Well, this week has been coming for a while and it’s finally here. After a long period of doctor’s visits, minor procedures, and pain, my wife is having surgery this week to correct problems with her Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). This is the jaw joint. We’ll be heading down to Gainesville on Wednesday where she’ll have the articular discs in both jaw joints rebuilt using cartilage from other areas of the body. Years of wearing a splint, taking medications, heat and cold applications, and minor surgical procedures, coupled with numerous visits to doctors for opinions have gotten us to this point. This is generally considered the last step of correction after all other attempts have failed. It’s not a decision you make lightly.

That said, she’ll be in the hospital for 2 or 3 days. Because we’ll be in Gainesville during this time, she’s insisted I take my bicycle so I can ride down there. I’ve done some looking on Map My Ride and there looks to be a couple of good routes that start near the hotel I’m staying at that are low-traffic, well-constructed, and scenic. I’m going to continue posting while we’re down there so there shouldn’t be too much of a disruption in my blogging. Things do happen, though, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see too many posts from me this week. I do have a couple of informational articles I’ve been working on that may get posted as well or in lieu of my bicycle ride posts. Just wanted to keep you informed.