A Quick Challenge for You

A Quick Challenge for You

Today, I changed something fundamental about myself, something I didn’t think would ever change. I have been tongue-tied, literally, all my life, and it has always been one of the weird little things that define and describe me.

Today that changed. I am no longer tongue-tied. At least in the literal sense. (All bets are off for tripping over words. Guaranteed that will still happen!)

So, what’s one little weird thing that defines you? Have you documented it yet? Maybe you should! You definitely don’t have to, but think about how much fun it would be to go back and see something about a part of you that you thought would never change, and suddenly has!

Case in point: My T page from the Me: the abridged version album I did for a Cathy Zielske class over at BPC.

T || noexcusescrapbooking || design by Cathy Zielske

The journaling reads, in part:


This is me, literally and figuratively.There’s a membrane that attaches the tip of my tongue to the bottom of my mouth. Reason I look so weird when I stick my tongue out. Genetic. Passed on to Simon, but it’s not as extreme on him. I am also very good at loosing my train of thought mid-speech, which comes across as stuttering, muttering, and general trailing off of sentences. Luckily for me, I have a husband who helps keep me on track.

So glad to have that now that it is no longer true. It may be time to do a new album. Or not. It’s only been 4 years. We’ll see!

Now, don’t you think it’s time to document yourself before you become a new and improved you?

PSA: If you are tongue-tied, and you’re having trouble with your gums, run, don’t walk to your dentist! A little bit of pain now can really help preserve your teeth in the long run.

6 Responses »

  1. Speech pathologist talking here: being tongue tied is not ALWAYS an issue, but if one cannot stick their tongue out, lick an ice cream cone (or do other things like that with their tongue), keep an eye on the gums and teeth. In kids, it can have a rotating effect on the lower teeth. But if it is NOT a problem, no need to do it.
    Heather, glad you got it “fixed” and as you said, if your son does not have problems with it, let it go (at some point in time, doctors would do that procedure as a routine before a baby was just a few days old… just in case!)
    Now, thinking of my own “uniqueness”: I can move my eyebrows independently. My kids used to have a giggle out of it, but eventually, they learned to do that. Interestingly, my neurology teacher at university explained that it was physically impossible to do. Hum…

    • Cassel, thanks for the clinical perspective! Being tongue-tied was never an issue for me until I was pregnant. Both times I was pregnant, that membrane would tighten up and pull on my gums and they started to recede around my lower front teeth. That’s when I realized I needed to do something.

  2. Oh wow, I’ve never really known what tongue-tied meant in a physical sense. Although I believe tongues are supposed to heal quickly, I’m guessing it would still be a rather awkward and painful procedure? But worth it in the long run for your teeth. Hope it is healing up well for you.

    • It’s a bit painful, but hopefully it will heal quickly. Right now, while on pain meds, it just feels like I burnt my tongue on something hot. It’s a bit more painful when I eat, and off meds it’s even worse, but it has definitely improved significantly already.

What do you think?