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Old 11-02-2007, 10:19 AM   #11
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Soapbox alert, soapbox alert!!!!!!
You really need to get some sort of insurance. I know it's expensive, my husband and I pay for our's out of pocket entirely because he's self employed. I spent 5 days in the hospital this May and the bill was over 30K. If I hadn't had insurance I would have been screwed. As it is, our deductible is $5650 a year. Get yourself at least a catastrophic policy that covers you if you have a major illness that requires hospitalization, they're somewhat cheaper and can save your family the horror of financial ruin from hospital bills.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:54 AM   #12
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Stitchwitch, 30K for 5 days in the hospital! Holy moly...

Rorschach, for adults ear infections can sometimes go away by themselves, but if you've been into this for a while it's probably time to go see a doctor. I had problems with my ears being plugged and the nurse told me to put a few drops of vegetable oil (such as olive oil) in my ears with a seringe every now and then. I thought it was weird, but apparently it helps preventing it.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:01 PM   #13
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I can certainly see your point, and while I agree with it, being unemployed doesn't really help with the matter.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:27 PM   #14
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Bless your heart! Ear infections can make you absolutely miserable. I agree with everyone--try one of those walk-in clinics and ask the doctor for a generic antibotic if he prescribes you antibotics. Places like Wal-Mart and K-Mart will fill some generics for only $4.00.
Home remedies to make it feel better-warm, not hot, compresses to the ear--very soothing. My grandma always used to make use put "sweet oil" in our ears when we had an ear ache. However, as an adult I found "sweet oil" is just olive oil--yep, just like you cook with so I DO NOT recommend that.
I know what its like to have to have treatment without insurance. Years ago I had to have emergency gall bladder surgery without insurance--no choice. The hospital would only keep me a total of 23 hours-12 hours in the emergency room, then 11 hours in surgery and recovery room then I was out on the street being sent home. I survived. But it took me three years to pay off my hospital bill!
Hope you feel better soon!
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:07 PM   #15
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I can certainly see your point, and while I agree with it, being unemployed doesn't really help with the matter.
Ugh. Do you have anyplace like the health dept that you can go in and get discounted care? Poor thing, I hope your ear gets better.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:09 PM   #16
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well yes, I found that out, thanks largely to Silver for making the suggestion. I went to an urgent care facility, and they confirmed the ear infection, and gave me a prescription for Hydrocodone. so hopefully in the next few days I can get rid of this darn thing. Thanks to all for the suggestions, I'll keep them in mind for prevention.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:56 PM   #17
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Wait! All they gave you was a pain killer? And a strong one at that. No antibiotics? Hydrocodone is Vicodin, an extremely strong pain killer, it won't do anything to relieve the infection at all.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:27 PM   #18
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Wow - my husband just went this morning to the Care Now for an ear infection. The dr. prescribed Cipro Otic solution. The dr. cost $150 and the meds cost $89.
I just read in my home remedies that moist heat is really good for the pain. So take a wet washcloth and put it in the microwave for a moment. Stick your head on it and it should (I hope) help.
Hope yours goes away soon......
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Old 11-03-2007, 02:48 PM   #19
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Is it? then I misread the label. there was several prescriptions that I had to pick up yesterday, and I thought the hydrocodone was mine, there was one for amoxycillin here. oops. I've been taking the wrong meds.

As far as the microwave thing, I'm not gonna stick my head in the microwave, got enough of a tan, thanks
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:00 PM   #20
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At least you were pain free for awhile! Take the amox it will do a better job.
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