Dudes...ladies...especially ladies. As if being 50-something isn't already hard enough, what with hormonal changes and all the weirdness that comes with it. Now come to find out there's more shit that can happen.
Like Burning Mouth Syndrome, which my doctor just diagnosed me with today.
Maybe it was all those naughty words. Karma's a...well, you know.
I mean, we've all burned our tongues, right? Which is what I thought a dozen or so days ago, though I could not remember a specific incident. And it's an annoying feeling, but a burnt tongue heals and it goes away. Except when it doesn't. Then it continues to be annoying. Like, possibly forever annoying.
What causes it? Get this: Nobody knows for sure. Could be stress (check). Menopause or perimenopause (check). Being female (check). Anxiety or depression (I didn't think so, but maybe I'm in denial).
So the pamphlet I brought home says, "One-half to two-thirds of patients will experience at least a partial improvement in symptoms within SIX to SEVEN YEARS [emphasis mine] after symptoms began. A SMALL NUMBER will return to normal with no residual burning. [For the others] symptoms tend to remain at about the same intensity."
I hope I'm among the "small number." In the meantime, it's a good thing I've always liked spicy stuff, because it feels like a never-ending jalapeno pepper up in there.
I'm going to hit it with everything that may help—extra B vitamins, alpha lipoic acid, baking soda rinses and/or Tabasco sauce rinses (I kid you not, it's on my sheet here). Everything short of prescription pharmaceuticals, because I just don't want to go down that road if I can help it, and they are only sometimes effective plus have side effects.
Okay, so...end of rant. On a positive note, before the week got busy work-wise, I went thrift store browsing and found the cutest little vintage covered sugar bowl.
It's from the Horizons line by Steubenville, though I can't find the name of this particular design. Farm scene? Anyway, it's a mid-century piece, probably from the 1950s.
I love the colors. I thought about pretty pinks and greens in my fabric stash.
One thing led to another and pretty soon I was making a mini. I got as far as piecing the front and back and sandwiching it. Then I got slammed with work, so I don't know when I'll get back to quilting and finishing it. I decided not to wait until that day, though, to show you.
The doc's parting words were, "Try to have some fun this weekend," a prescription I do hope to fill.
Heard this song on the radio recently, from John Mayer's newest album. I like the laid back vibe.
Have a good one, all!