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Ear Update [Jul. 29th, 2006|06:39 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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[Current Location |Barcelona, Spain]

Just talked to Dr. Frank (scsi) about my ear and all my symptoms and he's convinced I broke my ear membrane thing. (like, the blood, and being able to gurgle/blow out of my right ear now if I squeeze my nose ...)

Which means I need surgery when I get back, says Dr. Frank.

And further, one of the two medicines they gave me is actually really bad if I broke the eardrum ("risk of ototoxicity" or something, says the phamplet). The doctor assumed I didn't break it but he couldn't see past the inflamation. Frank says the doctor should assume I /did/ break it (especially considering the blood), and not prescribe something that's dangerous to my inner ear if I did.

Yay. Fun stuff.

Thank you, Dr. Frank!
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-07-29 05:19 pm (UTC)
You can dunk your head under if you plug your ear with those foam earplugs. Just be careful that you dont blow it out when you hold your breath and build pressure in your inner ear.
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[User Picture]From: gaal
2006-07-29 05:38 pm (UTC)
Isn't it dangerous to fly with your ear messed up?

Take care...
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[User Picture]From: imgreen
2006-07-29 05:38 pm (UTC)
I hope that's okay to fly with!
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From: ex_debgirl0
2006-07-29 05:56 pm (UTC)
fuck. Reading that made me a bit woozy.

Would flying fuck up your ear even more?
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-07-29 06:28 pm (UTC)
For all of those who are concerned about flying with a messed up ear:

Its only really bad to fly when the tubes that equalize the pressure (in the back of your throat) are clogged . This is because of the pressure difference between your outer ear, and your inner ear cant equalize when they pressurize the cabin.

Since brad has technically no eardrum to seperate the two compartments, there isnt any pressure difference to worry about.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-07-29 07:42 pm (UTC)
What does this do to his diving?
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-07-29 08:20 pm (UTC)
He'll have to wait until his eardrum is repaired and all healed until he dives again.

He cannot dive in his current state. Having 80+ feet of water pressing against your inner ear will be deathly painful, and uncontrollabily force itself down the drainage tubes to the back of his throat.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-07-29 06:38 pm (UTC)
Dude, take care...you got a spare but it sucks when only one works!
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2006-07-29 09:00 pm (UTC)
Ouch, that's horrible! And creepy. And horrible.

But maybe you'll end up with a new party trick, like Grampa Munster, who could blow smoke out his ears.
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