Posted by K
I spent the last week lying in bed feeling super gross, in that really sucky not-asleep-not-awake fog where you're really out of it, but you feel too awful to sleep. Not the best start to 2013, but as I got the sore throat that precluded the sickness in 2012 I'm blaming it on that year.
I figured I had the flu, but after 5 days I seemed to be getting worse, not better. This was when M visited me to convince me to go to the doctor's.
I hate going to the walk-in clinic.
I always have to wait hours to get in, and 3 out of 4 visits the doctor's like "Yup, you have a virus.", and I'm like "Soo, do you have any antibiotics I could take?", and they're like "Tylenol." Thanks for that. Totally worth it.
Anyway, the conversation went a little like this:
The next day we went to the clinic.
After waiting 3 hours (during which time I'm pretty sure M was exposed to every version of the cold/flu hanging out in Ottawa this winter) we finally got in. And it turns out I have a severe ear infection. Didn't see that one coming. The doctor asked "Do you use q-tips?", and I was like "yes....", and she said "No more Q-tips! You put them too far into your ear and then you get an infection! Only use Q-tips outside your ear, for fun."
(I kind of let the "for fun" advice slide as I was shocked about the infection part).
Anywho, she was definitely right since now I can't hear out of my left ear. I'm on medication though, so here's hoping that little chestnut will clear up soon.
So, I've decided to spread the word, from my (slightly muffled) sick bed. Q-tips are bad.
Unless you're using them for fun.