So that leak in my bedroom ceiling we thought was fixed? Yeah. Not so much. In fact it got worse. It was practically raining in my bedroom for several days last week. Well, maybe not a steady rain, but a constant drip. And the spots where it was dripping have expanded so now there’s three. I currently have a bucket, a trash can, and a plastic bag to catch the water from the various locations. It soaked through three towels just from side drips and soaking up what was already in the carpet. I’m running out of rag towels to use as the wet ones need replacing faster than they dry. Various chunks of drywall compound have fallen down. And wet plaster/paint/drywall paper? YUCK. It’s sticky and gloopy and generally a pain to clean up. Since the carpet is wet, bits of it are stuck to the fibers…I’ll have to wait for things to dry out before I can vacuum up the plaster crumbs.
To make matters worse, the fallen compound revealed something more sinister: black mold (no, I haven’t had it cultured so I don’t know if it’s the toxic variety, but I also just want it to go away so I don’t have to find out). The ceiling panels are also all warped now from the weight of all that water. They aren’t lining up properly anymore so there are gaps between them and they’re all bowed so the ceiling looks like it has a big lump in it. There are at least three panels in the ceiling that will have to be replaced between the water damage and mold. Good times.
To add insult to injury, I woke up with a horrific earache in my right ear last Wednesday. Turns out my Eustachian tube is inflamed and the fluid can’t drain and the air pressure can’t equalize. So I have fluid and air trapped behind my eardrum. The good news is that it’s not infected…yet. Unless the fluid drains soon, however, it can become infected. The nearest I can describe the feeling is when you’re flying and the pressure in your ears won’t equalize so your ear hurts and feels like it needs to “pop.” I sneezed and thought my head was going to explode. And it keeps affecting my balance because my inner ear pressure is all off.
The fun just never ends around here. I believe a phrase used by a colleague best describes it: “ass circus” (thanks LR!).