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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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