Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Ear Bone's Connected to the ...

To what?
Oh nothing.
Does anyone know much about the ear? Cause apparently I do not.
On Saturday, after a lengthy shopping trip with my sister we went to Shoppers Drug Mart. I have this stupid nagging ear issue, which can apparently be fixed with an over-the-counter remedy that you put in your ears for 15 minutes and then drain out with water.
(no, hydrogen peroxide hasn't worked. Nor has vinegar)
So, I had little consult with the pharmacist.
He showed me the product he recommended, and explained you put it in your ear. You stick a cotton ball in to plug it and then 15 minutes later you get a syringe, fill it with water and rinse your ear out. Then let it drain.
Sounds easy enough.
Except ...
I did not understand that ears are not connected.

I truly believed that if I put the goo in my right ear (or my deaf ear) it would all drain out the left ear. So, I was trying to figure out which ear I should put the cotton in and which ear I should hold a bowl under when Mike was rinsing my ear.
Stupidly I asked the pharmicist these questions.
He was baffled.
My sister was baffled.
And then at the same moment both the pharmacist and my sister, who apparently paid far more attention in science than I ever did started laughing.
The pharmacist, who was trying to maintain some manner of professionalism, nicely said that unlike what I may have seen on television, ears are not connected that way.
Thank goodness I didn't go into medicine :)

But seriously - does anyone know how to get rid of ear wax? I've never had this problem before and it's driving me crazy.


AndreAnna said...

That is too funny - are you sure you're not blond? ;)

And no clue how to help you - did the pharmacist offer any advice? Maybe you should go to an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist - they can probably help.

Urban Daddy said...

Ear wax, like the kind you scrape out with a q-tip, or ear wax that makes your ear all fuzzy like you are underwater?

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Thanks for the ear anatomy lesson! ;)

Hope you are feeling better!!!

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Oh, and what about ear candling??? Many spas offer it--it is rather inexpensive, I think.

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

I was going to suggest candling as well...although i've never done it, it seems cool (and a bit scary).

I'm not going to comment on the ear thing. Because, although I KNOW better, (there's a brain in the way) as I sit here, i can kind of see how you might think they could be connected. Kind of. A little. (Okay, I really can't, i'm just trying to make you feel better). Ha ha!!

LoriD said...

Oh, I would have laughed at you too... sorry! That whole "in one ear and out the other"? It's an insult, saying there's no brain in the way to stop the flow. Hee.

My doctor recommends a couple of drops of mineral oil in the ear. It will loosen up the wax so you can just wash it out.