Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Crackle, Pop, and Short Stories

So it's been over a week since the cold from HELL, and my ear is much better. I'm off antibiotics now, I no longer have that "full feeling," and my ear is popping when I want it to. But one thing that is driving me crazy...it crackles and pops (yes, like the cereal) everytime I move my jaw a certain way or when I swallow. The only time it does NOT do this is when I'm chewing gum (which obviously I'll be doing a LOT of on the plane). I googled it, and from what I can see, some say it's actually the tube in your ear healing and you're on the road to recovery, and others say it still indicates a problem...in any case, I'm hoping it's the former and not the latter. This is my first experience with an ear infection...does anyone have any input? I am all better congestion wise so I think the trip on the airplane will be fine, but I'm still nervous. I left a message with my doctor, but I really don't want to go in and pay another co-pay. Ick. Ear issues suck balls. My kids will complete their round of antibiotics tomorrow (because they had ear infections too, remember?!), but I'm definitely taking them in on Thursday before we leave. If the infections aren't gone, there is no way I'm leaving this country without another round of antibiotics in hand.
Today has really been dragging. Packing is almost complete, dinner is done, but this house is a mess. I should be cleaning, but I'm not. Which means I should be writing. I think I might really kick start my writing again with some short stories. You guys know how I love short stories. I'm thinking that'll be an excellent way to unwind tonight, and maybe even forget about my ears for a while.
Now...what kind of short story to write. Suggestions, anyone? If I get a good suggestion and use it, I might even post the story to my blog. :-) So suggest away...

6 comments:

Marisa Hopkins said...

Dude, wait it out and if it sucks, you can just go into any docs office in the UK and use the free health care. NO CO-PAY!! And a prescription for antibiotics is only about 5 quid (obviously I've been to the doc while on vacay in the UK - stupid tonsillitis).

I think you need to rewrite a fairy tale. DO IT.

Anita said...

I think you should write about travelling to another country, having to go to a doc there, falling love with the doc and then finding out he's a freak (but you still get the prescription filled).

Richard said...

She already fell in love with a freaky british guy :)...Dena needs to write the story of how we met though...now that would make Oprah's book list...

Alleged Author said...

Write a short story about an ear problem that gives the person supernatural powers! :P I hate it when my ears crackle every time I move my jaw. Sometimes it means there is still some fluid. :(

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Anita! Ha! Richard! Ha! A.A. Ha! I got nothing. Except of course you should retell a fairy tale. Those are super good.

Jonathon Arntson said...

I have had that crackling noise in my ear ever since I landed at Heathrow in 2002. I have gotten used to it, but I have a bad reaction to change in elevation.

If you take Anita's advice, make sure you're doing it for me. I think Rich might have a problem with her version.

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Tara!

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