As we traverse life's highway there are constantly those little bumps in the road that we have to deal with. Now I don't know about your life, but most everyone I know is plagued with a non stop string of little, annoying, bad things that constantly crop up that they have to contend with. Have you ever wondered why?
Now I am not talking about those big tragedies we all have to face. I get that, those are tests and we have to pass them or learn from them if we don't. Those are the things that make us stronger and better people. But do those little things make us stronger and better too?
Some people might say it's karma...maybe so...I do believe that what we do has a way of working itself back to us. Some people might say it's random chance with no rhyme or reason...I can't say for sure, but I don't really believe that because I don't believe that life is a random set of episodes. Yet others might say that we bring our misery on ourselves. Perhaps in many instances that's true.
But this time I am fairly certain I didn't do anything to bring this on (unless it really was karmic retribution for some past misdeed)...in fact all I did was yawn. A yawn that was followed by a sharp pain and a pop. Then I couldn't close my mouth.
I tore a tendon in my jaw. After a visit to my dentist I learned a fascinating fact. In our jaws we have a little disc of bone that is only held in place by our tendons, much like our knee caps. It's not attached to anything, and when you tear a tendon it behaves like a slipped disc in your spine, and it moved around more than it's supposed to. It will slide between your jaw bones and prop them open until the muscle relaxes and it slips back out.
My dentist told me that I need to eat soft food for a week and try not to yawn...yeah because I have a lot of control over that. And then hopefully it will heal on it's own and I won't have to go to a specialist.
The trouble with soft foods is that the majority of them aren't good for you. Sure you have apple sauce, yogurt and certain kinds of soup, but there is pasta and cottage cheese and mashed potatoes and pudding which are bad. I figure if I am going to have this pesky little trouble, I should at least get the silver lining of being able to lose a couple pounds out of the deal...but no. Nooo!
Can someone please pass the mashed potatoes...sigh~