ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Do you hear these cries?
They are the collective sounds of Urangst after reading a report from a Florida woman who woke up with a palm bug in her ear. (This is the polite name for a flying cockroach, for those of you who are not familiar with the maligned Sunshine State insects.)
Katie Holley's gruesome experience happened in the wee hours of April 14. Soon after, her sister-in-law – who works as an editor for Self Magazine – asked her to write an essay. She did so in frightening, extravagant details that caused thousands of people across the country to wonder if they should sleep with earplugs.
"I never thought I would be known for such a ridiculous thing," she tweeted to a reporter on Thursday. It should be noted that Holley has an extremely positive attitude and a healthy sense of humor over an episode that would put many into a spiral of anxiety, including this reporter.
"I need therapy for many reasons, but this experience blows all these other reasons out of the water," Holley wrote.
Holley, who is 29 and works as a sales and marketing manager in Melbourne on the east coast of the state, has been living in Florida since 1995. Meaning that she has seen her fair share of palm bugs, which are brown, ubiquitous and can grow up to 2.5 cm long. It does not matter how clean your house is – it's almost natural that every building has one or more.
And they come out at night.
"When I woke up with that weird feeling, I did not know what it was, but 30 seconds later I stumbled into the bathroom, I knew that," she said. "I knew something was in my ear." (19659004) (Dear Reader, stop now if you are squeamish, really.)
Holley's next few hours were the stuff for horror movies. She carefully put a cotton swab in her ear and fished out two legs. Her husband "located the thickest part of the roach that was visible" and tried to extract it, without success.
(Seriously, it's getting worse.)
The prow turned into her ear on her way to the hospital
"When the doctor administered the lidocaine, the roach … began to react Feeling the death knocks that are in a very sensitive part of your body is unlike anything I can reasonably explain, "she wrote.
A doctor removed three chunks – but that was not the end of ordeal
(They were warned.) 
Nine days later, Holley still had persistent discomfort and hearing loss, So she went to her family doctor.
"My doctor continued to remove the leg and rinse my ear just to examine it and see more leftovers, pulling out six more pieces of carcass battle at the end of the incident."
(Take a deep breath.)
Here's the bad news.
"That may upset many people, but it's a pretty commonplace," Dr. David Wein, Head of Emergency Medicine at Tampa General Hospital, added that the hospital is receiving about a dozen cases a year. "There are probably not many preventative things you can do, in Florida it's really hard because we have all the bugs in our house, no matter how many times you spray."
In fact, Holley said, she and her husband had about one week before the incident hired an exterminator  "I think it's one of those weird things, unfortunately," she said. "It happened to me, so it probably will not happen to you."