Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Jan 12, 2008

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

So last night I'm sleeping peacefully when, quite suddenly, I'm awakened at 3AM by a weird pressure in my ear. I sit up and can hear crackling, crunching noises going on deep in my ear canal. I start shaking my head and beating on it like I'm trying to get water out of my ear. Doesn't work. After several minutes I'm becoming increasingly panicked. Finally, I woke up Albert-THERE IS SOMETHING IN MY EAR. He spends the next 20 minutes examining my ear canal with a flashlight. All I can think of during this time is the news report I heard not long ago about a young boy who had a similar experience. After a few days of this pressure and noise his mom finally took him to the doctor, who flushed out his ear canal. Out comes not just one but TWO little spiders that had made a nest in his ear canal. EEEEEEWWWWW. By this time I'm fully freaked out. He keeps telling me there's nothing in there, but I swear I can hear something dancing around on my eardrum. Finally I tell him to flush out my ear. I remember my mom soothing my earaches as a kid by heating a bit of olive oil in a spoon and then pouring it in my ear. So I told Albert to do that. It's been many, many years since I've had hot oil poured in my ear, and I can tell you that it feels VERY strange. After letting it soak in as far as it seemed it would go, I laid my head down, fully expecting something large and creepy to come flowing out of my ear. This doesn't happen, but at this point I am now deaf due to oil being splattered all over my cochlea. I am now in full hysteria, expecting that I should be taken to the ER. After some time, Albert gets me calmed down and I fall back to sleep. Today, I still feel the pressure in my ear, but no longer hear the spider crunching around. Of course not, we fried the thing to death in hot oil.
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