Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year... hope you can hear

I've been told that what you do on New Year's day is important because it is a microcosm of what you will be doing for the entire year. I'm really hoping this isn't true.

I'll be the first to admit that I've become spoiled by having full use of all of my senses. None of the senses should be taken for granted. Image Union made sure that I appreciate my sight. Today, I flew home from visiting my girlfriend. I got sick on New Year's Eve. When we were descending down into LAX, my ears decided to forgo the usual pressure equalization process. I can't say that I agree with their decision.

The only thing more surprising to me than the loss of my ability to hear was the fact that when we landed, neither of the people sitting to my left and right were covered in blood. I was pretty sure that violent streams of blood were shooting out of my ears during the decent, but apparently the intense pain I was feeling was a bit misleading.

I'm sure this condition is irreversible, so I'm going to go practice my sign language and lip reading. I'll be honest, I'm hoping that I'm a natural at lip reading because I don't think any of my friends know sign language, save for a few vulgar phrases that I don't think will help clarify any questions I may have for them.


cadiz12 said...

oh that sounds horrible! i once had a cold and got on a flight. the fluid in my ears plus the altitude pressure made it feel like someone was stabbing my head with a screwdriver through both ears. but thank god it was only a trip to minneapolis and it was over after about an hour and a half. i can't imagine having to go all the way to L.A.!

but i'm glad to hear you weren't spurting blood all over the place. happy new year!

Lia said...

Ouch! That happened to me once, and it lasted a week. I couldn't hear, and the pain was terrible. It did go away, eventually.

Be glad that it happened to you on the return home. When it happened to me, it totally ruined my one-week vacation.

Hope you feel better soon!

Syar said...

Wait...your painful ear experience made you appreciate your sense of sight? How does that work?

omar said...

Really though, how awesome would it have been if blood DID shoot out of your ears all over the passengers next to you? I mean, assuming that you didn't pass out from blood loss, that would have been pretty cool. I bet they would have let you off the plane first.

omar said...

I read this post the day you posted it, and for some reason, I thought I had commented prior to just now. My bad.