And now- for your reading pleasure- a dramatic yet truthfull re-inactment, if you will, of
Me: My ear hurts. I think I have an ear infection
The Doctor Who Looked like a Chick You Would Normally See in a Bar, Drunk, Sitting Next to a Guy Wearing a Nike Visor Sideways: No, I don't see anything wrong. You must have TMJ.
Me: I only clench my jaw during the day.
Her: --if you go to your dentist you can get this awesome mouth guard-- I have one, and I sleep with it every night! Its the coolest! You wear it to sleep!
Me: I saw my dentist a few months ago. He said nothing about any signs of grinding or tooth damage.
Her: I'm going to blow air into your inner ear to test how well your eardrum works. It won't hurt.
Insertion of ear microscopy thing--- without any kind of sterile cover at all, even though they were in a nice little caddy on the wall next to the mircoscopy deal (I realized too late)!-- pumping of air into ear, followed by subsequent involuntary jerking and twitching of my ENTIRE BODY due to "painless" puffs of air being blown against my ear drum.
Her: Oh, that one isn't working well. We could go with some antibiotics, or we could do nothing. I could go either way on it.
Me: I'll go with the antibiotics, thanks. Remember when I said its hurting? Yeah. I want that to stop.