Superbowl Bliss!

First the Red Sox, now the Patriots! Again!! I don’t know if we New England sports fans can handle it!   There was a great (albeit slightly tongue-in-cheek) quote by Dan Daly in the Washington Times the day after the Superbowl (I’m paraphrasing here):

New England rules ALL FOUR major sports, not just two – Think about it: The Patriots just won their third Lombardi Trophy in four years, the Red Sox broke the 86-year-old ‘Curse of the Bambino’ by winning the World Series this fall, Boston College‘s men’s basketball team is [was at the time] 20-0 for the first time in school history – and the Bruins haven’t lost a hockey game since last spring!

Lynn and I had a second trip to Florida last month. We returned to the same area as before so Lynn could get a medical assessment for jaw problems. For the past 10-15 years, Lynn has had jaw problems (as did her mother, it appears to be hereditary). She has TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) disease, where the jaw joint on either (or in Lynn’s case, both) sides deteriorates.  It causes a lot of pain when talking or eating, and alters the position of the lower jaw and screws up the bite.

We went to a world-renowned Maxillo-Facial Surgery specialist down in St. Petersburg (recommended by our local dentist) to get an assessment of the problem and the possibilities of fixing it from his point of view.  Fascinating visit.  She had an MRI and a CT scan done, plus positional portraits (mug shots – emphasis on the jaw) and a Doppler sonogram (records the amount of noise coming from the jaw).  She also had two mouth casts made, and had three blocks (Novocain in a nerve); one in the occipital nerve in the back of the neck, one directly into the TMJ joint in the face, and another into the sympathetic nerve in the front of the neck.  It was a busy day, to say the least.

This guy down in St. Pete does a radical repair procedure that no-one else (apparently) does, where he transplants fat tissue into the jaw joint to replace the destroyed disks.  If that weren’t weird enough, once you have this done you have to have the jaw immobile (think Hannibal Lector in  Silence of the Lambs) for up to 6 months or more. We’ll be getting 2nd and 3rd opinions too, but our dentist (whom we both think highly of) said this guy was the best, so we figured we’d check it out.

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