A worst nightmare came true for a Florida woman recently; while she was sleeping, something crawled into her ear.
"Anyone who has lived in a humid location is probably well-acquainted with these flying, horrifying monsters," wrote Katie Holley in an article for Self magazine.
According to PopCulture.com, that insect was a cockroach. She and her husband, after purchasing their home last year, thought they had gotten rid of the nuisance when they had an exterminator spray their home for them. But in March she woke up to find something strange in her ear. She said it was as horrifying as you might think.
"It felt like someone had placed a chip of ice in my left earhole--but it was something way worse," she wrote. "I shot up out of bed, disoriented, and stumbled to the bathroom. I could feel that my ear was not right.
“I grabbed a cotton swab and gently inserted it into my ear to see what was up and I felt something move. When I pulled the cotton swab out, there were two dark brown, skinny pieces stuck to the tip. Moments later, I came to the realization that they were legs. LEGS."
In the midst of her panic, her husband fetched tweezers to try to extract the bug, but he got only legs. So, he rushed her to the emergency room.
"As I walked to the car, I could feel the roach trying to wiggle deeper into my ear canal," she wrote.
"It was an awful feeling, one that was not necessarily painful, but psychologically torturous. Think of that humming sound you hear when you plug your ears and press really hard — that's what I heard and felt, on the left side of my head as the roach tried to crawl. It was bizarre."
At the emergency room, the doctor put numbing agent Lidocaine into her ear. And the sensation, she said, was truly weird: "Feeling a roach in the throes of death, lodged in a very sensitive part of your body, is unlike anything I can adequately explain," she wrote.
About a week after her visit to the E.R., she ended up going back to him because she still felt something. It turned out that there were more pieces of the roach still inside her ear canal, including the head.
"I couldn't stop thinking about the fact that so much of the roach sat in my ear for over a week and the potential infection I could have developed," she wrote. "I felt so lucky that my physician took the time to examine my ear again and spotted those stubborn pieces. Now I am roach-free and feeling better. I do think that my ear will heal faster than my psyche."
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