Fio awoke with a bang--literally.
Yes, at 2:00 a.m. this morning, she heard a loud bang in her left ear. No one had shot her so the sound must have been generated from within. Genteel panic ensued--an eardrum bursting, her coronary artery clotting, macular degeneration setting in, her brain frying?
She carefully sat up, then went downstairs to google "big bang in ear" and discovered (great sigh of relief) she was not alone. Fio had experienced EHS: Exploding Head Syndrome, and apparently a lot of other people have too. It is harmless.
But somewhat dramatic.