I get a call at work last night at about 3:15AM from a paramedic, telling me that Phil is being taken to the hospital. He says ‘phil called us, he blew his nose and got a nosebleed and it won’t stop. everything is just fine, don’t rush, he just wanted me to call you to let you know.’ How could any reasonable girlfriend not panic. Regardless, I got to the hospital and they were mostly done fixing Phil up. I could tell he was in a lot of pain. His eyes were watering and he didn’t open his eyes or move much. They had put a device in his nose called a ‘rhino rocket.’ Find this on Google. It is crazy. It’s a ‘packing’ balloon that inflates to put pressure on the walls of the nose to keep it from bleeding. The doc said he would need to leave it in his nose until Monday, and go to an ENT.
I took him home from the hospital and he was in so much pain he could barely move. His face was puffed up on one side and even his eye was swollen and tearing up. After hours of getting only slightly better, we went back to the ER later that morning to see if they could take the thing out. They told us Phil would have to leave it in, because what would likely happen is that his nose would start gushing again, and they would just have to have another one put in. After much pleading, the nurse did take a little of the air out of the balloon, which helped relieve a ton of pressure from Phil’s face. We went home with a syringe so we could make slight adjustments at home.
Things have been much better since. Phil has been resting a lot since the hospital. Needless to say, it was really scary and I’m going to be taking some time off of work to care for Phil. I’m so grateful that in the short time we’ve been in Austin, we’ve met so many generous, kind and big-hearted friends here. Thank you to our wonderful and supportive families and every single person that’s sent a message or made a visit or other gesture of kindness to check on Phil. You are wonderful.