I’ve been cursed with intermittent nosebleeds since childhood and on one occasion my teacher Mr Osmond had to lend me his large gents handkerchief. My Mum sent him a boxed set of 3 gents hankies as a thank you together with his laundered hanky. Anyway, the nosebleeds became regular during my 2 short pregnancies when I was told my left nostril had a vein that needed to be cauterised. But when I wasn’t pregnant my nose didn’t bleed as often so it never happened. Then last year the nosebleeds became regular again and at 65 I knew I wasn’t pregnant! The left nostril was the problem again and my Rheumy referred me to ENT. They cauterised the offending vein in the left nostril in October and that was the end of the problem. Or so I thought!
On 5th May while bending over sweeping up some crumbs my nose started to bleed. It was my right nostril this time. Since then I’ve had a few more nosebleeds from the right nostril and each time the bleed lasted longer. Then last night just before midnight as I was preparing to go to bed the king of all nosebleeds hit me. I ran for white cotton cloths I keep for window cleaning and soaked 3 of them in no time. My nose was gushing and hubby became so concerned he phoned emergency services. Of course being on aspirin for angina didn’t help. They said they were VERY busy last night but arranged for a clinician to phone us back. The bleed stopped about 12.43 but started again at 1am. The clinician phoned and said hubby could either run me to A&E himself or she would arrange for an ambulance but it would take some time. She recommended pinching my nose and not sniffing or blowing. By this time I had soaked a further 4 tea-towel sized rags. Using an old linen napkin to squeeze my nose we began our 12 mile journey to the hospital.
The roads were empty and the hospital looked deserted. The receptionist in A&E was expecting us and we were taken straight to a small room where the nurse took my BP which was raised and then left us until the doctor could see me. It was after 3.30am before he could see me and immediately decided the right nostril needed to be cauterised. He went for the relevant equipment and did it there and then. Armed with cream I’ve to apply 3 times per day for 2 weeks I staggered out of the hospital grateful for the support of hubby’s arm who like me felt drained. But this beautiful sunrise greeted us as we left A&E at 4.53 this morning, and the dawn chorus birdsong was an absolute delight. If it hadn’t been for the dreadful nosebleed we wouldn’t have experienced this. It was also our first late night out in many years!😂 Not that I want a repeat of this experience and I pray I never have another nosebleed. 🙏🏻 But I wanted to share this experience with you and wondered if any of you are prone to nosebleeds.
Wishing you all a lovely day. 🤗😘