Ever since I started surfing, almost every year I seem to have a surfing-related trip to Urgent Care. In fact, the only reason I’ve been to an Urgent Care was because of a surfing accident.
- Board flipped upside down and somehow ran my hand into between the thumb and pointer finger with the fin. Huge bruise with lots of pain – I thought I broke my hand. Nope, just a contusion.
- Bailed off a bad wave, surfaced, and couldn’t find my board. As I’m looking around, *WHAM* board hits me in the face, causing my tooth to puncture my lower lip all the way through. 30 stitches later, I was healed and you can’t even see the scar
This year was just stupid. During Hurricane Earl, I got worked (read: tossed around by a wave underwater) and water ended up in my ear. It was annoying, but I was not in pain. It’s still there. Alcohol ear drops stopped working and my hearing was getting so bad, I had a hard time at work. Finally, I decided to get it looked at today by a fellow surfer who was also a PA. He flushed out my ears (It was like cleaning out an old coffee pot – the junk that game out was CRAZY), gave me some antibiotics that I wasn’t allergic to, plus nose spray (my sinuses were getting plugged up because my ears were so plugged….). I still have some water behind my eardrum, but I love being able to hear again in surround sound and not like I’m in a tin can.
So, yes, I can hear me now.