What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 128

and do you have to treat them? I am just curious. Your stories always seem to either crack me up or shake my head in amazement. Thanks for sharing :)... Read More

  1. by   forgop
    I started volunteering a few hours/week at one of the major trauma hospitals as a nursing student looking for some additional exposure, contacts, and applying for a paid student position in October.

    Wednesday night a patient came in via ambulance because she thought she had a UTI. Also had someone call the ER at 8pm asking if she could bring her child in for a sports physical.
  2. by   Brea LPN
    Quote from jyoung1950
    As a matter of fact, in the wee hours of Monday morning, I woke up with severe pain on my left side front and back and radiating down my groin. I also had alot of pressure to urinate but when I tried could only void a very small amount. Also had vomiting and nausea.

    Well, the pain would not subside. Any Tylenol I tried to take for it was vomited up.

    Finally after 3 hours of this, I dragged my aching body to the car and drove down to the ER at 4:30 in the morning. I could not understand what could be causing the pain and was, understandably, afraid.

    There was blood in my urine and they did a catscan, but the nurses had already figured out I had a kidney stone ("doing the kidney stone dance").

    They put an IV in me for fluid and pain medicine and when I was awake enough let me go home with vicodin and suppositories for nausea and vomiting. Doc instructed me to see a urologist in the next couple days.

    I hope the ER staff didn't think me coming down with a KS was silly. I live alone and just have myself to depend on. They sure did help me out - the pain was unbearable.

    Just a little anecdotal story.
    I doubt they thought ur were silly. Kidney stones are no joke.
  3. by   chelsea2184
    acne....
  4. by   jrivers
    A woman came in with a zit in her ear and was afraid it would pop and "go to her brain"
  5. by   anrajero
    Headache due to argument with husband
  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from jrivers
    A woman came in with a zit in her ear and was afraid it would pop and "go to her brain"
  7. by   Trekfan
    :smackingf
    Quote from jrivers
    A woman came in with a zit in her ear and was afraid it would pop and "go to her brain"
    OMG that sounds like a fiend of mine . I think she must have been on her head as a baby sometimes ?
  8. by   Trekfan
    Quote from Trekfan
    :smackingf

    OMG that sounds like a fiend of mine . I think she must have been on her head as a baby sometimes ?
    Same friend also thinks I should get an eye transplant ? I keep telling here they do not do that one yet ? But I will be first in line for that and the size 6 body transplant when that one comes out
  9. by   jujuseah
    This woman called an ambulance to send her to the ER because... (wait for it)... ..... a cat scratched her when she was walking her dog. It wasn't even bad.
  10. by   BanoraWhite
    I once went to the ER for a toothache

    I had pain in my tooth all day, took paracetamol, codeine, ibuprofen, tried toothache drops, oil of cloves, garlic - you name it. Rang around all the dentists in my area all day but no one would take me for at least a week.

    By that night my whole face had swollen and I was almost passing out as the pain had gotten unbearable. I went to the local ER where I was told that they "weren't a dentist" and given another paracetamol and sent home.

    I wound up in the dental hospital only a few hours later where I collapsed and had a code blue called on me

    I still feel dumb about going to the ER, I think they thought I was there to get my tooth taken out, when I just wanted a stronger pain killer to get me through the night !! I'm worried I'll turn up in this thread as "the girl that turned up in the middle of the night for a toothache !" Lol....
  11. by   JBudd
    Quote from BanoraWhite
    I still feel dumb about going to the ER, I think they thought I was there to get my tooth taken out, when I just wanted a stronger pain killer to get me through the night !! I'm worried I'll turn up in this thread as "the girl that turned up in the middle of the night for a toothache !" Lol....
    Um no, because you tried many things including finding a dentist in the community. We are supposed to be about pain control, and the fact that your face was swelling should have been addressed (can anyone say airway?).
    no, you aren't the one we talk about, :redpinkhe
  12. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from BanoraWhite
    my whole face had swollen
    That means get to the ER! Your face swelling is dangerously close to losing your airway! There is a huge difference between tooth pain associated with facial edema and "aww crap I shouldn't have eaten that candy apple."

    One time I was bitten by a horsefly.

    I always experience greater than normal swelling with those bites (I live in a wetlands area, so I've had several) but this one was on my right cheek. The entire right half of my face was swollen, including my eyelids and one of my nostrils.

    But, being the nurse that I am, I refused to have my mom take me to the hospital and treated myself at home with ice, advil and Benadryl. Thank goodness I ended up with no complications. Looking back, I probably should have been loaded with SoluMedrol at least! I was younger and dumber then. (It was three months ago...)
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