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Old July 2nd, 2004, 07:55 AM
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Hi all. Thanks for all of your kind words, support & prayers. It looks like i'm going to make my flight & cruise after all. I would also like to share what this specialist gave me since I know a lot of us have all been faced with a similar situation.

When I saw the doctor he confirmed that I have a bad ear infection in my left ear & a small / trace infection in my right ear that flared up last week. There is fluid behind the ear.

He said that if I wanted to I can fly. He said he was going to treat this verry aggressively in terms of medication since I want to be able to go on this vacation. He said that there is a chance of my ear rupturing when I fly. I asked him how I would know. He said, "believe me, you'll know" and also you will find/see blood & puss come out of that ear (sorry, grosss). I said well would'nt that ruin my vacation? And he said no, you just would not be able to swim with your head under water if that happens. It heals up. I asked him about those "earplanes" and he basically said don't bother with those, just take your medication & follow his "preflight instructions" sheet (i'll list that below).

He put me on a steroid to reduce inflamation/swelling called "methylpredinsolone" that I take for 6 days. Also, 1 new antibiotic that is more geared towards bacterial infections (which is what an ear infection is, not a viral infection like Zithromax is more geared for) it's called "Cefuroxime", take that for 10 days. Last one is a powerful decongestant that I take for 10 days, "guaifenesin."

Here is what his preflight instruction sheet says:

1. Benadryl 25 MG or Sutafed 60MG, 2 to 3 hours before the flight.

2. Afrin 12 hour nasal spray, 2 puffs into each nostril before boarding the plane

3. Chew gum or candy during takeoff/landing or whenever there is a sudden change of pressure in the plane {I certainly hope not!}

4. Do frequent popping of the ears while blowing through a partially closed nostril

I will definately follow his directions to a T, PLEASE say a prarer that my ear drum does not rupture.

So much for my wine ) : No alcohol with all these medications. Although I did see sparkeling apple cider on one of the Wonder menus.

Also, I have a tendency to get scared/panicy when I fly, so I also have to take a zanax in the mist of all these medications! sheesh!

Thanks again to all,
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Old July 2nd, 2004, 08:04 AM
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Thanks for all the info Marina. Hope your flight goes well for you. My son ruptured an ear drum diving. Don't really remember him complaining too much about it hurting, and it did heal with time.


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Old July 2nd, 2004, 08:10 AM
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Marina... good luck! I wish you well. My husband had the same decongestant and it worked great.

If you find yourself very uncomfortable, you can try something that worked for me. When I was about 8 (many many moons ago) my family moved to the Philippines with the Civil Service. We didn't have a choice about when we flew. I had a cold the day we left. It was my first time in an airplane for all of us... no one even THOUGHT about it. Somewhere outside of Chicago I began screaming at the top of my lungs. Scared my already petrified mother to death. A wonderful flight attendant saved me. She recognized what was happening and took two wash cloths, poured boiling water over them, squeezed the water out and put each in the bottom of a cup... then she had me hold the cups over my ears and chew gum. It worked! I landed in Chicago and took off again with those cups. What a life saver she was. Like your doctor said, if your eardrums burst, you'll KNOW. It's kinda like labor... OMG.

In addition to your doctor's preflight stuff, you might try breathing steam for a while. Fill a sink with HOT HOT water and make a tent with a bath towel over your head. That really gets the stuff flowing.

Hope all goes well for you. Do you have any connections?
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Old July 2nd, 2004, 09:15 AM
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That sounds like quite a lot to do before you leave. If traveling isn't bad enough! Good luck and have fun!

BTW, my wife and her brother also swear by "Earplanes". They aren't that expensive, so I can't see how they would hurt.


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Old July 2nd, 2004, 09:15 AM
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<<Benadryl 25 MG or Sutafed 60MG>>

You should be aware that Benadryl can make you quite sleepy, so taking that along with ***** might not be a good idea (or might!). On the other hand, Sudafed is kind of an "upper"-- it keeps me up all night if I try to take something with it in there.

I just think it's important to know possible side effects of even over-the-counter medications.

Good luck to you! I *always* have ear problems when I fly, so I sympathize with you (and btw, I'm one of those who swears by Earplanes).

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Old July 2nd, 2004, 07:26 PM
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FYI re guaifenesin (substitute for humibid LA) 600MG is also now sold over the counter as Mucinex ... EXACT same medicine (my doctor told me). My prescription (through a co-payment plan) cost $19.49 for 14 pills. The Mucinex for 20 costs $11.99 and for 40 costs $21.99. Some difference! $1.40 vs 60/55 cents ... I have a renewal for the prescription - guess which one I'll be buying should I need it!!!! Walgreens carries Mucinex.

I've been taking it since Monday for ear ache/infection, sore throat, swallowing problem, temperature - and an antibiotic.


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Old July 3rd, 2004, 02:55 AM
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you might want to ask if any of these drugs will make you SUN SENSITIVE... seems like I remember that the steroid MIGHT be... check it out, so u dont look like a lobster !

Have a great trip !
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