Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Sounds of Silence

Who knew it was so noisy in my head?

I'm sick -- again -- this time with a severe double ear infection and a sinus infection. I felt the ear infection coming on over the weekend as my hearing deteriorated, but I wasn't prepared for how bad it would hurt once the sharp pain set in Sunday night/Monday morning. Yowch!

It's only the second time I've had an ear infection as an adult, and the last time was about a year ago. I'm grateful that, unlike most pediatricians, the doctor I saw yesterday at an Urgent Care immediately prescribed a Z-pack without urging me to "wait and see" if it got better on its own. Of course, it might be the severity of the ear infection that encouraged her to just give me antibiotics. When she looked in my left ear, her first reaction was, "Oooh! Ow!!" And then of course she looked in my right ear and commented that it was even worse.

I'm not deaf by any means, but my hearing is seriously impacted. It's kind of like I'm wearing really thick ear muffs or, perhaps, noise-reduction head phones, combined with the loud white noise of being on an airplane.

On Monday, I never heard my alarm go off in the morning, which meant Scott and Ellie got a slightly late start. (Although not as late as this morning, when I ended up spending the whole night downstairs in my recliner and didn't realize it was past 6 a.m. until I heard a door slam upstairs, which woke me. Oops.


Just Jenn said...

Hope the antibiotics help quickly.... you've got enough other health issues to deal with, without an infection to boot.

Aviva said...

Thanks, Jenn! I'm finally over that ear infection, thank goodness! I