Monthly Archives: January 2022

I have TMJ from chewing too much gum, how do I fix this?

Chewing gum too often or for too long can sometimes cause TMJ in people.  You may notice any of the following symptoms:

  1. Jaw is tight on the side you chew gum on.
  2. It’s hard to fully bite down.
  3. There is pain in the jaw at the joint.
  4. You might have ringing in the ear or associated ear pain from the inflammation.

The simplest things you can do are this:

  1. Stop chewing gum for the time being.
  2. Use advil/aleve for the inflammation.
  3. Use a hot pad at the joint of the jaw for 10 minutes a few times a day.  This will help loosen up the joint, tendon and muscles.
  4. Gently massage the joint.

What sleeping position helps relieve pressure after an appendectomy?

Although not a wonderful sleeping position for everyone, sleeping flat on your back or with a pillow under your knees will put the least amount of pressure on your abdomen.

If you do need to move to keep from getting stiff you might find that placing a pillow under your right side might help (this puts the right side slightly elevated).  If it’s done the other direction it can sometimes put more pressure on the lower right quadrant which is what you want to avoid.

If your surgery was a laparoscopy without complications you’ll likely feel better within 2 weeks although some people will be sore for longer.  Always stay in contact with your doctor if you have knew or persistent pain that isn’t healing.  In rare cases the stump of the appendix that is left behind can become inflamed will mimic all of the effects of full blown appendicitis (which is exactly what it is, just on the stump).

Why does my cod turn brown after desalinating?

The code turning brown is more an action of oxidation and less an action of the desalinating.  When the fish is exposed without skin to oxygen is will face oxidation which will brown things (the same as fruit, salads, etc.).  To slow the oxidation process you can apply lemons to the fish or the water you’re using in the desalination process.

For more Q/A on cooking visit our friends at Cut & Dried.

RocketDock not saving settings on Windows 11

RocketDock although not having been updated for quite a long time still works on Windows 11.  One of the long time popular plugins for it is the stacks plugin which allows you to show a stack of files from a folder (the folder contain anything, shortcuts, programs, etc).

In Windows 11 RocketDock does not have the proper permissions to save it’s settings files out.  Being from circa 2007 it attempts to store it’s INI files in it’s program files folder and not somewhere where the user would have permissions like the appdata folder.

The fix is to give your user account full control permissions to the following folder:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketDock

To change the folder permissions you can do the following:

  • Open Windows Explorer
  • Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketDock
  • Right click on the folder and goto properties
  • Click on the security tab
  • Click the ‘Edit’ button.
  • Click the ‘Add’ button and add your user account by name into the ‘Group or user names’ box.
  • Select ‘Allow’ for ‘Full Control’
  • Click ‘Ok’ to close all of the dialogs.

This will fix both saving the settings from RocketDock as well as the settings from the Stacks plugin.