Starting with some happy news - I more than likely don't have the mumps. Yay!
I've been in a ton of pain on the left side of my head and neck since Friday. Last night it got even worse, and then suddenly this morning I went deaf in my left ear. Try that for scary! I went straight to the doctor, and it turns out I have a "rip-roaring" ear infection. Sexy. I asked how long until I get my hearing back in my left ear, and he said, "Well, as long as the damage isn't permanent, maybe by the time you're done your antibiotics."
Awesome. It had better not be permanent.
PS...this hurts very much.