Funny things patients say ! - page 10

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While working in the emergency room I was taking care of a 90 year old lady who came in by wheelchair from a local rest home. Her complaint was right leg swelling and we found an obvious deformity of the femur but she denied any... Read More


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    I was once taking care of a little old lady with dementia, who was absolutely convinced that one of our male nurses on the unit was Frank Sinatra. (He looked nothing like him, just to clarify)

    She'd hold onto his hand, gaze up at him adoringly and tell him how much she loved his records. Of course, by the time she was discharged, WE'D all taken to calling him Frank too, so we had a Frank AND Ava on the unit!
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    A patient told me his grandma lived to be 112. Then he says, "I don't know what she died of." Well, honey, I do, and I didn't even know your grandma!
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    I am a male nurse and work into the community. One elderly lady I went to see the other day for health status monitoring looked at me after I had come inside and introduced myself and said "If only I was 70 years younger", I didn't know what to say to that one
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    Patient: Did you see Dr. Smith (name changed) today? He was hot!
    Me: *trying not to burst out laughing* But you saw him yesterday too, didn't you? Didn't you think he was "hot" then?
    Patient: But today he's wearing jeans!
    Me: *bursts out laughing, finally*
    Patient: What, you don't think so?
    Me: *still laughing* He's...uh...a little old for me (note: he's at least 30 or 40 years older than me)

    Funny thing was that her husband was sitting right next to her. I told him, "You have to watch your wife carefully!" and he replied, "Oh, I know!"
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    We had a very sick patient one night in the ED who we were getting ready to transfer up to ICU. He was being admitted for spinal meningitis, and septicemia, and we were trying to explain his condition and situation to his wife. The nurses told her that he was being admitted with spinal meningitis, and went on to describe what it was. Later, as we were getting ready to leave the ED, I overheard the man's wife on the phone with a relative. The conversation went something like this, "You've got to get here as fast as you can! It's bad! The nurses told me that he has the screaming mighty Jesus, and he is being sent to the intensive care unit!" Needless to say, I almost died laughing.
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    This isn't from a patient, but from her 5 yr. old grandson. I was making a home-health visit to change the dressing of this womans large, open post-hysterectomy wound. As I was removing the previous VERY bloody packing, her grandson siddled up beside me, trying to put on a pair of gloves. She said, "Are you going to help the nurse?" He was wide-eyed with excitement when he said with great enthusiasm, "I WANT TO PUT MY HANDS IN THE BLOOD!"
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    . Just thought of another one! I was doing private-duty with a 97 year old guy who loved to go out riding in the car. We would take particular interest in personalized license plates . I pointed out one that said, "4CSONS" and remarked that the lady driver must be from Hendersonville (NC) My patient replied, "Either that, or none of her boys are on the honor-roll." WOW! Talk about a sharp mind!
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    Also thought of another one! It wasn't more of what the patient said but rather what they did...

    I assisted one of my elderly patients to the bathroom so she could have a BM. I tell her that I'll let her sit for a while but as soon as she's done, to please pull the call bell (and I showed her where it was) so I could come and assist her back to bed. She agrees.

    I go and complete some other tasks that need doing (isn't there always?). After a while, I think to myself, 'She hasn't rung yet?!' I go and check on her and she's still sitting on the toilet.

    She goes, "Oh, I've been waiting and waiting for you! I'm done!"

    I ask, "Why didn't you pull the call bell when you were done? I would have been here sooner."

    She looks at me, confused. "I did. Like this, right?" She then takes the pull string and swings it so the little knob at the end hits the metal rail on the wall, making a DING! noise.

    I almost facepalmed.
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    After this incident http://allnurses.com/nursing-humor-s...ml#post5020053 , the oncoming nurse and myself went down so I can show her where the IV line had "just come apart" (we knew he had done it on purpose) and she asked him "Why did you do that?" He answered "I guess I just wanted some excitement."
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    Last night we were changing bed on a confused patient that had pulled off the EUD. We stood him up and my coworker noticed a reddened area on his butt. She wanted to apply coloplast. As she was doing this he looks up at me and says, "Who the heck is back there playin with the crack of my @$$.


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