Tuesday, December 18, 2007

You know it's going to be a good day when...

you raise your head up after washing your face in the morning and realize that your face is completely covered in blood. Darn it! It's nosebleed season again. I'd like to think that frequent nosebleeds are common, especially in this season that confines us to the indoors in the blast of dry heat, but I don't know anyone else that has this unfortunate problem.

As I was laying down, waiting for the blood to stop flowing and making me increasingly late for work, I thought about some anti-nosebleed possibilities.

-Vaseline. I've heard of people coating the inside of their nose with Vaseline to keep the skin from...what does it do? Dry out? I don't know about this, though. I have a pretty strong aversion to putting anything in nose, though I guess it could be a last resort.

-Vitamins? I'm not sure that will help. A quick Google search tells me "The most common causes are dryness (often caused by indoor heat in the winter) and nose picking." First of all, I'm not really a nose picker. Remember, I don't like putting anything in my nose. I found some other potential causes as well: "Other, less common, causes include injuries, colds, allergies or cocaine use." Also negative. If I snorted coke, I probably wouldn't be wondering why I have nosebleeds and most surely I wouldn't get as much sleep as I've been getting (asleep at 9pm last night, folks!).

-Humidifier? I've seen these everywhere for as long as I can remember, yet I still don't know what they really do. Seems like they are an item for bedrooms, but I swear I spend more time in the office than I ever do sleeping (even though I sleep quite a bit, I work even more!).

I'm not any better off, am I? Here's to several more weeks of the daily blood bath!

1 comment:

LPW said...

Vaseline works!! Just put a little bit on a q-tip and twirl in your nose. It might feel weird at first, but eventually you'll get used to it and it starts helping immediately!!

I have horrible nose bleeds now that I leave in the (much-)colder NE, and in addition to a humidifer in the bedroom and rarely turning on the heat, I use Vaseline at least a couple days a week.

(BTW, you recently inspired me and I have also begun to blog!! -Lindsey)