....poke anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. These wise words were told to me by somebody (can't remember who) many years ago. Wise words indeed because this weekend I poked a cotton bud in there and now am deaf in my right ear. We've tried everything - drops - syringing - poking - prodding - patience - every damn thing - and I am still deaf in that ear...PARDON???? I also have an infected finger from a hay splinter - Posselq had a dig round with a needle and some tweezers yesterday - but despite his best efforts - nothing was resolved and now my finger is swollen and sore...very sore. Put that together with the fact that at lunchtime today I have to ride Phoebe in a competition and my finger isn't working - and I can't hear Dan reading the test for me and you'll see why I'm a bit fed up!!!........ PARDON? OUCH !