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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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Why I've Been MIA...




This may be the longest I've gone without posting. I'll just cut right to the chase. I ruptured my ear drum with a phone. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? 


By the way, bloggers, if you'll look up in my navigation bar, you'll see where I'm now offering my services for blog critiques and help with blog design. Which is my segue into what happened.

My very first blogger client was Linda of A La Carte. I was talking on the phone with her Tuesday trying to pin down what she wanted and other related incidentals. I looked up at the clock and saw I needed to get ready for physical therapy. 

So we said our goodbyes, and I hung up the phone. A regular cordless house phone. Instantly, as I took the phone away from my ear, I knew something awful had happened. 

I couldn't hear out of that ear, and pain started growing exponentially, radiating down the left side of my face.

I still drove the maybe five blocks to PT, but I was getting increasingly confused and walking like a drunk, and I don't drink.



I got through part of PT, then things just started going really loopy. The pain became so bad tears were running down my cheeks, which scared those poor PT guys half to death. 

Next thing I know Andrew has me by the arm and for some reason I'm walking down the steps outside with one foot bare holding my sock and boot. 

I drove to my primary care doctor, who I've seen once. After today, she's no longer on my insurance. I stood at the front desk, and literally begged to be seen. I was told there were no openings with anyone. 

All I could do was hold my hand over the left side of my face, trying to squelch the pain. I continued to stand there and beg, and finally they agreed she'd see me in a bit. 

She saw me and they flushed out my ear, which did not help. She said she could just see black in there. She mentioned Shingles, perhaps a burst ear drum. She told them to get me into an ear, nose and throat specialist pronto the next day, whether it was one in my insurance network or not. 

Naturally they couldn't find anyone in my network. Oh well. This was now about 5 p.m.

I managed to drive home. Thank goodness it wasn't dark yet. 

It was quite a night, spent on pain killers. Sleeping is the worst for some reason; maybe it's lying flat. Any bit of air hurts, so I cover my ear with the covers. 



I manage to get to the ENT specialist the next day, yesterday. Managed to figure out which parking garage to park in in an area of many doctors and various parking garages. 

He of course looked in my ears and asked me to tell him exactly what I was doing when it happened. 

Seems I did something quite rare. He said it was in the literature, but he'd never actually seen it. When I moved the phone away from my ear, a suction was created, and I literally sucked a perforation in my ear drum. I know. Sounds crazy. I just stared at him like he'd grown horns. 

These words were achingly familiar. Remember the ankle surgeon telling me that the joint where my foot meets my leg had managed to cross over and fuse itself to a bone, which is hampering me from driving? He said he'd never seen it, but it was in the med school literature. 

I have no desire to be the odd patient that has strange things happen. Only to be seen in med school literature. 

I just stared at this very nice ENT guy, who then had me go into another room for a hearing test.  

He said he's seen this happen when someone gets hit real hard in the ear. That's when these things normally happen. Some sort of trauma.

I have to go back in a few weeks. He said I'd be feeling the effects for up to six weeks, and hopefully I did not permanently damage anything. Sometimes I feel like I'm down in a well trying to listen to what people are saying.

All because of a regular phone. 

I would be remiss if I didn't say Happy New Year. 

I've had my fill of doctors for awhile. I finally went to Urgent Care on Sunday and they determined I didn't have a urinary tract infection. But the pain that still is in my right side and down into my back is there. Sometimes I feel a heaviness in my lower abdomen. 

She wanted me to go to the ER for a CT scan of my lower abdomen, but I was exhausted from having been there so long, so declined. Maybe that will just work itself out. I can hope. Having to now do triage on my own body.

Talk about feeling drunk. I walk into walls. Somehow water has gotten in my ear, which affects my equilibrium. When I hear a sound, I can't tell where it's coming from. I hear weird noises in that ear. High-pitched and up and down the scale.

So sorry I've been missing a few days. Life got in the way.

Whatever you do, remember that you can rupture your eardrum due to a vacuum between your ear and the phone. And this can happen. Beware.

I tend to stay in bed, as any movement can make me feel like I've just stepped off a merry go round. 

And as Andrew at PT told me: "You may do yoga stretching twice per day and it does wonders. But if you fall and hit your head, it will not help at all."


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  1. Hi Brenda. I'm so sorry about your ear...that sounds excruciating.

    I've been MIA too because I just don't feel like posting. I wanted to tell you that on December 10th I started having those lower right side abdominal pains like you've described. Felt like going into labor. Long story short (after CT scan) I'm having a hysterectomy in a few days. If your pain doesn't go away, get it checked.

    I surely hope you are feeling better asap!

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    1. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! I had a partial hysterectomy at 28. Which means I still have ovaries.

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  2. Brenda, you do have the strangest things happen to you. I am so sorry you are still feeling pain and discomfort. Meanwhile, you did a wonderful job on my blog design! Working through the pain! Rest up and hope your ear is better very soon!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Working on something helped me focus my mind away from the pain.

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  3. Oh goodness, Brenda! I pray this issue is resolved and healed pronto!!

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  4. I just cannot imagine! Oh, Brenda, I know it must all seem almost too much. Good grief, please be careful, don't take any risks until this passes, which I hope will be soon. It's so hard to believe that doctors know so little about so many things.

    Take care, Brenda!

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    1. I'm staying in bed mostly. I don't need another fall!

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  5. I hope all of that happened in 2014 and that is all behind you.

    Happy New Year

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    1. Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a healthy 2015 for us all!

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  6. So sorry about your ear Brenda-who knew! I hope 2015 is pain and injury free and your foot continues to get better. Thinking of you and sending good thoughts!

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    1. Thanks. Going to try to keep those injuries down to zero.

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  8. Take care and stay in bed. No wonder I hate phones after being tied to one for over 35 years in my job.
    Please, be extra careful in the bathroom. Many things in there to hit your head on.

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    1. I know. Bathrooms can be lethal. So many hard things to hit one's head on.

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  9. Oh my gosh...how weird...and it sounds awful. Hope it heals quickly! Wishing you a wonderful and healthy 2015!

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  10. Oh dear Brenda, I do hope you feel better. Happy New Year (well, maybe later on, and DO get that CT scan as soon as you feel better.

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    1. I'm not leaving here unless I have to go to PT. Which is tomorrow. It is cold as all heck here.

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  11. Sorry about your ear. As far as the lower pain goes, I feel strongly if they recommended a CT scan YOU SHOULD GET IT. especially when you still have pain and other symptoms. We can't wish things away. Sometimes we need treatment. GO. GO NOW. Good luck.

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    1. Frankly I'm afraid to drive any more than I have to. Having water in your ears means you feel like you've had about four stiff drinks. Don't want to hurt anyone or get stopped in my boot.

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  12. Oh, so sorry to hear this. Any kind of reason to go to the doctor is really quite a hassle and I'm sorry you've experienced so many problems. Praying things work out!! I LOV your blog immensely, btw. Recent reader and follower.

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    1. Well thank you, new reader! I cherish my readers.

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  13. I hope you feel better soon. How weird is that!

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    1. Pretty weird. Judy asked me if my phone had a curve in it. Nope, straight as an arrow.

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  14. OMWord! Yes, I'd say you'd given the medical community enough to learn from now. :) You poor thing! It's so hard when an injury is somewhere on your head - - you can't disassociate it like you could with other injuries... and ear pain can be so, well PAINFUL! I'll keep you in my prayers today! Take care and happy new year!

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  15. Oh, Brenda! I'm so sorry! I've never heard anything like this! Who would think? I pray you will heal quickly and the pain and dizziness will end. Bless you, sweet friend.
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Just a warning to be careful of those phones plastered to one's ear!

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  16. Oh my word, when will your bad luck change, lady? This is incredible. You know I have had that happen before - the phone suctioning like that, but I didn't have pain or equilibrium changes with it as you are experiencing. But hearing loss, absolutely yes.

    I am saying extra prayers for your good health and happiness in this new year, Brenda. I hope you soon feel God's power in the prayers for you. Try to rest and not worry too much, it only compounds things. Hugs.

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    1. I'm just lying in bed trying not to move around too much. If I bend down, I really feel goofy.

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  17. Oh dear Brenda, I feel just awful about what happened to you! You poor thing, what an ordeal. I truly wish there was something I could do to help you! All I can do is send warm wishes for a very speedy recovery. Take care and please stay safe. Thinking of you...

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    1. Well, if you can't be safe sitting on your couch talking on the phone, I'm at a total loss as to what is safe.

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  18. Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your ear. We seem to have been having a lot of the same symptoms. They say my uti has cleared but I still have symptoms. My ears are still ringing even after two antibiotics. I go back to the doctor this month but am sick of going. I hope you start feeling better my friend. xo Laura

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    1. Not much I'd rather NOT do than sit in waiting rooms around a bunch of poor sick souls. It is strange to have all these sounds in your ear. Kind of like a violin or something.

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  19. I am so sorry this freak accident happened to you, Brenda! If it makes you feel any better, you are I are in the same boat with rare things happening to them. My lymphedema therapist (which, BTW, primary lymphedema in the arm - which I have - is extremely rare) said there was a name for people like me/us, but darn it, now I can't remember what it was. I am laid up today, too though not for anything rare this time - I've been sick for a few days. Don't know if it's just a bad cold or sinus infection, but I'm a headachy, snotty, congested, coughing, dripping, feverish mess. Haven't been this sick in many years. We can only go up from here, right? Hugs and blessings to you.

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    1. He gave me nose drops. I said: "I don't have anything wrong with my sinuses or throat or anything." He said it would affect my ears. Should have seen me walking sideways down halls to find his office. I imagine people were avoiding me like the plague. I looked drunk I imagine. Even more ditzy than normal.

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  20. See an otolaryngologist right away. I wish I had. I am totally deaf in one ear and partially in other due to misdiagnosis and not fast enough treatment. With ears you have a very, very small window of time to get a problem resolved. Personally, I don't think that is how your eardrum was ruptured, but I won't go into that. See a specialist now. I have been deaf and dizzy for the last 12 years of my life, I have terrible tinnitus (noises, ringing, etc.). Sight and hearing are nothing to mess with , no matter what the cost.

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    1. Well, I do know it happened at the exact moment I pulled the phone from my ear. The exact moment.

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  21. Sending prayers your way to help you fell better.
    Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Thanks. I'm enjoying just lolling about in bed with the dogs, looking out the window as the cold rain falls.

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  22. I hope that your phone has a speaker option to use from now on because were I you I'd be terrified to use the phone in the regular manner again. I hope this all gets better asap. Brenda you have had your share and more of troubles :( :( :(

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    1. Don't know if it does or not! Certainly not that I know of.

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  23. Best wishes for a happy, healty new year

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  24. Oh my. I just knew something was wrong because you never go that long without posting. Started to email you, but decided if you were too sick to post, you were too sick to answer email. So sorry to hear about the ear - that can be so painful. Please go get the CT scan soon. Take care of yourself, and I will be praying for your quick recovery.

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    1. You're so sweet. Thank you. One thing at a time...

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  25. Ouch, that sounds painful! Enough strange medical maladies for you. Have a happy and healthy new year!

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  26. So sorry to hear of your troubles, Brenda. I wish that wishes would heal you, because you have plenty of those.
    Gail

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  27. dear brenda, their pictures are beautiful !!! love greetings and happy 2015 !!! angie

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    1. Happy New Year, Angie! And thanks for always commenting!

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  28. I imagined you in the hospital and wondered who had the dogs. So sorry for all of this.

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    1. If I don't post every day, something MUST be wrong. You're right!

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  29. Oh my goodness Brenda what a nightmare! I've never heard of such a thing happening, but it makes sense and I can see how. I'll definitely think twice about how I talk on the phone. Hope you're feeling better soon and you can enjoy the new year. By the way....Linda's blog looks wonderful!!

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    1. When the doctor told me that, I know my mouth was just hanging open. I thought: What on earth are you talking about? So strange.

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  30. Oh, no! You have the worst luck! The weird sounds must be driving you nuts. Lay low and hopefully it will start to get better quickly. But, I guess I should say Happy New Year :) It has to be better than 2014, right!

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    1. Sounds like there's a high wind in my ear.

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  31. Oh no. My husband reputed his ear drum earlier this year, while on a flight. I remember how much pain he felt. It was about 6 weeks for him to heal. Feel better and happy new year to you. So happy to see your services on your nav bar. Good luck sweet friend.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. The ear seems to have a lot of little nerves that can hurt.

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  32. Ohh, how awful Brenda. I hope the Dr told you not to bend over, or pick things up. I know that is hard, but a friend had a broken ear drum, and injured it further pulling on his cowboy boots.I pray that the new year will bring you good health. I always knew there was a reason I don't like to talk on the phone.

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    1. I think of all the people I see constantly on cell phones, and wonder, has it ever happened to them?

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  33. Oh, Brenda! You must be exceptionally strong to handle that ear pain! I'm hoping this year will bring you a pain free, incident free...well, freeing in all aspects of your life. Thanks for sharing your ups and downs. It lets me know that in every way, we are all in the same boat, one way or another. Feel better!

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    1. Yes, we are all in the same boat and strange things just seem to happen in life.

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  34. Well Wishes to you ....wow cant imagine how a phone can do this....the furture is scary with all this technology one never knows what can happen.....wish you well....lorraine

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    1. It's amazing what can happen that you never think about.

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  35. Brenda, So sorry to hear about your ear. My heart aches for you. It seems like you have one trouble after another. I just want to wrap you in bubble wrap and keep you safe and protected. I hope it heals soon ands you have a much healthier New Year.

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    1. I had a friend who once told me I should wear a bicycle helmet around, due to clumsiness.

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  36. Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear about all your pain. I hope your ear heals well, and I hope you can get in there and get the MRI soon. What a nightmare. xoox

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  37. I hope you feel better soon. Sounds excruciating! Prayers for you. xo

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  38. Oh dear Lord, how terrible for that to happen and what a strange occurrence. My daughter ruptured an eardrum several years ago and it was no fun for her. She lost a small amount of her hearing in that ear but, thankfully, not many problems since it healed.

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    1. Well, I had acute hearing. Can hear a pin drop. So if I lose a little, probably won't hurt much.

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  39. I can't imagine why your P.T. didn't call an ambulance for you! How horrible for you to be driving! Hope There is something that can be done to ease your pain.

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    1. Those are kids in there. He's the oldest at 24. Probably just didn't occur to him.

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  40. Oh no! I'm so sorry about that! That must have been horrible :( I'll be praying for you and I hope God helps you through the healing process! Have a Happy New Year and may God bless you!

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  41. Oh gosh, I'm sorry. When it rains it pours. Well this makes three problems in a row so hopefully that will end the cycle. Boy, can't you really appreciate now when older people used to tell us.....at least you have your health? Wishing you peace, health and comfort for 2015.

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    1. That made me laugh. Yes, I remember hearing that so many times!

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  42. Oh Brenda, I'm so sorry. You are in my prayers.

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    1. The pain isn't so bad during the day. Mostly at night. So I'm not sitting here in pain all day or anything.

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  43. Oh geez, Brenda. I don't even know what to say! I just read this post aloud to my husband and then said to him, "I just can't believe all this weird stuff keeps happening to this poor woman!!!" I'm so sorry to read of your ear injury, and I hope it heals perfectly and quickly. Please go back to the dr. and get someone to figure out your side aches before the ambulance has to come for you. And I hope your New Year gets happier in a hurry!

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    1. First things first. I'm not driving unless I absolutely have to.

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  44. Oh gosh Brenda, you do have some weird stuff that keeps happening? I am so sorry you are on again in pain. I know you don't want to hear this but you must go get that CT scan, gosh it could get worse. So sorry you are having to deal with so many ailments all at one time. I've been on a small vaca (staying home) so just seen this now! Take care!

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    1. Unless the roof caves in, I don't see what else is in the cards for me!

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  45. I hope you're doing okay, Brenda. I don't have any pain or dizziness, but I was diagnosed with sudden permanent hearing loss in both ears a few years ago, so I know all about feeling like you're trying to hear through a pillow over your head. I'm glad you were able to see a specialist right away and hopefully there won't be any lasting side effects from your ruptured eardrum. I hope you follow up on your back pain to catch any problem early or to ease your mind if it's something minor. Take care of yourself and things should be looking up soon!
    Vickie

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    1. Do you have problems figuring out which direction sound is coming from?

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  46. Happy New Year Brenda,
    I'm so sorry to hear about you! How scared you must have been my heart goes out to you. I just can't imagine how painful this is on you. Please take it easy, I wish you the best today and always.
    Hugs Rosemary

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  47. Brenda--I'm so sorry this happened to you. Please be EXTRA careful--as you know, one's balance is thrown off by inner ear issues. Oh! the pain you must be experiencing. I live in the desert where the temps hit 120s in summer. I often have the phone suction to my ear and feel pressure when removing it from a sweaty ear/face. Wishing you and the wee furry ones a better year ahead.

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  48. Oh my goodness, Brenda you have been through so much. Praying that all these painful and disruptive things are healed/ resolved in a hurry so you can get back to your life!

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  49. SOOO very sorry to hear Brenda you are unwell!!!! Not a good start to the New Year at all! Incredible though and quite weird nevertheless having had a nasty infection in my ear awhile back I know the pain and how it effects other areas of the body. I sincerely feel for you. Hope it heals very very soon!!!

    Take care now

    Amanda xx

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    1. The way I look at it, it happened in 2014. It is a whole new year and the slate should be clean!

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  50. Brenda, so many of your readers (friends) here are expressing deep concern for your side/back/lower abdominal issue. Count me among them--me, a long-time follower who's inspired by you daily but finally feels compelled by this one thing to comment.

    You're a grown woman, of course, capable of prioritizing and operating in your best interest. So you know as well as anyone that the possibilities, remote as they might be, are real and scary.

    The powers of discernment among women is strong, as is the wisdom borne of experience. That's why I'm encouraging you to listen to all those who've been expressing concern for a good long while now.

    Praying that you'll be able to track down the cause of your symptoms soon, and hoping one day soon to celebrate being wrong in my own intuition. xoxo

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    1. The Urgent Care clinic told me they were setting me up somewhere for a CT scan. Just haven't heard from them yet. And will have to call them to tell them that as of the first of the year, my insurance changed.

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  51. I am so sorry Brenda... I havent been here much so and am just now seeing this..
    sending you healiing light and wishes for a speedy recovery..
    big hugs~!

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    1. Well, Sonny, wish you were here to make me laugh. Course that might hurt a little. But what it would do for the soul would be worth it!

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  52. Brenda, Brenda so sorry that all this is happening to you. I have vertigo and it feels like I am drunk, worse is when I wake up from a sleep and I walk slanted and grab for the walls. It comes and goes, I cannot lay down at the dentist office or get my hair washed at the saloon I start seeing stars. When I have it I stare at a vocal point until it is over, I can feel my eyes rolling back. The dr. gave me some medicine like Dramamine but all it does it make you want to do is sleep. I cannot lift my head up quickly. Mine is worse in the spring time or when there is a change in weather. Abdominal issues are no fun, that is another conversation.

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    1. It was a mere slip of spelling, but you said "or get my hair washed at the saloon!" That too made me laugh!

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  53. You've had more than your fair share of bad luck Brenda. It's time for the bad luck trolls to move on and leave you alone. Please get the scan. I know it's a pain, but peace of mind is so important.

    xxx

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  54. Hope the healing is fast, Brenda. Hang in there!

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    1. I'm thankful to be in my cozy little spot with my stoves going full-blast while I loll about in bed!

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  55. Hi Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about your ear. I know how painful this can be as my hubby's ear drum perforated many years ago while swimming. It got better at first then the pain returned. You have certainly had more then your share. Prayers for you that all goes well into this new year and you feel better soon.
    Hugs

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    1. As they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. And every time something happens to me, I know there is someone, many someones, who has it much worse, so I feel humble then.

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  56. When I didn't see a post from you, I knew something was wrong. Hoping for a full & fast recovery. Maybe a headset for your phone? Take it easy....one step at a time.

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    1. Funny thing is, I rarely talk on the phone.

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  57. Oh, Brenda!

    I feared something was amiss. How I hate to hear this news. You poor girl! I wish I was there to help you and drive you to the doctor. I hate that your balance is off. Big get well hugs! xoxox

    I have never heard anything like this before. I had an eardrum rupture on an airplane flight to Raleigh one Thanksgiving. It ruptured just after takeoff. We were on the way to a Thanksgiving gathering, and as the plane ascended, my ear kept tightening and tightening. I kept trying to make it pop by opening my mouth and moving my jaws like yawning, etc., but nothing worked. Finally, it made this strange, high pitched noise and popped! I actually had blood coming out. We think they did not properly pressurize the cabin.

    They did not have a medical kit on the plane, and the stewardess was freaking out. But she found a doctor across the aisle who came over looked at my ear as best he could and after talking to me decided it was a rupture. He told me to get off the plane, go to the ER at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte (the plane was stopping there in route) and have it tended. He also told me I could not fly. Same thing the ER room told us. We insisted that the airline get us a vehicle since my eardrum ruptured in flight. We also had to DRIVE all the way back home which was hours to Florida!!!

    They didn't flush it in the ER as I recall, but they told me to keep cotton in it which I changed daily but did for weeks as I recall. I still have some issues every now and then, and I try not to let water get in my ear in the shower or beauty shop, have to be careful on elevators, and will not fly. I could probably fly, but I am not going to risk it again. They tell you if you do fly to take an antihistamine, and Mr. Magpie's uncle who was in the air force years ago, told me to hold my nose and blow my cheeks out if it ever happened again on a flight. But I think that could be dangerous, too. I got scolded by former air force members on both sides of the family. LOL Like I would know! I have never been in the air force or taken flying lessons. I was always more interested in potentially jumping OUT of airplanes as in sky-diving which my mother prohibited.

    I didn't have balance problems as I recall, but inner ear trouble can cause that, too. I am so sorry. Do they think you might have vertigo as a result of an inner ear infection? I hope you get to the right doctor pronto. This is AWFUL.

    Sending you love and get well wishes across the miles. I hope you can get some sleep and stay stably on your feet.

    Happy New Year and may yours be filled with blessings and the gift of health.

    Love you,

    Sheila xoxox

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    1. The ENT doctor told me to put my fingers on either side of my nose and blow as hard as I could, and that would help. Unfortunately, the primary care physician just had them keep washing out my ears with fluid, which probably didn't help.

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  58. oh wow, I'm sorry. Hope the pain is less now, and I hope you will be feeling better soon.

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  59. When I was young I was on our school's swim team. One summer I got swimmer's ear. It was incredibly painful, so I understand the pain you have been coping with and know it is totally debilitating. Take care of yourself. Sending you positive thoughts.

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. One of the guys at PT told me he jumped into a river, I think from high up, and he knew as soon as he hit the water that he had burst his ear drum.

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  60. Good gravy Brenda! You've definitely had WAY more than your share of the yucky stuff. Sending positive thoughts
    that you've gotten all of that out of the way for the year - and the rest of the year is smooth sailing! Hang in there
    and feel better soon. xo

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  61. Oh Brenda just one thing after another. I do understand that as it's that way with me. Ear durms can be terribly painful. I hope the ear drum can heal. Even if there is some loss of hearing, the pain is worse.
    I have issues with one ear. One doctor told me that I need to concentrate when listening. Doctors can be so rude. Once an ortho doc told me that I was a big girl with little feet.
    I walk into the walls and look like a drunk too. Once in the er I needed to use the potty. I insisted that I was fine and could do it on my own. The nurse insisted I ride in a chair. She took me to the bathroom. I told her I could handle it from there. I stood up and walked directly into the wall. At night we have to leave lights on. One doctor told me to take a breath while holding my nose and close my mouth then swallow. It helps a little. Don't do this until it heals. My ears ring all the time. Funny thing is that I am over sensitive with noise. Yes, be careful esp. In the bathroom.
    Now about the pain in your abdomen. When your ear heals please have it checked out. Don't let it go too long..
    Please take care. Hugs

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  62. Oh my goodness, Brenda! I can't imagine your frustration. I hope it clears up quicker than 6 weeks. You have had lots more than your share of unpleasantness. Take good care and feel better soon. I pray 2015 is going to be much happier for you! hugs

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  63. I feel so bad for you, Brenda...this sounds really painful. I've only had earaches and even those are bad. I hope the pain pills help a little. And being hearing impaired, I can vouch for you when I say balance is the first thing to go. Until I adjusted I must have been to the ER 10 times for sprained ankles. I pray everything improves for you. And when you feel better, get the CT scan,

    Sending a hug.

    Jane x

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  64. All I can wish you is for the pain to go away as quickly as possible. I'll keep thinking of you.

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  65. Brenda, I am so sorry you've had such a hard time! I hope you heal quickly. I've no doubt that you are just DONE with doctors, but please get that abdominal pain checked out... soon! Prayers going up for you...

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  66. My goodness,hope you feel better quickly! New reader,absolutely love your blog...Be really careful around the pups and all.I fell down my friends steps,after running their dog during a family emergency,felt so out of whack with that boot on for 6 weeks,can't imagine having ear issues to deal with as well.
    You don't live in upstate NY by any chance I'd be happy to come and help you out.
    Don't be offended will pray for you at church Sunday.

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  67. Oh my gosh Brenda, what the heck, the phone!!!! I feel so bad that you are in pain :(, hoping everything goes away and you heal up soon. The past year was quite a bad one for me too as I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and now have to sleep hooked up to a CPAP machine with a mask plastered to my face for most likely the rest of my life. Oh well there could be worse things I guess. Take care.

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  68. OH no, I kept ckg to see if you had posted something new as I get posts a day late. I can't imagine all of that happening to you. Like somebody said, look into a speaker phone. My little Panasonic has that feature and it isn't expensive. It would be so much better for you. Wish I was close to drive you to the dr and pick up your groceries. At least you have established a routine w/ordering groceries online, good for you. Rest and please do what they say.

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  69. Oh my gosh, Brenda! I can't believe a phone can rupture your eardrum! I certainly hope you have better luck soon!

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  70. Brenda - holy cow! so sorry you are dealing with this. Get well soon...... that is so scarey! REST too -helps the healing xoxox

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  71. So sorry to hear this Brenda...you are one strong woman! Keeping you in my prayers...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  72. yuk!! Ear pain hurts. Does a heating pad help? When I was a child with an earache my Mother would blow her cigarette smoke in my ear. I swear it tainted me for life!!! LOL

    I hope you feel better real soon. Oh, for the UTI....Estrogen cream on your tutu. When we get older, our skin (everywhere) is drier. Urologist handed me Estrace cream and said apply 2-3 times a week. No more bladder problems. I was having them almost every 6 weeks.
    hugs...Sharon/Ks

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  73. Oh Brenda, so sorry to hear...I don't know how I missed this. I hope you are feeling much better now. Be well!

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