yummy.

I’m braced for tomorrow and all of the goodness that it will bring.
I’m embracing metal jewelry because TMJ and I have a thing.

Wax has become my newest best friend and I think he feels the same.
He’s rolled between my fingers, he’s a nifty humdinger;
wax protects me from the pains.

Wish me well kinfolk, I am humping a wired game,
I’m Qui
Good morning and Oui-Oui, everything oral has changed.

The Tide of The Teeth

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 26, 2018 at 7:43 am

tide-rolling in.gifWhen I say, “the tide“, I’m speaking in metaphor for ‘the mood.’
I’ve been over here educating myself on the future and sitting on news.

The future of the tides that are charted to roll-in;
seems like they would come with a caution to the wind and a whole lot of gin.

Well, honestly, I’m not a drinker,
but God bless the child whose a habitual thinker.

I confess that I am her. Good thoughts cannot be bought.
But if you’re stuck on thinking about being in a rutt
’tis leads to stress and stress — we shall
not.

Right? It’s good advice; avoid stress and pull through.
Perhaps you’re still curious about why I’m sitting on ‘news?’

Perhaps you’re curious as to the news in specific?
Well, I may as well face it – fam I’m getting braces
and pray my accessory not look horrific.

This is going down in a couple of weeks. I can no longer live in denial.
I’m going to be eating metal soon, especially when I smile.

And I suppose that’s okay, given the alternative way;
the longer that I avoid braces, the longer I’m succumbing TMJ.

Braces are the beginning of the process to correct my lower lateral crossbite.
I am told when I sleep, I grind my teeth all night.
The day-after headaches are out of sight.

After bracing my smile for about six to nine months
jaw surgery will follow to correct my mis-bite crunch.

Recovery time for surgery will be about a year.
Though I’ll be back to normal post-op, as week two nears.

And let’s be real, if someone is going to unhinge your jaw and put it back in place
a few features may slightly change about your face.

Yes. I have heard, I have researched and am finding it to be true,
that jaw surgery heeded when it is needed may leave a more symmetrical you.

However, before the surgery is approached,
the braces will move my top jaw goalline post.

underbit.pngFrom what I understand to be right
is that a week before surgery I’ll have a forward underbite.

I’ve been told that it may be noticeable too.
:/ Hm. I suppose that’s when I’ll pull back on selfie views.

What about you, kinfolk, have you ever heard of such?
I really don’t want to undergo surgery but this crossbite hurts too much

every time that I mis-chew.
This factors in well at my success to fat lose.

Because my TMJ is so kick-arse bad —
I mostly eat soft foods, as not to make my teeth mad.

It’s true. It’s true.
Therefore losing 30 pounds was easy to do.

And now comes the moment where I have to face it,
I can’t eat applesauce alone, for life; I have to get braces.

This is what has consumed my thoughts all weekend long.
I’ve since prayed up and am back to feeling strong.

I wanted a 12th opinion to say the last eleven doctors were wrong.
Instead “Getting Braces is Key” are the lyrics to my new theme song. 🙂

What we do
to control our truths.

Ol’ appleasauce has been a hero in pulling me through
when pizza and juicy burgers caused me to mis-chew.

Ouch and ooo! I mean, really. It’s true and have you ever?
I’m Qui
Still about steak and hard candy on my plate. I suppose the braces approach is clever.

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Fee Fi Fo Fen — I had a GIANT TOE in my weekend

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Sports on June 6, 2016 at 7:01 am

tanner-quo-on-the-greenGood morning good folk, my beloved WordPress kin,
the weekend has come and gone out again.

I did the most – I always chart for a win
But there were many challenges…. oh where to begin?

For the last so-many-months I have had intense pains in my face
real close to my ear, neck and jaw; acute symptoms of TMJ.

The pains were intense and did not play
I was desperate for a skilled professionals say,

but my writing schedule had me set for Beverly Hills
I had networkers to schmooze with about upcoming reels;

however these TMJ symptoms were unreal and painfully vibrant
so I researched and called up Doc to the stars: EDDIE SIMAN.

They agreed to see once I was in town.
So I packed up Tanner, the SUV and we bounced.

Do you remember Tanner? Tanner is my 3lb road dog.
Talk about a wingman going hard in his stance? Tanner was a stoic log.

We communicated without words and conquered many highs and lows
so when he heard I was facing a road trip – he was down to go!

We hit I-10 and his lethargy begin.

I made it to Cali – accomodations were suite
whether work or personal business, Cali is always good to me.

I rallied with brightest minds and we talked about script scores
I literally had a productive time from the moment I walked into the door

Re-writes don’t stop and I’m all over my own.
Yet the real drama was waiting for me, back at the Cali townhome.

Tanner was there
and not feeling fair.

When I returned I nursed him up
whilst my TMJD was kicking my butt.

The next day up I was in to see the Doc.
Alas, good Lord, he and his staff knew a lot.

I am in good hands and there is a light at the end — I can see!!
Then I receive a text: Get back to the townhome! There’s trouble with T!!

Oh my word. It’s Tanner my man and he’s in for a fight.
Tanner is 10, aged  within and in a fight for his life.

While on a high for my own happy score
it seems Tanner my man was facing deaths door.

So I networked a little while longer and then we hit the road
on the way back to AZ during Junes temperature scold.

The deserts we crossed between Cali and the AZ
were stated with mountains and head crushing to me:

TMJ.

Tanner my man, road shot gun on the floor at my feet
and it was clear to me, he was battling under the heat.

The A/C was on, but the sun was on its job.
I prayed over Tanner and then looked to God

to not take Tanner away from me in my car.
Didn’t know if I could take it. What of my heart?

God was good to me and Tanner did survive.
We pulled up at my home with him barely alive.

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I brought my little guy in and made him comfortable in his favorite covers.
Tanner girggled and coughed a little – then duly gave up and crossed over.
😦

My little 3lb soldier. He would have been 10 years old in September.
So for all of the GOOD I came up on last week – this heart break I will remember.

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fen, this definitely put a GIANT TOE in my weekend.

I didn’t mourn long, for I still pocketed two wins:
My re-write spins and my knowledge of a “happy bite” grin.

A happy bite is something I need to stop my pm teeth grinding.
A happy bite is what Dr. Eddie Siman is a genius at finding.

He found mine and we are on the road to a happier chew!
I’m Qui
Glad to be kicking it with thee. Life is a doozy without you.
Wooo!

Life and The write…
I live for it.

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R.I.P.

Tanner “Ankle Killa” Wilson
September 7, 2006 – June 3, 2016

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dont-count-aliMuhammed Ali rang the bell Friday night
He closed his eyes and put out the light.

I sat in my living room, feeling like I’d been hit twice.
Then I realized how blessed I am to have witnessed such life.

I’m a sports fan in general, mostly football — I am Dallas Cowboys proud.
Beyond blue and silver decor in my home – a framed photo of Ali standing over Liston hangs solo and loud.

I lie to you not.

It’s a statement piece.

To memories & moments – we hold on strong. To lives we release.
I’m Qui
Living through it gratefully, gracefully and in peace.

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My take away from all of this, since we’re letting go of stuff
is that I release TMJ from my life for some “happy bite” love.

Yesss honey! Let live that will live and let die whatever must.
I’m Qui
It’s a new day, I’m well on my way and in God I do trust.

Fee Fi Fo Fen I had a GIANT TOE in my weekend
Monday made it better.
Good morning.

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