October 9th, 2002



I am feeling strangely out-of-sorts today. It started yesterday, actually. My throat was hurting, but only on the right side. Not scratchy or raw, just hurting. Also, my right ear was intermittently producing stabbing pain. It was quite bad last night when I was trying to go to sleep: just when I would start to relax I'd feel a sharp pain in my ear, waking me up, then it'd go away again.

Today I'm not hurting as much (although that could be because I took some advil this morning). However a gland on the right side of my neck has become somewhat swollen, and I do still feel some pain and general unpleasantness.

It's all very weird. If I'm sick, it's a very localized sickness. Just the right-lower-side of my head. I feel okay otherwise: I can breath fine through my nose, and I don't think I have a fever.

My little brother used to get ear infections all the time when he was a kid. He'd wake up in the night and call out, "Mom, my ear hurts!", and the next day they'd be off to the pediatrician for antibiotics. Me, on the other hand, I don't recall ever getting an ear infection, so I'm not really sure what it's like. I wonder if that's what this is? Or am I just being overly paranoid, because he got them so often?

It's mysterious, whatever it is, and I hope it goes away soon. I feel like perhaps I ought to go see a doctor, because bro' always needed antibiotics before his ear infections would go away. But since I don't even know what this is, and I only just got it, I'd feel silly rushing off to see a doctor! ("um, yeah, my ear has been hurting a bit for a couple days. No, I feel fine otherwise. Advil makes it feel better, but well, I guess I'm just a hypochondriac...") I avoid the doctor generally, because I positively hate visiting her and finding out that I don't have a treatable disease....but sometimes it's so hard to figure out what she can treat!

1:51pm update:
hmmm....I feel a heck of a lot worse now that the advil has worn off! Yuck. Better go take some more....
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