Last week was not a very fun week for me. I had a terrible ear infection that just continued to get worse and worse.
I have had ear problems my entire life because I have really small ear canals... which results in ear infections quite often. This particular one just ended up being much worse then I have ever had before.
Tuesday morning I went to my doctor because my ear was killing me and he told me that my ear drum had been traumatized. He gave me numbing drops and Percocet/Oxycodone to kill the pain... he didn't want to give me an antibiotic because he wanted my body to heal my ear on its own. I knew I didn't want to take Percocet because I hate the way that stuff makes me feel... I get dizzy, nauseous, and tired.
Wednesday I was in so much pain I could hardly talk. I didn't sleep at all the night before and was taking ibuprofen and tylenol back to back because I didn't want to take Percocet. I was so miserable so I called my doctor and he recommended I find an ear specialist. I researched and found an ear, nose, throat doctor in Provo and got the soonest appt available at 2:00 that afternoon. This doctor was amazing and so helpful. At this point I couldn't hear out of my left ear and that was because my ear was swollen shut... how crazy is that. He had to use a special tool to even see inside my ear since it was completely swollen. I ended up having two infections in that one ear and he put a splint in my ear so that the drops would reach the infection. The infection had gotten so bad he prescribed me a lot of medicine to help with the pain since he knew the antibiotics would take 24 -48 hours to kick in.
It took until Saturday until I was feeling somewhat better. I still couldn't hear out of my left ear but by this Tuesday it was no longer swollen and I can hear again! YAY
I am so glad it is over. Ear pain is the worst!
Below is the medicines I had to take. The first tiny bottle on the left cost $124.00 and that is after insurance. HOLY COW! The second bottle is numbing drops, the third bottle helps with the throbbing, fourth is my antibiotic by mouth, and the last one is Percocet.
Love the cotton ball sticking out of my ear... cute huh! ;)
If anyone has ear, nose, throat problems I recommend you go to Kipp Robbins in Provo by the Pizza Factory... he was fantastic!