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October 23rd, 2011


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07:13 am - Pardon?
I have had an ear infection developing for the past couple of weeks. Tried to ignore it, and yesterday it was quite a bit worse. I went to a chemist and he said he couldn't do anything, was it an emergency? I had to say no. I have woken up this morning and I am completely deaf in one ear, and there's horrid stuff coming out, so I think it's an emergency now. I am going to wake H up in a minute, and get him to drive me to the local NHS walk-in clinic, which opens at 8am.

I know, I know, that many people on my f-list are genuinely ill, while this is a rather a silly little thing. But isn't it funny how something like this commands your personal attention: 'Help! A bit of me has gone wrong! Stop everything and deal with it!' Anyway, bit of a test for the health system, which I haven't interacted with at all for a couple of years.

I've got a meeting about a book tomorrow at my publisher, which has literally been planned for months and I just can NOT cancel. I blinking hope this gets sorted today. I have hopes that if I can insist on antibiotics then I will be on the mend by then. I won't leave without a prescription.

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From:teadog1425
Date:October 23rd, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
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Eek! :S Hope you get sorted out and patched up promptly!!
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From:communicator
Date:October 23rd, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I just got back. Had to wait an hour, and got an antibiotic ear spray of all things. Should be fine in a day or two, and the NHS still worked OK, which was my main worry.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:October 23rd, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
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Glad you've got antibiotics and hope they work. Another friend of mine has had a nasty ear infection that dragged on for two or three weeks, and the eardrops they originally prescribed did nothing for it, but antibiotics finally seemed to shake it.
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From:communicator
Date:October 23rd, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
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I asked for oral antibiotics but she said she'd only give me an ear spray. She was a prescribing nurse rather than a doctor, and she had to leaf through a book to decide what to give me. I hope this works.
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From:nineveh_uk
Date:October 23rd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
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She did look in your ear and confirm the drum wasn't perforated, though? (Speaking as someone who woke up with disgusting oozing ears quite a lot when younger, but seems to have outgrown them.)

Hope you're feeling better soon, anyway.
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From:communicator
Date:October 23rd, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. She did have a bit of a peep inside and said 'infection in both ears', so I guess it's OK. I slept a lot today.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:October 24th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
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How's it going today?
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From:communicator
Date:October 24th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Not so good. managed the meeting but my ear is pretty bad and the medicine seems to be having no effect. phoned the docs but they can't see me today. i will go and camp out there tomorrow morning. Feelign a bit sorry for myself.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:October 24th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
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My friend said she'd got through the whole course of antibiotics before she noticed a significant improvement, but it does seem better now. Not sure whether hers were a spray or not. They only tried antibiotics after the eardrops failed to shake it.
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From:sallymn
Date:October 23rd, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
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Ouch on your behalf - I have been there with ear infection (mine was a tiny boil in the inner ear, which hurt)...

Hope it gets cleared up quickly.
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From:communicator
Date:October 23rd, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
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Thanks sally. Most worried at the moment about missing tomorrow's meeting.
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From:sjkasabi
Date:October 23rd, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
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Believe me, I've learned the hard way that untreated (or partially-beaten-back-and-then-ignored) "little" things can end up really affecting your capacity to live your normal life. I'm so glad you've got antibiotics! Get more if the ear's not completely better when the course (? what do you call it when it's a spray?)is finished!

And I hope you feel better tomorrow and have a very successful meeting.

And also, I'm very glad the NHS still works. It's one of the modern wonders of the world, truly; an integrated universal health care system with only moderate levels of rationing which is more technically efficient than the Kaiser-Permanente type HMOs in the US that right wing economics says should be more efficient. It would be criminal to break it.
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From:communicator
Date:October 23rd, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
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Yes. I was in and out in an hour, which isn't bad I think.
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From:sheherazahde
Date:October 23rd, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes. You don't want to permanently lose your hearing because of something that could have been treated.
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From:communicator
Date:October 23rd, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh god, I was thinking about that, which is typical of me. Jumping to the worst case. I think I might go to sleep now, to let the antibiotics do their stuff.
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From:katlinel
Date:October 23rd, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Glad you got seen and I hope the antibiotic kicks in quickly enough so that you can get through the meeting. And ear things which are minor can lead to major problems so it is much better to get it treated now.
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From:communicator
Date:October 23rd, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I should have gone a week ago but I don't think they take you seriously until it's serious.
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From:altariel
Date:October 24th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Poor you, I remember having a dreadful ear infection and how unpleasant it was. Hope it's cleared up sufficiently for you to make the meeting today, and that you're comfortable soon.
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From:communicator
Date:October 24th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
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I did make the meeting, and I had to tell everyone I was deaf in one ear, which was fine. I am a bit deaf anyway so this gave me more of an excuse for missing things, which I normally try to cover up by guessing. Feeling like shit right now though. I don't think the medicine she gave me is working. I am going back to the doc's tomorrow.
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From:happytune
Date:October 24th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Definitely. Or worst case the walk in centre, and insist on seeing a doctor...
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From:altariel
Date:October 25th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Seeing a doctor a very good idea. And antibiotics.
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From:communicator
Date:October 25th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I got them, and I feel completely different today. Much better already.
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From:tehomet
Date:November 15th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
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I see from the comments that you're okay. Thank goodness!
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From:communicator
Date:November 16th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the antibiotics took about three or four days to clear it, but I feel much better now thanks

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