My uncle had a very serious nose bleed a few weeks before he suffered a massive mental breakdown and was sectioned. The nose bleed caused him much trauma and apparently his house looked as if a murder had been committed - there was so much blood. After this event his mental health went downhill in a matter of months and he was eventually diagnosed with dementia and psychotic depression. This was in Dec 2008. Long story but he is now in a good nursing home. He has had another serious nose bleed today and was taken to hospital and the bleeding has been stopped by cauterisation. He was going to be discharged back to his NH but his blood tests revealed anaemia and so the hospital have kept him in overnight and say he may have to have a transfusion in the morning.
We are very worried. He's 81 and has recently lost 2 of his toes because of complications with diabetes.
My main concern is today's nose bleed and wonder if this is related to his illness (dementia). I hope this does not portend another decline in his health.
Also a blood transfusion sounds quite a dramatic procedure?
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Thanks in advance