Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What Life is Like Without Chewing or Smiling #HealHazel #YouCaringGives

Wishing I could surprise and cheer her somehow, I made a baked apple--a soft food and a bit of a treat. But when I took it up to her she only felt bad, having to turn it down. "I'm sorry--I can't eat it right now--the pain is bad."

Anyone want a baked apple? 

So my effort backfired.  Not only was she unable to enjoy the baked apple, but she apologized for my wasted effort, and I could see how badly it hurt her even to move her mouth to talk, to tell me she couldn't eat. So I had just made her feel worse...

And that's how it's been going since early May.

After the naproxen and acetaminophen kick in, maybe she can handle the baked apple, or a smoothie, or sorbet. Maybe tomorrow I can get her a flowering plant, for Thanksgiving, instead of a feast, or maybe we'll have news of progress towards her puppy. Maybe I can find a funny story to share with her.

My job is to conjure that rare smile.


Okay, so here it comes again, the link where you can help me ease her pain and repair her smile. Because as nice as flowers and funny stories are, and as much as she needs her service dog, she really needs to be able to eat.

Oh, and please nominate her to win a $500 donation from YouCaring by leaving a message, at the fundraiser linked below, including the hashtags #YouCaringGives and #HealHazel.

 Heal Hazel with TMJ Specialist and #YouCaringGives



Thanks!!!

Here's a pic of Hazel (on the right in red) with her sister and me, once upon a time, at the beach, when all was not gloom and doom (just so you know we're not some kind of dismal ghouls).


Snapped at the beach on a happier day. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

What fun is Thanksgiving when you can't visit or chew? #YouCaringGives hope to #HealHazel


A quick thought before you go back to the holiday whirl.


What is that whirl, but the joy of visiting with family and friends, and the pleasure of sharing a feast with them? Thanksgiving brings up the warm image of loving faces around a table, and afterwards, that satisfying feeling of being full of food and surrounded by love.

 Maybe the travel is a pain. Traffic, bad weather, short tempers, yeah, it can be rough!

But what if you couldn't do any of it? What if you couldn't travel, couldn't sit down at a table, couldn't gather with friends or family -- what if you couldn't even chew one bite of turkey?

That's the situation Hazel is in, so please help her. All we have to do is give, and the jaw pain specialist will do the rest. Even the smallest donation will be a big help, because you can help enter Hazel to win an extra $500 from the best ever crowd funding site, YouCaring. Just donate a dollar or two, but be sure to say in a message with your donation,
"I nominate #HealHazel for #YouCaringGives." Those hashtags could be the key to her getting a big boost towards her goal. And now, in the spirit of the season, Thank You! For more information see Heal Hazel with TMJ Specialist and #YouCaringGives


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Arf! Argh! Help Hazel chew!

$1740 raised toward our $3500 doggy goal = Arf!

$6000 needed for Hazel to be able to chew = Argh!

But we won't be stopped just because the goal is bigger. We've been able to do so much to help Hazel so far, and I'm sure we will be able to help her chew.

Chew?? Yes, chew. As if life was not already painful enough, for Hazel, her jaw pain is now so extreme she can barely chew. For more information see Heal Hazel with TMJ Specialist and #YouCaringGives