California Dreamin’

On a recent rainy day, I tuned into my “Greatness Guide” Rich Roll as he interviewed Kamal RaviKant   In the episode, Kamal presents the concept of the invisible necklace (or medal) we all wear around our necks. In this current grand social experiment, I am spending a lot of time cleaning up the invisible necklaceRead More

Guatemala 2020

Acts of service come in many forms. This past week I traveled to the tight-knit community of Santiago Atitlan in remote Guatemala. Here lies ADISA, the unique organization that serves the mentally and physically disabled of the regions with physical and speech therapy, work skills training, and a general level of community love and supportRead More

The Nightly Grind

Nighttime teeth grinding (or what we like to call it: Bruxism) Paul the plumber comes into Storyville complaining of a sore jaw in the morning, generalized tooth sensitivity, and daytime headaches. With conversation, we applaud the fact that Paul is a new dad! Historically, bruxism has been associated with increased daytime stress. While I haveRead More

sore jaw? avoid these three things

The Daily Grind

Nurse Nancy walks into Storyville with the complaint of afternoon headaches, limited jaw opening, a sore jaw, and sensitive teeth. The likely cause? Daytime teeth grinding and clenching also known as daytime bruxism. Sources including Colgate estimate that more than 60% of Americans are active day grinders/clenchers or nighttime bruxers. Are you? The Big ThreeRead More

Exercise during chemotherapy - Dr. Ryan Thibodaux dds

The Final Countdown

Next weekend I will have my last planned chemotherapy visit. Six short months and too many needles to count. I can say that a big motivator for me through the ups and downs of symptom and side effect management has been my pledge to make the most of my good days. It wasn’t long beforeRead More

French Quarter Festin’ 2019

So enough of you guys have lovingly inquired about my health progress in the last few weeks to make a boy blush. In short, treatments are going very well. In fact, my MD and team at Ochsner were a little taken back by how well I am doing. Unfortunately, there was a new area ofRead More

Raising the bar on child evaluations

Why does my child grind her teeth at night? Does he wake up with a sweat? Are the bedsheets tangled? Why such a noisy breather? Dr Haydel and I recently attended a course offered by a dental industry leader in airway obstructions, sleep apnea, and use of sleep devices (CPAP, snore appliances, etc). Nearly allRead More

Rx: More Sleep

In 2018 I started an intensive self-exploration in sleep.  According to the National Institute of Health, up to 10 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders.  It didn’t take a whole lot of analysis or extensive testing to know that I was part of that growing group and had been for many years.  Read More

Dr Ryan’s Frequently Axed Questions

You may have seen that I just recently shared the cancer news via Facebook and Instagram @drbossfloss.  It’s been heartwarming to read the replies, feeling the love and support in each one. Many people have asked similar questions, so I figured I’d address those here:   “What were your symptoms?”  While I never experienced intenseRead More

Cowtown Here I Come!

Treatment #2 brought the surprise visit of JP, best man in Lynda and my wedding, who made a special trip from Fort Worth as a welcomed sign of love and support. When you’re hooked to an infusion machine for 8+ hours, it’s good to have an old friend around keeping things light. And if anyoneRead More