Funny things you have said but wish you didn't - page 9

A few years ago, I was on the phone with a person from the local lumber company. having in mind to ask if they had any tar paper. But instead, toilet paper slipped out. That remark started the... Read More

  1. by   veteranRN
    When I was in the 6th grade, I had to read allowed something in front of the class. It was about Africa and the Niger River (I think). Anyway, I pronounced it "****** River". To this day I am horribly embarrassed:imbar
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from veteranRN
    When I was in the 6th grade, I had to read allowed something in front of the class. It was about Africa and the Niger River (I think). Anyway, I pronounced it "****** River". To this day I am horribly embarrassed:imbar
    Uh.....oops! :imbar

    For what it's worth, I did the very same thing way back in elementary school. What's sad is, none of my classmates knew the difference......the teacher gently corrected my pronunciation, but we were just a bunch of small-town white and Latino kids who'd never even met a black person. That didn't change until 1968, when Emanuel came to town......he stayed only a year, but that was long enough to give us a little perspective on things at a time when the world outside the safe haven of our little town was literally in flames over racial issues.

    Dang, there I go getting all retrospective again.......wrong thread. Sorry.
  3. by   perfectbluebuildings
    I was beginning an assessment on a high cervical paraplegic (no feeling below the neck) and said "My stethoscope's cold, let me warm it up a little in my hand here so it won't feel so cold on your chest." He kind of did an eyebrow shrug and grinned... oops!
  4. by   jett01
    Here's a few. A few years back my mother was asking if we had seen the Julia Roberts movie "Sleeping with the enema?" I explained that sleeping and enemas don't go together.

    During nursing school we were discussing various disorders and the instructor began talking about chorea. I turned to a classmate and said, "if that occurs in your lower extremities would that be South chorea?"

    Occasionally I bump into former patients dressed (obviously) in street clothes. I've never been good at recognizing people outside a context I'm used to seeing them. My response to these patients is often, "I'm sorry, I didn't recognize you standing up with your clothes on."
  5. by   sb22
    My husband is a youth pastor and one day he was doing a lesson from Genesis where it talks about Adam and Eve were embarrassed about being naked and sewed fig leaves together to make clothing. One of the boys in the group was reading the verse aloud and said, "They were naked so they s@rewed". He lost the lesson at that point, but learned a valuable lesson himself on having people read aloud.
  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    Good one!!!!
  7. by   ibnrn
    Speaking of taped reports, years ago we were listening to an LVN who had a pronounced Texas twang give her report. The patient was an 80 year old man who had pneumonia which was caused by multiple organisms, but when the LVN gave the diagnosis, she said "pneumonia with multiple orgasms". We NEVER let her live that one down!
    Last edit by ibnrn on Sep 30, '04
  8. by   SugarMagnolia
    Great thread!! I generally open my mouth to change feet. Pam
  9. by   hipab4hands
    Young man called the office and told me that he had to take a drug test, as part of his pre employment requirements. The problem was that he has smoked a joint the night before the drug test and wanted to know what to do.

    My answer: Don't smoke a joint, when you know you have to take a drug test.

    Ooops.
  10. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from ibnrn
    Speaking of taped reports, years ago we were listening to an LVN who had a pronounced Texas twang give her report. The patient was an 80 year old man who had pneumonia which was caused by multiple organisms, but when the LVN gave the diagnosis, she said "pneumonia with multiple orgasms". We NEVER let her live that one down!
    I wouldn't either.
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from ibnrn
    Speaking of taped reports, years ago we were listening to an LVN who had a pronounced Texas twang give her report. The patient was an 80 year old man who had pneumonia which was caused by multiple organisms, but when the LVN gave the diagnosis, she said "pneumonia with multiple orgasms". We NEVER let her live that one down!
    I wouldn't either.
  12. by   mickeymouse1205
    When I was a new grad, I was working on a unit in LTC that was adjoining to another unit.Well I was doing 3-11p and it was about 10:45 when I saw this man wander over to my unit from the other unit, so I carefully approached him and explained he was on the wrong unit and we needed to go see his nurse, he looked at me funny,paused and said Hi I'm Dr so and so. I ALMOST DIED.After that I avoided him like the plague>LOL
    Cheryl
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from mickeymouse1205
    When I was a new grad, I was working on a unit in LTC that was adjoining to another unit.Well I was doing 3-11p and it was about 10:45 when I saw this man wander over to my unit from the other unit, so I carefully approached him and explained he was on the wrong unit and we needed to go see his nurse, he looked at me funny,paused and said Hi I'm Dr so and so. I ALMOST DIED.After that I avoided him like the plague>LOL
    Cheryl
    :roll I don't blame you. Talk about putting your foot in your mouth.

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