Monday, August 15, 2011

Bad Week

Last week was not a good week for us. First of all, I had to go to the doctor for a sinus and ear infection and then my mother called to say her leg starting swelling a few days ago and she couldn’t walk without a walker. She said she didn’t remember doing anything to cause it. My sister took her to the doctor and after a few tests the doctor says it appears to be a baker’s cyst behind the knee. Thank God, the first thing I thought was a possible blood clot.

My son called us Monday at 3:00 a.m. to say he was lying in bed and felt something pop in his nose and shortly after he began experiencing a serious nose bleed. He asked what we might recommend in order to stop it. We suggested he put ice on his nose and lay still until it stops. 

He called several hours later to say he was in the emergency room and that his nose was bleeding profusely.  The emergency room doctor examined him and inserted packing in his nose and sent him home. 

He is in California and I’m in Texas. I just hate being so far away. His girlfriend has been a real sweetheart to keep me posted on what’s going on.
I received another call a few hours later that he was once again in the emergency room because he had bled through the packing and felt as if he was drowning with blood running down his throat.  The doctor removed the packing and repacked it with something different.

On Tuesday he called to say he was being prepared for surgery. The ENT doctor decided he needs to go in and cauterize the vessel that was bleeding out. It was 10:00 p.m. our time and I was a nervous wreck.
A little after midnight his girlfriend called to let us know that he was out of surgery and the doctor felt confident that he was able to cauterize the vessel that was located deep in his face and that he also repaired his severely deviated septum. He would spend a couple of hours in recovery before being sent home.

On Wednesday afternoon he was taken back to the emergency room because he was bleeding again. The doctor admitted him. We weren’t able to talk with him. His girlfriend told us he was very weak and was still losing a lot of blood. They were giving him IV fluids and keeping him sedated. He hadn’t eaten anything since Sunday and had lost quite a bit of blood.
His girlfriend, Erin is a real sweetheart. She called me every time the doctor came by and anytime there was any change in his status.

He was released from the hospital on Friday. He was still had a little bleeding. He still wasn’t able to talk but Erin said color was much improved and he had regained some of his strength.

Saturday was our day to move. We left Lake Lavon, East Fork Park about 11:30 a.m. and drove to Dangerfield State Park. It was raining when we left Lavon and sprinkled on us off and on to Dangerfield.  We didn’t get our favorite site but we did get the site across the street so we could see when our site became available.

Saturday evening we received a phone call from my son. He was able to talk and said the bleeding had almost stopped.

It was noon Sunday before we were able to get into our favorite site. It took an hour to get moved and set up. It was worth the wait. We were able to talk to my son several times yesterday. He is so looking forward to having the packing removed from his nose on Monday.

Travel Safe Dawn and Denise


  1. That is scary. Glad your son is doing better!

  2. Wow what a week! I hope everybody involved gets better soon!


  3. Oh my! That is a trying week. Glad your son is doing better.

  4. Holy Shlamoly...How terribly scarey for you..Any head bleed seems to be a gusher...Hope he is finally feeling back to least as good as can be expected with 700 yds. of packing up your nose! Erin sounds like a keeper...just sayin'...And now, you two enjoy your favorite spot with some calm peace and quiet...and, of course, a cocktail for 2, or 3, ...or 4....or......:-))

  5. Wow! What a week you had! Hopefully, things will begin to look up this week. Hang in there. Sometimes troubles come all together. You should be good for quite awhile now! :)

  6. my goodness!!..what a week you have had!!..sorry to hear about your son!..hope they have fixed the issue and he will be back to his old self soon!

  7. Hope your feeling better. Sounds like a rough week but glad it ended with you snug in your favorite site.

  8. That is by far the worst nose bleed story I have ever heard! Am hoping this nightmare is over for him.

    I understand completely how hard it is to be far from the kids. My son's wife is having a very difficult pregnancy with multiple ER visits to date. It frustrates me that I can't at least help out with their little boy while they're dealing with this. Sigh....

    Hoping this week is much better for you!

  9. I'm sure that was hard for you. Just knowing that he was in good hands and has such a caring girlfriend makes a difference.

  10. Wow, how hard it is to be far away when loved ones are in pain. Try to keep positive and send lots of love.

  11. Wow! I'm so sorry to hear about your son. Hopefully he'll be on the road to recovery soon.

  12. Wow what a horrible nosebleed. Glad to hear he's on the mend. I bet you panic every time the phone rings!

  13. Oh my, what a week!! Glad your son is doing better.. Here's to a much better week this time around!

  14. How lucky you are that your son's girlfriend kept you so well informed. I'm glad to hear he's doing better and I hope he continues to get better. We do love our sons, don't we??

  15. Man, that would be a scary week. It doesn't matter how old they are, they are still our kids and we will always worry, it is a mother's lot. I hope he keeps improving.