What freak occurrences have you seen?

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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 the Glasgow coma scales I gave her). Yes she had hypothyroidism, hypertension, and brittle diabetes, but to have such a violent reaction to a little shot that millions of people get every year... that's a freak occurence.

    Anyone else have similar stories of incredibly rare occurences?
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    Dermoid cyst. I was in an OR observation for removal of an ovarian cyst, and out comes this huge lump with hair and skin. I knew it was going to be weird when the doc doing the surgery said, "What the H****!!!!" The pt was so obese, they knew she had a cyst but couldn't get a good visual on what to expect from the ultrasound. It was the size of a baseball.

    I had nightmares about that thing rolling across the floor after me, I mean, it was absolutely freaky. *Shudder*
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    i don't know if this would be considered "freak" but it's the only time i've ever seen something like this.

    yrs ago i had a hospice pt who had a chronic, stage IV ulcer on her ankle.
    she had had wound consults galore, and over the yrs, had every conceivable treatment.
    but the best anyone could ever do, was to maintain it and prevent it from getting worse.
    never showed any signs of healing.

    when she started actively dying (stoking, unconscious, mottling etc) i called all involved family.
    at some point, i proceeded to change her dsg.
    when i removed the old bandages, her ulcer was COMPLETELY healed.
    i got my nm and we just stood there, in total awe and shock.
    she died within the hour.

    definitely an unexplainable event...
    and one i will never, ever forget.

    leslie
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    1. Wife stabbed husband with BBQ fork during argument.

    Husband refused care by ambulance for a superficial stab wound.

    Husband dies of heart attack a very short time later.

    Wife charged with murder..

    2. Lady shoots OWN arm OFF completely (below elbow amp)b/c she was shooting cats in her yard 3am. *they were loud she said*

    3. 2 year old gets stepped on by a horse. (spleen removed, otherwise OK!)

    4. Teen tries to jump fence of a cemetary (school short cut) doesnt quite make it over, ends up with wrought iron fence impaling his thigh. Fence post gets cut off with boy still attached, taken to ER. Fence removed in OR. Cemetary calld asking for fence post back.

    5. During a bowel resection (toxic megacolon) and they remove a piece of bowel about (NO LIE) 4 feet long and 1.5 feet wide. I sit the specimen in my basin for a little bit and prepare to hand off to the circulator. Theres corn left in my basin......:scrm:
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    wife found the husband cheating on her , wife hits husband on the head with a frying pan , crazy glues gentils onto his stomach , pt wakes up goes to ED and refused to press charges against the wife , had to have his scrotum and other parts surgically removed from his stomach... the RN who called me report was laughing so hard i couldn't understand what she was saying...lol... then she got me laughing..... it was funny ...
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    "...I had nightmares about that thing rolling across the floor after me, I mean, it was absolutely freaky. *Shudder* " -Nerdtonurse

    .... ROFLMAO Nerd
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    Dermoid cyst. I was in an OR observation for removal of an ovarian cyst, and out comes this huge lump with hair and skin. I knew it was going to be weird when the doc doing the surgery said, "What the H****!!!!" The pt was so obese, they knew she had a cyst but couldn't get a good visual on what to expect from the ultrasound. It was the size of a baseball.

    I had nightmares about that thing rolling across the floor after me, I mean, it was absolutely freaky. *Shudder*

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    Patient with a chest tube to Pleurevac being transported via elevator. Door closes--pt. inside elevator, Pleurevac outside elevator. Going up! YEOWWW!!
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    Quote from ohmeowzer RN
    wife found the husband cheating on her , wife hits husband on the head with a frying pan , crazy glues gentils onto his stomach , pt wakes up goes to ED and refused to press charges against the wife , had to have his scrotum and other parts surgically removed from his stomach... the RN who called me report was laughing so hard i couldn't understand what she was saying...lol... then she got me laughing..... it was funny ...
    They don't have acetone in the ED?
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    Quote from cmonkey
    They don't have acetone in the ED?
    no back then it was about 15 years ago it had to be surgically fixed... i wasn't in the ER i was on the floor he was admitted . they had to surgically fix him... lol..... i had to admit him to the floor with a straight face... i was young and cute back then.. ahh the good old days...


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