Funny & Cute Things Our Demented Patients Say - page 8
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Anyone who works around the demented elderly population can attest to the fact that they sometimes say the darndest things. Mr. Rider is a pseudonym for the slightly plump octogenarian nursing home resident who had some... Read More
- 1Feb 7 by alex-333As a student on a med/surg floor, I had probably the sweetest little old lady with dementia. She would go in and out of confusion. Sometimes she knew she was at the hospital and that she was in her 80s. Other times she thought she was a lot younger. I went to wake her up one morning and I asked her if she knew where she was. She replied "oohhh, I'm in Las Vegas" (We were in the Niagara region of Canada). And all I could say was "I wish!"
The same lady a few hours later had to have her catheter removed and inserted again. She probably had no idea she even had a catheter in to begin with. But as I'm explaining the procedure to her (this was my first time inserting a female catheter) she asked me if the catheter would impede her from having sexual intercourse with her husband. I softly said that it wouldn't but that she was in the hospital so she probably won't be doing any of that for a while. This woman's husband came to visit her every day, it was the sweetest love story I ever witnessed. She was incredibly protective of him as well, she told all the female nurses to stay away from her husband because he was hers!
She also proceeded to tell us that she was recently in this hospital. I asked her what she was here for, and she replied "oh a caesarean section, that was about 7 years ago." It was probably about 50 years prior!
Med/surg is definitely not my choice but meeting special people like this lady is what makes it worthwhile!
- 3Feb 7 by LTCNSI was sitting on the bed with a tiny, frail little lady who was one of my favorite residents in a nursing home I used to work in. She would cooperate with me when nobody else could get her to eat or let them do ADL care. Anyway, I leaned in towards her to talk to her and she said "If you're going to kiss me just go ahead and do it." I assured her I was there for a visit and not for a kiss lol!
- 0Feb 11 by Bea40448Quote from lub dubSometimes you gotta laugh to keep from crying.A member of my family suffers from dementia, & I find nothing funny or cute about it. There is a thread elsewhere on this site that talks about the elderly being devalued, & I thought of this thread.
Go ahead, let the flaming begin...
- 2Jun 2 by No Stars In My EyesI have a 95 y.o. patient who often thinks I am her mother or aunt. Once she thought I was her husband!
The other day, another patient stopped in her doorway. Knowing he frequently cruised around searching for his room, I sent him off in the correct direction. My PD patient wanted me to tell him to come in because she had to talk to him. She didn't know him, and when I told her that, she said she knew that, but she had to tell him that he was her son! I told her she would've had to give birth to him when she was five years old. She said "SO?" I said that 5 y.o.'s weren't physically capable of giving birth. Her response was "You are so ridiculous!"
I had to agree.
- 1Jun 3 by NurseQTOne time I was administering a resident's meds through her g-tube and out of the blue she says to me "there are a lot of really good looking people that work here and you just aren't one of them." Talk about a self esteem booster!
I took care of another lady who frequently hallucinated and thought she had cats in her room,we had to be careful not to "step" on one of them and had to sometimes "move" them off her bed! One night I went in to give her her meds and she insisted that there was a pony in her room! She wouldn't take her meds until I had led that pony out of her room!
I took care of another lady that had a baby that she carried around with her everywhere. His name was Jameson Quite often she would have staff members baby sit Jameson for her! What I found ironic was that she had never had children of her own, her maternal instinct finally kicked in at the age of 80!
- 1Jun 7 by l8308My dad has dementia. He resides in a LTC facility. I asked him why he was tired and he said he worked last night 16 hours welding. When I took him back to the LTC facility after a doctor visit, he thanked me for all I do for him. That moment was bittersweet.
I worked a long time ago at a LTC facility on the dementia floor. There was a resident who was very concerned about picking up his daughter from school. It was raining and he was very adamant to go pick her up at 4 AM. It went on for quite a while and when the day shift came on they called his daughter for him to speak to her. I wish I had thought to do that.