Saturday, April 28, 2007

My Inner Child

I know writers talk about their inner child at times, but apparently I really do have one. And he's got an ear infection.

About two weeks ago the ear canal of my right ear became swollen and very painful. I thought I'd gotten bit by an insect so I waited for the swelling to go down. (Of course, I had images of some insect having laid eggs "in" my ear and that the larva would soon start burrowing out through my brain.) After about three days the ear was still swollen so I decided to see a doctor the next day. Miraculously, the swelling was way down by the time I awoke the next morning and I thought all was well.

The following weekend my ear canal swoll up again, and this time I started having weird feelings of pressure inside my ears and a steady ringing. I did go to the doctor this time, and his conclusion? I have the kind of ear infection that kids get. He said, "it does happen occassionally in adults," but I could see he didn't find that very common. He gave me some antibiotics and they seem to be working.

My question is this. Why is my inner child getting an ear infection now? Could it be that I haven't listened to him enough lately? Have I been too "grown up" of late, what with grading on my final exams and paying my bills?

Screw grading tests or writing. I think I'm going to go play outside.

9 comments:

singleton said...

By all means, go dig in the dirt! It's good for the soul and builds up your immune system!

Sphinx Ink said...

Wow, your Inner Child really had to work hard to get your attention! Now that he has it, listen to him. Go out and play!

Steve Malley said...

Sphinx and singleton said it all. Give that inner tyke some time to romp!

Sheila said...

your inner child wants Dairy Queen! hahaha hope your ear infection clears up! have a fun weekend, go outside and play!

Erik Donald France said...

Too funny -- aside from The Night Gallery aspects of ear boring. More fun on the playground!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Several years back, I had to have tubes put into my ears to help with sinus drainage. The tubes didn't really bother me; they stayed put for 16 months. However, I forgot about them once when I dove into a pool. The ringing in my ears, not to mention the pain, was unbearable. Hope your infection is cleared up soon.

Susan Miller said...

No, do not play. Stay serious, work hard....surely there is something you can be doing rather than playing! Just put the drops in, take the antibiotics and ignore the kid. Then work, work, work!!!

The above was written by my inner boss. She always glares at me with one eyebrow raised. Then I flip her off and go play.

Play! Play! Play!

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks for advice, everyone. As you will see by my post today. I listened.

Lana said...

The ironic thing was that just a day or two before you came down w/the infection, we were talking about childhood ear infections!
Glad you're feeling better. :)