January 2022- An Ear-ie Tale

Jillian here- Happy New Year- My Christmas was very nice—the son, DIL and grandson visited from the 23rd and left on the morning of the 29th, after a nice family dinner treat by my son for my birthday at one of my favorite places- The Tuscan Oven which is locally owned and they cook in an open flame beehive oven imported from Italy.  Makes for some great pizza, breads and pasta.  I’m attaching a picture of the grand- He’s growing to look more like a little boy than baby.

Our weather this time of year fluctuates wildly- December left us in the high 70s temperature-wise in the day and 60s at night.  Then it went down into the 30s at night and 50s in the day for a few days. Then high 70s again for about 4 days. Now it’s back to 30s at night and 50s in the day. It’s no wonder we can’t figure out what to wear- besides layers, that is. 🙂

I had three ear infections in 2021 and my ear started hurting again a couple of weeks before Christmas. I decided to go to an ENT instead of my regular doctor since, clearly, this was becoming a chronic thing. Weirdly, I had a hard time finding one- first one I called, the number was disconnected; second one was pediatric only (even though website said all ages); third was referral only and first appointment available was March!; and the fourth, I was able to get an appointment—their website had no reviews, so I figured he was new.

When I got there, he def. was new as the place still smelled like fresh construction and one employee was putting together some desks. Other furniture was being delivered as well. Lots of fancy equipment as well—expensive!  They did a CT scan of my head first thing and then asked me a ton of questions about my sinuses (!) and then the triage nurse asked if I’d been using nasal spray—I said, “I have an ear infection. I’d never think of nasal spray for that.” Her response? “It’s all connected.” When I told her I hated that stuff anyway as it goes down the throat and tastes terrible, she responded by squirting stuff into both my nostrils!! WHAT?!?

By the time the physician’s assistant came in, I WAS having breathing issues.  That chick’s nasal spray clogged my right side. It was crazy. I was there for EARS! Actually just one ear… LOL

More fancy equipment was a big screen television and a camera the PA stuck in my ear – then all the glory of my inner ear was on the screen—it looked pretty disgusting. She said the right ear now had a fungal infection—the others had been bacterial and had never healed so it was now a fungus…I didn’t really understand haw that happens, but whatever, just fix me.

The PA had the doctor come in to verify that it was fungal to give me the right meds. He cleaned my ear out with another fancy piece of equipment and made a comment to the PA that I had eczema in the inside of my ear. Well, of course, I heard him say it since my ear was right there, so I asked if the fungal infection could cause that since I’ve never had eczema before. He was unbelievably arrogant and dismissive when he responded to me—I can’t say he answered my question because he didn’t—he spouted a bunch of nonsense saying I must be susceptible to yeast infections. He acted offended that I would ask a question of his royal highness. I did not like him at all. I’ve never had a yeast infection either—and how does that relate to eczema? Or my ear infection? It was totally bizarre!

As soon as the doctor left the room, the PA apologized for his behavior. She said he was rude and she was sorry. How odd is that? Even she noticed it –I didn’t even say a word about it and really, had not planned to. It seems he is more interested in sinus issues and allergies as the triage nurse had asked me about having a battery of allergy testing done (which also was not why I was there).

I got a prescription and a follow up visit set, but I’m not sure I want to return to Weirdsville even though I liked the PA.  I can say this though, as a professional myself, he is not going to make it very far in this new endeavor of his (and be able to pay for all his fancy gadgets) unless he learns to be tolerant, kinder and more patient with the patients (LOL- see what I did there?).

Enjoy your January!

10 responses to “January 2022- An Ear-ie Tale

  1. Ugh, not fun. As a couple, hubby and I have been dealing with ear issues (him) and a long term cough (me.) So yep, we know it’s all connected and sinuses are usually the culprit. For me, after 3 years with this cough, a sinus spray turned out to be the holy grail. I barely cough at all now so I’m more than happy to use the spray 3 times a day. For Mark, he usually has to have tubes put in his one ear to keep it draining. So we definitely understand. Though that doctor didn’t sound very nice.I’m glad you have the PA to go back to. 🙂

    • Sorry you guys are having issues as well. There’s not much more annoying than a persistent cough and an earache. I’m hoping the drops they gave me knock mine out. I don’t envy you that nasal spray three times a day— wish the manufacturers could team up with Willie Wonka and make a good flavored one. I’m grateful for the PA. If she wasn’t there, I’d def. not go back.

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  2. Oh, Jillian. So sorry to hear about your awful experience. It’s distressing enough having something wrong without an unsympathetic (to say the least) doctor. Sending healing thoughts for a satisfactory end to your ear problem.

  3. What a horrid encounter. You’d think by now they would make courses in ‘proper bedside manner’ mandatory requirements. Obviously this fella missed that semester LOL
    Glad you got some answers (kinda) to what’s going on and you can get it all healed and banished from your life.

    • He def. missed that class.  He was terrible- not a kind person at all.  And yes, I hope I finally get rid of this crazy ear issue- it will have (almost) been worth meeting this jerk.  LOL

  4. Yikes, ear aches and tooth aches are the worse. Hope this fancy equipment got the right diagnosis and you won’t need to go back to him.

  5. Am so sorry you have suffered earaches and such a horrible doctor to contend with. His manner and behaviour was so out of order. If he carries on like that he’ll soon have no patients at all. I hope by now all is okay and that the problem is sorted. Any ache, particularly ears and teeth can be horrid. .

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