What freak occurrences have you seen? - page 3

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A few months ago, I cared for a 25 year old female who coded on the operating room table after getting an analgesic shot in the eyeball for Lasik surgery. I cared for her in LTAC after a few weeks of being unresponsive (forgot... Read More


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    I worked with this pt for a couple weeks. He had been a trucker, but had just quit his job for rehab, because he had an MI a couple weeks ago. He was sitting on his couch at home when a truck went through 2 walls of his house and HIT HIM. (When you think you're safe...) The driver had a seizure and lost control at a high speed. Anyway my pt had tons of fractures and quite a bit of hardware put in, but remained amazingly optimistic! My hero!

    This was just after I had a patient (straight laced, no IVDA) with bilateral shoulder necrotizing fasciitis. I've worked at this hospital for exactly 6 months now, and suddenly ridiculous Grey's Anatomy cases don't seem as ridiculous...

    And I had a pt with RABIES, that's right, rabies!! No one has rabies! I could NOT believe what I was hearing when I got report! I tried not to laugh all shift, as I kept remembering "The Office" episode where Michael makes them do a rabies fun run. This poor pt was bitten by a bat 3 times on her neck, and did not seek medical attention for two months when the site was numb/tingling . Maybe she was embarrassed? My heart goes out to her because she seemed like a wonderful person. If you are bitten by a rabid animal, please wash and go to the ER.
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    Long time ago, in LTC, we aides would often opt to work short and get the job done and done right, come hell or high water, than use agency.
    Here's why:
    We hired a aide from agency. They sent us a rather questionable looking middle-aged male aide. He, honestly, looked "slimy", but, hey. Who are we to judge?
    Anyhoo, one of his patients was a old gal who never talked anymore. She would hit you with her balled up fists and maybe scream, but no talking. She also was very very "bottom-heavy" and, hence, she was a 2 assist to transfer.
    I guess this ding-dong aide decided he could transfer her himself... and he dropped her... and she hit her head.
    He tossed her back into bed and then (a little too late!) went to get help.
    The LPN noticed... that his breath... smelled like booze.
    Cute, huh?
    Now, for TWO WEEKS after our old gal was dumped on her head... she was bright and speaking clearly. FULL SENTENCES!
    I kid you not.
    It was very much a freak occurrence that made us wonder if there wouldn't be some benefit to dropping all our patients on their heads.
    We were joking, of course.
    We did not use agency again (or at least the remainder of my stay there) but, as much as we wondered "***" with this aide, we also were left with a "***" phenomena we never ever forgot!
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