167. A Hole in Her Ear (2)
Two days later, Cassandra was still feeling uncomfortable.
whooshing sound was constant, and she still felt
and nauseous occasionally. Travis had already made an
with Dr. Schwartz for Wednesday. On Wednesday, Dr.
walked into the examining room in his shorts
sneakers; he was semi-retired. Travis told Dr. Schwartz
had happened. Dr. Schwartz listened, and then looked
Yep, he said, her left eardrum
punctured. Travis felt like killing himself. “How could
happen?” he asked. “I’ve had lots of girlfriends.
blew in my ears, and I blew in
ears. This never happened before.” Dr. Schwartz said
it was unusual, but that it did happen
time to time. What could be done, they
asked the doctor at almost the same time.
told them that they had two choices: surgery,
waiting. The surgery would cost about $2,000. Waiting
cost nothing. He suggested that, if Cassandra could
the discomfort—she must keep that ear dry at
times—for about two months, the eardrum should heal
. Surgery, he said, might be advisable after two
, but he wouldn’t recommend it now. He could
her some medication to ease her discomfort. They
to wait. They thanked Dr. Schwartz, and Travis
Cassandra to Rite-Aid to pick up the medication.
apologized to her again. She said that they
pray every night for her eardrum to heal.