Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What Did You Say?

Everyone at school has heard me go on and on for the past 3 weeks about how I couldn't hear them out of my left ear. It was so embarrassing because I kept asking my students to repeat themselves over and over. It didn't get too bad until today. I woke up this morning and couldn't hear at all. Needless to say that my condition didn't improve by lunchtime. During my prep time I made it to our school nurse. I had perfect timing because she was screening students' hearing so she checked mine. I think that the kids there (who happened to be second graders) were laughing because she put the headphones on my ears. I have to say that I was confused and slightly alarmed when I couldn't hear out of my right ear when she tested it and I could hear out of my left ear. I can't really explain what happened there. She went on to say that I didn't have great hearing. She asked me to go back after I visited the doctor just to make sure.

At lunch I called a doctor's office to see if I could get an appointment. I had to see the nurse practitioner if I wanted to see someone today. I had heard great things about this doctor and her practice from many co-workers. However, I must say that it exceeded my expectations more than possible. The nurse practitioner was knowledgeable and excellent. She paid attention to what I said and asked some great questions. I can tell that she sincerely cares about her patients' health. I will definitely be back to see her or any doctor there. Oh yeah...um...while at the doctor's they sort of removed the earwax from my left ear. I kinda thought that's what it was. I was worried (and embarrassed) because I'd heard horror stories about people's wax. To my relief it wasn't that bad but it was still really gross. I would've taken a picture but...well I didn't want to gross anyone out. Now I can hear from my "new" ear so much better.

I must also mention that me visiting the doctor was possible because of a few people. First, my fellow second grade teacher referred me to this office and offered to take my class. In the end it was Jen that came to the rescue. She also offered to take my class during her prep time. Since Jen has done a few lessons for my class (and they are a wonderful bunch) I let Jen take them. My class also loves Jen. Oh and I can't forget my co-teacher. She took them for about 30 minutes.


Jen said...

So glad you can hear now!! That must have been annoying!!

I loved being with your class this afternoon!! They are a great bunch! It was fun!!

Bonnie said...

I had that problem this summer, but unfortunately mine was followed by 2 weeks of ear infections. First I had an outer ear infection, then the following week it became an inner ear infection. Once the infections were clear they cleaned the ear wax out and yes it was extremely gross!

Amy said...


Now you can hear. That is great. I am glad they helped you out and it wasn't any thing too bad.

I love your cup cakes you have on your page.

Heidi said...

Glad that you were able to get it taken care of! My best friend recently had the same experience and was very thankful when he could hear again too!