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Stuck in Spain, continued... [Jul. 31st, 2006|11:19 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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[Current Location |Barcelona, Spain]

Packing up now to check out of the hotel. Will put luggage in hotel storage for 4.5 hours while we read by the pool, then take cab to airport (we're getting good at it!), and hope for the best.

With luck we'll get out of Spain and be stuck in Stockholm for 1-2 days (a much nicer place to be stuck).

Got a reply from my doctor about my ear:
yes, keep avoiding water (i.e. even in shower, wear cap or be very careful) and please don't blow air out ear anymore :) most perforated ear drums actually heal up by themselves . . .let me know when you get in. As you have a ppo, you can see anyone you want with respect to an ear/nose/throat doctor . . .here are some . . . . but they do typically heal up on their own. :)

[list of ~12 doctors w/ contact info]
So that's nice.

Also paid some bills that would otherwise be due about a day after I get back, cleaned out a lot of my email, emailed Petcamp to say we'd be late picking up Major, etc, etc. Pretty productive day yesterday.

We got the caterers' final itemized bill for the wedding reception. I'll post some funny excerpts when I return, notably the alcohol details. :-)

[User Picture]From: herbie
2006-07-31 09:40 am (UTC)
Just had a thought, and it might be a dumb question, but did you ask your doctor about the effects of flying, and the attendant pressure changes, on your ear?
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2006-08-04 09:58 pm (UTC)
Though your ears pop in flight, there really isn't that much actual pressure change (your ears pop going up and down hills in a car too, even going through any subway in a tunnel under a river). The reason planes are pressurized is to keep them around 1 atmosphere (um, units? Around normal, I mean)... Now, if the plane had ecountered troubles and had a violent decompression en route, that would have been bad for brad's ear, but I'm thinking a violent decompression at altitude indicates more severe problems (and might just pop anybody's fully healthy ear drums).
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2006-08-04 10:01 pm (UTC)
Er, rather, as sandy pointed out days ago (but below!), the rupture means there's pretty much no pressure on the inside of that ear drum anyhow. Duh.
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[User Picture]From: nhaines
2006-07-31 10:36 am (UTC)

Good for you!

Sounds like things are looking up. :)

Congrats on the ear--hopefully it turns out to be nothing terribly serious. Of course, congratulations on the wedding and finally getting to wander across Europe, even if you did get stuck in Spain!

I'm looking forward to hearing about the alcohol details. :)
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[User Picture]From: tsutton
2006-07-31 10:44 am (UTC)
Just wondering... would flying on plane have an effect on your ear?

I mean.. when I was on the plane, I could hear my ear go pop, would it be painful for you?

Get well and hope you can get home soon!
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[User Picture]From: sandy
2006-07-31 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ryan had many ruptured eardrums which bled when he was little, and one not too long ago. They do heal if you take care of them. Keep the ear dry, even in the shower. DO NOT blow air through it, which Ryan kept doing the last time too. It needs to heal and you keep opening it back up when you blow the air through it. Flying will not be a problem, because you have pain when there is pressure behind the eardrum. With a ruptured eardrum you do not have any pressure.

Talk to you when you get home.

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[User Picture]From: tsutton
2006-07-31 09:27 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that flying won't be of a problem.

Take care of him when he gets back! :D
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-07-31 03:21 pm (UTC)

Real doctor: 1
Frank: 0
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[User Picture]From: adcott
2006-07-31 08:48 pm (UTC)
*cue ear professional* :)

Eardrums do usually heal on their own alright (though they wont function 100% as well afterwards) but with trauma like you described with water being forced into the middle ear, I'd be concerned about the ossicles (bones in your middle ear) being disarticulated.

It's only a small chance of it happening, but certainly go see an ENT doctor when you get back. If your eardrum has fully healed by then there's a quick test he/she can perform (tympanometry) to check if everything is ok. If it's not, surgery beckons I'm afraid.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2006-08-01 05:11 am (UTC)

:) I am cautiously optimistic...

and relieved, but I very much hope that you will see an ENT specialist when you get to California anyway. Let's err on the side of caution. My Dad almost died of a mastoid infection in 1914 that started out as a perforated ear drum.
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