Did that get your attention?
I hate going to the doctor, and so I've been treating my own inner ear problem for about 6 weeks now. My left ear is driving me batshit.
Don't you just love the 'net! First I diagnosed allergies, and I tried Alovert. Nope. Then I determined that I had swimmer's ear, even though I don't swim, and I prescribed homeopathic ear drops. No improvement.
I got back on the 'net and found stories about bugs getting into people's ears and laying eggs in there. The idea that my head might be full of larvae made me break down and make an appointment with the doctor. It's not really something you want to take a chance of.
Things to Be Thankful For Today: No Earwigs for me! Yay!
I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. Big medical terminology. It translates into "Eustachian Tube Not Functioning Properly." Here's the x-ray they took of my ear:
More good news is that I don't have to take any medicine for this. There IS no medicine for it. Instead, I have to do this:
Only I have to hold my nose and exhale through my ears at the same time.
I must say that was interesting to watch the doctor demonstrate. She really did it, like she was getting ready to dance The Swim or something.
Anyway, I have to do that every hour on the hour, until...well, I won't tell you until what, except the doctor used the medical phrase "gob of stuff."
I know, I couldn't help myself, either, from saying "EW!" when she said that.
Every hour. Sometimes I'm glad I have a cubicle-y job. I've already tried it once, and lo, the right ear pops, but the left ear doesn't. Maybe that doctor knows what she's talking about.
I promise I won't blog about the day the left ear finally gives out. I won't Gob-blog.