I can't hear. My ear is completely closed. I had a sore lymph node behind my ear which led to a completely swollen ear and pain/swelling down to my jaw It is excruciatingly painful! I told hubby I think I would rather give birth than have this! I went to our after-hour clinic here and the doctor thinks it may be swimmer's ear. I brought up the idea of shingles and he said it is too early to tell, but I could start antibiotics for it as a precaution. Shingles of the ear can actually be quite dangerous leading to something similar to Belle's palsy (?) where part of your face droops and you could get permanent hearing loss. I was given drops for my ear for swimmers ear and since the antibiotic for shingles is safe during lactation I think I may start it as well. The last thing I want is my baby girl getting chicken pox's from her mama!!
I hate the thoughts of putting drops in my ears....freaks me out! Here's hoping the next 10 days go by quickly and I can hear once again.