Noses and gasoline


THIS MORNING, sitting at my computer, reading the news about 7 a.m., I paused to blow my nose. I’ve had a half-assed cold since Sunday.

My right nostril started to bleed … and bleed … and bleed. In a fast moment, it was like I was standing in a slaughterhouse watching the gutting of a hog. It was a torrent, and it would not stop.

After about ten minutes with paper towels and toilet paper, however, I did manage to control the inundation because it coagulated in my nose, and I had a ton of paper pushed up there.

My child bride and I drove to a clinic. An hour later I looked like this. There is lots of gauze up my nostril, and there it will remain till Friday. It’s not very convenient because, as mentioned, I have a cold.

I remember long ago that my mother told me my father had a similar situation one morning, bleeding profusely through the nose.

He was dead a year later.

The doctor prescribed a heavy dose of Vitamin K.

As if the cold weren’t bad enough, there is more.

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Gas shortage worsens

As mentioned a few days ago, parts of Mexico are suffering a severe shortage of gasoline. Instead of getting better, it’s gotten worse. And, lucky us, it seems the problem is most severe in my state.


As we drove this morning to the clinic, we passed the Pemex station just up the highway, there was a line of cars at least a half mile long. I stole the above photo off the internet. I don’t know why they are standing there instead of being in their vehicles.

Not a good week hereabouts, neither for noses nor vehicles.

I wish we had bicycles.

33 thoughts on “Noses and gasoline

  1. Nosebleeds are bloody. Maybe you blew your nose too hard? The people in line have gas cans because sitting in a car while in line uses gas.


    1. Carole: Odd thing is that I did not blow my nose very hard, but it was clearly harder than my nose wanted.

      As for the folks standing in line, what you say makes sense, but the people here were, as I mentioned, lined up way down the highway in their cars. The motors were off, I am sure. The photo was taken in Morelia.


  2. Sorry about that bloody experience. I used to get regular nosebleeds as a kid but thankfully grew out of it. Had to get my nose cauterized a couple of times. Not fun. Now and then, I’ll get a mild nosebleed and like you, by blowing your nose too hard when you’ve got a cold. Maybe it’s like a pressure release valve that keeps one’s blood pressure from getting too high. I’ll have to watch Democrats to see if they’ve got blood on them.


    1. Brent: Nose cauterized? Yipes! That doesn’t sound fun. As for Democrats getting my blood on them, I doubt it. I did find some blood on the ceramic floor later after we returned from the clinic.


  3. Felipe: Sorry on all counts. Never suffered through either, but I am empathetic either way. Hope the nose heals and the gasoline shortage gets sorted out.

    I have known people with nosebleed problems. One was usually due to colds, the others, in Puerto Escondido, had bad reactions to frequent familiarity with a white powdery substance.


    1. Kris: Yep, I have a cold, so that was obviously a factor. And I have heard that cocaine gives nosebleeds too. Mine, however, came with no fun element to it. Darn!


  4. Sorry to about the nose. Hope you feel better soon. The gas problem has not reached us yet here in Tijuana, thank God.


  5. Be careful when they pull out the gauze so it doen’t start the flow all over again, possibly a problem because of the dry air, stick some Vaseline in there to help. Good Luck.


  6. Interesting about the gas shortages. I would not have known anything about it except for your reporting. Nothing mentioned in any of the news sites I frequent. I remember one here during the malaise days of Jimmy Carter, as I’m sure you do as well.

    Hope than honker gets well soon. You taking any blood-thinners?


    1. Ray: I remember the long gas lines back in the 1970s quite well. Today, here, it’s worse than that. I had the good sense to fill up a week ago when I heard the first wiff of it, and I’ve not really driven far since. My wife’s car is half full. With luck, it will be resolved soon even though I read this morning that it’s getting worse, not better.

      Honker indeed. That’s a Southernism for sure. I had a girlfriend in the 1970s who used the term a lot. She was from Jackson, Mississippi. No, I’m not taking any blood-thinners.


  7. Stations were closed yesterday around here, but every one I saw this morning was open with no lines or limits! Sorry ’bout your nariz! Is it cold and dry there now? There is a product called “Nasal Lube” that one can buy down here that keeps the inside of your nose lubricated and less chance of bleeding. Doesn’t smell or taste, good stuff. Ice on your upper lip or the hair line just above your neck sometimes stops the bleeding quickly. Take care. P. Langdon, M.D.


    1. Peggy: That’s encouraging to hear the gas stations were normal today where you are because you’re not all that far from me. My fingers are crossed.

      Never heard of Nasal Lube. Problem is that I did not know I had a problem until, well, I had the problem. And ice on my lip or the hairline above my neck would have done nothing useful. What I needed was the Grand Coulee Dam. It was epic.


  8. The nosebleed is a little concerning. I hope that it is caused by nothing more than your cold and the dry air. I also remember the pain of the 1970s gas shortage. Take care, and feel better soon.


    1. Connie: The nosebleed was very concerning this morning when I could not get the flood to stop. But it’s stopped now, and I remain optimistic. With luck, I will not be dead within a year like what happened to my father, who was about my age at the time. You never know. Life’s a crapshoot.


  9. At first glance, I thought the foto was a picture of someone wearing one of those Grouch Marx eyeglasses and nose masks!

    The gasoline shortages are so far limited to areas that get their gasoline via pipeline. The lines have been shut down to halt the *huachicolero activities and to close the clandestine discharge valves and repair all of the damage to the pipelines.”

    * PSA (for those with none or limited Spanish and/or ignorance of current afairs of this country) : huachicolero is the name for people who practice huachicoleo which, in this case, is gasoline thievery. A very serious problem in México.


      1. Everyone knows. It is public knowledge. There will soon be a bigger shakedown within PEMEX itself. You weren’t around when Salinas nailed “la Quina” who was considered untouchable. That it shocked the country is a big understatement. AMLO ‘s gonna beat that.


  10. Good luck with the nose. When I was a kid, I had nosebleeds all the time. The local belief was that if one put a nickel between the lower gum and the lower lip, it would make it stop. Try it, what do you have to lose, five cents?

    About the gas situation, years ago a relative explained to me that gasoline expands with heat and contracts with coolness. That brought into inventory in the cool morning will expand in volume, and then when an equal amount is taken out of inventory late in the day, there will be some extra that can be used to finance a certain political party. The books were balanced though.

    AMLO promised to make energy cheap. The swamp does not want to be drained. There is a certain class of people that have it good, and they like it that way. They will not give up their elite positions in society. I think AMLO has bitten off a bit more than he can chew. Pemex is the prize. Just who gets it is still in doubt.


        1. Kris: In the drawer atop the file cabinet just to my right I have a plastic baggie. It has some Gringo money that, I imagine, I returned home with after a visit above the border years ago. Hmmm, let’s see.

          A five-dollar bill and four ones. In metal, I have two quarters, two nickels, eight dimes and three pennies.

          It all looks very odd to me now.


  11. Your life is a bloody mess, sir. However, a man of your experience will make do. Sounds kind of English doesn’t it?

    Things will get better, or at least they will change.


    1. Ricardo: It was surely a bloody mess yesterday morning, but not now, thank the Goddess.

      At least I look less a fool this morning. The bandage on my nose fell off overnight, but I still have the gauze up my nostril. I go back to the clinic tomorrow to have it pulled out. Life is such fun these days!


  12. I would be very reluctant to live somewhere I couldn’t get around on a bicycle. It’s much less frustrating than driving in traffic. Which has admittedly gotten a lot cheaper lately; gas prices north of the border have dropped by almost half in the last 4 or 5 months.

    Incidentally, I had three nosebleeds that came on completely unexpectedly over a period of a year. First time I’d had a nosebleed in 40 years, and it hasn’t happened since.


    1. Creigh: I’m beginning to wish we had bicycles. Problem is we’re on the very edge of town, and there really isn’t a practical way to get downtown via bikes though the locals, of course, do it daily. Not lots, but some. You either have to have a mountain bike to cross some difficult terrain, or you have to maneuver down a very busy two-lane highway for about two miles, and there are no good shoulders.

      Of course, we have excellent, cheap public transportation. Haven’t used it in years, but unless the doofus president changes his tune, I think I will have to use it.

      As for the nosebleeds, boy, that was no fun.


    1. Señor Cotton: Before you gloat too much, keep in mind that if AMLO has caused this many problems in 15 days, think what he’ll screw up in six years. It’ll get to you in time.


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