I know he was doing it because he thought that I would think it was cool. And, in theory, it should have been. But, staring at my own eardrum projected on the mounted flatscreen in front of me was…nauseating.
I thought about closing my eyes, but in his enthusiasm, my ENT at University Hospital was pointing out landmarks to me, “The stapes is between 12 and 4, and the incus is the yellowish spot you see adjacent to it. Wow! You can see your chorda tympani. It’s the stringy thing you see between 12 and 3. Your ear drum is nice and translucent.”
I make jokes about how if I could look into my own eye with an ophthalmoscope, I would do it, but it has been confirmed that this is simply not true. I can look at other people’s anatomy all day long, but apparently not my own.
Anyway, after successfully holding down my lunch, the ENT told me what you good people of the internet had already suggested: He thinks that my ear issues are nothing more than some aggressive allergies and he wants me to take a decongestant for two weeks and follow-up. He doesn't think I have otitis media or that I should be on an antibiotic.
So basically, instead of wasting time and money next time, I’m coming straight to you, future (and current) healthcare providers of the internet. You guys are smart.