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100 posts! A blurb of the upcoming year.

We have an email system set up where UPS shipping will tell us if our packages won’t arrive on time. For the past several days we’ve gotten endless “adverse weather conditions” notices through the email. It’s beginning to become a joke. “Yes, we know. Snowy Armageddon in the east. Stop sending us 20 messages about it every hour. We know.” Needless to say, if you ordered something overnight from us and it’s not there yet, it’s probably an ice cube in New Jersey.

On another note, I have reached 100 posts on Lacking Sense! (throws confetti) Lacking Sense has been on the air for 6 months. I made my first post on July 21, 2010. There have been some rocky moments where I failed to keep up with posting but I know as long as humans are idiots I will have something to post about. Keeping up with a news blog has been a chore but it’s interesting to see how much I can keep up with current events. It’s inspired some awesome discussions (fights) with my parents.

This year will hold some first for me. I still plan to move out in May. You can expect a lot of posts about the process of renting and furnishing my own space. I suspect something will piss me off and someone will be an idiot, so I should have a lot to rant about. My first chiropractor/physical therapist appointment is this Monday. I’m hoping it will relieve some of my neck pain and lessen my migraines. As it is, I have a low grade headache all the time and I’m getting really tired of it. Next Wednesday is my first appointment with a new orthodontist to see if she can do anything about my bite being off at the same time as taking care of the pain. My teeth do not properly connect right now and my cheeks are often sore. Especially right in front of my ears. If I can’t have a correct bite without pain then I’ll just take having no pain. I still have no idea what caused my TMD / TMJ problems.

Anyway, it’s a busy year up ahead for me. I’ve been saving money as much as I can and paying off my car as fast as I can while doing so. I don’t want to have the car payment while I have to cover rent. As it stands, I’ll have the car paid off in March. Since I’m not looking to move until May, that will give me another month or so to really save some money. I can’t wait.


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Continued TMD / TMJ drama and going to yet another doctor.

Last week was kind of a bad week for me. It’s been just over three months since I started going to Garvey for my TMD / TMJ treatments and as more time progressed the more pain I was starting to have again. Near the beginning of this month I was beginning to regret that I ever did anything after Quiqless was done with me. My bite was all screwed up but at least I wasn’t in any pain. On Monday of last week I had a knock out migraine. A “kill me now, please God, I want to die” migraine. On top of that my jaw was aching fiercely and clicking and popping when I chewed. I had an ortho appointment with Garvey scheduled last Thursday and pretty much decided right then and there that I was going to go back to Quiqless and have him make me another splint to redo what he had done. I just couldn’t stand it and if I had to choose between having a correct bite and having no pain, I’d choose the no pain.

Well, an ice storm postponed my ortho appointment until this morning and I finally got into Garvey to tell him that it can’t continue like this. I am just in too much pain. My jaw and face aches constantly and I’m getting three or more migraines a week. I have a constant low grade headache that does not go away and I pop Tylenol like it’s candy. Quiqless wants me to see another ortho, someone who has both TMD / TMJ experience and knowledge about neuromuscular treatment. A Ruth Gomes from Viva Smiles. Garvey also knows of Gomes and agrees I should see her and get another opinion. She will be the fourth person I’ve seen for my TMD / TMJ. Quiqless -> Rosenthal -> Garvey -> Gomes. This is getting ridiculous.

Then I need to get myself into a chiropractor / physical therapy person and get my neck and back seen to. Those are hurting like a bitch too. I’m hoping that may help with the migraines. Please all ye Gods, let it help with the migraines. I’m sick of being in pain. Garvey wants me to go to Julie Hereford but she’s out in Webster Groves and I’m also sick of running all over the place for different doctors. Between the gas and bills for so much as looking sideways inside their offices, I’m slowly being drained. At some point, I’ll just have to stop. Because I will have reached the point where it’s either food and shelter or it’s paying for the treatments. So far I’ve spent over $6,000 and that’s not including the gas and time off from work.

My biggest piece of advice to someone treating their own TMD / TMJ is that if you get to a place where you are pain free, stay there. Don’t try to straighten your teeth or fix any weird cosmetic things. Because if you find a solution that leaves you without pain and you then fuck with it, you will regret it.

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A filler post and I hate the holidays.

Slow day at work. I need to make a different graphic for the header on this blog. Something still Alice in Wonderland but the right length. For some reason, this template is using an old graphic. We just put up the Christmas tree in the front lobby at work this morning. An annoying task made even more so when Pat joins the party and begins to make “decisions” about the tree. Then there is my co-worker, Amanda, who is an OCD tree branch fluffer and bow rearranger. [snicker] I haven’t even put up the tree at home and there is a good chance I never will this year. I hate the holidays.

My brother will be out of town Christmas week. (Something about finally accepting a friend’s continued invitation for Christmas. I didn’t catch much.) So, the family will be going out to dinner the weekend before. Yes! No cooking! No cleaning! No people! Now that’s my kind of holiday. I’ll probably hide in my bedroom and watch TV on Hulu on my laptop computer.

Dad brought back another mutant germ this weekend. So, when both my Mother and I fall victim to some illness we have no immunity to, we can thank him. Again. Yeah.

This afternoon I will be heading over to view an apartment in the complex I plan to move into in the spring. I won’t move until around May but I want to see the apartment size and shape so I can start collecting furniture now. It’s 752 square feet of space and has a separate dinning space from the kitchen. So, I’m hoping it will be a pretty good size. The layout sheet doesn’t offer measurements, so this will be the first idea of the space of the place I’ll get. I can’t wait to see it. I brought my camera and I’ll take a few pictures for you all. I’m really excited.

I went back to Dr. Quiqless yesterday for a talk that could have happened over the phone and saved me a 40 minute trip but I’ll talk about that later. Needless to say, nobody has any idea what is wrong with me. Like usual.

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Just admit you have no idea what’s wrong with me so I can kill you and move on with my life. My MRI results, two more visits to Dr. Garvey, and getting very, very annoyed.

Laughs at all the spam comments I got for my McDonald’s post on the 4th. Apparently, using the word McDonald’s in your blog post means you get a lot of robots sending you offers for weight loss shakes, liquid vitamins, and one line explanations that whey protein is easier to digest. Thanks for the chuckle, soulless robots.

I knew the NaNo writing challenge would eat my head and I was right. I meant to post about my TMJ / TMD orthodontist visit on Tuesday and spent that time writing my novel instead. Bad blogger! Now I’ve had another orthodontist appointment on Wednesday and have new news. Basically, Gravey has no clue but what else is new with healthcare professionals? First, we’ll start off with what I learned during my first appointment back on Thursday November 4th.

Last week it looked like I would be needing some sort of surgery for my jaw. Of course, this is dependent upon if and how much my insurance will cover. I returned to Garvey on Thursday for the results of my MRI and the only thing he could find was that the cushion between my jaw bone and my head seemed to be in the wrong position. It’s too far forward, I believe he said. However, he wants me to see the surgeon to get his opinion. Garvey admitted that Dr. Webber might be able to better read the MRI results and see an alternative to surgery or have the opinion that surgery might not be necessary.

Then after a discussion about the cutting of bones and how it really isn’t as bad as people think it would be, I had a little mini breakdown in the car. This was not what I wanted to hear. Such surgeries cost $20,000 and unless my insurance pays basically all of it, it’s not happening. I don’t have the money or resources to have it done. Plus, I’m chicken shit and I hate pain. Which is silly because I’m in pain now but it’s a low grade ache type of pain that I can ignore. It’s the cutting, breaking bone type of pain I don’t want.

Gravey wanted me to lessen the amount of time I wore the splint because I had been wearing it 24 hours a day and taking it out while I’m not eating caused my whole face to ache. So, I took it out after leaving his office last week and forgot to put it back in for the rest of the day until I went to eat dinner and realized it wasn’t in my mouth. I was fine. The area in front of my ears ached but that mostly went away after a day or two.

I had another appointment with Gravey yesterday to have the splint adjusted again. This is where things were getting weird. I haven’t been wearing the splint at all except at night, because that’s when I clinch my teeth, and my bite was all over the place. In fact, it was so all over the place that it sometimes looked like it was in the correct position, with the gaps between my front teeth lining up like they’re supposed to. Unfortunately, when I closed my mouth in that position the only contact between my teeth that I had was the ridge of my very back left molars. No connect anywhere else in my mouth. It was a tad painful to be chewing and suddenly click just those two teeth together. Now Gravey doesn’t know what the hell is happening and maybe thinks we might be able to just do orthodontics. [headdesk] Which is it? Surgery or orthodontics? Nobody knows and I haven’t seen the surgeon Webber yet either. No doubt he’ll have his own opinion.

The really weird thing is that the doctor that originally looked at my MRI results at the imaging place said that he could see no signs of temporomandibular joint disorder. Now I’m really confused and don’t know what the hell is wrong with me. I’m beginning to be sorry that I ever tried to get my teeth straightened after Quigless’ shit was done with me. I had to deal with the splint but at least I wasn’t in any pain.


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My MRI, where I am not claustrophobic but having leg problems and up way, way too early.

Well, that was fun. I slid from bed at 5:45am this morning (and I’d like you all to note that this is an hour and fifteen minutes earlier than I normally get up for work) and got dressed to head up to Metro Imaging for my MRI. I rolled up at 6:45am when it is still fucking dark and cold as hell and filled out the usual paper work. Then I changed out of my clothing because I’m in my work clothes and have a zipper on my pants and a metal embellishment on my shirt. Goodbye glasses, ring, and earrings. I took my splint out and stuffed it in its case. The only thing I couldn’t remove was the permanent retainer attached to my bottom teeth. It’s just a wire but the tech told me a void would show up where it was. It wouldn’t be a problem since that wasn’t where we were trying to get pictures. Which it good because there was really nothing I could do about it if there had been a problem.

Not Me

Not Me

I didn’t think I was claustrophobic and I’m pleased to say that I’m not. I had no problems being slid into the machine. I just close my eyes and tried not to move my head. No, my problem was not being able to move my legs. I had a big triangle cushion tucked under my knees, so it was better than if my legs were lying flat. But near the end there I thought for sure my right leg was going to cramp on me. I could feel my back thigh muscles quivering and knotting up. I was never so relieved to sit up and move in my life. I have a few problems with cramping in my legs and not being able to really shift my legs was a big pain.

Otherwise, I didn’t have any problems. The tech stuck me in there and I just laid there for about 20 minutes. I had to hold my teeth together as much as I could during the first part, which takes some conscious thought to achieve since my teeth don’t really meet and my natural habit is to hold my jaw as loosely as I can now. Then she put a white plastic thing between my front teeth and I bit on that for the second half. Then I was up and out and about ten minutes early for work. No big deal.

It looked like that with open sides but the top was only about two inches from my nose.

The tech said the pictures were good and they would send them along to Dr. Garvey. So, I should be hearing from him in a day or two. If I don’t hear anything by next week I’ll give him a call on Monday. Apparently, all doctors are like little children and if you don’t keep reminding them you exist they have a tendency to forget you’re there. Or that you just paid them an obscene amount of money and would like your health problems seen to without having to hunt them down by phone. I do not appreciate the fact that I waited a month for something to happen and then had to make my own MRI appointment when I was finally able to hunt Dr. Garvey down. Or at least, someone answering the stupid phone. Yeah, I think somebody needs a time out! Fail, people!


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