I can’t win for losing! LOL!! I was finally putting together a string of days when I slept until close to 5:00AM, a real accomplishment for me, when the Daylight Savings Time changed on me this morning. So, I’ve been up since “3:30AM”, even though my brain thinks I slept until 4:30AM. I am very pleased that I slept over 7 hours, but I know that I always have a hard time adjusting to these time changes. My appetite gets off schedule, and it has always taken me quite a while to adjust to the different sleep times. Plus, I have my Sleep Study this week. Not the best timing in the world, but it will have to do.
My neck is much better this morning, with pain and stiffness only when I try to turn almost all the way to the sides. I have been very careful with this spasm episode, trying to be very cautious with any stretches, trying to move just to the point of pain, but no further. I have not tried to advance the TAP screw any, since this spasm hit, but I am sleeping with the dental appliance every night.
I have reached an amount of extension of my lower jaw that makes it harder to get the pieces in my mouth. Now, I have to connect the two pieces before they go in my mouth, and then jut my lower jaw forward to meet the mouthpiece. Before, I could put the two halves in separately, and jut my jaw forward to hook them together. I can’t unhook them in my mouth any more in the mornings, either. I have to break the seal with them still hooked together. That’s not an easy thing to do, as they really fit tight. Of course, it’s because they fit my teeth so perfectly that this contraption doesn’t hurt, so I’m not complaining.
I exercise my jaws with the chewing pieces every morning while I’m on the computer, and don’t even really have to think about it. It’s about like chewing gum, really. Then, I also do a series of facial grimacing and stretching exercises for my Parkinson’s, to delay the time when I will lose facial expression. The chewing strengthens my jaw, and should actually help delay the “Mask of Parkinson’s”.
I am in a better mood generally since I started taking the Bentyl, which is an antidepressant as well as an antispasmodic. I’m taking it to soothe my spastic colon, but I’ll take any mood improvement I can get! I’ve managed to get started on several projects that I was previously just overwhelmed by, so that’s a good thing. I even managed to put something new on eBay several days in a row, and posted some new requests for people searching for lost loveys on our Plush Memories blog. I’m still way behind on that, though. But I’m completely caught up on the BLOG VILLAGE membership screenings. The house is still chaotic, but that’s nothing new. I never was a very good housekeeper, sad to say. I do love it when it’s all uncluttered, but I never have been able to find the gumption to keep it that way. All in all, though, I can tell that I’m getting out of the doldrums I’ve been in for some time, and that’s a very good sign!!