So I guess when I dove face first into a sandbar on my recent surf trip, I did a little damage to the eardrum.
I wondered what was going on when a few days had passed and it wasn’t getting better…wait, no it was actually getting worse, now that I think about it. By day 7, the whole left side of my head hurt so badly and I could feel my heart beat in my ear.
I had been intent on waiting it out – someone (and that someone is me) prefers letting time heal wounds rather than taking leave to go to the doctor and then medicating – but the pain was all but bringing me to my knees.
Luckily a local ear, nose, and throat doctor was able to see me that same day and he only had to take one look to tell me that the sandbar definitely won the fight.
I guess there was a bit of sand and salt water on my eardrum so he suctioned it out and it immediately felt better.
The relief was staggering. I was so happy that I wanted to bring him lunch for a month (but I didn’t).
Here’s to modern medicine.