What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 40

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   Nurse Valium
    My very first day of orientation in the ER a 20yo female came in with c/o "severe pain" (abdominal), she said that she was at work & felt like she was going to pass out. Further questioning revealed that she had started her period that morning. I asked her if she had similar type pain last month with her period, her eyes widened like saucers and she says "YES". Everything else - labs, CT, etc - checked out but I didn't have the nerve to tell her that she would probably experience similar pain every month.

    Definately not the silliest thing a patient came in for but definately on my list of things that make you go hmmmm.....
  2. by   Little Flower
    [QUOTE]Originally Posted by JohnRN04

    ooooh! i got another one. i saw this lady peeing standing up! and i'm sure it was a woman. she was peeing on to a bed pan that was on the floor. The 30 year old son was trying to keep the curtains closed cuz he was kind of embarrassed that his mom was peeing like a man! HIPPA's not being violated is it?
    Quote from tramalady45
    Okay, this is still a strange subject for me but seriously, there was an actual article floating around the internet written by none the less and RN teaching women how to pee standing up! Gues we know what that woman likes to read!
    There is nothing new under the sun.... This is the way the old timers used to do it. My mom used to do this all the time when I was a little and we were out shopping. The public toilets didn't have seat liners back then and my mom was very particular about sitting down on them.........so, she taught me how to do this by just pulling your clothes over to the side.....even drip dry if necessary. Sure beats getting bugs from some dirty potty. Makes perfect sense to me and it is easier than you might think. It isn't a manly pee ......it is a safety and health pee. Try it.
  3. by   Knoodsen
    Quote from critcarenurse16
    Lady came in complaining she was allergic to her bra. When she presented the bra from her purse it looked like she had it for years- no elastic or spandex left to cause a reaction! Discharge instructions from Doc read: Buy a new bra
    We had to cut the bra off of a patient once who exclaimed, "no, that's my only bra".
  4. by   rjflyn
    "I s--t my pants"

    Triage nurses response--" You dont know what a toilet is."


    Rj:uhoh21:
  5. by   bflogrl
    It's funny how when we get injured or are sick we hestitate to go to the ER. I cut my forearm this week in a freak accident and only decided to go for treatments when I realized the tendon was exposed. Even then I kept asking myself, "is this an emergency"?

    Quote from JUSTYSMOM
    Now why in the world would you even think that it would be silly to go to the ER for that? I had a kidney stone years ago. It was probably the worst pain I ever felt in my life!
  6. by   ldymeg
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    WOW! The stories of those cases transported by 911 are amazing me! Thank Goodness where I live Rescue has polices in place where they can refuse to transport and refer to private ambulance services instead!
  7. by   ldymeg
    Could not agree more! This is especially true in states like mine with extremely high litigation rates. The doc's and hospitals are losing so much money on lawsuits>
  8. by   ldymeg
    This one is sad since the woman we treated honestly did need to be seen but your story reminds me of this woman. She came to the ER I where I used to work with green, odorous vag discharge, temp of 103, and abdominal pain. When obtaining the history, she related that she had recently visited Planned Parenthood and chose the diaphram and jelly for birth control. As I dug further, she was using JELLY with the diaphram. ICU for three days, IV abx for an additional 28.
  9. by   cursenurse
    Quote from ldymeg
    This one is sad since the woman we treated honestly did need to be seen but your story reminds me of this woman. She came to the ER I where I used to work with green, odorous vag discharge, temp of 103, and abdominal pain. When obtaining the history, she related that she had recently visited Planned Parenthood and chose the diaphram and jelly for birth control. As I dug further, she was using JELLY with the diaphram. ICU for three days, IV abx for an additional 28.


    okay, my total ignorance of birth control other than the pill, patch, or condoms is showing. please explain why jelly and a diaphragm can't be used together.
  10. by   ldymeg
    Quote from cursenurse
    okay, my total ignorance of birth control other than the pill, patch, or condoms is showing. please explain why jelly and a diaphragm can't be used together.
    So sorry...my mistake for not being specific. I was referring to contraceptive gel. As I stated in my post, this patient used "jelly", grape flavored to be specific, LOL.
  11. by   cursenurse
    Quote from ldymeg
    So sorry...my mistake for not being specific. I was referring to contraceptive gel. As I stated in my post, this patient used "jelly", grape flavored to be specific, LOL.


    :uhoh21: grape jelly as a contraceptive? OMG!!
  12. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from rjflyn
    "I s--t my pants"

    Triage nurses response--" You dont know what a toilet is."


    Rj:uhoh21:
    OMG
  13. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from Knoodsen
    We had to cut the bra off of a patient once who exclaimed, "no, that's my only bra".

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