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    I PUNCTURED MY EAR DRUM WITH A Q-TIP.

    Yes, I know you're not supposed to clean your ears with them. in my defense, I wasn't actually cleaning my ear at the time. I had just showered, and was using the q-tip to get the water out of my ear (the external part of my ear) because I hate having water in my ears. only I was in my teen daughter's bathroom - which was a TOTAL disaster - so I decided to multi-task, and picked up some of her laundry and took it to the hamper and then when I was heading back to the bathroom to resume my ear swabbing, when WHAM - my hand shoved the q-tip right through my ear drum.

    yes, i know that makes me a total idiot.

    I went to the regular doctor, he said the hole was big enough that I needed to see the ear-nose-throat specialist, whom I just saw yesterday. That doctor said that there's an 85% chance it should heal on its own without surgery in 4-6 weeks. fingers crossed!!

    in the meantime, my kids have said I'm just like grandpa now, I go around the house saying "HUH?" (because I pretty much can't hear out of one ear now, especially with the ear drops in). lol.

    oh, and it hurts a bit too.

    if anyone else wants to share a story where they've done something equally stupid, I'd really appreciate it! ha ha !!!

    and more to the story, if you want a bit of a laugh...
    when I did this, I had to get over that first few minutes of "wow I might throw up because it hurts so bad", then get right on with getting ready for work because I had an important meeting with a few senior vice presidents and my team had to present an hour later. no time to dwell!! so then I go downstairs, see my husband in the kitchen, say "hey, I think i just punctured my ear drum, can you call the doctor and try to get an appointment for me later?" and once he realized I wasn't joking and I explained what happened, he actually started getting pale and sweaty and almost passed out. So I had to make him sit down and put his head between his knees. ha ha ha ha!! meanwhile I popped some ibuprofen, headed into work and nailed the presentation while deaf in one ear!


  • #2
    So sorry! I'm an accident waiting to happen because I totally Q-tip ALL THE TIME!

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    • #3
      I have totally done the exact same thing! I should know better than to multitask at times like that because I am mega clumsy! So sorry!! Hope it heals quickly!!

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      • #4
        What a story. I see a scrapbook page coming from this experience. Hope you heal quickly.

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        • #5
          What a story! Hope your eardrum heals quickly.

          You asked for similar stories......a few years back I had grown tomatillos from seeds in my backyard garden. I went to step over the not-even-knee-high wire fence to admire them, but somehow managed to catch my flip flop on the fence. As I fell I twisted to the side so I wouldn’t fall on and crush the plants, and my arm hit the 2x8” wooden edge of the garden bed. First bones I’d ever broken and I snapped the two in my forearm clean in half. This seemed worth of a visit to the ER (also my first), so I got back in the house, called my husband at work (I later learned that the tone in my voice was so alarming that after 3 or 4 words he had grabbed his keys and literally ran for his car .... did 120 mph down the highway and got to the ER at the same time I did), called around to find a neighbor who could drive me (and my kids who were 3 and 5 at the time) to the ER. Two ER visits (there was an osteomyelitis scare too), 2 surgeries, 2 stainless steel plates, 2x6 stainless steel screws, 2 huge scars (one 4 and the other 4.5 inches long), about 2 dozen physical therapy sessions ... all because of tomatillos.

          ps-the tripping hazard fence has been replaced with a very sturdy and attractive hip-height fence that absolutely no one is permitted to scale.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by caliten View Post
            What a story! Hope your eardrum heals quickly.

            You asked for similar stories......a few years back I had grown tomatillos from seeds in my backyard garden. I went to step over the not-even-knee-high wire fence to admire them, but somehow managed to catch my flip flop on the fence. As I fell I twisted to the side so I wouldn’t fall on and crush the plants, and my arm hit the 2x8” wooden edge of the garden bed. First bones I’d ever broken and I snapped the two in my forearm clean in half. This seemed worth of a visit to the ER (also my first), so I got back in the house, called my husband at work (I later learned that the tone in my voice was so alarming that after 3 or 4 words he had grabbed his keys and literally ran for his car .... did 120 mph down the highway and got to the ER at the same time I did), called around to find a neighbor who could drive me (and my kids who were 3 and 5 at the time) to the ER. Two ER visits (there was an osteomyelitis scare too), 2 surgeries, 2 stainless steel plates, 2x6 stainless steel screws, 2 huge scars (one 4 and the other 4.5 inches long), about 2 dozen physical therapy sessions ... all because of tomatillos.

            ps-the tripping hazard fence has been replaced with a very sturdy and attractive hip-height fence that absolutely no one is permitted to scale.
            OMG!! thanks for sharing your story!! that definitely makes me feel a little better. if there's a way of saying that that doesn't make me sound like a jerk, lol!! wow, I hope you are fully recovered. what an ordeal!

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            • #7
              All I can say is "ouch!!" lol
              But it might be me too because I can't help but use them too... Knock on wood.
              I will definitely not double tasking now that's for sure.

              I hope you are healing quickly. Take care!

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              • #8
                OMgosh ladies, I hope you all healed well.

                My story is of my bad habit of hand washing wine glasses by putting my hand in it rather than using the botlle brush. Of course I didn't learn from the first incident so I had to try it again! This time I got a huge gash on my index finger right up by the knuckle. It bleed so much I felt faint but I kept it wrapped and taped up until I finally saw the dr in the morning. She cleaned it out as I think there was chard of glass in it still (hence the pain I was experiencing) and dressed it with paper stitches. Healed in a week or so but not without a nice scar. Have photos so maybe I will scrap it one day.
                Karen

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                • #9
                  Oh no! Becky, Carrie and Karen, you poor things! I'm glad you can laugh at your own misfortunes, and although this isn't my story, I was there when it happened...

                  My dad was always a tinker-er of cars, so we always had a half-fixed car on our drive growing up. His garage was on the other side of the gravel drive, and was bordered by the garden (the house was sort of back to front, so the big garden was at the front on the other side of the drive). He was trying to show me a few basic car things one time, so I was standing next to him as he lifted up the hood and was showing me how to check the oil and where the windsreen washer fluid goes etc, and as he stood next to me and bent over to point out something, his bottom was prickled by an overgrowing hedge/twig/something, so he stood up quick, and yep, bumped his head of the hood of the car, so crouched and prickled his bottom again, bumped his head again - I was so confused about what he was doing, that it took me a minute to realize, and then of course I couldn't stop laughing!! It really was just like a comedy sketch!

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