A cockroach crawled into a woman’s ear and got stuck. Yup, you heard that right. And it took doctors nine days to remove all of it.
Katie Holley, the woman who suffered the ordeal, describes the experience in gruesome detail in an essay to SELF. She had recently moved to Florida and noticed the abundance of cockroaches – otherwise known as palmetto bugs – that thrive there due to the warm climate. Little did she know one would take a fancy to the climate of her earhole.
Awoken in the middle of the night by a strange sensation, Katie hurried to the bathroom.
“It felt like someone had placed a chip of ice in my left earhole – but it was something way worse,” she wrote.
She gently inserted a Q-tip into her ear and then removed it again. To her horror, stuck to the end were thin black pieces of something.
“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.”
Clutching a pair of tweezers, Katie’s husband tried to extract the roach, but only managed to remove two of its legs. The couple then headed to the emergency room.
After various Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley'physicians peeked inside her ear to confirm there was indeed a cockroach in there, a doctor applied some Lidocaine, which is a numbing agent. As well as working as an anesthetic, this successfully killed the cockroach. The insect was then removed using large, curved tweezers, and Katie was sent home with antibiotics.
However, the discomfort in her ear persisted.