Last week my right ear started bothering me. It was plugged up and causing some mild vertigo, so I started taking Sudafed, which usually does the trick when this happens. Not this time.
My ear felt worse and worse over the course of the weekend and my left ear starting hurting in sympathy, so yesterday I called my OB's office to see if they could help. After getting a lecture from the appointment secretary about how I really need to have a GP, she scheduled an appointment for me with one of the nurse practitioners yesterday afternoon.
It turns out that if you want to entertain medical staff at an OB's office, go in with an ear ache. Two nurse practitioners and one medical assistant took turns looking in my ears, which hurt a lot.
The verdict? Two ear infections, one possibly ruptured ear drum (which would explain why I can't really hear out of my right ear), and a possible sinus infection. After three more lectures on finding a GP, they turned me loose with a prescription for antibiotics.
Our pharmacists laughed at me when I went in the prescription. They both said they rarely if ever see adults with ear infections.
When I got home and told B the diagnosis, he said, "Way to take care of the problem before it got worse!" Then he laughed. I decided not to point out how often he does things like this.
I don't remember having ear infections as a kid, other than the rare case of swimmer's ear. And Ella is the only one of my kids who has ever had an ear infection. So how do I get one as an adult? I'm stumped.