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No magic bullets

December 7th, 2012 at 11:52 am

I saw the ENT (ear nose & throat) specialist today about my plugged up ears.

There will be no magic bullets. The preferred course of action is to simply wait for my ears to drain. It could take two to three months.

The other alternatives include perforating the eardrum to allow the fluid to drain, but there's no guarantee the ear won't close up again in a few days. Or, they could make an incision and put a tube in there, but that is not without possible complications and requires monitoring. His preference...and mine...is to take the wait and see approach.

He had me make an appointment in two months time. That's mid-February. If my ears clear up before then, I can feel free to cancel the appointment. If they don't, then intervention will be needed.

Some people, he said, can't stand not being able to hear and want to do the procedure right away. I'd prefer a less invasive (and less costly) approach.

He didn't think the antibiotics I'm still on are doing that much, and that after 3 weeks, I've probably been on them long enough. He did think I should continue with the nasal spray my APRN gave me; luckily, she gave me two free samples, so I didn't require a new prescription.

On the way home from the doctor's, I stopped at the library and picked up 5 DVDs to watch. Not having cable TV, and only getting Netflix about 4 times a month, things have gotten very boring around here. So I'm glad I got the DVDs.

I was also able to return some overpriced groceries my mother bought me 3 weeks ago when I first got sick. $4 for a can of Amy's organic soup is just too much, and $4 for a quart of soy milk.

The Author stopped by and paid me with a $100 bill, the latest installment on her book editing. She now owes me a balance of just $275.

9 Responses to “No magic bullets”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Glad you got a little money, anyway. So sorry about your ears -- must be frustrating!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Your blog looks nice. When did you make these changes?

  3. My English Castle Says:

    I agree with Joan! Such pretty colors--especially on such dark gloomy days!

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Here's hoping your ears clear up FAST! Glad you received some money Smile

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That stinks about your ear situation. I hope it clears up much more quickly than the doctor is predicting! That's great that you got some positive inflow. Smile

  6. cheapiepoo Says:

    I heard oil of oregano was good for congestion and earaches. Sorry to hear you are still not 100%.

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    Sorry you are still feeling poorly. And that it's going to keep up for awhile longer. Frown
    Really like your new page colors.

  8. dmontngrey Says:

    I knew that's what the ENT was going to tell you. Frown Exactly why I've been fluffing off everyone telling me to see a doctor. Just gotta WAIT. My ear has cleared up a little. Still not 100% back to normal - not even close. The draining is making me cough non-stop. I'm so sick of drinking things and just want something to soothe my throat. I hope your ears start clearing up SOON as well. I think you'll still have several days of recovery once that even starts. My ear started popping Thursday morning and I'm still waiting for things to clear! Hang in there. Been thinking about you these last few days.

  9. patientsaver Says:

    Thanks, Dmontngrey. I guess the ENT visit did provide some peace of mind, in a way, that I didn't need to be doing anything else, so for that reason I don't regret going. My ears have been crackling all along, every day. I would like to think that's a sign they're "trying" to clear up. But I don't feel anything draining. Sometimes when I blow my nose is helps declog things.

    Check back in with me if anything else develops!

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