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The Bug, it goes around

Yes, the beep is still there. Last friday (Jan 4th) I went to the doctor. Never got to see her, but instead an assistant led me into a small office and gave me the 'ear-toilet', one big friggin' syringe filled with lukewarm water. Twice. I actually had to hold on to something as such a procedure gives your vestibular (or balance) nerve a whallop. But 3 minutes later I was outside again. "Call again if you still have trouble on monday".

Apart from the ear, I felt good enough to go ahead with the planned weekend at the LAN party in Maastricht. Picked up damanique along the way and together we locked ourselves up in a building with 25 other computergeeks for the weekend. Fun was had with Unreal Tournament 2004, Guitar Hero, In The Groove, Heroes of Might and Magic, Alien vs Predator 2, The Incredible Machine 2, Doom 2, King Kong on Xbox (Utter Frustration Boy!), Half Life 2, Portal, and a special midnight FREAKshow with The Worst Of The Web, collected by yours truly (It was an instant hit). Unfortunately Dama caught my bug, even though she had a great weekend. Get well soon, hon!

On monday, I went back to work, but still with ear trouble. So first thing tuesday morning I was at the doc again. This time a real doc helped me, even though there was nothing she could do for me. I have some moisture/fluid on the inside of my eardrum. It will disappear over time, but it COULD take up to ... a MONTH ! Aaaaargh.

And now it's thursday, work work work, had an official evaluation yesterday and came out with a "Good" mark on my file. As long as I keep up the good work and make myself irreplaceable at my current assignment, things are looking great.

Right, back to work it is. And on Saturday: a haircut and a stroll through Amsterdam.

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lasttowin
Jan. 10th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
2 things
You know that you should never make yourself irreplaceable, because if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

After a very hot shower, try rubbing some Vicks Rub or Mentholatum ( if sold there) behind the ears. (old wives cure)
rob_d
Jan. 10th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 things
Let's chalk that up to 'lost in translation'. Perhaps invaluable is a better word. But thanks for the tip!
caniche
Jan. 10th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Did they explain how the moisture in your ear got there in the first place? Then at least you can prevent it from happening again...

I remember I once had air trapped in my ear, it was very annoying, but you know what the actual remedy was? They stuck a lit cigarrette in my ear and that got rid of the trapped air! (Yes, a Grandma Remedy, but it worked ;P)

skunktaur
Jan. 10th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
That's kinda like how people ~claim~ earcandling works :P
caniche
Jan. 10th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
LOL, never heard of that before though... I always thought it was grandma's crazy idea. But at that point I was so fed up that I was willing to try anything, and her method worked. You could actually see the cigarrette lighting up ;)
skunktaur
Jan. 10th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Earcandling is the crazy belief that sticking a hollow wax tube in your ear and lighting the tip will suck gunk out of your ear through the vacuum of hot air sucking out of the candle. Often 'proven' by showing the globs on the inside of said hollow candle at the end of it.

In fact, the globs are usually just molten candlewax you had the fortune of not getting ~in~ your ear and risking permanent deafness...
I suppose a cigarette doesn't deposit candlewax or something, but the suction-principle remains.
skunktaur
Jan. 10th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
I'd still like to know about them Amsterdam plans :)
rob_d
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Let's plan on being in Amsterdam around noon. Jones and me will park the car in the old Olympic stadium and take the tram into town. You could either grab a train to central station or park your car at P&R Zeeburg (see www.parkereninamsterdam.nl) and just say where you wanna meet up. As long as I get to visit Henk's comicshop (Zeedijk), the American Bookcenter (Spui) and grab some food at Wagamama's (close to Leidseplein).
damanique
Jan. 10th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Man, I can't believe that ear is *still* giving you trouble. x_X;

Me, I think I went through the worst this night. I wanted to go to work but I couldn't sleep, instead I was tossing and turning, sneezing, huffing, wheezing until my mind went kind of loopy (it does that when I can't sleep) so I went downstairs to find my sanity again and watch the Discovery channel and Comedy Central. There I found the magic potion called Otrivin, which cleared up my sinuses for like the next 12 hours, and then I could finally catch some sleep. The Ibuprofen took care of the throat ache a couple of days ago, so if I use the Otrivin carefully (too much can actually result in a worse cold) I should be fine.
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