Well, almost. During the final two rounds of the Wal-Mart LPGA event in Arkansas this year, my right jaw came out of joint and locked-up. I was forced to temporarily stop competing after that event because I could barely open my mouth and I was suffering from severe migraines and mild vertigo.** For the past 3 months I have been rehabilitating my jaw. After many doctor appointments, exercises, mouth appliances and cranial adjustments my right jaw joint is slowly healing.
I am now able to resume my normal practice schedule. Although I can’t say that I haven’t enjoyed being able to attend all of the Charger home games and do some paddle boarding, I’m really looking forward to competing again. I will be back out there at the start of next year’s season.
**Note: For anyone really interested, a dislocated jaw affects the trigeminal nerve which conveys information to important structures in the brain, including the nucleus solitarius, the locus coeruleus, the vagus nerve and the cerebral cortex. The trigeminal nerve also specifically sends signals to the anterior cingulate cortex, which is involved in mood, attention, equilibrium and decision-making.