Last night I spent several hours being awake with the worse earache pain I've had in a very long time. I'd taken painkillers sometime after 11, but by 1 the pain had got bad enough to wake me up again, and from then until about 4.30am I lay in bed crying because of the pain, and doing a bit of talking\prayer requesting to my friends on the etsy forums and OWOA.
I took more paracetamol sometime around 3.30am (I didn't want to take it any sooner than that because I wasn't sure exactly when after 11 I'd taken the last lot). It wasn't until 4.30am that I'd got drowsy enough and the pain had subsided a little that I was able to get back to sleep.
I woke up around 9 this morning, and had to sponge my right eye in order to get rid of the gunk that was sticking it down. This morning my ear hasn't been hurting so much, but my hearing is really muffled and it feels like it needs to pop. It does pop every so often, but it doesn't seem to help the hearing, or it might come back for a few seconds and then goes muffled again.
Since it's a bank holiday I couldn't go to the doctors today, but we rang NHS direct, and they ask you some questions and then get a qualified nurse to ring you back. She asked me lots of questions, and doesn't think that I've got an ear infection, instead she suggests that it's probably deferred pain from my throat. (My mum says that when I was younger I used to complain of earache, and when they took me to the doctor they'd say I had a throat infection, so I guess nothing much had changed!)
The nurse told me the name of some stronger painkillers I can take, and we went and got those at the pharmacy at sainsburys this morning. All I can do now is stay warm and keep taking the pills. If I continue to be poorly I'll make an appoinment to see a doctor once they're open again.
In other news, it keeps snowing here, but it's pretty wet snow, and it's not settling, just melting straight away.