So I went to the doctor this morning to try and figure out what was going on with the sore throat, earache, etc. Didn't look like strep, so she checked my ears...and couldn't see a dang thing because of, ah, buildup. Well, I know I am prone to it, so there it is. She mentioned that that may in fact be a huge chunk of why I wasn't feeling so hot, so they tried to irrigate with the syringe and warm water; the only result was that I couldn't hear ANYTHING. At this point she says, well, I don't want to push it any further, you'd better go down to Ear/Nose/Throat tomorrow and they'll take care of you. Fine. So I head home, and lo and behold, I actually get a call saying I can come in this afternoon. C'est fantastique.
As the ENT doc comments on how I might want to come in once a year for cleaning (and shows me what was in the right ear at least---let's just say I'm glad I wasn't eating), she then says "ummm...is there any reason you'd have a piece of glass in your ear?"
A PIECE OF GLASS. Yes, gentle readers, I had a half inch shard of glass resting against my left eardrum. Lovely, yes? She said it looked like auto glass, and Gene and I were in a fairly traumatic accident about six years ago, but I hadn't had any pain or issues with my ears, so of course no one thought to look, least of all me.
Piece of glass. In my EAR. Glass. Ear. I seriously didn't know whether to vomit or faint or both. Needless to say, I can hear a lot better now---the clicking of the keyboard is insanely loud, and I could even hear the metal on my watch kind of jangling, which was rather odd. The doctor did suggest that I take Mucinex for about a week as I clearly had some pressure in my left ear from the cold or whatnot, but it sounds like the wax buildup was a huge part of the problem, particularly coupled with even slight sinus issues. I still have a sore throat and a touch of an earache, but nothing like it has been, and at least now we've taken care of the GLASS SHARD IN MY EAR.
Sorry, I'm in equal parts grossed out and fascinated. I'm a freak!
by at March 26, 2007 3:32 PM