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12 June 2012 @ 11:51 pm
Well, crappity (minor)  
I re-Googled my ear symptoms again last night, trying better adjectives to describe what's happening. Middle-ear infection was the diagnosis that best matched the random popping (pressure shifts) in the ears. Since I'm already taking a decent antiobiotic for other reasons, this is most likely a viral infection. There's really no treatment for that (but lots of warnings about potential hearing loss, if it goes on for a long time). Four days into this, the vertigo is slightly better but the popping and fevers are still happening. That still makes sleeping hard, so as this progresses I get stupider and stupider at work. :(

Regarding yesterday's bee sting, I mentioned in the comments that I might have gotten stung on the chest as well. The thought that a multi-stinging creature might be trapped in my jersey made me pull over to check, and as soon as my arm position shifted, the *STAB* in the armpit occurred. Well, mid-afternoon today, both the spot on my chest and the bigger spot under my arm started to itch, so that answers that question! Makes me even more paranoid. :0

I have a few things to share, before I forget.

First, a truly wonderful article by Leonard Pitts on faith, titled No Shame In Seeing, Believing. One of the things I most love about Pitts is that he is so reasonable when discussing how people experience things differently, and in trying to achieve greater understanding among us all.

Also, in case you were hiding under a rock last week or something (and I kid, but I'm usually the person who misses out on stuff like this the first time around): a completely unexpected 'America's Got Talent' audition. This video clip covers the whole mini-story before and including the audition, and if you haven't already seen it, you'll be surprised.

All right, off to bed. You people on the other side of the world, don't break the Internet while I'm gone!

Destinadestina on June 13th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
I have a severe viral inner ear infection at the moment, and for two weeks, I've had incapacitating vertigo. (Which was a bit inconvenient, given that I was working 12 hour days and winding down the clock on this quarter of school.) It's my first time ever experiencing vertigo, and the magnitude of it has been staggering. Literally. I'm taking OTC meclizine for it, at the suggestion of my doctor, and it has been a godsend. I highly recommend it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, the vertigo is still going on? It's been minor for me (though it didn't seem so minor when I was out bicycling on Sunday), but it can be really debilitating when it's more severe!

Do you have the in-and-out popping pressure going on? I find that it's hard to think when that's happening (or sleep), and I'm not trying to finish off masters' program finals right now!

If it's still around tomorrow, I'll try the OTC thing you suggested. Thanks for mentioning it! The web was not terribly helpful in this regard-- lots of discussion on bacterial infections and their treatment, and on more severe conditions that aren't this at all (neurological problems that can be confused with this one). But an actual treatment for this condition? Not so much. :0
Maz (or foxxy!): Brothers huggingtuesdaeschild on June 13th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Hope the ear problem and the bee (possibly wasp?) stings are soon things of the past. You do seem to be going through the mill a little right now. :(

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Given the double-sting, I'm pretty sure that a yellow jacket got me. I've never actually seen a wasp on the bike path, but there are lots of yellow jackets and honeybees. Frequently, I can't see what stung me. It's either gone by the time I can afford to look (because it's ALWAYS while I'm moving at 15-20mph), or it's someplace like the back of the thigh where I couldn't see if I wanted to.

I sure get tired of it, though, and the armpit is an awful place to get stung. Three times now! Though the yellow-jacket that flew into my mouth and stung me beats the rest to hell and gone. Awful.
Maz (or foxxy!): Michael Rubs Headtuesdaeschild on June 13th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Though the yellow-jacket that flew into my mouth and stung me beats the rest to hell and gone. Awful.

It probably couldn't have picked a worse place to sting you if it had tried. Damn things. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how the silver-lining thinking kicks in at a moment like that, because I was able to get it out, and it only stung me once. My real fear was that I'd wind up swallowing it, and it would just sting me all the way down and keep going until the stomach acid killed it. o_O

Things like this do nothing to lessen my bug/spider phobias. :0
Maz (or foxxy!): Hugging Brothers Season 3tuesdaeschild on June 13th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
It would do nothing for my creepy crawly phobia either. Just think how painful that might have been; not to mention dangerous. Horrible! *shudders*
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on June 13th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I hope your ears are feeling better soon--I know that's no fun at all.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

If the popping didn't keep me awake at night, I could get more sleep and it would be over sooner. Would a heavy sleeper (which, sadly, I am not) even notice this? Or would the popping inside your head keep anyone awake? :0
cindytsuki_no_bara on June 13th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
...you got a bee stuck in your jersey while you were biking? yikes! and man, your poor ear! i hope it clears up soon - viral infections really suck.

i hadn't seen that america's got talent audition. holy crap! definitely not the kind of voice you expect to come out of a guy who looks like marilyn manson, altho to be honest it's not the kind of voice i'd expect to come out of most guys. i might have teared up but no one can prove anything.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
The bee-down-the-jersey thing happens a lot more than I wish it did (and in the summer, you have to keep it unzipped for ventilation!) Usually, it's honeybees. They accidentally get in there, and the wind pushes the cloth on them and they panic.

But stinging me, and then sneaking across the way and stinging me in the armpit on the way out? AUGH! I hate the armpit stings! Given the double-sting, that has to be a yellow-jacket. Evil little beasts...

I probably teared up a little watching that video, both because the vocal choice was SO unexpected, but also because when you think of a kid like that hiding in his room and teaching himself to sing an incredibly different style just because he loves it so... it just radiates loneliness and being misunderstood. I wonder if he really even identifies with the whole Goth Punk thing at all, or if he simply knows he'll never be a cowboy or a jock, and there aren't many other choices growing up in Texas (even in Austin). So, he might have picked a group of "outsiders" that is at least a group and would accept him, and makes him identifiable as "I am not a typical Texas boy, and I never will be, so don't expect thtat from me."

I was also frankly floored that he had never sung in public, EVER, and was able to pull off that audition, in that genre. Holy cow.

He may be incredibly shy, and very lonely, but that boy has stones...
devon99 on June 13th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yikes!! Bees!!

This post sparked a very blurry memory of an old movie where swarms of bees attacked a town. I have an image in my head of you on your bike with a swarm chasing you now!!

Hope your ear feels better soon - not nice:(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
With that double-sting update, I now know it was probably a yellow jacket that got me. I so hate them!

I think the popping in the ears is lessening with each day, so it's slowly getting better. The last time I got this, it was just the one day, and that was weird enough. So long as I can sleep, I'll be happier!