I had a patient one time with acute asthma exacerbation who was intubated. The husband was crazy, I mean seriously had some psychological issues and would NOT leave the bedside for anything. He was livid that this was not the 1st time she had been in the hospital due to asthma and constantly expressing how dissatisfied he was by the fact that we had not yet cured her. Ummmm its asthma.... its a chronic disease... not something that magically gets cured!!
He would corner anyone who went in the room for 30 minutes to express his random thoughts... "I graduated magna cum laude, bet you can't solve this geometry equation... look at all these hundreds in my wallet, I'm recording everything you guys say with my phone so I can sue you, this is gonna be a big news story, I drive a honda and its the best car there is, trust me I know, etc..."
Ughhh! When his wife got extubated, she developed stridor shortly thereafter. we were giving epi, steroids, etc to help her out and the RT, MD and myself were checking on her every minute basically. The husband gets angry, asking "Do you really have to come in here every d*** minute, you've already put her through enough! What is that inhaler you are giving her? (epi) What does that do? If anything goes wrong I know it is because of that inhaler! Why are you giving her a shot?? (SQ Epi) You just like poking people!" Etc, etc.
The next day, he called the administrator, and proceeded to tell them how she "almost died" yesterday because we took away the life support as soon as he stepped out to the restroom, he came back to find her gasping for air and had to search for a nurse and demanded that we give her some epinephrine.
We even had to call security twice- once in the ER when he insisted the male nurse was only asking him to leave the room so he could "have his way with her" and once when he wouldn't allow us in her room... "This is HER room, not yours and I will let you know when you can come in here!"
Good thing we have cameras in every room
Worst part is, the patient is actually an employee of the hospital, so I'm sure she was mortified