So, my doctor asked if I have tried maybe having something in my mouth to distract my tongue and allow for better speaking. I told them no, I have not tried that.
So the next day I went to my local gas station and bought a pack of gum, tic tac's and mints. I had a cookout to attend and I was excited to see how this might work. I decided to chew some gum all the way to my friends house. I chewed cheerfully along with the music.
I arrived to my friends house hopeful and excited to see how having something in my mouth might help. I greeted my friend with a hug and kiss on the cheek and she asked, "How are you?"
I responded, "Great...." The gum almost came out of my mouth. So I had to cover my mouth to stop the gum from falling. (Close call, I told myself) She looked at me puzzled but proceeded to guide me to the back porch. I went around and said hi to my other friends. Each time, the gum would cause an issue. One time, I was able to catch my gum as it was leaving my mouth before it became plastered on my friends face! Another greeting ended with my gum on my shirt, but I didn't give up. I took the gum off my shirt and placed it back in my mouth. Another ended with the gum on my leg. Yet, another with the gum on the sThe reactions were priceless! Some friends laughed hysterically. Others were in shock. Me, and my jolly self acted unfazed and apologized after each greeting. After I did my rounds, I sat down to play cards. My first sentence ended with my gum on the floor of the porch. In unison I heard, "Just give it up already. Don't chew gum! hahaha!" I bowed my head down and belted laughter. When I looked up, someone was removing the gum off their shoe.
I can check the gum off my list of things to try.