What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 137

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   hiddencatRN
    Quote from LCinTraining
    Painful intercourse is a real problem and telling a woman to simply not have sex is seriously problematic. Is it ED worthy? No, but sexual dysfunction is nothing to laugh at. After 8 years of seering pain and being told it was in my head, almost destroying my marriage due to not wanting to endure the pain and my husband feeling like I was making it up (after all the doctors say its in your head), I'm glad it was finally diagnosed properly and treated.
    Right, but this thread is about dumb things people go to the ER with, not "how these complaints should be handled in a doctor's office."
  2. by   LCinTraining
    I would still think the response is not an appropriate response for an ER health care provider. If you want ridiculous, I will only have tales of my days on the truck since my only ER experience is when I brought patients in. I got out of EMS for that reason...well that and the fact that I used to run inter facility non emergency transports and a hospital refused to allow me to keep a patient there when a storm system with the potential to produce tornados was moving though the area. Me, a Franciscan monk and a wheel chair van on a bridge when the hail hit and wind got going. Got off the road safely to discover a tornado touched down a half mile away. Monk said "I'm not afraid, we have a band of angels watching over us". I said "father, I'm not very religious, but I'm pretty sure if I manage to kill a monk today, I'm bypassing purgatory and going straight to hell" Boss unable to be reached to divert until safe. Boss laughed at me when I finally reached him informing him he put me and the patient in danger as did the hospital. I found a new job within the month and haven't been in an ambulance since.
  3. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from LCinTraining
    I would still think the response is not an appropriate response for an ER health care provider.
    The nice thing about vent threads like this is that we can say the things here that we don't say to the patients. It doesn't have to be appropriate, it's venting frustration to other folks wh will get it.
  4. by   LalaJJB
    Quote from Franemtnurse
    Really? How would you like to experience a PE with pleuritic pain, an MI, fibromyalgia, kidney failure, double pneumonia, septicemia, CHF, and giving birth without any medications like this person who lives in Pennsylvania? You are making a bit of a generalized statement, don't you think?
    OMg, settle down. dont be so sensitive. Air conditioners can't cause all that. sheesh!
  5. by   LCinTraining
    Quote from hiddencatRN
    The nice thing about vent threads like this is that we can say the things here that we don't say to the patients. It doesn't have to be appropriate, it's venting frustration to other folks wh will get it.
    True. I took the post to say they actually said it to the patient. I don't care if you vent away from said patient lol.
  6. by   ProgressiveActivist
    Sept 2001: 40 something yr old male came in to a PENNSYLVANIA ER because there was too much powder on his donut from Dunkin Donuts and he wanted tested for anthrax and a script for Cipro.
  7. by   Esme12
    Lets remember that this is a thread about what we would like to say, but never do....... and the ridiculous things people utilize the ED for that are not REALLY emergencies.

    The truth of the ED is stranger than any fiction I have ever read.
  8. by   brillohead
  9. by   RevShaw56
    Personal favorites

    "I think I forgot to eat"
    "I had a rough weekend"

    We had a woman, severe fibromyalgia. And also a real life princess in the pea story. She said even the littlest wrinkle in the sheet would cause her terrible pain, and her SNF wouldn't take the wrinkles out. Pain resolved with smooth sheets. I feel bad for her, and her situation. But I see how frusterating it is for everyone.

    And of course, I'm sure you're all familiar with encarcaritis. Yes, you're still going to jail.
  10. by   RevShaw56
    Quote from NurseJacqui

    We had a guy call and ask, " What time do you close?" The nurse replied, " We close at 11 but we will reopen at midnight," Hey, you ask a stupid question....
    Sorry for quoting a literally 8 year old post, but in EMS I've been asked more than once if emergency rooms are open when they make a transport decision. "Oh, you've got kaiser. You want to go to this city, or this city? Both about 15mins away"

    "Well, which one is open"

    "Both are mam, they are ERs"

    "Well, which one has nicer doctors?"
  11. by   flyingchange
    CC of dry mouth, arrived via EMS...
  12. by   psu_213
    "I have not been able to get an erection for over a year."

    That is a direct quote from the pt and I am not the "I" in that scenario.
  13. by   ecerrn
    How about a brain freeze after slurping up a slushie at a convienence store...yes he got a cat scan.

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