Katie Holley was awoken one night by a sudden movement.
She felt something cold near her ear.
Foggy and still half-asleep, she made her way into the bathroom of the house she had just bought with her husband, Jordan.
There she grabbed a cotton swab and popped it into her ear.
She felt something move.
The Florida resident then pulled the cotton swab out of her ear and with it came two little brown legs.
That’s when Katie realised there must have been a cockroach trying to set up home in her ear.
Hyperventilating, Katie called for Jordan, he grabbed a pair of tweezers and tried to extract it. That… didn’t work.
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The couple then hurriedly gathered their belongings and made their way to the local hospital.
“As I walked to the car, I could feel the roach trying to wiggle deeper into my ear canal. It was an awful feeling, one that was not necessarily painful, but psychologically torturous,” Katie wrote about the experience on Self.
Once admitted to the ER, a doctor applied Lidocaine, a topical numbing agent, to Katie’s ear.
The plan was the Lidocaine would kill the roach and also temporarily numb Katie’s ear so she couldn’t, erm, feel the cockroach moving around.
It didn’t exactly go to plan.