What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for? - page 47

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   Divern808
    After working Triage for 4 hours, I find myself repeating, "Remember, Stupidity is not a crime". The two people that came in with the pt. complaining of severe abd. pain , writhing , moaning, and she needed a room immediately. In my assessment I asked her when her last period was, "Oh they are real irregular"...when was the last time she had a pregnancy test to which she repied...Oh, I dont date Men, she's my partner",Ive never been with a man. I said. OK... (suspicion rising, because of the abd mass that she started complaining about)Her partner sys, "Her abd. has been swelling for a long time". I asked has she seen an MD for it, to which she replied, My doctor told me , I couldnt get pregnant, besides I dont date Men". Long story short, 35 minutes later , Mother and Baby are doing fine, Partner is no where to be seen, , Mother is trying to remember the details from "That party I went to". And Im trying to get an RX for Toradol for my rib splint from laughing so freaking hard. I wonder if it could have been her hygiene spray??? "That's just me, but I could be wrong"
  2. by   mary1158
    I have some silly things people called the Poison Hotline for:

    1) "I ate a potato chip with some green on it. Will I be OK?" :icon_roll

    2) "I was sitting at a funeral service, and all of a sudden I felt something in my mouth, so I swallowed it." This woman couldn't tell me if it was just some phlegm, or a bug, or any other possible rational explanation I could come up with, yet she still wanted "to know what to do".

    3) A very macho sounding guy called wondering how to get superglue off his hands. It turns out, he had a tiny Christmas angel super-glued to his finger. The mental image cracked me up! :chuckle

    I just started in Urgent Care, so I will probably have some good ones for that soon.
  3. by   rn in 3 years
    Quote from Divern808
    After working Triage for 4 hours, I find myself repeating, "Remember, Stupidity is not a crime". The two people that came in with the pt. complaining of severe abd. pain , writhing , moaning, and she needed a room immediately. In my assessment I asked her when her last period was, "Oh they are real irregular"...when was the last time she had a pregnancy test to which she repied...Oh, I dont date Men, she's my partner",Ive never been with a man. I said. OK... (suspicion rising, because of the abd mass that she started complaining about)Her partner sys, "Her abd. has been swelling for a long time". I asked has she seen an MD for it, to which she replied, My doctor told me , I couldnt get pregnant, besides I dont date Men". Long story short, 35 minutes later , Mother and Baby are doing fine, Partner is no where to be seen, , Mother is trying to remember the details from "That party I went to". And Im trying to get an RX for Toradol for my rib splint from laughing so freaking hard. I wonder if it could have been her hygiene spray??? "That's just me, but I could be wrong"
    I nearly choked on my tea while reading this
    Last edit by rn in 3 years on Dec 2, '05
  4. by   Divern808
    Dont choke too long, Ill have to rescue breath ya... At Charity Hospital in New Orleans, where I worked the accident room, I had an elderly black man coming screaming to the Heavens that he had "Spiral Mighty Jesus" in his head, Now having just moved from California this was a shock to me, but having faith I asked him if he wanted to speak to one of the Sisters, when another nurse whispered to me, "Honey He means spinal meningitis.... she left giggling....
  5. by   bethin
    Quote from Stitchie
    Hi Rainbow,

    And it's really not fair to the Triage nurse, who has to listen to these people who c/o 'waiting' too long for their head lice emergency in the Triage area. That's why security is there in front -- since the fine folks who utilize our McER have been known to be violent when 'precious' is c/o vomiting once yet running around in bare feet eating chips and drinking coke.
    Your post reminded me of a time that I was a pt. waiting in the ER waiting room. I was beyond dehydrated (hadn't peed in 16hrs.), lost 30 pounds in 2 weeks and passing enough blood that I had to beg the dr. not to give me a transfusion. Plus, in sooo much pain bp was very, very high and I couldn't walk up straight(ended up being dx w/ulcerative colitis). Anyway, I'm miserable, sitting in the waiting room next to a 30'ish man with his wife. My head is on my mom's shoulder, she's trying to comfort me as I'm bawling. My name is called after 2 hrs. and this guy had JUST walked in. I get up and this guy says "well, I'm sicker than her. I've got a toothache." His wife apologized to me for the comment but still, that's just mean.
    This society has become a if I don't get it now, I'm gonna sue or smack ya. Sure, a toothache hurts but wait your turn!! Toothaches don't kill!!

    I swear, it takes all kinds.
  6. by   bethin
    Quote from grannynurse FNP student
    I will never forget calling 911 for my Dad, who I thought was having an M.I. After giving the dispatcher explicit directions to our home, I sent my daughter outside to watch for them. She watched as the drove past the first cross street, then back up, came down it, then went down the wrong street, then another wrong street, despite my daughter flashing our front light off and on (you could see everything becuase of the circular roads and the lack of many homes). Thank heavens my Dad was alright.

    911 is one of the best systems every instituted. It is some of the dispatchers and some of the firemen that need a little work

    Grannynurse
    Reminds me of a time I had was rear ended on a very busy street in a college town....in front of the football stadium that you could see from space. Anyway, I call 911 on my cell, give dispatcher exact address--there was a business across the street with it's address prominently displayed. Dispatcher says "I don't know where you are." So I tell her I'm at the southside of the Ball State Stadium. "What stadium"???? I actually asked her if she was in Muncie and when she replied yes, I had to wonder what she was smoking. Asked her if she knew about Ball State, her response was yes. Then I asked her if she knew about a football stadium. Reply was yes. Do you know where it is? Reply was yes. I told her again where I was at....she still had no clue. I hung up and the police arrived 2 mins. later.

    Luckily, this is the only negative experience I've had with dispatchers. Except for this one I respect and admire them. I would feel so helpless, knowing that the person on the other end may be dying and I can't do anything about it.
  7. by   paranoidnurse
    We see a lot of that in our ER too. Children frequently come in with fevers of 103-104. When we ask the parents when their last dose of tylenol or motrin was given, they state, "we didn't want to give them anything until you saw them." Come on guys, we will believe you if you tell us the child had a temp.
  8. by   Jeenah11111
    thats hilarious.. How do these people with an IQ of 30 manage to breed anyway?
  9. by   FST66E
    The most rediculous thing I have ever seen was a patient who lost a .....sex toy up his rectum. But that was not the funny part, his partner decided to try to get it out with salad tongs the kind with a hinge in the middle. The hinge got caught on the mucosa and he came walking in or with the tongs hanging out of his rectum.
  10. by   scampi710
    Quote from paranoidnurse
    We see a lot of that in our ER too. Children frequently come in with fevers of 103-104. When we ask the parents when their last dose of tylenol or motrin was given, they state, "we didn't want to give them anything until you saw them." Come on guys, we will believe you if you tell us the child had a temp.
    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.
  11. by   paranoidnurse
    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 was not trying to be judgemental. I have actually had the parents tell me that they were afraid that if their child did not have a fever they would have to wait longer or we might not believe their child was sick. Also many times they will tell you, "jr wouldnt take his tylenol, he doesnt like it". There comes a point where parents have to be the grown up and act accordingly. And yes of course we use this opportunity to educate the parents.
  12. by   Hope2BaRN
    When my daughter was about 7 months she started crying like crazy, which is not normal for her, we inspected her starting from the head down, when we got to her feet we noticed one of her toes was blue. We got a magnifying glass but couldnt see anything. We took her to the ER it turned out to be a toe tourniquet.
    Then a when she was 1 1/2 she was extreamly sick wouldn't eat, drink do much of anything very lethargic. Since she's never sick like that we took her to the ER because it was about 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday, the Dr said she had an ear infection even though he barley touched her and didn't even get a good look in her ear because he was scared of her (she was crying like crazy). He gave her antibiotics, 2 day's later no change she was getting worse high temp, didn't move just stared at the sealing, no eating, we took her back different Dr looked her over got to her mouth looked in and said "Ahhh look here" I looked turned out she had Coxsackie. Had never herd of it before, just gave her a little childrens motrin and she got better.
  13. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from Divern808
    Dont choke too long, Ill have to rescue breath ya... At Charity Hospital in New Orleans, where I worked the accident room, I had an elderly black man coming screaming to the Heavens that he had "Spiral Mighty Jesus" in his head, Now having just moved from California this was a shock to me, but having faith I asked him if he wanted to speak to one of the Sisters, when another nurse whispered to me, "Honey He means spinal meningitis.... she left giggling....
    Now this one really got me laughing. I'm a born-again Christian, but the images that brings to mind of a "Spiral Mighty Jesus" - kinda makes me think of an Almighty Jack-In-The-Box.

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