What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 33

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   Heather56
    The classics we get are the males (I can't call them men) between 20 and 40 who come in with: vomitted x 1 - 8 hrs ago, nausea (as they sit there with their coke and chips), rash, and various aches and pains. The one thing they all have in common is that they are single, have recently moved here to work or go to school and Mommy is back home in what ever town they came from. It's also very hard to "encourage" these guys to go to a clinic instead, they would rather sit in the ER waiting room for 8 hrs with lots of complaints of course. Rain at night brings the regulars that normally sleep in doorways, it's amazing how knowledgable they are about how triage works, they know which complaints will get them a stretcher right away.
    On the opposite end of the list are the people who are dragged into the ER by wives or husbands in the midst of an MI or stroke, "Oh come on dear it's just a little indigestion!"
  2. by   gamegirlkimmy
    A frequent flyer came by ambulance for a mosquito bite! It was difficult not to laugh at her, we treated her with benadryl.
    Quote from JUSTYSMOM
    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
  3. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from NewERLPN
    I have had a lady come in because she "hid" a hundred dollar bill in her rectum. Needless to say, she couldn't get it out. She said that she had unsuccesfully tried to "dig" it out. The MD did a rectal exam but refused to get an anoscope to go searching for something that would come out on it's own. The patient got panicked and cried until he gave her a bottle of mag citrate and sent her back out onto the streets. Apparently, she was mad because she wanted a fix and wanted it out that second. Just think about that the next time you use money!
    Ash
    Oh my grossness....LOL!

    Ya'll should've told her, if you got it out, it'd have to go towards her bill.

    But then again, that'd probably make the business office clerk none to happy...
  4. by   Anonymous2013
    I went to the Emergency room 3 times in one day. I have a history of Ovaria Cysts, and the last one I had was pretty big. I was warned by my PCP that if I felt pain in my lower left side, to go to ER immediatley. The were worried about it twisting my fallopian tube. Anyhow, I woke up on a Sunday morning with severe pain and couldn't sit up, so my DH took me to the ER, they did a pelvic, and gave me some pain meds and sent me on my way. Then four hours later, I started having vaginal bleeding, it was pretty heavy and I was on a birth control pill, and it wasn't anywhere near time for my period. When I started to have pain so bad that I couldn't stand up, I went back to the ER and of course saw a completley different doctor. He did ANOTHER pelvic, took some blood, gave me some pain meds and sent me home again!

    2 hours later I was in the kitchen getting a glass of water when I guess I just fell over and passed out. I don't remeber it, DH apparently put me in the car and took me back to the hospital. The 3rd doc I saw finally did a CT of my belly and found out that the cyst has infact burst and that is why I was in so much pain. I also had Diverticulosis. I ended up staying for a few days.

    It just goes to show, that sometimes the patient is made to feel like they are stupid for going to the ER, but really sometimes, you just have that feeling that something is wrong with you and no one takes you seriously.

    Granted, a hangnail or stubbed toe is a stupif this to go to ER for, but as a patient, I hate to think that the nurses who are taking care of me are outsidein the hall laughing and rolling their eyes. :stone
  5. by   LuvDaTrauma
    How about anal beads in a penis - ALL the way into the bladder! Can you say Hello Surgery. The killer is that the guy came back 2 weeks later with a newspaper in his rear. Some people never learn.
    Had an "exotic dancer" come in one night at 0300 - I presume after her last dance - CC - her clitoris ring had been ripped out by a patron on the club when she was dancing too close to his face. Got some stitches and wanted to know if workmans comp would cover it. Can you say ahhh NOPE!
  6. by   leopold
    I hate to say it but I was the most ridiculous ER patient once. I was taking a med that had Stevens-Johnson syndrome as a side effect and my doctor told me repeatedly to go to the ER if I developed a rash. So, I developed a rash and went to the ER. They told me I had a rash. Rub some cream on it. I was SO pissed off at my doc.
  7. by   z's playa
    Quote from leopold
    I hate to say it but I was the most ridiculous ER patient once. I was taking a med that had Stevens-Johnson syndrome as a side effect and my doctor told me repeatedly to go to the ER if I developed a rash. So, I developed a rash and went to the ER. They told me I had a rash. Rub some cream on it. I was SO pissed off at my doc.
    :chuckle

    Doc "You have a rash"

    Leopold " No... really?"

    Z
  8. by   teeituptom
    Quote from leopold
    I hate to say it but I was the most ridiculous ER patient once. I was taking a med that had Stevens-Johnson syndrome as a side effect and my doctor told me repeatedly to go to the ER if I developed a rash. So, I developed a rash and went to the ER. They told me I had a rash. Rub some cream on it. I was SO pissed off at my doc.


    Never make any "Rash Judgements:
  9. by   teeituptom
    I like the one where a person who was out of sun screen tried using Pepto Bismal as a sunscreen, I cant even imagine the rational there, But they came into the ER after developing black spots all over their little white hide.
  10. by   Ethel
    In my time in the OR I have seen a condom been removed from the bladder. Also had to remove an olive oil bottle from the rectum and a Coke litre bottle from the vagina (pt was told it was an effective method of contraception???????)
  11. by   JUSTYSMOM
    Quote from Ethel
    In my time in the OR I have seen a condom been removed from the bladder. Also had to remove an olive oil bottle from the rectum and a Coke litre bottle from the vagina (pt was told it was an effective method of contraception???????)
    I remember in eight grade, their was a young girl (maybe 12 or 13) who kept visiting the nurses office every morning. She was always nauseaus.

    Well, the nurse finally asked her if she ever had sex. She then asked her when her last period was etc. Finally, in confirming her pregnancy, the girl's shocked reply was "I can't possibly be pregnant, we used saran wrap!"

    The nurse wanted to know whose idea was it to use saran wrap. She said her boyfriend (also maybe 13 or 14) told her it was safe.

    I am nor sure what eventually happened. But it was pretty sad. Not that it's an excuse, but it's more understandable when a young person is that naive. But when adults do these stupid things, you have to wonder....."
  12. by   elizabells
    Quote from Ethel
    In my time in the OR I have seen a condom been removed from the bladder. Also had to remove an olive oil bottle from the rectum and a Coke litre bottle from the vagina (pt was told it was an effective method of contraception???????)
    Lol. I think your pt got confused w/the superstition that douching with Coke or Fanta worked as a spermicide. Well, if a little is good, a whole bottle must be better, right?

    Also: ow. :uhoh21:
  13. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Ethel
    and a Coke litre bottle from the vagina (pt was told it was an effective method of contraception???????)
    Wayell... yeah, if a Coke bottle's in there, you're not likely to get into the other kind of trouble...

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