September 25, 2006

Boxed Ear

Sissy and Bou have been playing a bit of bug poker. Sissy's latest tale was declared the winnah over Bou's Sleeping With The Roaches. I don't claim to have a better tale, or even think that it's in their class, but it reminded me of my own story. Not being a roach story, it's kinda lame.

In the Midwest (and probably elsewhere), each fall sees an invasion of our homes. Especially in the rural areas. No matter what you do, you will always find a guest or two inside your house. Along the south facing walls, they gather in the hundreds, and around my house, the thousands.

I had worked a long shift this night, and I slept the sleep of the dead when I finally got home and showered up. After about an hour, I was awakened by a loud rustling. I sat up, turned on the lights, and looked around. Nothing. So I lay back down.

Just as I was drifting back to sleep, I heard it again. Again, I found nothing. So I waited.

Sure enough, after I had settled down again, I heard it again. This time it positively roared. It sounded like it was in my head, and I soon figured out, it was.

I got dressed to go to the ER, and as I was moving around, it happened again. As soon as I heard the rustling, I lost my balance... the damn thing was against my eardrum. I shit you not.

The drive to the ER was interesting to say the least, but at least the hospital was just over a mile away. There, they tried to remove the bug by using some kind of oil. It didn't work... it started pushing up against my eardrum, driving me nuts! Meanwhile, they tried a couple different methods to get it out, but none worked. Finally, the damn thing died, and they used a small vaccuum to extract it.

What was it? Why, it was a box elder bug. Okay... that's a shot that makes them look huge. This shot give a better idea of their size. From what I understand, it was a freak incident... they don't usually crawl into ears.

Perhaps I should have bought a lottery ticket.

Posted by That 1 Guy at September 25, 2006 07:22 PM | TrackBack

I hate box elder bugs...almost as much as I hate asian beetles!!!

Posted by: drc at September 25, 2006 07:33 PM

Holy shit. WTF was I thinking when I said I should have a contest.

Good God. I'm going to spew!

Posted by: Bou at September 25, 2006 08:32 PM

Oh my God!!! :^0 Eeeeewwwwwww!!!!!

that experience would have resulted in ear muffs for me (in bed) for the rest of my life, I'm sure.

I think I'll go get some just in case....


Posted by: Richmond at September 25, 2006 08:37 PM

I have you all beat. It's so disgusting blogger won't even publish it, but I will keep trying. Check in with me tomorrow for the next round of the blogger bug battles.

Posted by: Sticks at September 25, 2006 08:45 PM

Get out! I don't want anymore of this nasty contest!

Posted by: Morrigan at September 25, 2006 09:27 PM

Do you want to come over and have a drink?

Because I'm definitely NOT going to be able to sleep tonight!

Posted by: Sissy at September 25, 2006 09:48 PM

I am sooo bringing foam earplugs the next time I visit. Ugggh.

Posted by: Jerry at September 25, 2006 11:16 PM

You reminded me of a story:


Posted by: Jerry at September 26, 2006 12:17 AM

My family has always called box elder bugs democrats, not sure why...

Posted by: LadyGunn at September 26, 2006 01:31 AM

I would have thought it would be an EARwig.

Posted by: Raging Mom at September 26, 2006 06:29 AM

... dude... I love it!... more!..

Posted by: Eric at September 26, 2006 06:35 AM

That was almost as gross as when I found a tick in my . . . never mind. Yours was worse!

Posted by: oddybobo at September 26, 2006 06:47 AM

Earwigs...brings back memories of an horrific Twilight Zone episode :-(

Posted by: h~ at September 26, 2006 07:26 PM

I guess I'll be the only one to respond, "Cool, dude!"

Posted by: Ogre at September 27, 2006 11:38 AM

Raise you a spider, two roly polys and a roach

Posted by: Tink at September 28, 2006 04:43 PM