I want to thank you all for your kind messages, it made me feel quite chipper to read them all.
I have been back today for more pulling and prodding, they even had a go at irrigation, there's no veg growing in my ears!!.
Apparently the gubbins that make up the inner bits of my ears are all very small, they must have shrunk when I retired to Wales.
I just hope that the rest of my innards (and the outards) all shrink to match. Woo Hoo, instant pain free weight loss.
As much as I can poke fun at it all, it does hurt and I have to go back in 3 weeks time to see someone else. The dreaded word "surgery" was bandied about, again. That was discussed and deemed unnecessary last year.
It's like listening to the weather forecast, it changes depending on what channel you have on.
I am off to put my feet up and sooth my soul with knitting, I have cast on one of the cardigan fronts, I decided that my brain wasn't up to knitting both at once, and am 3/4 the way up to the armhole shaping.