I don't usually like to bring my sorry-for-myself Eeyore moments online. But, given that I haven't blogged in nearly two weeks (my longest non-vacation absence, I believe), I figured I should at least offer an explanation. Or an image. For most of 2004 and part of 2005 I wrestled with bad neck, jaw, and teeth problems - stuff that had me waking in the middle of the night in pain and popping Advil every 4 hours like an infant on a feeding schedule. Not fun, as those of you with similar TMJ problems likely know. Back then I got it under control with a combination of massage therapy, behavior modification (no gum chewing!), expensive orthodontics, and cheap exercises.
Sadly, since late summer, it's all back: same sleep-stopping pain, same Advil needs, same awful everything. I'm working through it yet again, trying to behave myself and control things as best I can. Not surprisingly, though, computer time is a big trigger for most of my symptoms. So for now I'm reserving my computer time mostly for work.
Which is the other big reason for my online absences. I'm just damn busy.