finally had a patient i could almost not tolerate.

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    Last edit by mark_LD_RN on Apr 22, '03
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  3. by   Furball
    Was she a redhead?
  4. by   Anagray
    wow! That's pretty bad. Was she acting this way from pain or she does she just have an emtional problem combined with a nasty personality?
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Hey . . .I have redheaded kids.

    Hmmm . . . I have had one patient get out of control but not to the extent you described Mark. She got almost animal-like, grunting and saying the "F" word. The doc made a comment afterwards "I'm sure glad my mom's first word about me wasn't a profanity".

    She was a brunette.
  6. by   MandyInMS
    Geezzz ...after 6 kids you'd think she'd know what to expect by now huh ? lol
  7. by   RN-PA
    WOW! Sounds like she could've used an Exorcist consult!!!
  8. by   Mimi Wheeze
    Originally posted by RN-PA
    WOW! Sounds like she could've used an Exorcist consult!!!
    What department do you call for that one? :chuckle
  9. by   Furball
    I read recently that redheads, in general, need more anesthesia because they have more pain.
  10. by   ANSMFA-RN
    Originally posted by Furball
    Was she a redhead?
    What does being a redhead have to do with anything? This comment offends me, as I am a redhead and so are my children. I never used any sort of pain medication while giving birth and had a wonderful experience.

    Please don't generalize.
  11. by   Hardknox
    Yes, Mark, there's always one who you'll never forget and with which nothing works. I had one who screamed "Bleep, bleep you" instead of "hut, hut, hoo" and yelled "get your hand out of my bleep" when the midwife tried to examine her. (said the real TOS violating words, though and for the entire shift). I've been kicked, too and scratched. They all apologize after, but it sure does make for a nasty day!

    As for redheads (always wanted red hair) I have read nothing in the literature of them having a lower pain tolerance. I have seen that because of the melanin they have (can't remember if it's more or less than other people) they are more prone to bleeding so we always kept a more watchful eye for pphemmorhage.
    Last edit by Hardknox on Apr 19, '03
  12. by   dawngloves
    Relax ANSMFA-RN. I have heard this to along with redheads bleeding more. I have seen articles on the latter, but cannot remember where. I think it was meant as a point of discussion, not an insult.
    I too, along with my mother, am a readhead and we have a high pain tolerance, but I take no offence.
    Welcome to the board.
  13. by   imenid37
    wow. i think your out of control woman has delivered at our hospital before (lol) or at least some of her soulsisters have. we had a lady in her 30's last year who cussed like a sailor. she had the kindest ob doc and she told her and the staff repeatedly to ___OFF! the doc was frustrated w/ her and she told her "i can't tolerate your abuse. i know you are in pain but i just can't help you if you don't stop it." doc walked away from the bedside for awhile. pt. did calm down and apologized to dr., but continued to be nasty to the rest of the staff during her stay. we wouldn't even let her have a god---- cigarette after she gave birth you know. ever wonder who gets these charming ladies pregnant in the first place. lots of times these nasty gals arrive w/ no guy in the picture. maybe they don't bring the guy in 'cause they've killed him after the mating process is over. (only joking. don't want to offend anyone).
  14. by   pickledpepperRN
    I am not an OB nurse. Once I was floated so insisted an experienced L&D RN be my resource.
    This lady would stand up in bed cursing and yelling for pain medication while her husband begged, "Help her give her something for pain!"
    Between contractions she and her husband instructed me not to give anything regardless of what they said. Also she asked for food and said I was trying to starve her and her baby.
    PRN IV narcotics were ordered as was a clear liquid diet.
    I was there 8 hours as contractions got closer together. 8 hours of crying, moaning, and they were LOUD!
    Karen, the charge nurses did her assessment and monitored labor because I am not trained or experienced in L&D. She managed to reassure me that all was going well physically at least.

    The next night I saw their beautiful little boy. Amazingly I was introduced to a grandmother as, "The nurse who helped me in the most wonderful natural childbirth."

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