Nose Bleed Chronicle Or What Next?

nov212016pelicantouchingdownonthewaterOne part of life one must adjust to getting older is what next? For the past week or so have been feeling great. Weight was down due to eating less. No big effort just reducing intake. Sugar levels have been great. No medication to control diabetes just eating less and mostly the right stuff, getting regular mild exercise. Then Friday evening I coughed and blood started flowing out my nose. I mean really flowing. I maybe have had one or two nose bleeds in my life that I recall. They lasted a minute or two. Well this one just would not stop. Holding the nose for twenty minutes in a sitting straight up position head tilted slightly forward and it would stop. Until I moved it seemed. Sometimes backing up and going down my throat, sometimes coming out the other nostril. After twelve hours decided to go to the VA hospital which is a little over an hour away.

The doctor said looked like it was just dried out nostril. He packed the nostril side that was bleeding with some Vaseline covered gauze and jammed it in good with a stick. They said keep it in for 48 hours. Heck we were not ten minutes from the hospital and the blood started spurting out again. I told the “Little Woman” to keep going home. Kept pressing nose and mopping blood. Well, it seemed like mopping. Finally Sunday Evening I felt like their was no longer any bleeding. I did get out Sunday morning but felt to weak to stay out. I know this is an awful but true story. Sure hope it never happens to you. Got out for a short round this morning. Saw one juvenile eagle at the river. The eagle pair at the nest were not there. Went over to Barkley Dam and took a few pics of the pelicans, which have thinned out number wise. Found a juvenile I think Red Shouldered Hawk in a tree on the way home. It cooperated and flew took off in the one gap I had to shoot through. Pretty bird.

At least this bloody event happened before the holiday…..

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6 Responses to Nose Bleed Chronicle Or What Next?

  1. pam spaulding says:

    I had a feeling that something was going on when there were no new pictures. I hope this is a one-time experience and I’m glad you’re back to shooting beautiful pictures.

    • Grampy says:

      Pam Spaulding,
      It was strange feeling not being able to stop the flow. Trying not to ruin the couch, chair, cloth wherever I was sitting. I quickly put on old clothes. Thank You, great to get out and discover again.

  2. I haven’t had a nosebleed in so long I can’t even remember when it was, but it sound like it could happen at any time! I hope yours has stopped for good. It must have been a bit scary when it wouldn’t stop. It seems like I’ve heard that an ice pack is good for stopping one, but I’d have to Google it to be sure.
    Those are great shots of the hawk. What eyes!

    • Grampy says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      Tried the ice pack too. So far so good have not had any trouble since pulling the gauze out. Thank You, The hawk was a cooperative subject for sure.

  3. Ellen says:

    Beautiful hawk pictures…bloody story. I’m sure it was/is alarming about the nose bleed, but I wasn’t a bit surprised at the reason/cause. The Friday after Thanksgiving Day, years ago, I had the same thing. I was working at a K Mart in the jewelry department for their biggest sale of the year. Jewelry department has bright lights, hence the dry nose, the sudden flow scared the wits out of a long line of customers who pitied me having to work so hard. Laughable now, not so good then. Needless to say I had to leave and it took what seemed like forever to stop it. Good thing is that it never happened again. I hope yours doesn’t either. Again, great pix. . .

    • Grampy says:

      Ellen,
      Oh gosh, can’t imagine that happening at work. I did imagine it happening while driving so did not want to attempt going anywhere. Sounds great that you have not had a recurrence. Thank You, love to see the hawks.

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