I’ve had quite a few inquiries pertaining to my health since I posted about my ear problems. Thanks very much for your positive support.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet because if I go on too long, I think it might turn into a rant. Needless to say, I’m tired of dealing with this. My weeks have revolved around morning classes, Chinese classes, visits to the doctor and my full time job at Gram. It has been very frustrating.
I’m still dealing with these problems. My eardrum is not healing properly and this has caused a ton of new problems, all of which require one to two visits a week to the doctor in order to keep on top of things. The doctor attributes this lengthy healing process to three things. I’m a little too old to spring back from this. (That one hurt the ego.) The air pollution in Taiwan is an irritant and I’ve been suffering from these problems since I was a little girl without ever having it treated properly. He told me the other day he’s surprised that I have as much hearing as I do considering what my eardrum looks like. I agree with him. I saw it. It’s nasty.
My hearing has definitely been affected by this. I can’t handle being around loud noises and high-pitched tones. I can’t use ear plugs because my ear is constantly inflamed. I have another appointment tomorrow morning that involves a minor but painful procedure. The doctor I am seeing insists that it is getting better slowly, but I haven’t noticed much of an improvement over the past five weeks. I realized earlier this week that my idea of an improvement and his idea of improvement are worlds apart. I want the pain and discomfort to stop and a week to go by without having to see him. He wants to save my hearing without resorting to surgery.
I’m trying to stay on top of things and I’m remaining optimistic that this will pass quickly. One thing is certain. I have the utmost confidence in the medical profession here in Taiwan. It will work. It’s just a matter of when.