My computer won't let me respond in the comments below the blog (issue with the browser I have to use at work) so I am responding here. I just wanted to thank you, Doc, for this entry. You are absolutely right.
I was taught as a kid to always write a thank you note when someone did something nice or send me a present. They always started with the formulaic "Dear ---. How are you? I am fine. Thank you for the..." I've let that slip over the years and usually it's an email or a call, with one particular exception.
My grandmother, who is now past ninety and having a harder time keeping up, used to email people but has gone back to sending letters. About every two weeks to a month I send her one. Having her words physically in my hand gives me so much better a sense of her personality and thoughts than even speaking to her did. I feel I am closer to her now than before. It has brought an added depth to our relationship and I cherish each letter. It's a nice practice and more people need to remember it.View Thread
Thanks for the information. I fully understand you aren't tellin g me what is wrong, but I appreciate it anyway. I've learned that it seems to be positional, if I stretch my neck out or bend forward too much the issues increase so I guess my original question is answered by "if it feels wrong, don't do that!" (grin)View Thread
I have a very odd problem that I've nver had before and I'd like a little insight at least. Yes I know that blind diagnoses are not possible, but I'm just curious about what this could theoretically be, and ways to make myself a little more comfortable while I go looking for medical care.
That said, I have difficulty swallowing on my right side and the problem seems to be centered around the area where my nose attaches to my throat. There is no redness or swelling visible from the inside. I also feel a pain and tension in the muscles that go from my collarbone up the underside of my jaw on at side. The other side is fine. I sometimes feel as if somethin is stuck in the back of my throat, like a loose tonsilolith. There is a small amount of swelling that can be felt on the outside of my throat.
The really odd thing about this is there was no precipitating event. My glands don't appear to be swollen. I can talk normally but feel a strain on the vocal cords of that side if I sing high notes or speak in a high voice. Lower notes pose no problem. I also feel better when I first wake up and the symptoms reduce dramatically if I sit upright. If I slouch or extend my neck forward there is a lot more discomfort. My throat does a sort of 'clicking' thing when I swallow at times. The way it feels, I feel as if I've strained something. I'm just not sure how! I don't have a "sore throat" feeling, this all feels like a mechanical problem.
Any insights would be great, even if it is just suggestions of how I can make myself a little more comfortable.
Happy New Year to you, and to everyone on the board!View Thread
Reminds me of an aircraft mechanic I once knew who was born on a leap year. When we celebrated his "18th" birthday I got him a draft card and a "happy 18th birthday" card and a voter's registration too. Anyway, no need to respond, but you are appreciated.View Thread
I'm also not singing any off key birthday songs, but I hope your journey is enjoyable, despite them playing Titanic. What a choice of entertainment! I wish you many more happy, healthy years!View Thread
Hope you feel better soon, Tina... if you are sensitive to dust mites, there are various things that can be done to reduce them in your environment. There are HEPA filters to help keep your air clean, and covers for your pillows and mattress that keep the dust mites from accumulating. Carpets do build up dust and dust mites after a while so the cleaning couldn't hurt.View Thread