So my ear got unbearable last night and I went to the emergency room, and I had a real learning experience:
Never go to the emergency room in a college town over St. Patrick’s weekend.
I think I was possibly the only patient not vomiting green beer. At any rate, they inserted a wick in my ear, gave me some painkillers (finally) and some strong drops and oral penicillin, and even though I didn’t get home until 4 am, I already feel better.
I hate going to the emergency room, especially when I had just been to the doctor Thursday morning, but this had to be done. I was in agony and getting worse. In my lifetime, I have been through the windshield of a car and bit a molar in half, exposing the nerves and suffering for two days with an exposed nerve so the swelling could go down before they fixed it . I have fallen off a tank, breaking my collar bone and 4 ribs. I have broken any number of fingers (every finger has been broken at least twice), dropped a wooden bench on my big toe breaking it, and suffered several concussions. I have even been hit in the testicles so hard by a lacrosse ball during a game that it broke my cup. I have had all of those injuries and many more.
And all of that paled in comparison to the pain of my ear ache as it progressively got worse yesterday. It was all consuming. It throbbed, it burned, there were flashes of pain streaking from my inner ear down my neck and into my shoulder. It gurgled, and sloshed, and ached some more. My jaw was sore from trying to equalize the pressure. The entire outer ear area and my jaw was swelling. It was awful. I was seriously near tears, and it was not so much just the pain, but that I could not think about anything else. Every thought, every second the ear pulsed, was how MUCH MY DAMNED EAR HURT.
At any rate, I got a few hours sleep, and already my ear feels better. The miracle of modern pharmaceuticals. Hopefully this will be well on the way to clearing up before I go to the ENT specialist on Monday or Tuesday.
Consider this an open thread.