Judging from the outer ear canal crust this morning, I gather the infection and the pressure perforated my eardrum overnight. Frankly, I don’t know when I’ve felt so lousy. No post today, obviously, but a few autumnal garden photos.

Incidentally, does anyone have an opinion when I should get further attention? The treatment seems to be antibiotics (which I’m on) and time, but the ongoing pain, the hearing loss and general crapitudiness is a bit alarming.

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (syn. Aster novae-angliae) 'Alma Potschke'. Who says fall gardens have to be dull?

More beneath the fold.

Nicotiana sylvestris. Tender perennial treated as an annual. Bought a few plants on a whim, and they are tremendous. Architectural, big glaucous leaves, white flowers, blooming continuously from the beginning of August.

Rosa 'Jacques Cartier'. Almost the last of the summer roses: a few buds are left on a couple of the Austens.



  1. #1 by Karen on Wednesday 29 September 2010 - 1223

    Now that it is perf’d ciprodex ear drops are an effective way to deal with the infection.
    Expect hearing loss for a good 3 weeks or so while the perf heals.

  2. #2 by Boris on Wednesday 29 September 2010 - 1231

    Ouch, that sounds particularly nasty. I was prone to bad ear infections as a kid. Haven’t had one in decades, but I remember them well. I hope it clears and the pain stops sooner than later!

  3. #3 by Lala on Wednesday 29 September 2010 - 1327

    whatever you do…when you take a shower, get some cotton balls (u can use a little vaseline on them to keep in place – don’t stuff them in your ear canal!) and place them in your outer ear to prevent water from getting in there. That’s all u need is dirty soapy shower water to get in there and cause more infection….

  4. #4 by Art Doctor on Wednesday 29 September 2010 - 1415

    Sunnybrook Hospital has the best specialized ENT department in the GTA for this. Home remedies are good to a certain point. With your ears, you have to be very careful as you know, because there is a high risk of long-term damage and balance disorders.

    Here is their contact info:

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    2075 Bayview Avenue,
    Suite M1 102
    Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

    Tel: (416) 480-4138
    Fax: (416) 480-5761

    Hours of Operation
    Monday to Friday
    8:30am – 4:30pm

    Referral Forms
    pdf Physician’s Referral(128k)
    pdf Cochlear Implant Referral (80k)

    Good luck and take good care.

  5. #5 by Terri Schmitt on Wednesday 29 September 2010 - 1505

    Oh man! Sorry to hear about perf. Your continued symptoms are concerning. Rule of thumb, no improvement, or worsening, after 72 hours of ABX means failure of abx, probably resistant. Need oral med change, and agree with Karen that some floroquinolone ear drops are due, not to mention a visit to the ENT. Perf is actually a good thing, it will help healing and evacuation of ear (it is exactly what we do when we put tympanostomy tubes in a kids ear).
    However, your symptoms sound significant. Don’t want this moving into your lower airway as well, or your brain :).
    Great fall pictures! The color’s are beautiful! Thanks for sharing torontoemerg.

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