I’ve had a raft of ailments the last few weeks, ranging from multi-day migraines to foot pain to – the latest – sinus and Eustachian tube problems. I’m at a loss to know why this host has suddenly descended, other than to wonder if the stars or planets are off balance. Could be, with all that’s been happened both inside and outside of me. At least I’m not living down south.
This ear thing is driving me nuts. The right one has been popping and crackling since Thursday or Friday. It’s similar to the way your ear reacts when you get water inside of it. It seems to change with the weather. It’s been extremely overcast here and I think the air pressure has caused the tube blockage. On those rare, sunny days the ear pressure eases and the popping/bubbling sound disappears. Otherwise, I have to put up with it or keep my mouth open to equalize the pressure. My jaw hurts!
I got a pile of “up-the-nose” drugs from the doctor yesterday: saline nasal spray, Afrin decongestant and, by prescription only, Fluticasone Propionate, an anti-inflammatory. It’s also known as Flonase. Flow Nase. Get it? Get it?
Getting the Flonase was a two-day ordeal. The doctor wrote a prescription for two months, since he wants me to take the medication for 4 – 6 weeks. But, my wonderful health insurance prescription coverage only pays for one month at a time. It took two days of back and forth phone calls and faxes between my doctor’s office, me and the pharmacy to finally get it sorted out. I just came home with my little glass bottle and added that to the drug store hanging out in my nasal cavity.
So, I’m sitting here with my mouth open – or my ear steadily popping and crackling – waiting for something to start working. I felt fine yesterday, after the first round of nose-fixers, but am back to square one today. Yesterday was relatively sunny. Today is cloudy, with an 80% chance of rain.
Well, maybe I’ll feel better after it rains. If not, the next step is a visit to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.