Drug Seeker Antics and Dramas- the Vents

  1. For those of you who have been on the receiving end of acute thespian syndrome- we salute you! You will be given a free baseball bat and license to use it for every post you make. To quote my Dad "(WHOOMP!) There! Now you REALLY got something to cry about!" LOL!
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  3. by   BabyRN2Be
    Now these are the ones I wanna read. Oh, the drama!
  4. by   Altra
    I'm still a student, and my clinicals right now are on a med-surg unit, not the ER, but I'd like to add my two cents to this thread ...

    It's a real ****er when you're giving IV push meds for the first time, and you have your instructor watching your technique AND your heroin addict patient critiquing your performance too!

    Dilaudid 2g ordered q 2 hours prn. Every hour & 50 minutes he had pain 9/10. All that Dilaudid, and Ativan, and he was still agitated, walking the halls, and said that the meds didn't even touch his pain. A very long day ...
  5. by   thanatos
    we have some lovely patients who are cyclic vomiters. One in particular dramatically retches and vomits into his pink bucket while in the lobby until the front desk has had enough and begs us to take him back. He, of course, makes frequent trips to the B/R to drink water in order to continue the process. Very sad but irritating at the same time. We were finally able to send this one to a psych facility, but they quickly discharged him after they concluded he basically had an addiction problem, not psych. He needs serious help and we basically just enable him when we provide the desired meds.
  6. by   canoehead
    We had someon who did the drink- water- then- puke- it- up until we had maintenance turn off the bathroom faucet's water supply. To wash hands etc she had to be escorted to another bathroom by staff. Luckily she didn't think to drink the toilet water as we couldn't shut that off without shutting off the whole floor.
  7. by   RNin92
    Why do people have to vomit so that the entire tri-county area has to know?

    I've thrown up before...I do it in the privacy of my own bathroom...
    I do not feel the need to share my misery...with the entire free world!!!

  8. by   thanatos
    Quote from canoehead
    We had someon who did the drink- water- then- puke- it- up until we had maintenance turn off the bathroom faucet's water supply. To wash hands etc she had to be escorted to another bathroom by staff. Luckily she didn't think to drink the toilet water as we couldn't shut that off without shutting off the whole floor.
    when I worked med-surg, we had to do the same thing w/ a pt. he was suppose to be NPO yet we caught him drinking out of the sink...I even caught him sticking his finger down his throat. Again, very sad but also very frustrating.
  9. by   akvarmit
    Hey - early am we got a patient in - moaning and writhing on the gurney. 'Bout near tossed herself on the floor she was in such throes of agony from abdominal pain and nausea with sudden onset about 5am.

    While a few of us are getting her settled in, and doc is doing the once-over..........I come out to the nurses station to the rest of the staff who are reading that day's newspaper. "Hey Dawn, guess who's in the paper for possession, intent to deliver, receiving illegal substances, and receiving stolen property?" You guessed it - my little abd pain patient.

    Wonder what time she read the paper - how about 5am?
    Dawn

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