Once I realized that the jaw pain I was experiencing was not going to go away easily, I did some research. I found out that one of the best places in the US for treatment of this kind of pain is right here in Lexington. Darn near right across the street from my house, in fact. It's called the Orafacial Pain Clinic at the University of Kentucky. And there is a very long wait list to get in. Apparently this is an all too common source of pain....mostly for women.....mostly in my age category. I know a lot of UK folks and a lot of doctors and I called everyone I could think of...and my dentist did too....but I was not able to get an appointment any sooner than two and a half months out.
But exactly one week ago, I got in! (That's another post!) I got in and I was truly amazed by the compassionate and skilled work that is being done there. I'm beginning to feel much better and I am now hopeful that I will eventually be pain free again. It could take several months but I am prepared for that now.
All of this to say that yesterday I was able to do more than I have been able to do in months!
...went back to the gym with Michael and did a light cardio work out....first time in over six months!
...went to the market and actually enjoyed picking out food and planning meals
...came home and cooked...I cooked two different soups, a full dinner AND an entree for later in the week
...worked with some of Big C's senior pictures in my photo editing software and made some plans for his graduation celebration
...laughed and smiled, and it only hurt a little
...and I found a great place for the cute tea towels...as part of the window treatment in my kitchen.
If you give a girl a tea towel....she'll hang it in the window.
Where she can see it, all the time, and think of her sweet friend and smile.
And after she's hung the tea towels in this unconventional way, she'll realize that she's beginning to feel like herself again.
Herself again, but different too.
Because now she she has an idea of just how many people are in physical pain, all the time. And how awful that is. And she will be different now. More grateful. More empathetic. More aware.
She'll do her best to be more of those things.
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