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4th Time Around

Managed to bugger up my left ear last week. I can't quite hear right. I can't get in to see my regular doctor until August 7, so I'm planning to go to an Urgent Care place. I'm just waiting for the sunscreen to absorb.

Having a messed-up ear is extremely disconcerting in subtle ways. The blank in my senses creates a blank in my concept of space. I want to sit down and write, but it's making me twitchy. I had a lot of trouble writing Chapter 7 of Heritage, and I think sensory distortion had something to do with that, with the clumsiness of my thoughts and words, my difficulty concentrating and visualizing.

Obtained some David Tennant footage, purely for research purposes, of course. I watched a few minutes of "People Like Us", and was struck by his resemblance in appearance and manner to Topher Grace, of all people. Same haircut (approximately), same pale, delicate features, same unhappy mouth, tightening slightly with distress or apprehension.

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kalleah
Jul. 21st, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
I disagree with your assertion that your writing was clumsy; it wasn't as lyrically sensual as normal, but it still had a lovely flow to it. However ... I can see why having your ear messed up would be off-putting. Hope everything goes well at the urgent care clinic.

So, took my recommendation for further research, did you? :)
np_complete
Jul. 21st, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
So, took my recommendation for further research, did you?

Yep. Go to the original source material, that's what I always say.

The news from the urgent care place is good: the eardrum looks good, which is what I was worried about. I can (mostly) hear again now. There's still a weird feeling as if there's a blank spot just outside my ear. I know that doesn't make sense, but that's what it feels like, like sound is getting erased in that one spot. This metaphorical space is smaller than it was, though. I assume that will go away with time.

Thank you for the reassuring words about Chapter 7. Maybe it's not as bad as I'm currently thinking of it as being.
kalleah
Jul. 21st, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
There's still a weird feeling as if there's a blank spot just outside my ear.

That's odd. What was wrong? Infection, or something in it?

Thank you for the reassuring words about Chapter 7.

Always.
platypus
Jul. 22nd, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
I have a long and illustrious history of buggering up my ears, so I sympathize. Last week I had some wax removed, which left the hearing in one ear much better than the other, and it took a good week to resolve; during that time, I was disoriented and out of sorts. I just could not stop noticing it. Sometimes it would recede out of my consciousness, but I still felt twitchy and unwell, even when it took me a moment to remember what the problem was. I hope your situation improves soon!
np_complete
Jul. 22nd, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
I found tonight that when I sat down to write, I could do so easily, for the first time in a week. That ear made a big difference. "Twitchy and unwell" -- that sums it up very well.
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