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Another Nosebleed

Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes you are ready.


At l00 hours Friday morning, the moment my head his the pillow, my nose started to bleed.  A few minutes later  Dianne asked if there was anything wrong.  I said, yes i have a bloody nose.  I could tell right away that this was a bad one.  But i had handled bad nosebleeds before.  As a last resort, i could always drive myself to the hospital, and "they would fix it".  In fact, on at least three occasions a nosebleed stopped the second i entered a clinic or doctor's waiting room.  Talk about medical miracles.

After about two hours of futile efforts to stop the bleed i but the phone beside Dianne in the bed and told her i was going to have to go to the emergency room to get my nose fixed again.  She said fine, go, so i went.  The ER physician immediately saw that he could do nothing for the bleeding and called the ENT surgeon on call and i was ushered into an operating room.  At 530 hours i awoke in the Intensive Care Unit with what felt like three/quarter inch steel pipe rammed down my throat to who knows where.  I could not speak but my outrage over this intrusion into my body was evident.  I was told that artery had burst and had been cauterized.  I later learned that in addition to the two units of blood i was given on Saturday, i had had three units pumped into me during and immediately after the surgery.  Dianne was kept informed by the hospital of what was going on.  She called our older daughter who came over to be with her,  It is now Sunday afternoon and i am safely back home, but with a persistent cough and a very painful belly when i cough,

One of the many good people in charge of my care is a PhD candidate in Nursing (Administration?) and doing her dissertation as a study of burnout among Idaho Nurses.  I had occasion to tell of the dialogue between Ivan and Zazimov (inThe Brothers Karamazov) in which Ivan is trying to defend himself as a caring person.  I would have become a nurse, he said, were it not for the fact the patients are so damned ungrateful.  The Monk responds in a line treasured by Dorothy Day: "Compared to love in dreams, my son, love in life is a harsh and dreadful thing.

Death experiences are supposed to promote spiritual growth.  Near death experiences?   Not quite so much,  It is difficult to put my  life into the hands of other people and hope that they care about it as much as i do,  I did not well hear the many messages of compassion that were directed toward me.  The reason for this of course is that my life is still about me, not about others or the world,


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
I am so glad that you are still with us.

I love you.

I am greedy and glad that you aren't ready to die.

I bet Dianne is.

I tend to think of our siting in our own limited bodies as a mercy. Without it, there's no reaching out, no accepting from, no grace. But I don't mind being small and greedy. :) Perhaps some day I will.

Praying healing for you.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Thank you, and yes, a great thought.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
I, too, am glad and grateful you are still here. Scary stuff no matter what. I keep hoping I might be prepared, but perhaps that is ego on my part, an ego hope that I can control fear.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, Thank you,
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
I hope the cough and ache fade quickly. Would this, perhaps, be a resolution to all the nosebleeds?

I am glad you are able to write us still.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you, This particular artery is done for! Cauterized, it is sealed off from further blood floow. Eventually, i presume, it will return to the greater universe from whence it came to enjoy a kinder fate in some other form. That artery has been the source of all my previous bleeds, So, yes, i think this may be the resolution,
Apr. 23rd, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not ready for you to die, either! Wow, would I miss you! So glad you're home and through with nosebleeds.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, thank you.
Apr. 24th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Jeez, that must have been unspeakably scary. I'm so glad that you are okay, though, and I'm wishing you a full and fast recovery.
Apr. 24th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Thank you. It would have been scary but i wasn't given time to get scared. By the time i realized that i could have died i was already out of danger and well on the way to recovery. On the basis of past experience, recover will be fast and full.
Apr. 24th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
That's great. Still, though, to have a two-hour nosebleed? I would've been scared! (But I rarely have nosebleeds.)
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
While the story of your needing emergency surgery saddens me, I am happy that you got the care and services that you needed, came through well, and am now recovering safely at home. May you be blessed with a fast and easy recovery, and may this be an end to your nose-bleeding problem.

And I am very happy that you are still here in the world with me. Your presence makes it a better place.
Apr. 25th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
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