My left ear I've had the suture method.. terribly painful, with a compression stitched into my ear for a week. The entire week I felt like my ear was going to explode from the heavy sensation of blood trying to get into my ear but the compression not allowing it... but thankfully, after all is said and done, it looks like a fine ear. Luckily, I've never had problems with that ear again. My right ear I drain myself every now and then. I didn't want to go through that suture method pain. Although when I drain the ear myself it'll fill up in a few days, I'll just drain it again. Less and less blood, but it still has (when taking close notice) the look of cauli. By the way, it is crucially important to get it clean when draining as previously and obviously stated, but after care is equally important. Cleaning again and compression is very important. I go crazy in with gauze and wrap an ace bandage around my head making sure the ear doesn't have a chance of filling up. I leave it on for a full day while icing it consistently. Maybe taking ibuprofen to prevent swelling too. Eventually though, like water, blood will work its way through anything. Keep up the thread. I'd like to hear other experiences and stories.