I have had exasperating patients, but I usually vent about them in the med room to my bestie at work and then get over it, or think to myself when I see the assignment "I don't want this patient again..."
No one as bad as what you've described though. Sheesh! I've had some demanding ones, but the ones who really
get on my nerves are people who are "vomiting" when what they are really doing is spitting into a bucket. People who are supposed to be discharged, and then are overcome with "nausea and vomiting". They can scarf down Popsicles no problem, but usually as soon as they get the discharge instructions, the whole family charges in and then it's retch, retch, spit in a bucket. I find it very manipulative. I might be young, but I can tell the difference between real vomit, dry heaving, legit nausea, and then spitting into an emesis basin for the benefit and sympathy of family members.
I recently had a post-op patient who was all set for discharge - stable vitals, stable labs, pain well controlled with PO meds, all PT goals met, etc - and then pitched a fit when it came time to be discharged, saying that they were and had been in intractable, unbearable pain, despite all documented evidence to the contrary. They let the patient stay another night, because of a tantrum. And the best part? They wouldn't accept IV pain med. Or any
pain med, after they won that round. Gotta keep those patient satisfaction scores up! *shaking my head*
Ok... rant over