Diagnosing Lockjaw / Diagnóstico del Trismo

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THE YEAR WAS 1997. San Geraldo and I were heading north from downtown to our jobs at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla. San Geraldo was behind the wheel when he asked, “How can you tell if you have lockjaw?”

“Why? Do you think you have lockjaw?”

He nodded and said pathetically, “Uh huh.”

“And WHY do you think you have lockjaw?” I asked softly.

“Because my jaw is tight and it hurts.”

“Breathe and relax your jaw,” I calmly instructed.

We drove on in silence for a few minutes and then, “How’s that lockjaw?,” I asked.

“It’s gone.”

It was a miracle!


EL AÑO FUE de 1997. San Geraldo y yo nos dirigíamos hacia el norte desde el centro de la ciudad hacia nuestros trabajos en la Universidad de California, San Diego, en La Jolla. San Geraldo estaba conduciendo cuando se le preguntó: “¿Cómo pude saber si tiene el trismo [la mandíbula bloqueada]?”

¿Por qué? ¿Crees que tienes el trismo?”

Él asintió y dijo: “Uh huh”.

“¿Y POR QUÉ crees que tienes el trismo?” Le pregunté en voz baja.

“Porque mi mandíbula está apretada y me duele”.

“Respira y relaja tu mandíbula”, le dije con calma.

Condujimos en silencio durante unos minutos y luego, “¿Cómo está ese trismo ”, le pregunté.

“Se fue.”

¡Un milagro!

A couple of years before the lockjaw.
Dos años antes del trismo.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

28 thoughts on “Diagnosing Lockjaw / Diagnóstico del Trismo”

    1. Jennifer:
      I have loads of nice stories about San Geraldo, but these others are much funnier. And he really does enjoy them. But I promise, one of these days there’ll be something completely sweet.

      1. Deedles:
        Susan does, too. She was quoting my mother! I shared that photo a while back and told what my mother said about it (so she kept it on her dresser where no on else saw it). Susan’s been reading ALL my old posts and her retention is impressive!

      2. Lighten up Peeps. I love this loving intimate photo. Especially the ‘package’ highlight. I was teasing Mitchell, quoting the Dowager Duchess’ comment about this photo.

      3. Susan:
        I covered for you. Now everyone knows, i hope, and appreciates your sense of humor!

      4. Kirk:
        Susan was being clever. She read an old post that introduced that photo and i told how my mother wouldn’t keep it in a public space in her apartment because it was “too intimate.”

    1. Susan:
      Yes, at least. Your stroke story inspired me to tell this one. And you’re so funny! My first thought was, “Hey, that’s what my mother said about the photo.” But then I caught on.

    2. Susan, I would like to apologize for sounding disapproving, or snotty. I didn’t mean to. It is very hard to write tone, if that makes any sense. I remembered the picture, but not the post 🙂 By the way, I enjoy reading your comments (isn’t that big of me?) 😉

      1. No problemo Deedles. After I ‘splained myself, I wished that I could take my comment back as I worried it sounded snotty as well. Tone, especially for us smart asses is hard to “write.” We can have a mutual adoration society cuz your comments crack me up!

  1. You are a HEALER, Mitchell!!
    Better watch it as there will be people lining up to your building looking for ‘The healer’!!
    Funny thing is this actually happened to our ‘naturopath/acupuncturist’ when she was visiting her son in Korea……word got out that she could ‘heal’ things and there they were lined up outside her hotel.
    Great photo of ‘the boys’!!

    1. Deedles:
      We DO! That would be so much fun and not just because Carlos and Jerry have got be related.

  2. A handsome couple then, a handsome couple now! And yes, while maybe it’s not lockjaw per se, so many people carry tension in their jaw.

    1. Debra:
      I do, too. I just never thought it was lockjaw. Jerry has a catastrophic imagination.

    1. Cheapchick:
      I am the beautiful reflection of my love’s affection… a wawking illustration of his admiration… etc.

    1. Willym:
      I had a photographer I knew come to our home in San Diego. Out of 70 plus photos, we chose TWO!

    1. anne marie:
      I love that you talked about us! I’ll be in NYC in September and WISH we could have lunch together!

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