As I heal from an epic fall-turned-surgery, I am learning more about my real self than ever before. I partially blame all the scans I’m getting for this. The other reason I am learning is because of my career as a writer and researcher. Getting referrals for the very specific care that my medical case requires, would be more exhausting if I didn’t have a desire to heal. Being on the mend requires that I keep a certain quality and amount of energy in my body. The right kind of energy can act like a key, further unlocking my body’s healing potential. And I, need ALL of the physical healing that I can get. Being into holistic medicine is something I live in my daily life. Some people call me a Hippie. But I am like a next gen Hippie. A Happie. Haha
In the midst of my journey through healing from jaw surgery and three break sites, you might be happy to know that I’m taking it easy. I am doing first for myself, and then for others. Being “sick” or in my case recovering from surgery while healing from broken bones, is perfect cause for slowing down. Despite any mental energy that I have, my body always seems to take control. When I’m tired, I rest. Sometimes for 10 hours. When I am hungry, I take all the time and care and “Happie space” in the world for eating. My relationship with food has changed for the time being. Liquid everything. Rule #1: I must enjoy the meals that I am ingesting, which also have to align with both my tastes, and medical/healing needs.
Recently, I sat in my surgeon’s office. He is in Mesa AZ and is a DDS. A surgeon-dentist. He is well respected because “he is thorough” (from what I was told by a doctor/resident who was at my surgery assisting my surgeon). So, I was sitting in the nice padded chair, and was glad to see sunlight from behind a nice cool glass, with a little bit of leaves and bushes to appreciate in my front view. A moment later I was being “un-wired” with the potential that I’d graduate to the next step of my care program. The next steps are to take off the wires permanently, and install rubber bands. But, no luck.
Photo Reaction Re-Cap: Look up, L to Right, you can see snapshots of me before getting unwired; next, you can see the metal currently in my mouth. Yes my mouth is wired shut using actual wire. Third, after being unwired, I am open-mouthed for 45 minutes. That time was spent productively, as I was trying to open and close my mouth on a jaw that is sort of “brand new” to me. (Unknown how I was going to feel UN-wired, I expected soreness.) I found that the muscles in my tongue are not exactly strong right now. Those weakened/currently unused muscles in my jaw/face feel like they are tied directly to the jaw-break site on the same side of my face. WOW what an intense reality being un-wired was. As I was being wired again, I cried, but that’s healthy. I did feel a bit devastated to be wired, again. But, another appointment was set for 2-weeks. After the appointment I realize that I am not a quitter. I already have a plan in process to accelerate the healing process of my bones and tissues. I’ll talk about my Next Level Healing below.
That same day, but at night, I switched gears and readied myself emotionally for the launch of the Jack Stuler Foundation non-profit organization launch project that I’ve been co-spearheading since last June. My client and partner, Sabina Kelly-Allen is Jack Stuler’s daughter, and the Director of the organization. Along with Marilyn Hayes and Neil Miller, the Phoenix Art Museum classroom was a perfect backdrop for our very first event. I’ll write about this soon, and have some fun pictures and WAY COOL NEWS FOR ARTISTS IN AZ. The image you see above is lights dimmed inside the presentation. I’m standing at the back of the classroom, and there are about 35 people in attendance for this InFocus-sponsored lecture.
Just before that evening’s event though…
I had received favorable news from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. My “Pin and Eye” (“two little guys”) photography is going to be placed on-exhibit inside the Museum! I will post more about this soon. Such a cool opportunity, and I am grateful to have had the inspiration to create a specialty visual presentation and written proposal to them. This is my first art submission! Home Run!
The Current Chapter Is The Next Level Of My Healing
Where am I at now? You know, the next day after the JSF launch event, which was yesterday. That was also a big day for me. I went to visit a specialist and 42-year veteran in the holistic dentistry realm. His name is Dr. Nicholas J. Meyer. There is an injection therapy called PRP that Dr. Meyer performed. My fear of needles is lessening, the more I encounter them. Needles aside, I’ll soon write about my unique day at his office in the Scottsdale area. Fascinating avenues for healing exist for my particular situation and case. My care has to be very specialized at this point, or my health could decline quickly. I refuse to decline in my health, because I like healing as a lifestyle normally, anyway. More on this holistic dentistry adventure coming soon to this blog.