Today I started a third antibiotic… one that is actually used to prevent malaria of all things. For a couple hours after taking a dose I’m on the floor in the fetal position, sick as all get out, but that’s better than being sick all the time as I was on the previous prescription. LOL And as of this evening, my one ear is popping and snapping more frequently than rice krispies in milk. It’s really strong, really painful, and my ear is leaking as it goes… but in between all of the “static” I’m actually getting small snippits of clearer sound. So I’m very hopeful. It feels good to actually hear things again, even if it is just in 1/4 second bursts. 😉
I’m envisioning a strong female warrior, clad in viking armor, hunting down and and slicing off bit after bit of that nasty ear troll. So it’s getting pretty raucous in there, which accounts for all the pain and clamour, as well as the fluids… But she’s hunting it down, and soon enough? This will all be over. LMAO
I am sooo looking forward to getting back to my work, I really do have the best clients in the world. Everyone has been so patient as I’ve been dealing with this infection. I’m hopeful that this is a small bit of light at the end of this very long nasty tunnel. I’ll keep you all posted! 🙂
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when the treatment makes you more sick than what you’re treating, but that’s the way it goes at times. So, let’s see. Time to backtrack.
Last night (sunday, july 15th) I started a new antibiotic.
Thursday (july 12th) I went back to the mediclinic and was diagnosed with a perforated eardrum due to infection. I was told to give the current antibiotic a couple more days, before trying another that was prescribed at that time.
Monday (july 9th) I was diagnosed with an infection in both ears and prescribed an antibiotic, which I began taking.
Sunday (july 8th) I was unable to sleep as the pain had escalated and had become excruciating.
Thursday (july 5th) I had a slight earache that I attributed to an oncoming cold.
Yep. That about sums it up.
So from a slight earache, to being in bed on a second set of antibiotics who’s side effects are so bad that it’s worse than what it’s treating. Seriously! The NORMAL side effects for this particular medication are: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, stomach upset, headaches, and “changes in taste” (which translates to a really foul taste in the mouth starting about 1/2 hour after taking a pill and for a few hours thereafter)… All that in addition to the pain in my ears, the dizziness, the feeling of being underwater, the difficulty hearing, ringing of the ears, and the thunderous effect of pretty much any sound echoing through my head.
I’m going to give this antibiotic 48 hours, and if we don’t see a noticeable improvement in the symptoms from the ear infection? Well, it will be back to the mediclinic for me. And all this while I’m supposed to be preparing for my daughters fifth birthday – and that’s the part that bothers me most. I am so stressed that I won’t be well by then. Her party is this Saturday. I haven’t sewn her dress, or crafted the party favours. I haven’t made the decorations or the pinata. Time is winding down, and I simply must be better. I can deal with being sick… as someone with Fibromyalgia and it’s counterparts (TMJ and IBS), I’m used to chronic pain and illness. But the idea that I might not be well enough to finish her party preparations or to even be present in a real way for her birthday? It’s a little too much to consider.
So while I joked about the “ear troll” when this all first started happening, now? Now I’m genuinely concerned. My baby girl is going to be FIVE, and I simply have to be better to celebrate with her.
With thanks to a lovely woman I met through Saskamoon and her gift of breast milk, thanks to the doctor at the mediclinic for his prescription of novamoxin, and thanks to Dr. Shaun and his amazing organic ear wash I should hopefully be all better very soon. My head still feels like there is a nasty little troll living in my inner ear, but it’s better than it was last night. So – knock on wood – I should be all good in time for my photo shoots later this week. Thankfully the beginning of the week was blessedly unscheduled and will be uneventful as I recover from this ear infection.
So… two things you ALL should know about.
One: The power of breast milk!
Seriously! Any time anything goes wrong, find a friend who is still actively engaged in a nursing relationship. Breast milk is amazing for curing almost anything. In this instance? An ear infection. Just a few drops in the ear a few times a day. Let it woosh around in there a bit, and voila!
Two: The awesome organic ear wash from Dr. Shawn!
This stuff was part of a parcel I received from Dr. Shawn for a review I did elsewhere two or three years ago now. And I have ensured I’ve never been without it since. Yes, it’s formulated for dogs, but so what! It’s totally amazing stuff full of wonderful organic oils (like peppermint, tea tree, jojoba, eucalyptus, and a bunch more). A few drops in the ear, squish it around, let it sit (it feels so nice when it’s in a sore, infected ear canal), then wipe it out. Use as needed – I’m doing it a few times a day presently. Click on the image above to visit Dr. Shawn’s website!
So… I’m pretty sure that any ONE of these things would take out this ear bug, but I have no intention of having it take a week or more to get on it’s way out. LOL So I figure by doing all three? I should be delivering a one two punch that knocks it on it’s proverbial ass, then kicks it once for good measure after it’s down. Wish me luck!