Strangest Visitor events - page 4
How about those family members or friends who come to visit? Any interesting experiences with that?... Read More
Jul 25, '07Quote from bethin[font="comic sans ms"]awww, shucks!ruby, you have the best stories!
where do you work 'cause i want a job there! sounds very exciting.
these stories are culled from 30 years of nursing in several states on both coasts and the midwest. i don't want to say where any of them happened . . .
Jul 25, '07Had a visitor come into the room of another client while we were sponging that person only to ask about how their relative's day had been. The relative was alert and going home the next day and could have answered the question themself.
Jul 25, '07Quote from Emmanuel GoldsteinIs the husband shot the wife in Ohio? I may have been at the hospital doing clinicals when that all happened. They really missed the boat on that one.I've had to code visitors (saddest case being a mom who'd lost her teenage son to leukemia); had a female patient who shot her hubby as he walked through the door carrying a big bouquet of flowers (she had the gun under her pillow); another patient was shot by her husband when he came to visit (that made national news); another husband came to our floor in the middle of the night to blow his wife away (he spooked and ran, they caught him in the parking lot with two guns on him).
And I worked at a "nice" hospital
Jul 25, '07I had one today. A family member of a patient barked at me to "turn down the thermostat" as soon as I walked in the room. I paused a moment for meaning and said "Oh, didn't it work when you tried to turn it down?"
Down the hall was a very elderly woman whose daughter has fallen TWICE this week while visiting her. Meanwhile her grandchildren were visiting with their children. There were no less than 5 kids in the room and a baby that cried endlessly. How is the poor woman supposed to get any rest with all that chaos? And who in their right mind would bring a baby to the hospital, what with MRSA and VRE? Not to mention how all the crying and rowdiness disturbs the other patients. Gads!
Across the hall was an elderly man whose daughter was with him and she did all his care and asked for nothing. She bathed him, changed his linens, helped him to the bathroom, and was very polite. I wish I had a thousand like her. She was a peach.
Jul 25, '07[quote=Natkat;2317724] Down the hall was a very elderly woman whose daughter has fallen TWICE this week while visiting her. Meanwhile her grandchildren were visiting with their children. There were no less than 5 kids in the room and a baby that cried endlessly. How is the poor woman supposed to get any rest with all that chaos? And who in their right mind would bring a baby to the hospital, what with MRSA and VRE? Not to mention how all the crying and rowdiness disturbs the other patients. Gads!quote]
You answered your own question... the key words being "right mind".
Jul 25, '07Quote from confused101No, it wasn't in Ohio. I missed that one...Is the husband shot the wife in Ohio? I may have been at the hospital doing clinicals when that all happened. They really missed the boat on that one.
Jul 25, '07Something happened in an ER here too, a number of years ago. Can't remember any of the details to google it.
Jul 26, '07At my first job we had a patient... one of the frequent flyers with 2+ pages of home meds, COPD, DM, CHF, no veins, and enough yeast to take over and start its own society. She was always accompanied by a twin sister who was in just slightly better health and more motivated, and "took care" of her. Hm. So you had one rotund gal on the bed, hanging off it mostly, one rotund gal on the recliner/bed thing, and little to no room to move in there.
These two taught me to carry mints in my pocket.
Between the two of them they had a laundry list of crap they either wanted, or wanted done for them. None of which included bathing, and I didn't have time so I was grateful. They would constantly be on the call light about how the O2 wasn't working, please crank it up, (no thank you and please leave it alone) or "I can't breathe" but declined to use the cpap and refused to turn over or reposition, etc.
One night their sister showed up as was her routine when they were in the hospital, and she bathed them head to toe, soaked and meticulously cleaned their feet, etc. and had the room, and by extension the hall, smelling MUCH better. The next night she demanded another sofa bed in the room for herself. I flat out refused on the grounds that it would be a fire hazard. So around 2 am when I checked on the patient, what do I see. Twin on the recliner bed, snoring. Patient in the bed, on the same side she's been on since admission, snorting. Older sister on top of the patient, in the bed, sound asleep.
I thought "well no wonder she can't breathe!" before my brain shorted out and I had to leave the room to pinch myself. The next time I checked on them the sister had gone somewhere else.
Jul 26, '07Heres another funny one,
Not a visitor, but an exchange between patients.
My pt was a very nice elderly man, who had survived the Holocaust and a concentration camp. Across the hallway, we get a new admit (not my pt). Older F. This woman was constantly on the call bell, and if noone answered after (I swear) one "ding", she started screaming for someone to come(apparently, in her mind we were all there to wait on her hand and foot, and had no other patients), and then was very mean and nasty to us when we did. We couldn't close her door (fall risk and claustrophobic), and this very nice man across the hall did not want his door closed b/c it gets kind of stuffy in the rooms with the doors shut. He asked me if there was anything we could do to shut this woman up, but as you know we can try to set limits, but we can't be mean about it (which is what it would have taken). Anyway, this man gets up out of bed, gets his walker, and walks over to her room and says to her (not an exact quote) "You are a real
b*#!h, and would you shut up, I am trying to sleep!"
I almost fell off the chair when I heard this, I was laughing so hard!
I wished we could have kept him on our unit to deal with our more challenging patients, because he said to her what we were all thinking.
It actually worked, and she was a much easier patient to work with after that.
I will say, however, that I did feel sorry for her, because noone came to visit her while she was there, and I think she expressed her loneliness and anxiety by taking it out on us, so in spite of how she acted, I always tried to be understanding and not take it personally.
It was still really funny when it happened though!
Jul 26, '07Quote from ElizabethJRNHad a similar experience with a pts son who was taping the staff because he believed we were mistreating her. The thing is, we suspected it was him who had been abusing her, but couldn't prove it. She had a seizure and it was our fault according to him, and he went to the highest authorities. But with the taping, they cracked down hard on him as it is illegal.Had a pt in our hospital for about 6 months, 3 months in our ICU. His sister was, quite possibly, nuts. She would take pictures of the patient while he lay in bed, sedated on the vent. She would take pictures of us nurses while we were trying to care for her brother. She had a tape recorder and taped things we would say in the room. She would ask for a stethoscope so she could do his q4h assessments because she didn't believe we were doing it well enough. She would stand over us while we did peri-care and dressing changes, critiquing the whole time, saying it was not good enough and wanted to do it herself.
I have had the experience where a pt had two girlfriends (no there was no cultural reason); they used to visit together sometimes.
Interesting in another way; there was a gentleman who visited one of our pts. Turns out he escaped an Asian country as a teenager in WW2 by getting on the undercarriage of a plane, and flew over to Oz. He was obviously quite unwell when he reached here, but he survived, and has lived in Oz for years.Last edit by nyapa on Jul 26, '07
Jul 26, '07Quote from P_RNI literally spat my coffee out laughing over this one!
Then there was the wife who visited her husband.....and started bragging about her new lover.....(btw she was about 220#...patient was about 120#) Well the patient jumped out of bed and started hitting and choking his wife......his doctor who was a hand surgeon stood at the door..... while the nurses were trying to separate them.....and said "Pull his hair, that'll make him stop."-you see he didn't want to risk HIS hands on the patient.
Oh and the topper was it was Halloween and all us nurses were in costume......I (Florence Nightingale) one RN (Raggedy Ann) and the head nurse (a witch) were the ones there.
Jul 26, '07Quote from Emmanuel Goldsteinyeah we had one in ohio. I was in my senior year of nursing school. I was at the facility the day before and the day after. The husband and wife talked before if either one of them ever got the point of not being able to take care of themselves then shot them. Needless to say the wife had another big stroke. The husband came in and shot the wife with a silencer(aka through the pillow). One of my classmates were working up there that day and found her. It was a mad scene of police and media. Then the husband went home and wrote a note stating he did it and why. The police showed up at his house and he came out with a gun. The police had to shoot him because he wouldn't drop the gun. So both died by gunshot in like 2-3 hours apart.No, it wasn't in Ohio. I missed that one...
So, I had to pick up stuff at the hospital for clinicals the next day. I fiqured it might be a lock down or something. Heck no! Came in with my bookbag and left without even seeing a cop or anything. Makes you wonder!