It has to be a cosmic payback for publishing the post on the spider in the ear. Right?
Last week after sniggering over all the comments on Facebook about people being afraid to sleep at night because a spider might have climbed in their ear as they slept, I realized I myself had an itchy ear.
As stated on Facebook, I really did rinse my ears out with peroxide, effectively killing anything that might have been in there (hopefully) and succeeded in making myself so dizzy I almost fell over in the bathroom.
I missed work last week on Tuesday because I felt so crappy; dizzy, flushed, really headachy...you get the picture. Since then the pressure in my ears has increased, making it sound like I constantly have a crackling faulty speaker in my head. And it HURTS. Like someone took a baseball bat and cracked me in the face. Not here, or here so much...but right here.
I dragged myself into work even though I felt icky, flushed, feverish; thinking I could gut it out. Around 11 a.m. I cried "uncle" and made an appointment with the doctor.
She peeked in my right ear, very routinely. However, she took an uncomfortably long time looking in my left ear, the source of most of the crackling. So long, in fact, that I found myself wondering what in the heck could be that *cough spider cough* interesting in there. I found myself spiderbabbling.
She stepped back, tiny hand on tiny chin.*
"Do you have a pet?"
It's a spider it's a spider it's a spider it's a spider it's a spider
"Yes, why?" (It's a good thing she took my blood pressure before this line of questioning.)
"Is your pet as black as your shirt?"
OMGOMGOMGOMG it's a BLACK spider
I try to appear relatively calm as I tell her we have a black lab who as recently as last night (and every night, as a matter of fact) sleeps on the pillows of our bed.
"Get it out." I command. Just in case it's a spider imitating a dog hair, or perhaps she can only see one of its legs.
"It will come out by itself. No Q-tips. No ear plugs." Does she not know Q tips are a necessity of mine? And that from time to time my husband, maybe, possibly snores (lightly, mind you, sort of a "puh" exhale) and that if I don't have earplugs in, I will hear every single "PUH"?
In her musical voice, she says, "perhaps the ear plugs may have had a dog hair on them when you placed them in your ear." Oh, yuck. Note to self: throw away all ear plugs. Because I don't place them in my ear, I JAM those suckers in.
Long story short, she checked me out thoroughly, told me I had a fever (I KNEW I WAS SICK) and a sinus infection and put me on antibiotics. For those of you who don't know, Schnuk's pharmacies fill a lot of antibiotics for free, regardless of insurance. Lovely pharmacy.
They also have Q tips and ear plugs. *my doctor is awesome.