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Old 12-26-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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Spent most of my Christmas weekend in the hospital. No-No, I'm fine. Most of it was for my mother. She went in Wed. with breathing problems. Then came the gnashing of teeth and the in-fighting between me vs. parents. My dad has trust issues with people and when you're in your 80's it's like pulling teeth to get him (them) to listen. Yeah...He thinks he knows more than the professionals! All is good for now. My mother left the hospital yesterday (Christmas day) and is doing much better. In fact so well, because I superseded my father's say in the matter of treatment, she isn't gasping for breath like she has been for the last three years (One very good reason to stop or never smoke - it catches up with smoker/ex-smokers). Whew!

Then came this morning, when my wife was getting ready for work. She up and at 'em at 1:00am to go to work (book-keeper at a super market). At 1:20am I heard her screaming and crying from bed. I went to investigate and found her standing in a small pool of her own blood. One of her surface veins opened up and it was squirting everywhere! Good thing I am not squeamish around blood. I calmly told her to keep pressure on it while I went and quickly set up a little home-made pressure bandage. Off to the hospital we went and by the time the doctor came around to see her, the bleeding stopped. In fact there was very little blood on the bandage. The doctor gave us a quick lesson on bleeders and what to do (elevate above the heart). I think I impressed him with my pressure bandage, because he told us that was the right thing to do as well. I missed my calling as an ER doc!

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Old 12-26-2011, 09:28 AM   #2
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Spent most of my Christmas weekend in the hospital. No-No, I'm fine. Most of it was for my mother. She went in Wed. with breathing problems. Then came the gnashing of teeth and the in-fighting between me vs. parents. My dad has trust issues with people and when you're in your 80's it's like pulling teeth to get him (them) to listen. Yeah...He thinks he knows more than the professionals! All is good for now. My mother left the hospital yesterday (Christmas day) and is doing much better. In fact so well, because I superseded my father's say in the matter of treatment, she isn't gasping for breath like she has been for the last three years (One very good reason to stop or never smoke - it catches up with smoker/ex-smokers). Whew!

Then came this morning, when my wife was getting ready for work. She up and at 'em at 1:00am to go to work (book-keeper at a super market). At 1:20am I heard her screaming and crying from bed. I went to investigate and found her standing in a small pool of her own blood. One of her surface veins opened up and it was squirting everywhere! Good thing I am not squeamish around blood. I calmly told her to keep pressure on it while I went and quickly set up a little home-made pressure bandage. Off to the hospital we went and by the time the doctor came around to see her, the bleeding stopped. In fact there was very little blood on the bandage. The doctor gave us a quick lesson on bleeders and what to do (elevate above the heart). I think I impressed him with my pressure bandage, because he told us that was the right thing to do as well. I missed my calling as an ER doc!
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:52 AM   #3
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Geesh, you sure had a busy few days! Hope all stays well from now on. My sister had one of those bleeder things a couple years ago. The police chief went to her house and stopped it, before the ambulance got there and she never did go to hospital. Scary thing!
Stay well and safe and Happy New Year.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:02 PM   #4
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Glad things are somewhat back to normal!!
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:11 PM   #5
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The really bad part is that the older we get the more things break down.
Glad she's alright!
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:33 PM   #6
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glad everthing is O.K. now.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:35 PM   #8
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That sounds pretty intense. My mother is in her late eighties and I have the opposite problem as she take everything I say as gospel and I am sometimes joking. Surface bleeders I have never heard of before. But sounds scary. Good luck
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