What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 23

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   curleysue
    Quote from A476
    HERE- HERE I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 4 DAYS FROM A STONE. I HAD A MAJOR INFECTION IN MY BLADDER AND KIDNEYS. THE URINE WAS GOING BACK INTO MY KIDNEYS. THERE WAS SO MUCH BLOOD IN MY URINE THE NURSE TRIED TO TELL ME THAT I WAS ON MY PERIOD:angryfire . SO SHE CATH ME AND SHE FOUND OUT DIFFERENTLY. RAN OUT OF THE ROOM TO GO THE DR AND I WAS ADMITTED AND GIVEN A COCK-TAIL OF MORPHINE AND DILAUDID FOR PAIN. I WAS ON PAIN MEDICINE FOR 2-3 DAYS. WHEN I WOKE UP IT WAS FROM THE PAIN OF SO MANY SHOTS OF PAIN MEDS IN MY A** . I TOLD THE NURSE TO GET THE DR IN HERE TO GET THOSE STONES OUT. I WENT TO THE OR AND STENTS WERE PUT INTO MY URETERS AND THE NEXT DAY I WAS SENT HOME WITH ATB AND PERCOCET. THERE WERE SO MANY INFECTIONS FROM THE RIPPING OF THE STONES PASSING IT WAS UNREAL. I TRIED ABOUT 5 DIFFERENT ATB. I WOULD RATHER HAVE HAD 10 BABIES THAT ALL WEIGH 20LBS A PEICE THAT TO EVER DEAL WITH THAT AGAIN. THAT HURT. I FEEL THE PAIN ALL OVER AGAIN JUST TELLING YOU ALL ABOUT IT.:chuckle
    Geez... That sound horrible. I hope I never get a stone or pass a stone or anything like that. Once in the hospital for SVT they put in a foley cause of all the fluids they were giving me. I think I was like on 6 IV pumps for a couple different things like TPN and white looking fat juice? something like that. But anyways after a day or so on the foley it started to look pink, then one day it was just bright red and I would look at the tubing going down my leg and big red blood clots were passing through. That was probably the most painful thing I have ever felt and they didn't give me anything for pain. I was so pissed!
    I thought getting meningitis twice in 2 years was the most painful thing but in those cases they actually gave me meds. It just makes me so upset when docs are so mean about giving pain meds. I mean come on, bright red blood coming out of my bladder! HELLO?!

    This post is so funny! I LOVE IT...
  2. by   teeituptom
    Had a patient come in last week by ems from the other side of town, c/o N/V/D. per EMS. Pt gets there and denies being ill, he just want the ER MD to do his paperwork so he can get one of those little hoveround scooters to get around in, and he also wanted a cab voucher to get back home in.
    Unfortunaely one of local offduty PD was in the next bed with a friend who was really sick.He of course heard everything, he came over and talked with the pt. All the ended up getting was a ride to the local jail for Abuse of the EMS.



    Keep it in the short grass
  3. by   curleysue
    I remember working at a big uniersity hospital ER as a tech and having a homeless man who was a frequent flyer who would come in everyother day or everyday almost complaining of chest pain just so he could get a warm bed to sleep in and a hot meal.
    He had a million dollar workup when he began this rountine that included a echo, chest x-rays, angiogram and you name it, EVERYTHING that determined he had absolutely nothing wrong with his heart and yet he could come in and say Yes I guess I am having chest pains and those words would get him back immediately and a stay for the night. I mean it was so awful. He would immediately turn over on his side and request a warm blanket so he could sleep.. And its not like we couldn't tell he was sleeping cause the man SNORED so loud!!
    It is such an awful abuse to the system, and just knowing that our tax dollars are paying for this. I mean come on, why do these people do this to us?

    Curleysue
  4. by   teeituptom
    Because he has no where else to go and get the attention and safety he is craving
  5. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    My aunt was working at a regional hospital before she moved back home, they had a man who lived in their break room for weeks.
    Last edit by Chad_KY_SRNA on Feb 27, '05
  6. by   FutureNrse


    That's right, they have nowhere to go and when that's the case, faking an illness and putting up with any subsequent tests isn't such a bad deal, and a hospital room, even a shared one, is a pretty nice place to be. It's safe and warm. There's always someone around to talk to ( I imagine being elderly and homeless is pretty lonely), and nice nurses come ask how you're feeling and bring you hot meals 3 times day, as well as the occasional snack. Many elderly folks have a variety of aches and pains, and being out in the elements can't be easy on them. For the duration of their stay, their medicated, even if it's only aspirin, so the aches are gone. They get to rest in the hospital, and not worry about someone stealing the blankets off of them while they sleep. They have access to a bathroom, rather than the bushes.
    Last of all, even the homeless have pride, especially the elderly. It is easier for them to call friends and family and say that they're in the hospital than to say they are on the streets.
    If only budgets allowed for hiring someone to help the individuals find a more acceptable alternative. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention, and in this case it so very true. So much time and money could be saved if these people were dealt with differently right from the start.
  7. by   mommatrauma
    First time mom...brand new baby...CC:"Belly button fell off"

    The scab of the remaining umbilical cord fell off...
  8. by   CharlieRN
    First time parents in ER at 3am "The baby will not stop crying"... " We changed her and fed her and now she just keeps on crying." Charge Nurse in the ER put the baby on her shoulder, patted its back, baby burped, baby went to sleep.
    Last edit by prmenrs on Mar 29, '05 : Reason: removed person's name
  9. by   Speculating
    0230 am middle aged male c/o flu-like symptoms for four years!
  10. by   Speculating
    About 0430 am Mom obviously trashed along with friend who drove them to our ER brings in 5 y/o with c/o N&V (dried vomited on child's night shirt). Understand they drove to us from a near by city with plenty of hospitals. The kicker they wanted a prescription yah you heard me for Tylenol. We did a work up on the kid and she was fine PO challenge included. We'll I couldn't let the child get back into a car with a drunks one passed out on the stretcher with the kid. The other passed out in the waiting room. I pressed for time by telling Mom that Tylenol was so strong we couldn't keep it in the ER, and we had to wait for pharmacy to bring it to us. Meanwhile I did the only thing I could and police were on there way. We they arrived they kicked the stretcher several times to wake Mom finally when she woke up very surprised I must add they ran her info. A couple minutes later she was cuffed and heading for jail for several outstanding warrants. They waited outside for the driver to get into his car when they arrested him for DWI. I kept the kid until Grandma arrived to pick her up. All over a prescription for Tylenol.
  11. by   Lawnurse
    Quote from SWFlorida
    The police had raided a crack house. In the refrigerator they found what they thought was a human fetus. They brought it to the ER. It was an oyster.

    This should have gone to the County Medical Examiner/Coroner. NOT the emergency room. Police officers should know that.....or did they think you would actually be able to revive the "fetus"?!?!
  12. by   LPN1974
    Someone, whose post I read....don't read this stuff if you're queasy when you first get up.
    I'm getting kinda sick.

    Maggots and tampons gross me out.
  13. by   NorthER,RN
    This happened just last night and I'm still shaking my head.

    64 year old male (let's call him Bert) is brought into ER by ambulance at 0300. It has not been a good night in the little ER and I am really tired and a bit cross that this frequent flyer has come up to the hospital by ambulance once again. He has a psych history and is on a few of the more interesting meds.

    EMS can only tell me that Bert won't tell them why he needed an ambulance to come in - he was dressed and standing outside of his residence when they arrived. The crew is female and he said it was too embarassing. When he registers at the front desk with our female clerk - same thing, too embarassing.

    As soon as I see him I start feeling just a bit more unhappy.

    I take him into a quiet chairs area and ask him why he needed to come in at 0300 by ambulance. He says that he wants a male nurse - :angryfire. I tell him it's me or nobody.
    He says that he has been home and felt the urge to masterbate.:hatparty: . The first time he "got no relief" so he called the nursing hot line. He tried again 4 more times, each time without getting relief and each time he called the nursing hot line for help. I can just hear the frustration in their voices as they finally told him to "Seek medical help at the hospital". He even tried putting on Stompin' Tom Connors western music (guess it has a beat) and wasn't able to get any relief, so he came up to emerg for help.

    After clarifying that there was no problem with breathing, no loc, no chest pain, no priaprism, no blood, I kinda lost it. I told him that I couldn't help him, that I wasn't a prostitute and that I didn't get paid enough to help him out.

    My poor on call doc (also female) was doubled over in laughter as I came back through the door. All night long, through the lacs and the suicidal women and the chest pains and so on you could hear one of us snickering about calling the local radio station for more Stompin' Tom.:chuckle

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