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.
*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?