When I woke up last Friday morning, I couldn’t open my mouth all the way. I had pain on the right side of my jaw when I tried to open my mouth, and it wouldn’t open all the way. “No worries,” I thought. This has happened before, usually when I sleep on my back with my head at an odd angle (or even in an airplane, sleeping sitting up with my neck at a weird angle.) But before, it usually went away within a few minutes and I was able to open my mouth all the way again with no problems. But this time, it lasted all day. And now it is Thursday night, almost a week later, and I still can’t open my mouth all the way! Yikes!
I’ve been able to get some medical advice, both from a doctor friend of a friend in Singapore, and from my dad and his doctor friends in Ecuador. I’m not quite sure what to do at this point. I don’t want to rush off to Singapore to have surgery but at the same time I want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing for my health.
I would ask that you pray for me. I’m not in a great deal of pain, and honestly this isn’t affecting my day-to-day life significantly (only that I am trying to eat mostly soft foods and liquids – that rules out a surprising amount of foods! Good for the diet, right?!) But it is something that I am concerned about. If we were in the States, I would have lots of options for medical help and treatment. Here, not so much. So I am asking for your prayers. Prayers for wisdom in what to do, and also prayers for healing. Thank you.