Monday, May 7, 2012


Just when I was thinking that I pretty much have met my quota for doctors, now I get to see someone new. Seems that in the middle of having the virus from hell, dealing with the side effects from the medications to combat said virus and coping with the usual fallout of my MS symptoms which show up any time I get sick...
what they thought was a related symptom is...not.  Apparently, I have TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) If you have it, you probably aren't allowed to try and say it. I've been told not to eat anything I have to chew (wow, that sounds...bland) and not to yawn, talk much, or open my mouth wide for any reason. (Shut up, I'm not going there.)  Needless to say, I'm thrilled. Seriously. I really needed something else wrong with me.
Okay, enough whining. Good news, I guess, is maybe I can push myself to drink those diet shakes for lunch, and eat healthy alternatives...maybe. Who knows? Maybe I'll lose a few pounds. It will force me to relax (de-stress) to some extent, like it or not. Not that I have time to, of course, but I'm going to try.  Meanwhile, I did have a fairly active day, working on my garage (AKA The Black Hole) and hopefully I didn't hurt my back doing so.  I have decided to try and write here more often, so I apologize if I'm rambling, I think I just need to get back into the swing of it all.  Thank you for stopping by and wish me well...please.

Caren E. Salas



  1. Hello Caren dear,
    I do wish you well! Blessings to you and your fabulous family.
    We had a great day working in the garden. A bit of a pain a lot of the time. Weed love the northwest with all our rain. It is never ending. My husband an I disagree greatly about the garden, so that is our challenge.God is with us.

    I am 62 now and was diagnosed with TMJ at about 27. I followed all the doctors instructions and about 5 years ago was told I no long have it. So glad following healthy directions pays off. And the good news I have lived well. Practice relaxing my jaw frequently.
    There is hope!
    Your friend, Cynthia Petersen

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Cynthia, and thanks for following my blog. :)

  2. Well, when God closed a door, He sends you to another specialist. So sorry to hear about your TMJ. My first reaction was to say "Shut Up!" but thought better of it. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, pureed ham, pulverized ribeye steak. Yum! I know that which doesn't kill you, makes you stronger, but enough already God!

    Will pray that you feel better soon, Mosk

    1. Ooooh, the pulverized steak sounds...yeah. Thanks for the encouragement. Soup, these days seems to be the thing: Chicken Enchilada is good, Miso, Potato-cheese...I will survive. Thanks my friend.