I'm generally a fairly healthy guy. I rarely get sick, but I've had a mild sore throat for three weeks. At first I thought it was the flu because I also had a headache but I finally decided I should see my doctor (yeah, I should have gone in sooner). As it turns out, I have an ear infection and it's bad. After a bit of cleaning over the weekend, my sore throat went away (better drainage), but my ear hurts even worse.
To deal with this, I've been prescribed erythromicin. It's a powerful antibiotic, but it has the annoying habit of causing upset stomachs, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. This should be fun. (Allegedly these symptoms aren't common, but I've had this antibiotic before).
And did I mention I'm going to be on a double dose? Double fun! My stomach is a delicate flower about to be lightly misted with sulfuric acid. The next ten days should be a blast.
Why such a harsh treatment for an ear infection? My ears are awful. I've had multiple surgeries on them and chronic ear infections. I've had my right eardrum rebuilt and the bones in the right middle ear replaced with a prosthetic. Ear infections for me are a Bad Thing. A week and a half of nausea is a small price to pay.