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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!!!

NEWS PERUSE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Sports on December 5, 2018 at 6:43 am

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Good morning good people and how do you do?
Let’s talk about the stock market for a minute or two.

The market is so volatile. One minute it’s up and the next minute it’s down.
I do believe this predictable breeze indicates instability -much like the pound.

Yes, there’s enough concern to go around. This peruse is about world news.
Good morning love – what are your thoughts on Mueller’s memo hue?

Michael Flynn has had 19 sessions with the SPO.Robert Mueller.jpg
Mueller concluded ‘No jail time, yo!’ 🤪

I suppose by sitting with the SPO and not lying
means prison will not see Flynn dying.

That’s good news in his camp and a lesson to us all,
that if your foundation is full of lies – you will indeed fall.

This is a good time to ask if you’re still praying.
What’s that? You’re not? Child, I know you’re playing.

You can’t afford to not pray
if you intend to win the day.

Come on, now!
I know you know how.

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Speaking of, please send a prayer up for 41‘s survivors and kids.
He had a date upstairs with a beloved little Miss.

His daughter Robin preceded both he and Barbara to the gates.
George HW Bush arrived at age 94, and somehow he still wasn’t late.

I wish a long ‘bye-bye’ to be every good man’s fate.
President GHW Bush:  For your service, I appreciate.

President 41 is beloved in the south.
Cowboys-vs-Saints.jpgMuch like DEM BOYS! Keep their name in your mouth!

God bless the Saints – the way that they came a-marchin’ in.
God bless the Cowboys Defense who put the Saints Offense to an end.

The Cowboys pulled another win.
Thank God. Amen and amen.🙏🏾

What more can I say? I miss checking in with you on worldviews.
It’s the last month of the year, perfect time for a NEWS PERUSE.

Wouldn’t you say?
Now get on out there and win the day!

Get on out there and be kind to both friend and foe.
Remember Karma follows you everywhere that you go.

karmasYou know that.
The news is the news but Karma is fact.

Do not test that. It can enlighten or it can darken your view,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee. This is not tea but a 2018 NEWS PERUSE.

Perhaps we met in a past life…

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Video on December 3, 2018 at 5:20 am

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What is it that keeps us attracted to a persons spirit long after our physical relationship has ended? What then keeps you connected and caring for them years after you have both gone your way?

I ponder such things because one of my closest and most dear friends within whom I trust, was initially my boyfriend when I was 15, in the 10th grade and we are tight today – as if 10th grade yesterday. Like myself, he was an honor student and I had a crush on his brain. Today, I am happy to report that his brain is still quite attractive and somehow he is still single. We broke up because he was insubordinate to one of our academic instructors and stormed out of the building during a standardized testing session. I threatened that if he exited those doors, it would be over between us. He proceeded to exit and we were officially over.  We weren’t romantic so I was referring to our friendship. Boy, was I ever wrong?

So, the other day I was talking to him (whom I refer to as a best friend), and I casually inquired as to ‘why we get along so well,’ he confidently responded, “because we met before, in a past life.”

Do what? What an interesting thing to say, and what’s more, I think he may be right. We have an unspoken vibe. I am not a person that trusts easily, and I always lead with my gut. My solar plex is rarely disturbed when he is in my presence via phone or in person. I don’t ever have to “put on” for him. I’d like to think that he’s ultra fantastic and that’s why we click like we do. But I know several ultra fantastic people and I do not click with them like I click him.

What is this “past life” business? Do you ever wonder if you had one?

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I have been with the same partner since I was 17-years old.
We learned of each other when our self-worth was weightier than gold.

We knew no shame so we bared our true souls.
I wonder if we had a past life, that my conscience doesn’t know?

He’s a cool dude and we have the most innocent of begins.
He’s also cool with my ex-beau being one of my best friends.

I feel an Infinity spin.

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Not long ago I met a man at Senior Taco who was about eighty years old,
I chatted-him-up like I knew him; he called me an old soul.

Before I left the restaurant he asked me if we knew each other followed by wide eyes.
I responded off-the-cuff, “Perhaps we did good sir – in another lifetime.”

He stood in awe. I smiled, got into my car an drove away.
That run-in has vividly stuck with me until this very day.

What made me say that? I didn’t foresee it.
What made him stand there in recollect? As if he did believe it.

Hm. Interesting indeed. Yesterday draws  a smile and yields me wide-eyed,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, on you I am sweet. Perhaps we met in a past life.

5-4-3-2-1, Action!

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on November 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

whats-up-scary-movie-spoofWhat’s up, what’s up, what’s up?
Does this evening have you feeling like LOVE?

Mine does. It is beautiful and chilly in this place where I sit.
I’m near a window, it’s perfect to compose a Griot spit.

So I am.
Last week did you eat enough turkey, beef or ham?
Are you working it off today? I surely am.

2018 has been good to me so far,
minus the political petty and food in my belly
the Science of Cinematography is the star.

I love filmmaking! We just wrapped at 5,
and kinfolk I’m here to tell you that I feel all-the-way-live.

I think I’ll mingle with good company tonight,
grab a couple of drinks and maybe a bite.

But I didn’t want to do any of the such
without stopping by and sharing some of this LOVE!

Ain’t nothing like enjoying life to-the-fullest and hugging your passions,
I’m Qui
Good evening to thee. 5-4-3-2-1, carry-on and let’s make some more ACTION!

Let’s start at Pappadeaux’s!

 

Good Morning Monday

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on November 26, 2018 at 5:43 am

Happy-Monday-Beaver.pngGood Morning Monday, I have missed you dearly.
Too much time off comes with a cost. But you?  I never fear thee

or I would have been hard to rise on this morning.
I partied so hard; only sustained by the Lord, I’m grateful to be alive and yawning.

How did you spend the weekend?
Did you get any “me time” in?

I certainly hope so. Even though I know
that the holidays are dubbed as “the family show.”

I enjoyed every single moment of it.
I hosted my fam and they, too, loved it.

Not always into a balanced meal; I’m all about snacks.
Alas, dear Monday, you’re a blunt day – I will deal with the fat.

Good morning, I’m done yawning and ready to take you on at full speed,
I’m Qui
Up early, feeling fluffy and girly at DAY 1 of going lean.

GOOD LOVE in the GROWN ZONE

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on November 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

Bunny-love-making.jpegGood Love? We all need it. Chaos? We currently live it.
Good Love can be powerful and I like to give it.

Enough said,
unless I add-in a good head.

I do love the strength of two well-rounded lobes.
I’ve got a real thing for picking and stroking those.

I’m a quick learner who loves to know what you know.
Enlighten me with — and let the love affair flow.

The weekend is yielding me  to be thankful and I’m ISO a tight hug,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, today I’m all about Good Love.

If you’ve got it please give.
I’m into it – I love the feel.

Get Some.

I’m Thankful for

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on November 21, 2018 at 6:07 am

lady-w-raw-turkey.gifGood morning to you. Are you feeling alright?
Today I’m Thankful to God for my life.

I’m thankful to you for coming by,
and thankful that you can comprehend. That ain’t no lie.

If I wanted to keep a secret from you, and in the past, I did try,
somehow you see-through me; I keep cellophane nigh. 😀

I’m thankful that you don’t want me to ‘put-on‘ for you.
I’m thankful for your midterm civic duty – you came through.
Mmm, ooo, yes-yes and thank you.

It’s Wednesday now, our beloved Day 3,
and just one day before the day of the feast,

Natl-Lampoons-Christmas-TurkeyI hope to God I don’t dine like a famished beast.
Then again, I can’t – my mouth jewelry won’t allow me.

Me and my braces.
Eating doesn’t yield one of my prettier faces.

However, I love my orthodontist. Their services are worth my while.
And I don’t reckon I’m too far off from correcting the bite of my smile.

I hope, I really do hope – but until then it’s dope to not eat a lot.
Still, my darn chocolate cravings too often than not – hit the spot.

I’m thankful for chocolate and tomorrow I’ll opt for chocolate French silk pie,
I’m Qui
Thankful for thee because I’d just be talking to me if you didn’t stop by. 😀

THANK YOU.

 

A is for Arizona’s Awesome Atmosphere

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Travel on November 19, 2018 at 3:45 am
In good company

Ever since the midterm vote and Kirsten Sinema‘s blue —
Arizona has been yielding a much friendlier hue.

I’m telling you and child it feels good.
What’s the vibe saying in your neighborhood?

I spend a lot of my dwelling time in the great state of Texas 
and it used to be the color red between states that connected us.
But now that is not true,
Arizona has turned blue 
And I’m loving “how the midterms has affected us.”

It really, really feels good, y’all.
Cheddars is the place to dine and stall.

Or so it was Saturday afternoon; 
the diversity of patrons did swell and boom.

I eat at Cheddars in Texas and Arizona all of the time.
Originally established in Texas their hospitality shines.

Usually, when I dine in Arizona, my presence sticks out a lot,
The crowd is generally white but the menu hits the spot.

Arizona has a diverse bag of residents, though we haven’t really been mixing.
Folks weren’t sure if it was okay to be chatting, shooting the bull and chitting

about politics, familial affairs, or world news.
So, we held our peace and piece until A-Z turned blue.

Yoo-hoo! Neighbor-oo, how do you do?
I’ve been looking out of the window wanting to talk to you.

Can I offer you a cup of juice or how about coffee?
That’s the new dialogue that seems to be about me  

when my melodious doorbell chimes and sings.
Prior to the midterm vote, I’d never heard the thing.

DING! DING!

The southwest atmosphere is absolutely better.
California is on fire,
I pray the Earth to become wetter.

I’m praying for rain.
If I was a Native and knew of a dance
I’d do the darn thang.’
California needs rain.

The atmosphere over there is rather smoky.
Please pray to God for rain, or soon we’ll all be choky.

Don’t be in a pot slowly boiling; don’t be a curious and an uninformed toddler.
Don’t be the casualty to a hot stove that’s only getting hotter.

You get my point? Now pass the joint because Cali’s weed fields are surely burning, 😀
I’m Qui
Happy to be
in Texas and A-Z where blue and purple reflects our yearning.

Turn to God and put-in on a feel-good vibe –  like Arizona’s atmosphere.
Let’s be kinder to each other more because God holds that stuff dear – 
and then He won’t have a choice but to hear:
Cali needs rain.

Cherishing

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on November 16, 2018 at 12:36 am
Time flies…

Good morning. I woke up with the feeling of winning!
No jars to pickle me in – though I am hooked on KIDDING.

Have you had a chance
to check out KIDDING On-Demand?

Oh, you should. You really should.
It’s quite the SHOWTIME reflection of a ‘perfect neighborhood.’

I hope that Mr. Roger’s hood was not ever so deep.
You’ve got to see Jim Carey’s performance – It’s talking to you and me.

The writers scripted sex, death, and drugs
to accessorize the main story t’was born of love.

The society-observative me thinks so.
Season one came in hot; the cast is a pro.

The narrative view is fresh, it’s strong, and it’s rough.
Jeff Pickles has his shortcomings, yet he is enough.

TNT’s LAST SHIP has sailed, and it isn’t coming back.
Sunday was the last battle on Nathan James’ war track.

I like to watch television a little bit
and it’s channel 573 that I just can’t quit.

It’s called SHORTSTV and it has the best lineups
of creative short films that you can watch in your cut.

Time flies when you’re having fun and reviewing your peers.
I’m a student of film, popcorn, mimosa’s, and cheers.

I’m truly entering into my happy zone as Fall’s essence begins to ring,
and then I hear that Kim Porter’s crossed over; she exited the scene.

XO.

PDiddy aka Mr. Love: I am doleful for you and your beloved children.
Please take heart knowing Kim won’t be far – and that you’ll see her again.

Kim did cross over, but her love won’t ever end.
This morning I arose and with intent, my knees did bend.

I’m praying for you; you and the fam are not alone.
Kim Porter was the real deal, I can’t wait to hear the memoir song.

Life is not to be taken for granted, neither is the stretch or the yawning.
I’m Qui
Cherishing life
and my Griot writes, along with your presence on this morning.

FALL’ing for MONDAY

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on November 12, 2018 at 5:31 am

fall-ing.gifGood morning baby. It’s a little chilly outside.
Any chance that we can stay in? I’ll be Daisy and you can drive. 😀

Oh, I kid you. I jive. I know that you have to make that cheddar.
Especially since I’m accustomed to this level of lifestyle and better.

Just knowing that you care for me like this, keeps me wetter — my lobes.
I’ll elevate in school, after feeding you and off to work you go.

This day is poised to yield returns ten-fold. That is if you’re putting-in good.
The universe ain’t as dumb as your friends; your intentions are silently understood.

FALL is a good time to fall back, retreat from the heat and inhale a cooler breeze.
I’m happy to report I’m doing something of the sort – the air is much crisper around me.

I woke up smiling, kind-of wanting to be wilding,
but with a cup of jo and my homework yo,’–
I’m a happy camper; pistons firing.
Though by the day’s end, I’ll be sounding the siren.

FALL invokes me to feel a certain way.
In my fluffy robe, I’m literally frisky and ready to play.

So I’ll create a script today!
Surely this vibe has a lot to say.

It’s Monday already and I plan to enjoy every second of it,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee. I’m FALL’ing for MONDAY and I love it.