Thank you so much for your reply. My ear infection took a big turn for the worse in the last 36 hours, so I finally broke down and started taking the antibiotic. Took the first one a few minutes ago, and the plan for now is just to load up on probiotics and SF722 while I’m on the antibiotic and see how it goes. I think you’re right that we end up experimenting with our bodies and our health; I think that’s a good way to put it. But what choice do we have? In the end, even though I’m no doctor and there is so much I don’t know, I do know my body and I know when something feels wrong. And in the last few days, this infection has gone from a minor irritation to something that scares me.
I have often thought about going to a proper ENT doctor. If I wasn’t so broke (and uninsured), I probably would go in an instant. For now, it’s a backup plan if the antibiotic doesn’t help.
Thanks again for the reply and for understanding my dilemma.