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Nosebleed

It was when I felt that my nose was a little runny that I went into the bathroom to take a tissue. After I got the tissue, I blew my nose into it, and it had a good feel in it, like as if there was something blocking your nose and now it's 'clear'. It was when I held the tissue up high that I, to my horror, realized that what I blew was all blood. The once white tissue was now covered in my blood which has turned it red. I was still like half "Ohh, it's blood." and half "Shit, it's blood!" before I felt my nose a little runny again and saw a drop of blow slowly oozing through my nose.

This is like the third time in the last two months. Actually I already had the hunch at day that I'm going to have a nosebleed because it was too warm for me at the time when I was playing the music instrument Angklung at the "Internationalen Tourismus-Wirtschaft" Berlin. I prayed so that I wouldn't have my nosebleed when I was playing and it was granted. Still, it surprised me to some extend that what I blew into my tissue was blood. Usually I just feel there's like a hot stream running down my nose and when I touch it with my hands, it is red. That's how it has happened until now. I also don't know how it is with other people, but most of the time it happened to me, the blood was flowing like water (after I realized it oozing down), and even though I close my nose with my hands and try to cover it, usually it will still drips to the floor and I have to wipe it directly afterwards (because I heard dried blood is hard to clean). After that, I will usually get a little headache and my vision will be like spinning a little (just a little though).

It's not like I try to hyperbole it, but I always find it extraordinary every time it happened. This has never happened to me in Indonesia. My first nosebleed, I get it here in Germany. I don't know how many times I've had it, I think MAYBE more than five times, but definitely less than ten times. I've been here since about February 2009, which means about four years now and which again means about 1-2 times a year. Not too serious eh? I still remember the first time I had my nosebleed it freaked the shit out of me because of the volume of the blood flowing out, it was flowing like water and it was totally different from what I've imagined. I tilted my head a little, covered my nose with my hand, ran into the sink, and try to wash it away. I was really freaked out when I realized that the blood doesn't stop flowing like I thought and the volumes are beyond my imagination of a nosebleed (never saw one before). And I was alone too! Haha, it was funny if I remember the event now, but be rest assured it was very far from funny when it happened. With my head tilted, I desperately look for a tissue while moving around the house because I don't know where the tissue is since I rarely use it. I finally found one (forgot how). And with my tissue in my nose and my head tilted, I googled "HELP! I HAVE A NOSEBLEED".

And for those who doesn't know, if you have a nosebleed, you SHOULD NOT tilt your head. Actually in my youth I've often heard that we should even lie down. All of them is not very correct.
Here's a quote from NYTimes.

Most people know the right way to stop a nosebleed: lean the head back and apply pressure to the nose.

But medical experts say that what most people know about nosebleeds is wrong. Tilting the head back, a technique widely considered proper first aid, can create complications by allowing blood into the esophagus. It risks choking, and it can cause blood to travel to the stomach, possibly leading to irritation and vomiting.

Yes if you have a nosebleed, please don't tilt your head (or even sleep). The correct way to stop it is to pinch your nose and wait for the blood to dry.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says the best treatment is to sit down, lean forward and keep your head above your heart, which lessens the bleeding. Leaning forward also helps drain the blood from the nose and keeps it from the esophagus.

A report in the British journal BMJ says you can stop the bleeding by using your thumb and index finger to squeeze the soft tissue just below the bridge of your nose for 5 to 10 minutes. A cold compress or ice pack placed across the bridge of the nose can also help.

If all of this fails and the bleeding lasts for more than 20 minutes, or the nosebleed was caused by a blow to the head, seek medical attention.

I've tried the squeezing method and it works better everytime (and faster). Sometimes I just fold the tissue and use it to plug my nose afterwards, it also helps. Here's more stuff you can read.

One thing that's very annoying here is that the fact that you can get a nosebleed if it's too dry, which means if it's too cold or it's too warm. The heater in the room also usually makes your room very dry (at least the heater in Germany). I've saw a few of my friends put a big jar of water next or on top of the heater to keep the humidity of the room. Maybe I should try that too. On the other hand, I heard there's a machine called a humidifier, maybe I should check it out. I really don't like nosebleed. I am also still wondering if I should go to a doctor to get checked out, but creating an appointment usually take weeks which really demotivates me. And today, I actually spent the day looking for doctors but most of them are only available till 12:30 and the rest of them are hard to contact or only have free appointment 3 weeks after.

But I think I should really try again tomorrow.