About a week later, she visited her doctor who took a look inside her ear. The doctor thought she was simply suffering from a wax build up, so flushed out the painful ear. She peered inside once more, only to find a spikey leg. The leg was removed and the ear flushed again. This time the doctor removed six more pieces of the cockroach. Six. But the story doesn’t end there.
Suspecting there to be even more cockroach lodged in Katie’s ear, the doctor made her an emergency ENT appointment for the same day.
“Once I got situated in the fancy chair in his office later that day, the ENT placed some sort of microscope beside my ear,” Katie wrote. “He didn’t say much, but he did confirm there was still ‘something in there.’”
You would assume the ENT doctor only had to remove the tiniest, microscopic parts of the cockroach that the previous physicians hadn’t been able to get at. But no. He removed more legs, the upper torso, the head, and the antennae. All of which had been embedded in Katie’s ear for nine whole days.
You might think this is some horrible rare event, but the ENT calmly told Katie that he actually extracts insects from people’s ears about once a month, and cockroaches looking for a cozy hiding place appear to be the biggest culprits.
While an insect crawling into your ear is not life-threatening, we reckon investing in some earplugs is a pretty good idea.