Doctor Finds Spider Spinning Webs Inside Pensioner's Ear
You don't enjoy sleeping soundly anyway, right? Great! Here's the moment a doctor found a spider living inside a man's ear. Sweet dreams:
Ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr Cui Shulin of Dalian Central Hospital in north-eastern China's Liaoning province made the horrific discovery when a 60-year-old patient came in complaining of a possible insect in his head.
The poor-suffering pensioner described the nightmarish sensation as being like something 'beating a drum' in his ear.
The bean-sized spider was found during an endoscope into the patient's ear canal and it was apparently making itself right at home - including spinning elaborate webs to protect itself.
The unnamed patient was quoted as saying: "I felt discomfort in my ear while sleeping last night but I tried to ignore it.
"This morning the discomfort was still there. There were noises like something was beating a drum."
I'm gonna go scream for an eternity now, thanks.
Doctor Cui and his nurses were understandably stunned by the discovery when the endoscope revealed the live spider setting up home in the patient's ear about five centimetres (two inches) deep.
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But apparently he also saw the funny side (I wasn't aware that such a thing existed in this scenario, but alright mate).
In a social media post, Cui wrote: "This old man showed up at our outpatient clinic today saying he thought there was an insect in his ear.
"I performed an endoscopy and found a spider. The thing had spun webs." Apparently failing to see the innate horror of this discovery, Cui finished the post with a laughing emoji.
Curb your arachnophobia for a second though, ladies and gentlemen, because this story does have a happy ending (though perhaps not for the spider).
The experienced doctor swooped in like a damn hero and flushed that sucker out of the patient's ear canal with water.
We'll also sleep better for knowing that the patient apparently suffered no injuries during the arachnid occupation of his listening tubes.
So that's nice.
Cui has apparently seen numerous cases of flying insects - like ladybirds and, most commonly, cockroaches (vom) - ending up in people's ears.
But he rarely encounters spiders spinning webs and living their best lives in a person's ear.
Let's go on the record as saying that even one instance of that happening is one too many.
Anyone else going to be investing in a solid set of ear plugs and ear muffs after this? It's clearly the only solution. I'm never sleeping again.
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