17 December 2007

Orifice Tombola - Part 1 of 2

It's a personal record where I am leaking in all the orifices, the latest being my ears. If there was a Orifice Tombola game going on, this would be BINGO!

I have been having mild symptons of a cold for a couple of week already but since I managed to keep it more or less under control with a constant feeding of Panadol (5 packs in 2 weeks), I very much ignored it and got on with my daily life. I did notice a drop in my gym performance struggling even at lower settings but I thought it was merely the sniffles getting in the way.

As long as this did not escalate into a full-blown influenza, it didn't occur to me to punch the panic button. Yet.

It was under last Saturday enough where something was feeling amiss. I could feel my hearing in the right ear impaired. Like as if there was a pressure inbalance when you are in midflight aboard a plane. Instinctively, the next thing to do was to pinch your nose and blow.

OUCH!  WTF??!! THAT HURT LIKE F@#$#@%$%$@@#$@%&!!!!

The last time I experienced such a pain was when I dived off the high-diving board and ended up a wee bit too deep into the diving pool below than my ears could take it. It was the same pain, only more prolonged since the pain from the earlier episode went away about 10 minutes after I got out of the pool.

So for the rest of the evening, I left it alone and was struggling to join in the conversation over dinner for the rest of the evening.

Then it got worse when I head to bed early, hoping to be able to sleep it off. The pressure build-up was not letting as the pain increased with my hearing going in the opposite direction. While I couldn't hear the outside, all the internal sounds were greatly maginfied. I could hear my breathing, coughing, drinking, swallowing and even the inside of my skull as I drummed my fingers on my forehead (don't ask me why I did it but I did it just to hear the sound and no, it was not to any tune in particular).

Then there were the relieving sounds of bubbles gargling in the ear from time to time, presumably the air pressure build-up got to the point the it overcame whatever that was sealing the exit points. So for the whole night, I was kept awake but the pain and the internal noise.

When a good night's sleep is screwed, you know it is time to see the doctor, albeit reluctantly.

As it turned out, the infection, over the weeks, spreads from my throat to my nose and finally my inner ear. I was getting the full ENT package of a bad cold. Thereafter, from the doctor's office in the 5th floor, I was given a slip to pay for his consultation, and a series of hearing tests at the 4th floor before returning with the slip (duly stamped "PAID"), to be given to the ONE nurse manning 4 stations and about 20 patients (myself included) following her everywhere she went for fear of losing sight of her and letting late comers cut in front of us.

It was one of those cartoon scenarios where you have two rows of doors on each side and people opening this door, coming out another door, open a third door and entering a fourth. *Rinse. Repeat*. That was us. 20 of us following ONE nurse. Naturally she was grumpy as hell but nobody dared even to make a squeak for if you piss her off, your slip will accidentally be at the bottom of the stack or worse. What slip?

Still, where credit is due, she may not be the friendliest nurse that we encountered, I was impressed how she kept her cool and dealing with each one of us as professionally as she could.

Mind you this is Canton we are talking, the land of Cantonese expletives ear bashing in THX Dolby NR.

((((((((((((((( TIU LEY LO MO where available )))))))))))))))
... to be continued.

- Voxeros

1. Cowboy Caleb left...
Monday, 17 December 2007 3:56 pm ::
Wow, so it's true about everybody being on a drip in the hospital. Get well soon, asshat!

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 17 December 2007 5:37 pm :: 
CowboyCaleb: Over here, every f*ck thing also IV Drip one. Actually, I getting appreciative of the idea of an IV Drip.

Very paiseh to drop pants in front of so many people leh. *shy*

3. Red Queen left...
Monday, 17 December 2007 8:49 pm
Get Well Soon Hiao Uncle...

4. JayWalk left...
Monday, 17 December 2007 9:57 pm :: 
Red Queen: Thanks for the well wish. I hope my hearing loss is merely temporary.

5. Rachel left...
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 2:05 am
Wah lau. Take care lah, bro.

6. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 2:06 am :: 
Rachel: Even if you show me you eating chilli crab on webcam with sound. I can't hear you!!


7. Rachel left...
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 2:09 am ::
No need to hear. See until very buay tahan liao. Bwahahaha!! Maybe chilli crab will cure you!! Clear orifices mah.

8. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 2:57 pm :: 
Rachel: Enough about me. You yourself ok or not?

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