If you are wondering what an ENT is, don’t worry, I didn’t know what it was until recently as well. I’ve heard of those kinds of doctors before, but never knew they were called ENT’s (Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist). You all know of my clogged Eustachian tube problem that I have been having for the last month. You all also know how freaked out I have been by it, because it just isn’t getting any better at all. I finally decided to go see a specialist for this situation. I didn’t want to because I have spent over $500 on medications and doctor’s visits on this whole ear thing already.
The doctor came in and checked out the ear and told me not to be worried or scared because this happens all the time. When you get a really bad cold, stuff like this happens and he has seen them sometimes takes over 4 months to finally drain and there is no damage to the ear from it. He explained that there is fluid in the ear, near the ear drum and that is the crackling nose that I hear sometimes when I blow my nose or cough. He gave me two options, first one was to treat it with medication and two was to do a quick procedure that heals pretty quickly and easily. The procedure involved putting a small needle sized hole into the ear drum and letting it drain, yea I cringed too! I said no thanks to that. He gave me Veramyst to use for 2 weeks and then come back and see him again.
He also advised me not to fly anytime soon, which could potentially be an issue because it is coming around to networking conference season, and I may be flying a lot very soon. He was assured that my ear did not look that bad and it should be cleared up in no time with the medication and some manual clearing of the ears, as he said, “Just don’t blow your brains out doing it.” Easy enough for me. Hopefully this will end it because it is pissing me off now.
There was some good diabetes education going on in the appointment as well. I first demonstrated my insulin pump to the nurse and then again to the doctor. He had a few more questions about my diabetes. He wanted to know if there was family history, or if there was any internal infection, or how the diabetes came about because it sounded very weird to him. I love education people on diabetes, especially doctors because it just shows that they learned a little about it in their disease 101 class, but they never really learned a lot about it.
Well, still trying to catch back up on work, but I should be all caught up today. I’m finalizing an outline for next month’s WordPress blog design specials, so if you’re interested, just drop me a line and you’ll get first dibs on timeslots.