September has been kind of a rough month thus far. First, there was a huge fire in my area (the biggest in Los Angeles history!), and then I had a few health problems to contend with.
I developed a saliva stone in my left sublingual gland. Do yourself a favor and DON’T look up pictures of saliva stones on Google — super gross!!
The stone was excruciatingly painful. My options were basically “try the home treatment or go to the dentist to get it sliced out.” I went with the home treatment, of course. That involved drinking a massive amount of water, warm compresses, massaging the stone with my finger, and sucking on an ungodly amount of lemon drops (to stimulate the gland).
I was fortunate enough to pop that sucker out on my own without a dentist’s help. It was about the size of a long grain of rice. Which isn’t nearly as bad as some people get them, but, dang, it was SO painful.
Unfortunately, sucking on all those lemon drops wreaked havoc with my acid reflux and threw my stomach into fits. It started pushing acid up into my mouth and throat, leaving me with a TON of very painful ulcers. I had sores on my tongue, under my tongue, all over the insides of my mouth, and down my throat.
At one point, my tongue swelled up so big I couldn’t breathe and I had to take a trip to the emergency room! :O
I also couldn’t eat any normal food. At first, I was just drinking water (because that was the only thing that stayed down). Then, I was on a diet of nothing but baby food for several days.
Thankfully, for the past three days, I’ve been able to eat real — bland — food and keep it down. I also discovered that “vegetable chicken” baby food makes a nice super bland “gravy” for mashed potatoes. So all that leftover baby food hasn’t been going to waste. (It’s honestly not half bad once it’s heated up!).
Since I’ve been home, not feeling well, and looking decidedly frumpy, a friend of mind sent me a WIG to cheer me up and add some pizzazz to my look! Check me out:
Being pink has been a lot of fun. Tomorrow, I’m finally going to get out of the house and hang out with a couple friends (while rocking my new pink locks, of course!). Then… back to business!
I’ve been putting clients first, but I have a few things planned for LittleZotz Writing as well. I’ve also been working on a fun new book that I can’t talk about yet. It’ll be a freebie though, when it’s finally done, so keep an eye out in the coming months.
Hope you’re all doing well and that September has been kind to you!
Until next time,