A post from Kelli–Possibly gross picture below!
I’ve always had issues with my ears. As a little kid, I would regularly get ear infections during a time when tubes weren’t the thing to do. Mom says that between Kayla and I, one of us always seemed to have ear infection! A bit TMI here, but my ear wax is weird too in the fact that it gets really hard and clumps together and you can’t usually get it out with a q-tip (even though you aren’t supposed to use them on your ears). When I was little, I would go to the doctor where they would use a syringe to spray water into my ear canal in an attempt to clean them out. Most kids woudl freak out because of this, but I would hop up on the table and lay perfectly still cause I knew it would feel better when I was done. As an adult, I still do this regularly…on my own of course! As I got a bit older and could sit still, mom would clean them out with some special tools and I still have her do this too.
It seems like since I’ve graduated, I’ve had an almost cold. What’s an almost cold? Feeling like you almost have a cold or if you woke up the next day feeling terrible, you wouldn’t be surprised. I think that a lack of sleep, different schedules, working different shifts, and being exposed to a ton of new germs has just done me in. Last week, I had a full week of work (From Tuesday to Wednesday, I worked 66 hours) and when I finally had some time off on Friday, I knew that the next few days were definitely going to be tough! This wasn’t going to be an almost cold!
I woke up Saturday with a horrible sore throat, ended up finding someone to cover part of one of my shifts, and ran to Urgent Care. I had them swab me for strep (which was negative) and ended up with Augmentin for a sinus infection that I’d been wondering if I had for about 2 weeks, but hadn’t had time to go in. I ended up going back into work to finish my shift. I told Jason he was on his own for supper (he ended up bringing home Chinese) and went to bed. When I woke up Sunday, it wasn’t too much better….and neither was Monday. I finally called in on Tuesday and decided to take a day to rest…which I definitely did. It seems that the cold part of things has worked it’s way down into my throat/lungs, so I’m now coughing up tons of junk and went through a hole box of Kleenexes yesterday. After some Vick’s advice from Connie, I woke up feeling a bit better today.
When I was in the bathroom looking for another box of Kleenexes, I found a set of ear candling sticks, which I’ve been wanting to try for some time. It involves strips of muslin soaked in beeswax and rolled into a cylander. You then light one end on fire, and place the other end (very important to use the other end ;)) in your ear. The negative pressure is supposed to pull impurities from your ear canal. With my cold, I’ve had lots of popping and crackling in my ears too, so I thought they might help!
Note to others–This is best done with another person, but I had no one at the time and really wanted to do them! I took a picture of myself doing it and about died when I saw it, so I found one online for you to enjoy!
Since I was doing this myself, I was using my phone to check to see how far down it had burned and was hoping I didn’t burn myself, so I wasn’t able to look quite this relaxed and beautiful–But it was definitely close! Because I was checking it regularly and it was my first time, I wasn’t sure it was going to work quite right.
After I was done, I was really excited to cut them open to see what they pulled out–
And that’s what I found! As you can see, I got lots out. I have two more sets at home, so I’ll probably try doing it again in the next few days when Jason is in and can tell me when to take them out. I’m also dying for him to let me do it to him. For how dirty he gets working, there has got to be some horribleness in those ears of his!
And the verdict? I didn’t really have a problem with my hearing, but it does seem that my ears feel “clearer?” I don’t quite know how to explain it, but they feel better.
I’m hoping to Vicks myself up again really good tonight and keep working on kicking this cold in the rear!