My friends have medical questions at all hours of the day...

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    This one just made me laugh but at the same time it's depressing.

    We all have been asked medical questions by friends and family. Do you remember the weirdest question, place, or time that it was asked?


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  3. Visit  Brian profile page

    About Brian, ADN

    Brian has '18+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele'. From 'Minnesota'; Joined Mar '98; Posts: 15,291; Likes: 16,232.

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  4. Visit  modgoth1 profile page
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    That is funny. My mother is constantly asking me medical questions, mainly pertaining to her own health. When I give her the answers she doesn't seem to believe what I'm telling her. So don't ask then!! My kids ask medical questions all the time too, like "what is this red dot on me" or "why did my arm just hurt for no reason" - heck if I know, it could be many things or nothing really. They then say "well you're a nurse why don't you know what it is."
    Jenlpn2010, Miss Lizzie, Joe V, and 3 others like this.
  5. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse profile page
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    A couple times I've heard "I have this funny rash..." or "I have this funny discharge..."

    NO I don't want to see it!! Go to your doctor!!
  6. Visit  lockheart678 profile page
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    I've gotten a few questions from my family, but nothing really major. I've been lucky to escape the random people that see me in scrubs as well. Most of my coworkers have stories that involve being at a store and some weirdo just comes up to them and starts asking really personal questions, like the stuff about discharge or a rash in a place nobody should know about except your doctor. I can't believe people actually have the gall to do that, but they sure do make hilarious stories.
  7. Visit  MrsCuoco profile page
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    A girl I work with in an Italian restaurant asked me the other day if it was possible for a dog and cat to mate and have offspring because her neighbor's cat just had kittens and one looks suspiciously like a dog.

    This girl is a college graduate and owned her own oil and gas company for 6 years. I couldn't believe she was asking me such a thing. I just blinked and said that noooo, it wasn't possible because they have different DNA.

    I've also had guests I serve find out I am about to be a nursing student and ask me strange medical questions. A...I haven't even started school yet, and B...ask your doctor, not a waitress!
    Jenlpn2010, noyesno, RH-CC2011, and 5 others like this.
  8. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from modgoth1
    That is funny. My mother is constantly asking me medical questions, mainly pertaining to her own health. When I give her the answers she doesn't seem to believe what I'm telling her. So don't ask then!! My kids ask medical questions all the time too, like "what is this red dot on me" or "why did my arm just hurt for no reason" - heck if I know, it could be many things or nothing really. They then say "well you're a nurse why don't you know what it is."
    My son wanted to know if his hang nail could stab someone in the brain if he fell from a tree and poked them. I gave him a goofy look and said, "I dont know!" and he said, "well, you are a nurse, or almost, right?" "Yes" he replied with, "Then you should know everything about how people can die"...really kid?
  9. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I once had a neighbor who came over to ask if I'd disimpact her 73-year-old mother who hadn't had a BM in a week......
  10. Visit  Despareux profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    I once had a neighbor who came over to ask if I'd disimpact her 73-year-old mother who hadn't had a BM in a week......
    Did you do it?
  11. Visit  tntrn profile page
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    I gave insulin shots to a neighbor's cat.
  12. Visit  sauconyrunner profile page
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    I usually say, "Oh gee, I don't know for sure" and usually am not asked again!
    Joe V likes this.
  13. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
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    I typically get two types of questions/complaints from people:

    1. poop
    2. my ankle,knee, hip hurts/pops out when I go like this

    The poop questions I don't mind so much, but I hate the latter! I am not a musculoskeletal girl nor do I have x-ray vision. Find out what makes it hurt and then don't do that?
  14. Visit  thesundowner profile page
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    My friends used to always ask me the craziest health questions. . .until I starting answering "it's cancer" to every single question they asked. They quickly stopped asking.
    Jenlpn2010, SuzieeQ, linzjane88, and 13 others like this.
  15. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Quote from sarakjp
    I typically get two types of questions/complaints from people:

    1. poop
    2. my ankle,knee, hip hurts/pops out when I go like this

    The poop questions I don't mind so much, but I hate the latter! I am not a musculoskeletal girl nor do I have x-ray vision. Find out what makes it hurt and then don't do that?
    My husband asks a lot of the latter questions..."my arm hurts, why is that?" Heck if I know!
    SwansonRN and Joe V like this.

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