Quote from DebblesRN
I think my favorite was the girl who came by ambulance (no lie) because she was 18 weeks pregnant and her breasts were leaking. The best part was that she had an entourage FOLLOW the ambulance to the hospital. You mean that one of them could not have brought her in since they obviously had a car?? EMS needs to be pulled from an EMERGENCY for colostrum leaking from your breasts??
I also appreciate people who come to L&D and KNOW they are getting a vaginal exam but have not washed in at least a week. I will NEVER understand that.
Regarding not washing, I'm with you, sister. I worked in L&D for years. I know that it's hard to be fresh as a daisy when you're pregnant. But for heaven's sake, if you know you're going to the doctor or the hospital (and it's not an emergent situation), then BATHE!!! I'll never forget the time I put a scheduled
cesarean on the table and looked down only to see mud balls between her toes and, well, basically socks of red mud. I asked why her legs were so dirty. "I decided to go for a walk before I came in this morning." And you couldn't put on shoes? Or at least utilize a hose before getting in the car?? Who thinks bringing mud with you to the OR is a good idea? I've also encountered green slime when doing a preop abdominal clip on someone for a c-section. I expect some odor and discharge from pregnant va jay jays, but not from the lower abdomen.
The dumbest complaint I ever heard (good lord, how does one choose that honor? there are so many!) is a patient who showed up in triage c/o "the baby is moving too much, it's annoying." And what, pray tell, would you like for ME to do about that?
The worst one associated with an ambulance ride? 3 am triage arriving via ambulance from another county (of course, as to be expected, she was followed by at least 6 relatives who came by private car) with a c/o "yeast infection." I asked if she knew that she could buy monistat over the counter. "Yeah, but I'd have to pay for that." I woke the doctor with that nifty little report, and got an order: Discharge after 20 minutes of reassuring fetal monitor tracing, patient may buy monistat over the counter. He didn't even come out of the sleep room to see her, he said he was afraid he'd start yelling.