What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 129

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   psu_213
    A 20-something female pt: "I need a mammogram."
  2. by   tvccrn
    Quote from Jerico
    This may not seem ridiculous - but I think it is ridiculous to have a person

    who has smoked 27 years, been diagnosed with emphysema and then come in and say: "I can't breathe".

    Or a person who weighs 450 pounds come in and say: "I can't breathe when you lay me on my back".

    Heelllloooo?????
    My ex-MIL got to where she would not call me at home when she was SOB.

    She used to call, I could hear she was have a very hard time breathing, yet she would say, "Hold on" and I could clearly tell she was lighting up a cigarette. She would exhale into the phone and go back to complaining.

    After the first few times of telling her to put out the cigarette and fire up her nebulizer machine, I got to where I would tell her that if she wasn't going to listen to my advice, then what she should do is to light up another cigarette and wait until her sats were so bad she passed out.
  3. by   tvccrn
    Quote from scampi710
    Sometimes this is the perfect opportunity to start some patient teaching. Frequently these people are told to NEVER start an antibiotic before consulting with the healthcare system, be it a physician or a clinic. They frequently interpret that to mean ANY med.

    We need to look at ourselves before we decide on being judgemental.

    I have rarely seen a parent who will intentionally harm their child.
    I know this is an old (very old) reply to this thread, but I have to ask how a person would start an ANTIBIOTIC before consulting with the healthcare system. Are there antibiotics sold OTC in other states?
  4. by   JBudd
    Quote from tvccrn
    I know this is an old (very old) reply to this thread, but I have to ask how a person would start an ANTIBIOTIC before consulting with the healthcare system. Are there antibiotics sold OTC in other states?
    Lots of folks come in, saying they have taken someone else's (or even their own) leftover antibiotics from a previous problem. "There were just a few left, so I thought I should start taking them" "I knew you would give me antibiotics, so I just got started early". Lots of folks along the Southern border just cross into Mexico and buy 100 count bottles of stuff.

    One fellow I know of, kept asking my friend to bring him back large bottles of Ampicillin, he just took it daily to keep himself safe. Finally convinced my friend to STOP bringing it back to him. At least I think I did, if he still does he is careful not to let me know of it.
  5. by   jujuseah
    Quote from tvccrn
    I know this is an old (very old) reply to this thread, but I have to ask how a person would start an ANTIBIOTIC before consulting with the healthcare system. Are there antibiotics sold OTC in other states?
    Yes there are alot of countries that sells ANTIBIOTICS OTC! It is very COOL. to see that they have SO MANY MEDICATIONS OVER OTC!
  6. by   Anthonyrnbsn
    There's so many,but the most recent was during hurricane Irene,on long island. The person came in because they had decreased "taste" for the past 3 weeks and decided 10 pm during a hurricane was the time to come. WTH. Seriously. And OF COURSE they wanted a turkey sandwich before they left. Why do some people exist?
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Anthonyrnbsn
    Why do some people exist?
    So you can get paid to help them.
  8. by   sharpeimom
    originally posted by anthonyrnbsn
    why do some people exist?
    so you can get paid to help them.

    also so when you go home after a horrible day you can say to yourself, "thank g*d, i'm not that
    neurotic... dumb... annoying... whatever!":d
  9. by   tvccrn
    Quote from jujuseah
    Yes there are alot of countries that sells ANTIBIOTICS OTC! It is very COOL. to see that they have SO MANY MEDICATIONS OVER OTC!
    See, that is what I love about this site. I learn something new every time I get on here.

    Thanks for the reply!
  10. by   tvccrn
    Quote from JBudd
    Lots of folks come in, saying they have taken someone else's (or even their own) leftover antibiotics from a previous problem. "There were just a few left, so I thought I should start taking them" "I knew you would give me antibiotics, so I just got started early". Lots of folks along the Southern border just cross into Mexico and buy 100 count bottles of stuff.

    One fellow I know of, kept asking my friend to bring him back large bottles of Ampicillin, he just took it daily to keep himself safe. Finally convinced my friend to STOP bringing it back to him. At least I think I did, if he still does he is careful not to let me know of it.
    That's scary. Even when I wan't a nurse, I would hve never thgouht to take someone else's medications. :smackingf
  11. by   packfan007
    I couldn't believe how many people came in with earwax buildup. The funniest thing was probably the gal that came in with a shampoo bottle stuck up her butt. She said that she slipped in the shower and fell on it. It was hard to keep a straight face when that X-Ray came back!
  12. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from packfan007
    I couldn't believe how many people came in with earwax buildup. The funniest thing was probably the gal that came in with a shampoo bottle stuck up her butt. She said that she slipped in the shower and fell on it. It was hard to keep a straight face when that X-Ray came back!
    I bet.
  13. by   Owensaunt
    mother bring her child in because according to her "he needs his tonsils out" strepped him (positive. Doc examined and wrote script and DC orders. I gave the mother instructions and asked if she had any questions and she asked "aren"t you gonna take his tonsils out?" Like this as a walk in service like having blood work done

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