This morning, I woke up with a low grade sore throat. It's been 70 degrees and WINDY the last couple of weeks, things are in bloom, and my allergies are having a field day. I wrote the sore throat off to that. On the way to work, the soreness moved to my ear, and by 8:00 am I had a full blown ear ache. As a kid I suffered from chronic ear aches/infections. It was a period of time where the medical community stopped putting tubes in kids' ears, so those of us with the ear issues just had ear issues. I was well versed in amoxicillin. As an adult though, they are few and far between. The last one I had was in maybe 2008.
As the day slowly passed, it was getting harder and harder for me to talk to the kids as just opening my mouth shot pain through the whole right side of my head. After recess, I got them working on a writing assignment and then went back to my desk and held my head. I'm not a desk sitter during the school day, but it was all I could do. The obligatory 25 minutes that 2nd graders can work quietly before they get wiggly was nearing so, after sucking down a couple more aspirin, I tried to get it together for the next lesson. After standing, the ear started sloshing and popping, each move it or I made sent more shooting pain up my jaw bone. It made me feel on edge and a little off kilter, so I told the kids what was going on as I didn't want them to worry. The more inquisitive ones wanted me to tell them more. Then we listened carefully and they could hear my ear popping and swishing. Yuck!
While some were gasping and others laughed, it must have been too much for one of my boys in the front, as he fell right out of his chair. When our attention turned to him, he was fine, and got right back in the chair, however the look on his face is one I'd seen AND felt before...I think he fainted, or felt like he was going to faint. As someone who doesn't like to hear about gross medical things, and who has passed out upon hearing them before, I'm almost certain us talking about my ear and THE SOUNDS made him woozy. He told me that he was fine, but someone had kicked his leg and he fell. No one kicked his leg...poor guy.
The next lesson began. While we were working on identifying complete and incomplete sentences the sound in my ear got louder and then....MY EARDRUM FREAKING BURST. There was a sharp pain and then fluid started trickling out my ear and down my neck. Blech! After the possible fainting, I quietly grabbed a tissue and continued the lesson. Every time the ear popped it sent a shooting pain, but when it wasn't popping it actually started to feel better - probably releasing some of the pressure. We finished the lesson, and thankfully, it was time for lunch.
After dropping off the kids and talking with my team (who had graciously offered to take the kids for the rest of the day) I decided to finish up a few more lessons with the kids after lunch. Yesterday I was out half day to do a training, so taking another half day, and having to plan for yet another sub...well it was just easier to stay.
My team took my kids out to dismissal, and I rushed to urgent care. After about two hours of waiting and 5 minutes of medical care, I left with an antibiotic for a ruptured ear drum and fluid in the ear. Still sucking down the aspirin too because, even with the leaky ear, there are still bouts of pain.
It's nighttime now, a notoriously bad time for ear aches, and I have to admit, I'm not feeling great. I'm on the fence if I should suck it up, set the alarm, get up and try the day or if I should write my sub plans now and just call in the sub.
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