Oh yeah. In LTAC, a little patient looked, talked and kinda acted like Gollum. I don't know how I didn't lose it sooner. He would ask for all the drugs, I would give him all the drugs, and the nausea drugs, and he'd complain of nausea five minutes later. Ok. I would give ginger ale, and mind you both his hands worked. So he got mad regularly and dumped it in his own lap then would call for a diaper change. No really? So I made him clean himself up, and then sit in the chair and I changed his bed, then helped him back to a clean bed and said no thank you, I am not giving you another ginger ale just so you can pour that one out too.
So I went to nurse station and heard him talking on the call light about how I refused to medicate him. This was after a month of being a total... expletive deleted... he regularly bit his hands to cause skin tears so I would have to do wound care, etc. I just stormed down there, and told him off and apparently all could hear. I told him all about the boy who cried wolf and how he DIED and deservedly so, and how I could tolerate a lot but buddy you are not allowed to lie. This was basically the mean mama that he acted like he'd never encountered before in his life. All the limits were set down at that point and I did not deviate from them, then I insisted on keeping him in my assignment for the week, just so he knew I meant business. I had to hand him off to the DON the next morning and I thought, oh god I'm gonna get fired. So I told her what had transpired and that I wasn't too professional about it. She said, it's about time someone told that one off. Good job. I did a little dance when he was transferred out.