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Ear Update [Aug. 4th, 2006|01:19 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Back from ear doctor. Found out:

-- yup, there's a hole. (duh)

-- it's in front part of drum, not touching bone nerve ending fan-out, and not touching the rim (that's good). it's the ideal place to rip, if you had to have your ear rip.

-- the rip is just over 30% of the eardrum. it's borderline as far as needing help healing vs. letting it heal on its own, but he didn't want to recommend surgery just to recommend surgery. he'll see how it's doing in 2 weeks. with no prior ear problems and being healthy/fit/etc, he anticipates my body should heal itself.

-- 50% rip is where body can't do it itself.

-- should I need surgery, there are two options, but the first usually works for rips my size. 1) is in-office: they cut a piece of "scafalloding" paper just over the size of the rip and "glue" it on, and then put something on the ear to piss it off and make the ear start healing under the paper. then the body rejects the foreign-body paper and he grabs it back out w/ tweezers in a couple weeks. 2) is traditional surgery w/ knives/crap. doesn't think i'd need that, unless body refuses to heal.

-- healing could be 2 weeks to 6 weeks, or not at all. can scuba dive after few week safety window after it heals.

-- silicon soft gel earplugs for showering and swimming. (but not scuba diving, obviously). can wear normal concert-style ear plugs to mute annoying loud frequencies as needed, but shouldn't wear ear plugs all the time so germs/etc don't get trapped in there.

So overall, quite good. I'm most excited about getting some soft gel earplugs and being able to shower w/o choreography around the water spray, which inevitable fails and ends in pain.

[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-08-04 08:15 pm (UTC)
Did he say how much of an idiot the ship doctor was for giving you cortisporin solution?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-08-04 08:18 pm (UTC)
Oh shit, didn't mention that. I'll ask him in 2 weeks. What'd you say before, that it can kill nerve endings?
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-08-04 08:25 pm (UTC)
Just say "the on-board doctor gave me some cortisporin solution when it happened" and watch for the look of horror or the nod of dumbassness.
Neomycin is ototoxic. Think of it as that backhoe thats digging where your nice shiny OC48 lies.. :)
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-08-04 08:29 pm (UTC)
That is possibly the most geekiest comparison I've heard this year.
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[User Picture]From: feignedapathy
2006-08-04 08:56 pm (UTC)
Agreed, but we all got it. :)
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-08-04 09:22 pm (UTC)
I can explain pretty much every biological process in the body in a language that computer geeks can understand.
I can lecture to 6A about some random topic if you wish.. :)
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[User Picture]From: tabbylove
2006-08-04 08:52 pm (UTC)
this is the most random injury i've ever heard of. hope it works out. knives and scalpels are scary
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From: erinearl
2006-08-04 09:02 pm (UTC)
When they were trying to close the hole in my eardrum I definitely had traditional ear surgey, as well as some other thing that sounds very similar to what you describe as option #1. As I recall, #1 was incredibly painful (I was knocked out for the regular surgery) - I remember screaming and screaming, although my dad says I never made a sound.

Not sure where I was going with this... uh... hope your ear heals by itself. :)
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-08-04 10:37 pm (UTC)
That is good news. Reading about ear problems + flying in airplanes made me wonder just how badly off you'd be.
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From: ext_3891
2006-08-05 10:46 am (UTC)

Great news

I've been following along this, and being a scuba diver myself, that was my first though: will you be able to scuba after this?

I'm very pleased to know that you will. I love scuba diving, and it would be very hard for me to let it go.

Best wishes,
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[User Picture]From: alachicky
2006-08-05 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hope it heals on it's own. I so know what it is to go through horrible ear problems :(
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