Thursday, 5 February 2009

The Day I Became Deaf

HISTORY

Hair cut low as usual on Sunday.
Heavy snow into Monday, a little bit of exposure (no, nothing like making a snowman or having a snow fight), some driving around, a lot of sleep and too much eating. Sneezing, sniffling and feeling heady.


SYMPTOMS

Huge headache on Tuesday was the cause of my timely escape from work. Early to bed.
Woke up in the wee hours of Wednesday to hear this constant hum in my head. I could not hear a thing. My sworn enemies have finally got me – didn’t people say juju and witchcraft do not work? I seemed to be in a land of blankness and for a minute, thought this must be how the acutely mentally impaired see the world.
Blocked ears. Could not hear a thing except when you shout and then voices reverberate in my head. Unable to use my phone, sounds like a broken speaker.
Some blood specks when I clean out my nose. Both ears and left nostril blocked.
Restrictive pain between my eyes.


DIAGNOSIS

It appeared like I had lots of water in my ears. No, this is more viscous than water, it is a serious head cold!


OUTLOOK

Positively cantankerous. My phone could not stop ringing yesterday and at a time I picked up to shout at a repetitive caller: “why don’t you just stop calling or send a text message if I do not pick up”? and cut off. I promptly received a text message from a dear friend who had just given birth and was calling to inform me of the fact. Shame! Had to apologise by text. Even more shameful, as I could not tell her why I did not call and was in a mood.
I was like a dog with fleas, everything was an irritation.


TREATMENT

Paracetamol overload. Sniffed on vapour from hot, covered water with some menthol. No, could not get a-hold of Olbas Oil.


THE PATIENT

Can now hear slightly. One ear still completely blocked and the other intermittently. Unable to use phone. Still tetchy.

31 comments:

Funms-the rebirth said...

awww....poor Jinta........ sorry.. hope u feel better soon. u guys have a horrible weather... hugs and if only i could bring u some steaming pepper soup

Jinta said...

~ funms ~ the thought alone makes me feel better

naijalines said...

Pele o. I hope you get well soon.
I've had flu-like symptoms too...A very bad cold. It's on its way out now, I think. So I know how you feel.

I'm tempted...trying to resist doing something really bitchy. I'm not feeling well and a biatch is doing her very best to bring me down to her level! I resist! I'm swapping her ish for my feeling beta. LOL.

princesa said...

Sorry dear.
please get it treated completely. You must have gotten some kind of infection, i dont know am not a doctor.

Sha said...

awwwwww
*big hug*
hope u feel better soon

Kafo said...

wow it must really be bad to mess with your ears

hang in there

Jinta said...

~ naijalines ~ thanks ever so much

i beg, resist o. who needs the stress?

~ princesa ~ you're right. i feel so special with all these sorry's i'm getting. should get ill more often.

~ sha ~ i dont know how to tell you off yet. you just whizzed by me yesterday! but i grasp the hug with both hands.

~ kafo ~ it is a mess. the constant hum is driving me mad

Jaycee said...

Kpele dear. Awwww @ shouting at a friend who just gave birth. Lol. Hope you do feel at least a little better *smiles*

darkelcee said...

awwww, e pele oh

how are you now?

Emeka Amakeze said...

PRESCRIPTION:
A plate of hot goat meat pepper soup three times daily. If symptoms persist after a day, consult a babalawo. Which kind cold be that one sef?

pink-satin said...

hey, go to the hospital!!

Jinta said...

~ jaycee ~ thanks jare. i dont know what happened, however, everyone and their grandmother's cousin decided to call that day

~ darkelcee ~ becksy, i dey o, still one ear blocked but less pain

~ emeka ~ you're a man after my heart o. i do actually have some peppersoup powder at home, so off to the kitchen i go

~ pink ~ oh, i hate hospitals. where have you been, pink?

Afrobabe said...

hehehheeheheheheh...JINTA, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???

ok, sorry, coudn't resist that....

fantasy queen said...

awww, get well soon.
this are moments when a guy needs a woman in his life for some good ol' tlc....and to scream the words into his ears...lol

take loads of hot soup with your paracetamol. thats known to work.

StandTall-The Activist said...

The anger that came with the headache was carried out on a dear old friend.

Dont over use paracetamol abeg.

Hope you are better now

OluwaDee said...

Pele dear.
ma f'ara le o.

joicee said...

a head cold? ...never heard of this type before

hope you have a quick recovery...

Rose said...

It's good to know youre regaining your sense of hearing,fully recover soon o!ha,how can my jinta be sick?God forbid

Jinta said...

~ afro ~ you wait until i catch you in a dark corner...

~ FQ ~ you're right. i'll get a woman to finish the work my ex started

~ standtall ~ better thanks, learning to hear out of only one ear

~ oluwadee ~ ose o

~ joicee ~ lol. as if i had a choice. its the weekend

~ rose ~ God forbid bad thing

StandTall-The Activist said...

Aww that wont be fun o. Sorry

Bond Girl said...

Wow who should we thank for the concurrent posts? The snow or ur debilitating illness. To echo fellow citizens PELE!!!! I am curious are you always cranky when you're ill?

Oyin said...

Is this for real...if so I am so sorry about all that, and I hope and wish you to a speedy recovery...

Jinta said...

~ standtall ~ no fun at all. feeling better though, ta

~ bond girl ~ you managed tp apck in a few questions here.

its neither the snow nor the illness, just wanted to redeem myself a bit

when ill, i just want to be quiet and ride it out. not disturbed, not fussed over. unfortunately, i was working so the constant ring of my mobile constituted disturbia. now you know how to take care of me when we get married

Jinta said...

~ oyin ~ you're so sweet

Buttercup said...

Awww sowee..flu is such a female dog..

Get well soon! *warm hugs*

Sherri said...

sounds like a serious case of grouchinitis. lol

glad u're feeling better sha

Bond Girl said...

ET phone home! Jinta needs a ride back too. Who doesn't like to be fussed over when ill? Just got over the flu myself and was safely cocooned at a friend's cuz said person wanted to take care of me!

Jinta propositioned Bond Girl. The M word. Blimey!

Omosewa said...

I do the hot water covered thing too, my dad swears by it.

I hope you're much better o my one and only...mwahhh

Woomie O! said...

it's overhearing that causes this kind of sickness...
overhearing leads to underhearing, that's how your eardrums strike a balance...lol.
Glad u're better now sha.

Jinta said...

~ buttercup ~ i like the warm hugs. don't want to let go

~ sherri ~ lol. grouchinites ke? never heard of that

~ bondy ~ shhhh! don't tell anyone

~ 'sewa ~ i refuse to bathe for a week as not to wash off the kiss

~ woomie ~ with friends like you...

laspapi said...

Groucho! Hope you're better now. When we spoke on the phone, I thought you were just being you :P