Friday, April 22, 2011

"My butt hurts" .... "What?"



I completely feel like the bunny on the right.  If any of you follow me on Facebook, you will know that I have been having sinus and ear problems.  My illness has finally resolved, but I have a hole in my right ear drum.  I did this at the peak of my illness one night when I was coughing non-stop.  Since then, I have been having trouble hearing.  I have also been experiencing ringing in my ear and a little bit of dizziness at times.  It has been frustrating, but I expected this.  Yes, I have a little bit of experience in this realm.  Back in 2004, I ruptured my left ear drum badly while swimming with dolphins.  It had to be surgically repaired.  Then again the next summer, I ruptured the right diving 8 feet in a swimming pool.  Thank goodness it healed on its own.  I have successfully ruptured my right ear drum again about 4 weeks ago and it has not yet healed.  The past 2 days I've felt that my hearing was getting worse.  I have trouble telling where a voice is coming from if I can't see the person, I have trouble hearing myself as if I were being muffled or in a tunnel, and if there is a lot of background noise...you can forget it!  And it's hard to hear myself singing, so I hope I hit the right notes!  It's quite frustrating.  I am glad to be able to hear some and I know it should come back, but for now, I feel like i'm missing out.  Today, I see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.  My ENT said he saw an epithelial bridge across the middle of the hole.  This means my body is trying to heal it. YAY!  He was hopeful it would continue to heal on its own.  He still recommends that I get surgery for my sinus and deviated septum....argghh.  I go back in 4 weeks.  I hope it's healed or I'll my reply will continually be, "what?"