Avoiding Crisis

the whole bloody mess…

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I have this feeling that I’m going to spend the entire morning on the computer blogging about what’s been going on in my world over the past few days. It’s been an interesting few days, nose bleeds and all, and I’m in a rather self reflective mood right now.

My original plan for this morning was to get my big fat ass to the gym. I haven’t gone to the gym since last Thursday and I’m feeling a bit guilty about that. Though it’s not like I don’t have a really good excuse for my sloth like behavior.

Since this new episode of nose bleeds began I’ve been trying to lay low and not do anything that may trigger another bleeder. Which I think was part of the reason I felt like I was going in slow motion yesterday. This plan hasn’t been working all too well considering I’ve had 6 nose bleeds since Monday afternoon, including the BIG one that started this whole mess.

Yesterday morning, after I had an itty bitty nose bleed, defined as one that doesn’t last longer than 10 minutes and doesn’t involve blood coming from my eyes, I decided that if I could go all day without another one then I would go to the gym. Yesterday was a good day and I went to bed with the intention of getting up and going to the gym. I woke up this morning around 7AM, I sat up in bed and BAM!, just like that, another nose bleed. Not a bad one but enough to not make me want to go to the gym and risk having yet another one midway through kick boxing class.

People don’t really like blood and I don’t like when people stare at me because I have blood gushing from my nose. I think I’ll stay close to home again today and if I do go out I’ll be sure to take a box of tissues with me.

As I mentioned yesterday, I did actually go and see a specialist about this whole bloody mess. Had the appointment been conducted in English it would have been a serious case of deja vu, but the Spanish definitely put an interesting twist on the experience. As expected, I was told that to stop these episodes my best option is to have my nose cauterized. This isn’t anything new to me, I’ve done this before. I’ve have this done several times before. It didn’t work back then, who knows if it will work now. Better then nothing though, I suppose.

So next Tuesday I head back to the very nice and very capable and very non-English speaking ENT so he can stick a fiber optic scope up my nose and make sure there isn’t anything else going on up there and then if all looks good he’ll seal up those capillaries and I”ll be on my way. more fun!

And about this non-English speaking doctor…let me tell you about that whole experience.

So when I freaked out on Monday after having blood back up into my eyes we decided it would probably be best to go see a specialist. I had actually gone to see an English speaking ENT a year ago for another issue (I’m an ENTs wet dream – eczema in my ear canals, repeat cases of laryngitis and sinusitis, a cyst in my sinus cavity, a tumor in my neck, which has been removed and wasn’t cancerous, and chronic nose bleeds) but I really didn’t like him and therefore didn’t want to go back to see him. Since I needed to see someone sooner then later my best option was to go to one of the private hospitals here and see one of their specialists.

Without an appointment, because apparently that’s how it works at certain times of the day with certain doctors, I was to go to Hospital Aleman, go to the front desk and ask for Melita. Apparently, this woman Melita, with no last name, was going to help me to navigate through the whole big scary hospital where everyone speaks Spanish and get me in to see a specialist. At least this is what the somewhat nutty, but always delightful, nurse at the Embassy told me.

I was more than a bit skeptical. I really didn’t think that this was going to work. I didn’t have an appointment. I didn’t even have a last name of the woman who was supposed to help me. We were going to one of the largest and busiest private hospitals in the city and I was supposed to ask for a women by her first name only. It’s would be like me walking into Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and asking for John. Can you imagine?

But I take it all back, all the mean things I said and not so nice names I called the nutty, but always delightful, Embassy nurse. You kow what? I walked in, went to the desk, asked for Melita, and low and behold, two minutes later, there she was standing in front of me. She got me registered, got me a non-appointment appointment and walked me to where I needed to go. Melita spoke English.

After about 20 minutes, which seemed to me like a very short wait for not having an appointment, it was my turn to see the doctor. I walked in and the first thing I asked was hablas ingles? Un poquito, he said. So in a mix of Spanish, English and a really weird version of Argentine Spanglish, I explained my situation. It was difficult. A definite challenge. Then, when he took a look at the problem, ah, it was clear what was going on. No language barrier there. We decided (or alteast I think that we decided) that I’d take some medicine to help illivate the inflamation in my nose and then I would come back the following week. Well, at least I have a week to brush up on medical terminology related to the nose.

Eh…I think that’s it on the whole nose thing. I’m going to refuel (get some more coffee) and then I’ll come back and tell you all about this email I got and how I feel like I’m back in high school and not in a good way.

so long for now…


Written by nicolemarie

May 24, 2007 at 10:46 am

Posted in health, personal

3 Responses

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  1. Oh man. . .what a mess. Hey – I hope you get them under control soon!


    May 24, 2007 at 1:24 pm

  2. Well, Nicolemarie, your Spanish vocabulary will be expanded to medical and sanguinary directions. Will you please provide the dialogue between you and the doctor who spoke un poquito ingles, spanglish combined with good gestural and body language – might be really interesting for us following your current trials and impressions thereof! 🙂


    May 24, 2007 at 3:46 pm

  3. dawn – thanks for the concern. it should all be under control by next week. we hope.

    SL – that’s a tall order there…i’m not sure if i can do the dialogue – i’m really bad at recreating dialogue. For you, though, I will try. Tomorrow, I will try.


    May 24, 2007 at 8:53 pm

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