Anonymous Friend: Tee, I’m having a nose bleed!
Tee: Oh no! (immediately rummages through bag for tissues)
Anonymous Friend: Can you come with me to the toilet? I feel dizzy
(5 seconds later in the toilets)
Tee: So what do I do now? Should I hold your head over the sink, pat you on the head?
Anonymous Friend: No, no, you don’t need to do that.
Tee: Oh! I’ve never had a nosebleed before, so I don’t know what to do in this kind of situation?
Anonymous Friend: Really, you’ve never had a nose bleed?
Tee: No! Here’s a tissue.
I’ve noticed that life has a funny way of throwing us in the most random, peculiar, completely unpredictable situations at the most slapdash timing. I mean geez, I have my ear phones in bobbing along to Jetta’s Crescendo whilst trying to prepare content for this week’s ‘Beauty Love’ section and then my poor friend is attacked by her own nose? It’s crazy, like why, how, just what. The. Heck?
After attempting to save my friend for her bleeding crisis, I couldn’t help but feel like the crap side kick who didn’t have a clue. Which in this case I really didn’t. WHY DIDN’T I KNOW WHAT TO DO? It is my duty as a friend to be prepared for any case scenario, even the worst and most unplanned cases such as nose bleeds. So to make up for my ignorance, I am now writing an article about it, to help prevent you SG’s from remaining oblivious to the fact that just like me, this could happen to your friend too, ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE.
If you ever experience an ‘Oh my gosh, my friend is having a nose bleed’ crisis, don’t panic, they won’t need medical attention if you tell them to…
- sit down and firmly pinch the soft part of their nasal cavity, just above their nostrils, for 10 minutes.
- lean forward and breathe through their mouth;- this drains blood down their nose instead of down the back of their throat! (not sexy)
- stay upright and avoid lying down – this reduces the blood pressure in the veins of their nose and will discourage further bleeding.
- maintain the pressure on their nose for up to 30 minutes so that their blood clots (some form of time device is handy here, Siri should do the trick.)
- place a covered ice pack on the bridge of their nose – if they complain how cold it feels, tell them to get over themselves, a nose bleed is not supposed to feel like a pamper session at the darn Hilton Hotel!
- avoid blowing their nose, bending down and any type of strenuous activity for at least 12 hours, and no doing skool work does not count as ‘strenuous’, oh and try to keep their head above the level of their heart during this time (don’t ask me what this is supposed to mean).
Get educated. Be prepared. I think my work is done here .
(Cover image via weheartit)