Cockroach gets stuck inside a Florida women's ear while she slept

Henrietta Strickland
May 5, 2018

Katie Holley from Florida has penned an incredibly detailed account of how she woke up to a cockroach in her ear, and the nine days it took for the last bits of it to be removed.

Last year, Katie shifted to a new apartment with her husband and everything was fine except for the fact that there were cockroaches in the house. She had carried that stuff in her ear for more than a week. "I just sobbed", she writes. "I learned that they tend to take shelter in homes in hot or wet weather, although they can show up out of nowhere". She said she now sleeps with ear plugs and that they had the exterminator come back to the house to re-spray.

After the incident, the couple got the pest control respray their house and Katie said that she can not imagine sleeping without earplugs.

Be that as it may, one night she woke up in the wake of feeling "like somebody had set a chip of ice in my left earhole - however it was something way more awful".

"It felt like someone had placed a chip of ice in my left earhole - but it was something way worse". "I shot up out of bed, disoriented, and stumbled to the bathroom". "I knew there was something in my ear". I grabbed a cotton swab and gently inserted it into my ear to see what was up and I felt something move. She probed her ear with a cotton swab, and to her horror found two skinny black lines stuck to the tip of the swab when she pulled it out.

After Holley's husband was only able to pull out two legs off the still-alive cockroach, they made the wise decision to head to the emergency room. "LEGS. Legs that could only belong to an adventurous palmetto bug exploring my ear canal", she wrote. "It was an terrible feeling, one that was not necessarily painful, but psychologically torturous". Yup, you heard that right. It was then that couple rushed to a local hospital where he administered lodicaine to numb the ear and kill the roach.

"Feeling a roach in the throes of death, lodged in a very sensitive part of your body, is unlike anything I can adequately explain", she wrote.

The doctor removed what he said was the entire cockroach in three pieces, but nine days later Katie realized the nightmare wasn't over.

Holley told she was hyperventilating and crying at times while dealing with the insect.

But the ordeal wasn't quite over. She was still experiencing pain and therefore went to see her primary care doctor, who discovered that something dark still wedged inside her ear. It turned out many pieces of the roach were still inside her ear canal, including the head.

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