Wednesday, June 11, 2008

There Will Be Blood** UPDATED

We've been having some evening drama around the HomeFront Corp these days. For the past few days, Fiver has been getting bloody noses.

Sounds like no big deal, right?

Usually, I would agree with you, but these aren't your garden variety bloody noses. This kid has had six bloody noses in three days, always from the same nostril, and it takes an average of thirty minutes to get it to stop. Sometimes longer.

Rob, who has been in Kansas for the past few days, got to experience his first Fiver Bleed-a-Thon last night. Good thing he's a doctor because it wasn't for the faint of heart.

When we came home from the airport (after he finally got in at 10 pm, even though he was supposed to be home before dinner, thanks very much to the insane passenger who crammed miniature bottles of alcohol down the plane's toilet and flushed thereby causing a tremendous clog that had the plane sitting on the tarmac for hours. Two thumbs up! You're awesome, dude!), we saw our bedroom light was shining.

Uh-oh, not a good sign. Fiver had been sleeping in our bed, so if the light was on that meant bad mojo. We came upstairs to find my sister with Fiver on her lap, both of them looking like they had been hit with arterial spray. There was a big bloody towel up to his face. Crap.

There was blood all over the bathroom, all over our bed, all over everyone's clothes, on Fiver's legs and arms, in his ears, and well, I'm sure you get the picture. If it wasn't from my own child, I might have run out of the house with a major case of the Heebie-Jeebies.

We did everything you can do for a bloody nose, which, by the way, is not very darn much. You can tilt the head slightly forward, pinch the nose right under where the bony part of the nose stops, and you can apply ice. And you can wait for it to stop, that's pretty much it. Party on.

The problem is that he did not stop bleeding. We were going through absorbent bathroom hand towels like they were tissues. He was bleeding so much that blood started coming out of his mouth. Plus, he was freaking out with a capital FREAK.

This cycle repeated itself all night. We let him sleep in a little pillow nest on our floor, and every hour or two he would pop up crying and he would be bleeding again. We would get the bleeding to stop, he would fall asleep, and then he'd start all over. He finally managed to fall asleep for good in the wee small hours, and so far this morning he's been blood-free.

Fiver has an appointment with the pediatric ENT doctor later this month (his hearing deficit is back, maybe more tubes. Happy day.), but Rob is trying to see if he can fit him in in the next day or two because of The Bleeding. If it's just a dry nose due to allergies or something like that, well that's a pain, but we can deal. But with everything else that goes on with this child's head, we'd just like to be safe.

Have any of your kids ever had marathon bloody noses like this, my friends? Share with me, because I'm a little freaked out and a little weary of the long nights around here.

Updated to Add: We managed to squeeze in with the PA in the ENT's office this afternoon after therapy. She took a look in his nose and said that he basically has what amounts to a big scab sitting on a big vessel in his nose. When his nose gets irritated or dried out, the scab comes loose and The Bleeding begins. We need to keep his nose moist and she said that we need to swab the inside of his nose with triple antibiotic ointment and shoot him up with some saline spray. If we keep him moist enough, the scab with go away and he should have no more problems. If he does continue to bleed, then they will need to cauterize the inside of his nose, possibly at the same time as they do his new set of tubes should he need them. We are talking big fun, my friends.


  1. That sounds too scary. I hope you get to the bottom of that in a hurry and it stops.

  2. Oh I have a champion bleeder myself, she has been bleeding since she was an infant. Imagine walking in and finding a crib covered in blood in the morning or finding a screaming child in the middle of the night with blood all over her face. Our bathroom often looks like the scene of a murder too now that she is older. We did have her tested for a genetic bleeding disorder because I was a bleeder as a kid too. This spring was very bad with numerous nose bleeds a day. After consulting with our ped. he said to put her on Zyrtec. We did and it worked wonderfully. We have only had one or two small nosebleeds since them. You can also try spraying some Nasal spray up there when he is bleeding. You need one that shrinks the blood vessels. Sometimes this will help slow down the bleeding. We only do this when it just won't stop. Take heart - as a kid I used to be handed a margarine bowl and I would just sit there dripping into it until it stopped and I survived. Good Luck with the blood.

  3. No bleeders, but I'll offer up a prayer. Poor Fiver.

  4. Anonymous9:38 AM

    That would scare the bajesus out of me. I bet it scares Fiver, too. Hope they slip you into the ENT schedule. Don't you have enough laundry to do?

  5. Anonymous10:25 AM

    Seems like the week for medical mysteries. I'd be scared if I was him or you!

    But after reading Billie's comment it sounds like it is not going to be anything serious. Just something else for Fiver to have to live with... poor boy!

    And, oh, do I hear you on TRYING to get in with your doctor! That's been part of the saga with my mom over the past week.

  6. Oh, poor kid! I hope that it abates soon. My prayers!!

  7. Anonymous6:32 PM

    Well, here's hoping for all of your sakes that the scab heals and the tubes aren't necessary. I will say a prayer. Hope life starts to calm a little for you (do you even remember what calm is?- I think you need a break my friend)
    Hang in there!!!
    Mirabella MOM

  8. my college roommate was convinced that my brain was coming out of my nose on more than a few occasions... my dad gave me some sort of "ocean spray" some kind of saline something or other and a tube of vaseline (not the hard stuff in a tub... it was a tube of very squishy vaseline)
    I have spent many nights with wet tea bags jammed up my nose (I don't know if that helped or not but at least they sorta smelled good)
    While I hesitate to use it during the summer, it always helped me to have a humidifier in my bedroom.
    No nose touching! Sometimes just touching the outside of nose would start the red fountain works.
    I hope his nose gets better soon!!

    Let me know when you want to take a day off... John will keep the kids and we can go somewhere that's fun for those over the age of 10! :D

  9. Bubba gets nosebleeds all the time. Not as bad as what you described, but not fun. Scott used to get them all the time as a kid, too. Kee him well hydrated and when the bleeding starts try this trick that works all the time with our guys: Take a small piece of paper towel or tissue and fold it into a small rectangle and place it inside of his upper lip under his nose. It always shuts off the geyser for our kids. A nurse told this trick to Scott's Mom when he was a kid. The nurse said that it puts pressure on a nerve or something and it always worked to stop the bleeding. It can't hurt.

  10. I had this growing up, and it was not fun. God bless him. Hope it doesn't have to be cauterized. (Strange but useful remedy ~ tho maybe not for BIG bleeds ~ is a spoonful of sugar. I know ~ weird ~ but it works)

  11. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Hope things work out. I would be terrified if this happened at my house...I guess it helps to have a Dr. around but still...I'm sure it is scary to him too. Ya'll have had a rough couple of weeks. I am still keeping you in my prayers.


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