Ryan and I debated yesterday the pros and cons of me seeing a doctor again. My right ear felt totally better, however my left ear was still a giving me some trouble, although it was feeling better in general. I still had some antibiotics left so maybe I just needed to finish it up, right? After much discussion, our conclusion was that I should see the doctor just in case. It would be annoying to go in and be told that I’m fine and healing but at least we would know for sure. Well good thing I chose to visit the doctor because the infection seems to have moved from the outer ear to the middle ear in the left ear. But the right ear is healed so that’s good news. 🙂
What does this mean?
1. Another course of antibiotics which have to be taken every 12 hours. Since we are changing time zones in a couple of days, we’re starting the antibiotics on strange California time to make it more convenient for Atlanta time.
2. Flying might be very painful. When the infection was just the outer ear it wouldn’t have caused much pain but the middle ear is what controls the release of pressure when needed. Currently the little flap in my left ear that makes this possible isn’t moving at all (the doctor checked multiple times because he was hoping he was wrong when it didn’t move the first time). I have some other tricks up my sleeve from the doctor and thankfully we have only one non-stop flight but I’m still not looking forward to the descent.
3. Keep praying. The ear infection is the main thing but not the only strange problem Ryan and I have been having. And being on antibiotics means a higher risk of other problems too if my body doesn’t react well. Although I really would love to have this infection go away, please don’t forget to simply pray for our time at REV. That God would use it to further confirm our calling to Australia, that we would work well together and actually be able to enjoy the relationships and challenges of the week.
Ryan and I wish that we were going into next week totally healthy and well rested but we also recognize that the way things are now, we are even more certain to rely on God’s strength and not our own. Thank you for your prayers.