Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Quite the morning

This morning Evan had a bloody nose. I was trying to get lunch done (so I guess is was more afternoonish) and Evan was having a fit that it was not going fast enough. I send him off to sit down so that he could calm down when the next thing I know he has blood all over the front of his shirt and big fat drops more coming out of his nose.

It is not easy to stop a bloody nose in a very reluctant toddler who would have been happy to just sit there and bleed. He did not want me to put any sort of tissue up there and was not wanting me to pinch his nose shut. I was glad that my neighbor was not home because she might have thought I was murdering someone the noise was so loud. I had to restrain his entire body and pinch the nostrils shut, no easy feat now that he is getting bigger and stronger. Once he exhausted himself I was able to pack some toilet paper in his nose and ace bandage his good arm to his side. He then calmly watched the computer screen saver while I finished lunch. I wanted to make good and sure that a clot had formed since I did not fancy a trip to the Emergency Room.

I think this whole event was a combination of bad genetics and blood thinners. I checked Evan's INR, which was fine, so it was caused by the dry winter air. My husband and I were plagued by bloody noses as kids. I have grown out of it mostly but sometimes my husband will still randomly start bleeding. I emailed Evan's cardiologist and I got some great tips to hopefully prevent the next event.

Excuse me, while I run off to mop the blood off of my floor. CSI would have a field day in my house.

7 comments:

Tracy said...

Poor little Evan :(. Kids don't seem to realize when we as parents are trying to do something that will help them get better ... pinching bloody noses, putting ice on goose eggs, etc. If only they could understand ...

chelle said...

eep! I have yet to have to deal with a bloody nose! Good for you for be on the ball and deal with as well as you did!

CHEL said...

Yikes.. poor little guy. It's hard sometimes when they don't understand that all we are trying to do is help them!

fancypantsnancy said...

all toddlers hate to be reststained for ANY reason!

Gina said...

Even as practiced as you are with medical things, that must have been a little scary.

Auntie E said...

another way that seems silly, but i have seen work countless times on children is feeding them ice cream. Spme how the cold reaches the nose and closes off those capillaries and for some reason children dont mind eating ice cream. Wonder why...

Awesome Mom said...

It was a lot scary Gina. It was all I could do to keep from panicking.

That is a great tip Auntie E I will have to remember that for next time.