Tuesday morning I took the kids to the ENT. Our previous visit to his office hadn't gone very well. Rylie failed her hearing test because she had fluid in her ears, so what was supposed to be her last visit to him wasn't. And since Bryce got another ear infection just two weeks after his had his tubes re-done and had his adenoids removed, we were concerned about him too. However, this visit was wonderful! Both kids' ears looked great! Rylie has to go back in 4 months for another hearing test, and as long as she passes that one, she is done at that office. Bryce will still go back every 4 months until his tubes come out, and hopefully we will get good news each time. I'm so glad that we don't have to worry about their ears, for right now, at least.
Tuesday afternoon I took myself to the doctor. My throat has been sore for a couple of weeks now so I decided to get it checked out. My ears were both hurting too, which I thought was from my throat. Well my doctor said my throat looked fine (which I still don't understand since it is still sore) but that my one ear was full of wax so it had to be flushed out so she could look at it. As soon as she said that, I felt nauseated.
A few minutes later the nurse came in with a bottle of water with a little tube attached to it. She stuck it in my ear and started squeezing water into it. OH.MY.GOD. It hurt like hell! I was literally in tears. She finally got this huge clump of wax out (I know, GROSS!) and then stopped. It is a good thing that I'm not a violent person, because I seriously wanted to punch her. I have never experienced pain like that in my life. I still had tears in my eyes when my doctor came back in. She just gave me this look and I said "that hurt like hell!" As she was getting her little ear-looker instrument to jam in my ear she said "you're such a baby." I proceeded to tell her again just how bad it hurt and she took a look in my ear and said "well that's because you have an ear infection." What? Am I 2? Since when do adults get ear infections? Well apparently we do. I was sent on my way with a prescription for an antibiotic and directions to take Claritin-D and Ibuprofen along with it. I also had more pain in my ear than when I went in, and it STILL hurts!
The part that makes me really sick to my stomach is the fact that my poor children have had to endure that torture so many times, and I held them down while it happened. I feel so ridiculously bad for them, and now I know why they scream their heads off when they have to have it done. I also know why they scream all night when they have ear infections. The pain is unbearable. It feels like someone is stabbing me in the ear. I can only hope that the torture my children have gone through with their ears will fade from their memory, because unfortunately, I will never be able to forget that.
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