Skip to comments.I Went to the ER with a Live Roach in My Ear and It Was as Horrifying as You Think
Posted on 05/04/2018 6:55:55 PM PDT by EdnaMode
Last year, my husband and I purchased our first house. Lucky for us new homeowners, the house needed minimal work.
Last month, in the middle of the night, I woke up startled. It felt like someone had placed a chip of ice in my left earholebut it was something way worse.
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. Legs that could only belong to an adventurous palmetto bug exploring my ear canal.
I started to hyperventilate, and my husband searched furiously for his glasses and joined me in the bathroom. He looked into my ear and confirmed that there was a roach trying to burrow its way to my brain. (OK, I know the ear canal isnt a hop, skip, and a jump away from the brain, but thats immediately where my mind went.)
In that moment, my husband was my only hope. He grabbed a pair of tweezers, located the thickest part of the roach that was visible (I KNOW) and tried to very delicately extract it. (For what its worth, my husband is a professional percussionist, and all of his hand movements are very precise.)
Unfortunately, he only managed to pull two of its spiky legs off. At that point, it was clear I needed to go to the ER.
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Sounds hideous. And it had to sound weird, too. Eeeyuck. d:^)
That would bug me too
Just pour 91% rubbing alcohol into your ear.
Flush with hydrogen peroxide.
I guess you’ll be buying a box of Ear Plugs ,ouch
Never, I mean never shoot palmetto bugs with a loaded gun. Next never tell this story with the word percussion in it.
I would take off and nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Just moved In? That's what you get for dumpster diving for boxes to pack your move.
We have fallen far when a roach-killer is referred to as a hero. That said, it is a very unsettling situation. I worked ER in my residency. Had a guy come with a small june bug (a type of beetle) in the external canal. He was a large man. He was just like this lady. It’s movements exaggerated the sound by being right on top of the ear drum We ended up at first pulling part of the insect out of the canal. The animal still lived and struggled all the more. If you have ever picked up a June bug they are very strong. So we put 10 mls. of lidocaine in the canal then flooded it with peroxide. The perodxide bubbled brought the insect out where we could finally see it and get a purchase on it and snagged the rascal. He was grateful, to say the least.
Well Im not sleeping tonight...
Did you bring the roaches with you or were they there residing there awaiting your arrival? If they were there first, then you might want to question and then sue the pest inspector that inspected the house prior to your purchase.
Yeah. When i saw that as a kid, I wanted to puke LOL. That made me more squeamish than every massacre in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre haha
Never tried to hide a roach in my ear before.....
Had the same thing happen to me. At first, I thought I might be having a stroke. It was kind of like having water in my ear, but noisier. I at first tried using a Q-Tip, but that did no good. Then a distant memory made me think of shining a flashlight in the afflicted ear (I tell people I could see the silhouette of the roach project out of the other ear). Couple of seconds later the roach walked out. I saved its body to share with my wife.
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