I really hoped that I would be all better by now. It’s been almost a month for Pete’s sake. But, no, here I am limping along, with what has to be the worst ear infection in the history of the world.
A lot of people can’t believe all that is going on in my ear.
Trust me, neither can I.
I’ll try to spare you the REALLY disgusting stuff, but in a nutshell, I have a severe case of mastoiditis. The “mastoid process” is a honeycomb bone behind your ear that provides ventilation for your ear. Go ahead, feel it – you didn’t even realize it was there, I know. (I didn’t either.)
When you get a massive ear infections elsewhere in your ear, like I did in Austin, this bone fills up with fluid and becomes pretty dangerous. In fact, before antibiotics, mastoiditis was the leading cause of death in children. Now, of course, it is really rare, sooooooo OF COURSE that is what I have – and have horrendously bad. One that forced one surgery already and may require more.
The big concern initially, and why I was running all over town for CT scans, is that the mastoid is fragile and can break. And when bones break that close to your brain, there is concern for… well, your BRAIN.
My worst case scenario at one point was that I had fractured my skull, ruptured my brain, and that it was dripping into my ear.
HOORAY! THAT. DIDN’T. HAPPEN!
But I still have a “rip-roaring infection,” to quote my doctor.
And the longer it stays in my mastoid, the more complications can arise.
The other problem is that, while in Austin, my eardrum burst and I have a gaping hole in my ear. While that hole allows me to fly because there are no pressurization problems, if the hole doesn’t heal (unlikely) that alone make require another (separate) surgery down the road. Although, the good news is, my ENT *did* see teansey weansy healing cells in there, so, basically, my eardrum is the “Little Engine That Could” at this point.
Elsewhere, I am slowly, very slowly, improving. My hearing is SLOWLY improving. The pain is SLOWLY improving. The drainage is SLOWING improving.
This is why we have been in a holding pattern. My doctor is trying to be conservative, and see what the big-gun antibiotics can do. Of course, they have an uphill battle to fight against my diabetes, which makes everything slower to heal. Thus all those SLOWLYs before.
I go back next week and we see.
If I have not improved to his liking…