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The adjustments continue. The most notable being a segment of meat/muscle climbing up my back.
It is such that I can visualize a short segment rising from just below the shoulder blades to just above them, and it seems that I can do it.
The change doesn't remain, however. It is just the beginning of strengthening the muscles involved.
While swimming, this had a tremendous effect upon my freestyle. It freed up the arms a great deal, and this is with the newly freed legs from only days ago. One objective fact worth noting is that I could breathe on either side with easy in this posture. I've never been able to take a functional breath over my left shoulder while swimming freestyle until just yesterday.
Wow. Just wow.
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Of course, such progress has come with a cost.
The adjustments around the shoulder have ridden waves both down through the hips and up through the jaw and face, even around the eyes. Some dizziness returned for a while.
But the jaw has become swollen, again, just off, just to the side of where my old "ear infections" kept reoccurring.
And now I am certain -
At least to some extent, the vast majority of my "ear infections" in the past 2-3 years, those times when severe swelling had closed the ear canal and caused severe pain, those times where the doctors have looked in my ear, been unable to see because of a closed canal, and quickly prescribed antibiotics and ear drops, many of these were not really about the ear canal.
The ear canal was collateral damage. The joints and ligaments around my jaw, so loose already, tweak the neck and ear, causing aggravation to lymph nodes, resulting in swelling that eventually includes the ear canal.
Now, the question comes to mind whether or not the ear infections of my youth, too, were actually related more to my perversion than to water drying out within the ear.