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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 prayer 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,
Marina

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