About a month ago I took a significant tumble. I was feeling good, walking well, but wasn’t paying too much attention where I was walking. Thus the tumble.
As one gets older we don’t have the quick reflexes we did during our younger days. Our balance is off also. So when I tripped I went down face first. Luckily my eyeglasses actually offered some protection as I didn’t break my nose or take a hard bump to my head. However, I was bleeding profusely from my nose. Any head injury does cause considerable bleeding, which is disconcerting to those who are witness. Although the couple who aided me will unlikely read this blog, I do want to thank them for their help.
I do want to pass on a few recommendations to those who fall and those who assist them. First of all do not be in a hurry to get up, sometimes an injury could be more involved and you need to assess yourself. Did you lose consciousness, even momentarily? Do you have any sharp pain, can you move all your extremities? Is there immediate deep bruising, especially in your abdomen, this can signal internal bleeding. Any deep gash or laceration causing profuse bleeding. These are all signs of more severe injury and in need of medical intervention.
Now in my case none of the above applied except for copious bleeding from my nose. If you get hit in the nose, there will be lots of bleeding. Not necessary to make an immediate trip to the ER unless you happen to be on blood thinner medication. When a person’s nose is bleeding, do not tilt the head back, this does not stop the bleeding but only redirects it down one’s throat. Hold head straight and pinch just below bridge of nose, bleeding will slow and eventually stop. At that time one can gently blow their nose as clots may have formed.
I was sore for at least two weeks. Healing takes time, be good to yourself and don’t rush it. Lesson learned; I will stay focused on my surroundings and slow down.