I’ve been a naughty girl

All I did was put the washing away and sweep through the boat. Honest.
betty boopObviously there is more to the story than that.

I had to call for help in the ladies today, which resulted in the staff dialling 999 and requesting an ambulance. I am just grateful I wasn’t having a shower at the time and was able to put myself together albeit lopsidedly.
I was having a severe nosebleed and could not get it to stop.
Unfortunately, this is the fourth one I’ve had this month, though I had already made an appointment to see my GP after the second.*

I am not usually prone to nosebleeds, the last one being about 4 years ago in Lincolnshire whilst out walking the dog and Hubby rushed me to A&E where I was seen by an ENT consultant and had my nose cauterised.
The team that arrived were terrific (as are all our paramedics) and took details of my medical history, any medication, recent bleeds and severity thereof etc. This was the worst.

On a positive note, the blood was a very healthy colour, and so well oxygenated.
Also, it clots well and fast, as I had 3 large clots come away after it started, even if it didn’t stop flowing.
Although I was hot and clammy, my temperature was OK, so I wasn’t running a fever.
I had been brought a chair by the staff to sit on, and when I stood up, I didn’t feel faint or light-headed.
**However, my blood pressure was in the high numbers top and bottom, and my blood sugar level 6.6, when normally it’s around 4.

Thirty minutes after their arrival, Emily and Phil walked me down to the boat, Hubby having put Maggie in the car to keep her out of the way. She looked anxiously on as I walked by.
After another half an hour, it seemed everything had settled down, so I was given a copy of their incident sheet which I can give to my GP on Tuesday. If however it starts again, no messing about, Hubby has instructions to take me to Gloucester A&E as they have an ENT department, so can cauterise me again.

In the meantime, I am to sit here with my feet up, and not allowed to do anything (which is why I’m in the doghouse sotospeak for my little bit of housekeeping).
I’ve been told not to shake my head, blow my nose, sniff or sneeze if I can possibly avoid it, and to keep myself more or less upright.

News has spread round the marina pretty damn quick.
I have had text messages to ask if there is anything anyone can do, and Hubby has just come back from doing the shopping, including thank you doughnuts for the marina staff who had cleared up after me before Hubby could get up to the ladies to do it.
Friends have offered to be on hand in case of an emergency, and a few have visited to make sure I’m OK.

To all our Emilys and Phils on the Emergency Services, Thank You.

*I still hadn’t had my date through for my check up and wanted to have an in-depth chat to the doc about the two nosebleeds I’d had and if there was any connection to my diabetes.
Now that I’ve had two more, it looks like my days of being medication free may be numbered, as according to the internet, they could be due to high blood pressure and sugar levels. **Now where have I seen that recently?



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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26 Responses to I’ve been a naughty girl

  1. colinandray says:

    Medication free????? I cannot remember those times! I really, strongly, dislike relying on medications… but sometimes the alternative is not so good! 🙂

    • Oh likewise. I have tried hard to avoid it since my diagnosis in 2011. However, it is possible I will be given beta blockers similar to those I had when I suffered horrendous stress migraines to counteract the blood pressure which hopefully would only be temporary. We shall see next week. At least I have an idea of what may be going on now.

  2. Ritu says:

    Oh my! Bless you! Hope you get your referrals soon xxx

  3. foguth says:

    Things like aspirin can thin the blood and make it difficult to control nose bleeds, paper cuts, et. Do you take aspirin for your high blood pressure?
    Medicine can be such a mixed blessing – fix one thing and undermine something else.
    Hopefully your doctor will be able to sort everything out and tell you how to get your health back.

    • I’m loathe to take any medication for even a headache, and my BP is normally well within the set parameters for my age, so the figures today could explain a lot. So far, I have been able to keep my diabetes under control with diet, but appreciate at the moment I may need a little bit of medical assistance. We’ll see what the doc says on Tuesday.

  4. scifihammy says:

    Sorry to hear about this, but how amazing everyone was in helping you so well, and offering more help afterwards.
    I hope your doc can find out what is the cause, so you don’t have to go thro this again.

    • Thanks. We’ve been looking things up and high blood pressure and high sugar levels may be the cause after all. I was on beta blockers for 4 years for my migraines. It sounds a long time, but if I put it in context, then it was about a year every day, and then only when I felt the starting of one. If nothing else, because I am so rarely ill, signs soon make themselves apparent and I can read them pretty well! Everyone here has been marvellous. Noses bleed heavily anyway because they have a lot of tiny blood vessels in them, and of course the good news is that my blood was clotting well. Will keep everyone posted anyway as type 2 diabetes is very common and a lot of people don’t know they have it. If my posts on the subject help, then I’m glad to write about it.

      • scifihammy says:

        I had a childhood friend who was prone to nose bleeds, and as you say, lots of very dramatic Red blood everywhere!
        I hope it turns out to be something easy to treat, and not related to BP or blood sugar.
        And you’re right, many people have both high BP and sugar levels, with no idea of it. Good to be reminded to check these things.
        Do keep us posted and good luck. 🙂

  5. I went through a period recently where I was suffering frequent, prolonged nosebleeds. But then they just stopped. I never did figure out the cause. Hopefully, your nosebleeds are just a passing weakness, too.

  6. Sounds like a dreadful experience. Hoping for the best for you (and either no drugs or just short term). The cats send hugs.

  7. lbeth1950 says:

    Cut back on salt till you get to doc. Would help your BP.

    • Thanks Linda. I stopped using salt in cooking years ago, but it is hidden in so many products, it’s hard to keep track of. I believe garlic and ginger are good for BP, and I use both a lot. 🙂

  8. Oh no! This sounds awful – and scary. I hope all goes well with the doctor and this gets cleared up (and who knows, maybe medicine will not be necessary).

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