If you haven’t heard from me this past week, don’t worry. It isn’t anything personal. I can’t hear from me either.
As per the norm, I caught a cold right after the marathon. This is something I expected. When you beat your body up like that, the immune system is weakened. Toss in sub-50 degree weather, cold, wet, damp, and nice strong winds coming off a big body of water and you’ve got yourself the perfect conditions for a cold. So on Tuesday, the cold settled in and hasn’t left.
Unfortunately, and not per the norm, I lost hearing in my left ear. Everything is dull and muffled, swallowing brings crackling sounds, etc. I have to remember to make sure my left side isn’t facing people when they talk to me. I even had some trouble with the right ear for a while but that faded away and I didn’t think much of it.
This happened to me once before when I flew back from my brother’s wedding while having a cold. That cleared up after a couple of days. This one has lingered for over a week and I started losing the right again this morning. So off to the doctor I went.
Verdict? No damage, no infection. Just lots of fluid in the eustachian tubes. Decongestants are the order of the day. Oh, and it might take 2 to 3 weeks to clear up.
I said, PE … oh, forget it.