Taking out some of the gel has changed what I hear. This is completely mysterious to me, remember there is gel packing on both sides of the ear drum. Why does taking out some of the exterior side gel change what I'm hearing? It's partly the eustachian tube opening and closing, but it just weirds me out so much.
So now we start two weeks of ear drops. Five years of a perforated ear drum have taught me that ear drops hurt, a lot. These don't hurt because they're not getting through the middle ear, but I keep expecting them to hurt. This also weirds me out. The drops will push antibiotics towards the gel, as well as dissolve dried crud from drainage out of the ear canal. The dissolving part is working, I woke up this morning with ear dribble on my ear lobe. OK, enough detail on that!
Just in case you are wondering, this is how I'm showering without getting water in the ear.
- Put a small cotton ball in the ear, don't press hard, it will hurt.
- Take vasoline and coat the outside of the cotton ball and the ear. This is making a seal.
- Put a band-aid over the cotton ball.
- When water is running towards the ear in the shower, deploy a plastic cup over the entire ear. Have the husband standing by to hand over the dixie cup.
- Remove the band-aid carefully, don't yank on the ear! That hurts, too.
Nothing much should be happening with the ear for the next two weeks. Fortunately, the universe has provided me with blog fodder in the form of what's happening with the RV when it rains.