Becka's Babble

Ramblings of a Romance Writer

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Here We Go Again

I hate germs. Seriously. I don't think there hasn't been a time in this house all year that everyone has been perfectly healthy. I literally think the same damn bug has been circulating and mutating in the air ducts of our house only to strike again and again.

Both me and DH have been sick, not to mention the kidlets. Two of my kids have gotten pink eye, one of them twice. One of my kids had a high fever and the pukies. Yesterday, my youngest daughter had a fever of 103.1 (which has now come under control) and now, my eldest daughter has a fever and pukies. Again.


Top all of this off with my dang stuffy ears and you have the recipe for one grumpy mom.

I'm going to the ear specialist and audiologist tomorrow, and I'm hoping my kids will be well enough to go. I've already rescheduled my appointment because of the danged contractors coming in and out of my house replacing furnaces, water heaters, and decks... The other day, I was wondering if my ears had cleared up, because I seemed to hear just find out of them both with minimal stuffage in the one ear (my left). Then, I took a short nap on my couch, and when I woke up, my ear was back to full stuffage and hasn't relented since.

It's literally like I have a finger stuck in that ear. If you take your finger and plug your ear, that's how I hear out of it. I think my family is tired of repeating things for me. I have to have the TV turned up and let's not get started on the music I listen to while in the car or cleaning house.

I really hope the ear doctor can do something for me rather than a "thank you, drive thru" answer. Even though my ear is stuffy, I can hear this high-pitched whine. I looked online and that's called Tinnitus. There is apparently no cure for it, but I'm not sure how serious it is. So keep me in your thoughts. Some websites say recurring stuffy ear can lead to permanent hearing loss. Let's hope it does NOT come to that.



At 10:29 AM , Blogger Becka said...

I really shouldn't do my own online research. Now I'm scared as shit I have Meniere's Disease.

Chronic dizzy spells. Fluctuating stuffy ears. Loud Tinnitus. Sensitivity to loud noise in uneffected ear.

Reading the treatment is kinda horrifying. In chronic cases, hearing loss is a given. There's even a treatment of being given a shot (yes, with a needle) right thru the eardrum to deaden the ear.

Okay, now I'm seriously freaked out.


At 7:37 AM , Blogger Denise Patrick said...

Oh, Becka, I hope everything turns out fine for you. I won't scare you by recounting my own "ear trouble" story, but I am now totally deaf in my right ear.

At 9:07 AM , Blogger Becka said...

I remember your story of when you were pregnant... Strange that some malady can rear it's head out of the blue and leave you deaf for the rest of your life.

I'm really hoping this is something else, but in looking on Wikipedia under "Meniere's Disease", I have all the symptoms.

Makes me wonder if all the times I get the Labyrinthitis (for those of you who regularly read my blog, you'll know what I'm talking about)--it makes me wonder if that was this disease instead. I'm going to the doc in about 1/2 hour. I'll let you know what he says...


At 1:18 PM , Blogger Becka said...

There is a God.

Apparently, all I had was extremely impacted earwax. EEWW!! lol

Just goes to show what trying to diagnose yourself online gets you... :P I couldn't get my hearing test done, because of the "loud" noise of the vacuum they used to get it out. (It wasn't loud, but when put right up next to your eardrum, it is...)

The test wouldn't have been accurate, in other words, because my eardrums would have still been "ringing" from the sound of the vacuum. And my left eardrum is enflamed a bit.

He said if I have more problems in a few weeks, to come back for the test. But now I can hear! Been listening to my loud music in stereo again! LOL

For now, tho, he told me to stay far FAR away from the Q-tips. :P



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