Four Star ICU Visitors - page 2

what's the most outrageous thing a visitor to your icu ever did? i was taking care of a multi-system failure patient -- vent, balloon pump, dialysis and about nine drips. he was an inmate with a... Read More

  1. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from traumaqueen
    we had a kid who shot himself because his girlfriend broke up with him.... she was pregnant.....

    the family of the kid who shot himself wanted some of his semen, so they could impregnate his step sister, so that baby could grow up and kill the baby the girlfriend was pregnant with....

    they did more things than that..... but, that was by far the weirdest.

    that's sick!
  2. by   medsurgnurse
    and i thought I had seen some wierd stuff. That's tops all!!
  3. by   medsurgnurse
    Quote from ruby vee
    what's the most outrageous thing a visitor to your icu ever did?

    i was taking care of a multi-system failure patient -- vent, balloon pump, dialysis and about nine drips. he was an inmate with a life sentence, and when we explored the option of withdrawal of care although his family was all for it, the state said no. that would be shortening his life sentence.

    despite all we could do, it was obvious that the guy was dying, and the state prison system decided it would be humane to let his son visit the guy one last time. only one problem. the son is also an inmate with a life sentence. nevertheless, our sw prevailed and managed to arrange a visit from the son. there were two prison guards for our intubated, comatose patient and four for the son who was handcuffed and had leg shackles as well.

    the visit was going well. the son was quite pleasant and appropriate, asking reasonable questions, very cooperative. i started to relax around him and more or less forget the circumstances of his visit. suddenly, a shout erupted and i was tackled from behind. there was a lot of yelling and carrying on, and i couldn't see a thing because i was on my stomach, underneath an obese prison guard. when the dust cleared, sonny was on the floor with the other five guards on top of him and there was a 3 foot long, homemade machete on the floor. seems sonny was determined to shorten dad's life sentence!

    ruby
    how strange, why on earth did he want to kill his father? this is the craziest nursing story i've ever heard.
  4. by   ProfRN4
    man, my job is so boring...
  5. by   imnmk_rn
    wow, I can't wait to hear more stories... I think!

    Off the top of my head, I am just thinking of my worst float ever - to one of the other ICUs in my hospital. Anyway, one of my patients that evening was a woman who had been there for a long time and their staff was sick of the family issues. The decision had been made that afternoon to withdraw care and make her comfort care. The first thing I realized was that the family was obviously not all in agreement - at least as far as the timing went.

    Anyway, I went to "peek" into the room (an old unit without glass in the doors, so I did have to go in to see what was happening with the patient other than the monitor) and to see if pain meds/other comfort measures were needed at the time and I couldn't open the door because of the children sleeping on the floor. There were somewhere between 20-30 famiy members crammed into the room, coming and going at will, one of whom sticks out in my mind. He was the 19-20ish year old grandson, who needed to be "in control" of something and was determined to know where everyone was at all times, what they were doing, and basically wanted to coordinate his grandma's death. I don't know how many times in the first hour I was there he asked if she was doing "pretty good." Anyway, as my luck would have it, the woman died when he was out of the room (actually he had gone out to get someone who had gone out for a smoke, as he determined it was time for them to be in there). Upon his return to the unit, he was pounding walls/throwing things because she had died when he was gone, and somehow he ended up with a bloody nose and then barricaded himself in the bathroom attached to the room. At least though his family did not manage to calm him down, they did manage to remove him from the situation. Meanwhile, another granddaughter (early teens) was crying, while one of the adults was yelling at her to "Quit your crying, your grandma wouldn't like you to carry on like that," and others wondered if they could get a tray or just a sandwich before they left. Anyway, nowhere near as "exciting" as the other stories. But the best I could come up with at the moment!
  6. by   mattsmom81
    I had a patient whose mother insisted on staying the night with her grown son, and we allowed it, because the young man was critically ill. I was totally wierded out however, upon entering the room, finding her in bed with him with unmistakable evidence that sex had recently occurred...Ick.
  7. by   Sadie04
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I had a patient whose mother insisted on staying the night with her grown son, and we allowed it, because the young man was critically ill. I was totally wierded out however, upon entering the room, finding her in bed with him with unmistakable evidence that sex had recently occurred...Ick.
    Now that's twisted...
  8. by   icu.j04
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I had a patient whose mother insisted on staying the night with her grown son, and we allowed it, because the young man was critically ill. I was totally wierded out however, upon entering the room, finding her in bed with him with unmistakable evidence that sex had recently occurred...Ick.
    That one makes me want to get sick!
  9. by   Zee_RN
    You know, all your stories beat mine.

    Although we did have one patient's daughter ask us for a "memento" of her mom who had just passed away but had already been bagged and tagged and sent to the morgue. We agreed...until she told us what she wanted. Could we please go down to the morgue and cut off her hand so she could keep that? Ummmm.....no. OK, how about just a finger. Ummmm....again, no. We finally talked her into a lock of hair. She just couldn't see the problem with amputating a body part from her dead mother and taking it home with her....
  10. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I had a patient whose mother insisted on staying the night with her grown son, and we allowed it, because the young man was critically ill. I was totally wierded out however, upon entering the room, finding her in bed with him with unmistakable evidence that sex had recently occurred...Ick.
    Did you report it?

    You never know... that poor kid (even though an adult by age) had probably been abused since a young age and just couldn't get out of the situation.
  11. by   brigaily2000
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I had a patient whose mother insisted on staying the night with her grown son, and we allowed it, because the young man was critically ill. I was totally wierded out however, upon entering the room, finding her in bed with him with unmistakable evidence that sex had recently occurred...Ick.
    Horrible. Horrible. That woman should be arrested.
  12. by   KimberRN1
    We had one with mommy obviously dead in the bed....big family conflict with ending care and extubation....anyhooo....visiting hours comes and the daughter is in the room with a video camera in mom's face saying..."Now mommy...didn't you promise me the living room suit"....she went on with various items she would receive upon mommy's death.....Now isn't that nice...not keeping her alive to help her...just to take inventory on what they'll get when she goes....We get some real winners....
  13. by   Ruby Vee
    and then there was the man lying in the icu, dying. his family got together and made him a dnr -- i'm not arguing with that decision. but as soon as the papers were signed, his wife took off for the beauty shop to get her hair dyed and permed. she wanted to look nice for the funeral. :angryfire the patient was my uncle, and my mother, not my aunt, was the one sitting at his bedside holding his hand when he died!

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