Thank you for all the lovely suggestions regarding the earache. I especially appreciated the suggestion that I put a bullet in my ear. I passed on that one.
My prescription drops finally showed up at Walgreens this morning, and I think I can tell a difference. The pain still sucks, and I can not hear out of it very well, but hopefully it will be better in a day or two. I also picked up a heating pad and some Tylenol, but I really hate taking over the counter medicines because I know how bad they are for you. However, my daily 81mg aspirin was not cutting it.
I think the worst thing about this ear infection has been every time I have seen/said/read the word earache, I am reminded of this:
Try being in pain for 24 hours with that song running through your head.