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Ear infection

Posted by PaulKirby on Friday, September 19, 2008

A couple of years ago, I started getting these ear infections after a heavy cold. I'm in the middle of another one now.I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like I was having a baby through my ear. I even sought out a doctor today. I had to go to the office to make an appointment because they weren't answering their phones today, and if you don't call between 9 and 9.15 all the urgent appointments get filled and the next option is the Oslo Emergency room.

The appointment I get is with a guy who used to be my GP. I got another one, which is not easy. We have socialized medicine here, and if you're extremely sick, it's great. There's lots that's great about it. If you need to see a doctor for some antibiotics or something, that's a little complicated in my experience. Changing doctors is not so easy. The good ones are all filled up and you have to wait until somebody dies usually. Anyway, I got my old GP today, and got a reminder of why I left him.

This guy is so afraid of human contact that he will only touch me if it's an extreme case, and usually only leaning over his desk. I have to go in there knowing what's wrong with me and how to treat it so that I can tell him how to treat me. Today for instance, he was looking in my ears and complaining about the wax. Well, I usually have to have a doctor remove it about once a year. I asked him what I should do about it and he thought a minute and said, 'well, you could see a doctor'.


I got a prescription after some cajoling. He said 'well, alright, since you want to get better right away...'

(am I really hearing this guy?)

This is also the doctor who recently let one of his patients with beginning dementia (a relative of ours) talk him into discontinuing her meds, which had a drastic and irreversible effect on this poor woman.  I should consider myself lucky. I'm going to get a follow with a real doctor later.

7 comments on “Ear infection”

Jane C Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @2:16:30 PM

Ah, having posted a comment on your photo to make sure you see a doctor I see from this blog that you already have, or rather - haven't : ) it makes you wonder how they got through med school. Have you considered Hopi candles for the wax problem, I believe they are very good if a little weird & alternative. I don't suppose opera singing and earache go together terribly well,  hope your better soon.

robin jones Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @5:58:49 PM


I'm dealing with a very painful ear myself. Been going on, intermittently, for 20 years now. Had a CT scan today. Might be something called TMJ, possibly related to a sleep apnea! Can you believe it? I can't, but if they can fix it I'll go along with just about anything.

Far be it from me to encourage someone to do an end run on their health care pro, but last time I checked you can order pretty much anything you want in the way of drugs off the Internet. Didn't hear that from me though.

Feel better.

PaulKirby Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @10:28:57 PM

Hey Robin!

I remember you posting about your TMJ. I hope you get that figured out.  It's a little harder to get meds through the mail here. They have a whole division at the post office nationwide whose only job it is to seize any medications being mailed in. Big brother doesn't like competition.  'Thou shalt have no commerce save that which Big Brother provideth, etc....'

twayneking Says:
Friday, September 19, 2008 @11:25:45 PM

Doctors with senile dimentia are a problem.  Too many of them continue to practice after their judgement is impaired.  The only thing that stops them is when they screw up enough times.

The question is, do you want to be the end of his career?

Sounds like time to get a new doctor.

Kester Says:
Saturday, September 20, 2008 @12:18:23 AM

Very best of luck to you.  After an accident I was left with tinnitus in my left ear, I was one of the very lucky ones and it cured itself.  Normally it is incurable.  I have had ear infections before and I know how painful they are.  Most doctors here in England have almost zero knowledge of what to do for ear problems!  One thing I do know it that they can take a very very very long time to be resolved.  I hope this gets resolved very very very soon for you.

peghead59 Says:
Saturday, September 20, 2008 @1:25:15 AM

Just a thought, but being an ex-diver, ear problems are a regular and sometimes painful result. The pressures at depth move things around in your sinuses that you don't even want to think about. However, we had access to a doctor who specialised in diving problems. Being as scuba diving is now a very popular sport, I figure there must be more specialists out there. Maybe its worth contacting a local dive store who may know of one.

robin jones Says:
Saturday, September 20, 2008 @2:53:07 PM

Big Brother is still big business over here. The gov is cutting into their action though and in a big way.

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