Why, yes it is. How observant of you!
Last week, after over a week of being sick and blowing my nose alot, I had a nosebleed that the ER just couldn’t get stopped. They tried everything (intense pressure, medicated packing and cauterizing all failed), right up to their last resort, which finally worked — a balloon device that is medicated on the outside and is hollow on the inside.
Once it is installed they tape a tube to your cheek and use a syringe to fill it with air to keep it tight. Then they send you home with your very own plastic syringe and tell you (and your Hubby) to use it to keep the balloon inflated by periodically injecting air into the tube.
Three days later you go to an ENT doctor to have it removed. (Even then he had to cauterize it again to get it completely stopped)
I’m all better now. But I won’t soon forget that experience. And it has made me much more aware of how I treat my nose, because I hope to never have that happen again!
And this has somewhat dampened my enthusiasm for those cute little balloons at birthday parties.