Are you screaming?
They are the collective sounds of primary anxiety after reading a Florida women's account of waking up with a palmetto bug in the ear. (It's the funny name of a flying cockroach, for those who do not know the smashed Sunshine State insects.)
Katie Holley's awesome experience happened on the morning of April 14th. Soon after, her sister-in-law – who works as editor of Self Magazine – asked her to write an essay. She made, in scary, gut-churning details that made thousands of people all over the country wonder if they were going to sleep with earplugs.
"Never thought I would get known for such a ridiculous thing lol," she tweeted to a reporter on Thursday. It should be noted that Holley has an extremely positive attitude and healthy humor for an episode that would send many to an anxiety, including this reporter.
"I need treatment for many reasons, but this experience blows all the other causes out of the water," wrote Holley.
Holley, 29, who works as sales and marketing manager in Melbourne on the east coast of the state, has lived in Florida since 1
And they come out at night.
"When I woke up with this weird feeling, I did not know what it was. But 30 seconds later, I stumbled on the toilet, I knew," she said. "I knew there was something in my ear."
(Dear readers, just stop if you're squeam.)
Holley's next several hours were stuff of horror movies. She put ginger a cotton swab in her ear and fished two legs. Her husband "found the thickest part of the chicken that was visible" and tried to extract it, to no avail.
(Seriously, it gets worse.)
The bug angry in the ear on the trip to the hospital
"As the doctor administered Lidocaine, the rose began to react. Feeling a roach in the breast of death, which lies in a very sensitive part of the body, is unlike what I can explain enough, "she said.
A doctor removed three pieces – but that was not the end of the trial.
(You have been warned.)
Nine days later, Holley still had lung discomfort and hearing impairment, so she went to her family doctor.
"My doctor continued to remove the leg and flush my ear again, just to investigate it and see even more remains. She stopped pulling six pieces of the carcass – nine days after the event took place."
( deep breath.)
Here are the bad news.
"It may be outrageous to many people, but it's quite common," said Dr. David Wein, director of emergency medicine at Tampa General Hospital, which allowed the hospital to do a dozen cases a year. "There's probably not many preventive things you can do. In Florida, it's really hard, because we have all the bugs in our house, no matter how many times you spray. "
In fact, Holley said that she and her husband had hired an exterminator about a week before the event.
"I think it's one of those freak things, unfortunately," she said. "It happened, so it probably will not happen to you."
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