Odd, unusual, or silly events during exams..

  1. I try to be professional at all times during exams, but this one from a couple of years ago still stands out in my mind.

    I was assisting during an annual in a clinic. The patient was a young attractive woman with big implants. When the Doc did the breast exam, perhaps it was just my particular view, but I noticed that the patient's unusually large and gravity defying breasts were individually much larger and rounder than the Docs head. This struck me as funny and I started to giggle (silently!) and had to leave the room suddenly and go have a laugh. The Doc chased me down around the corner- she thought I was sick or something-and let me cool off a little and we completed the exam. For some reason I still get a smile out of that.

    I've also had two(!) experiences of males in the exam room fainting during the female's exam. One suffered a head injury and was hospitalized, the other we caught. This was early in my career and I was unprepared. Now I always keep one eye on any extraneous people in the room (I'm in the hospital now). My own DH almost fainted during the birth of our first child, but the sharp eyed nurse caught him before he hit the floor.

    Finally, I actually fainted following a blood draw - my own. In all fairness, I was sick. I remember having the blood drawn, then moving to another chair while someone else was having their blood drawn. The next thing I know, there were all these faces in my face. I said "I'm sorry, I must have fallen asleep." They said "No, you did more than that." The moral of this story is, I guess, 'Your blood is fine with me. My blood, however, is a different story.'
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  3. by   Dayray
    I have one from a few weeks ago,

    I was on clinical in the anti partum department, I went to start an IV on this patient, sat down on the edge of the bed and it slid out from under me throwing me to the floor and exploding my bag of LR and splashing all over me. The brake on it must have been worn out.

    No wait it gets worse. later my preceptor was doing a FFN on the same patient, she had the spec in and told me to look at the cervix. being short as I am , I had to lean over the bed a littel to get a good view.....guess what happened..
    yep I forgot that the brake dident work and when I bent over the bed moved and I fell into the patients lap .. my face about 2 inches from her vulva. I almost died!

    have another...

    I was doing my mourning assesment on a patient in active labor. I was looking at the monitor everything seemed fine. while still looking at the monitor I put my hand on her belly to palpate a contx. I felt a budging area. like a hernia without looking I thought to my slef "what is that?" and proceeded to palpate and depress it. Just as I was wondering how the night shift had missed such a promonent feature(still not haveing looked th see what I was feeling) a thought entered my mind. the hernia felt allot like something I had felt before it took me a few seconds(as I continued to palpate) to realize what it was I was remembering. It was her brest!!!!!!!!!

    I was shocked I turned and apologized and Im sure I was red. The patient (who was in the middle of a contx) said "thats okay but your lucky Im in so much pain or I would tease you, hehe I dident even notice until you mentioned it"
  4. by   l.rae
    heard a funny story once.....In a teaching hosp, residents are required to do a stint in each area of medicine regardless of the specialty they are persuing. One of the residents in the ER was actually studying to be an oral surgeon. Sooo, imagine how he felt when he had to go in and do a pelvic exam. As the pt laid their draped and speculum inserted, she made the comment, "l'd rather do this any day than go to the dentist." The resident stood up, peered over the pt's draped knees and said, ''Really? l'm a dentist!".....pretty comical, but l found it hysterical that the pt never batted an eye or wondered what the heck a dentist was doing 'down there'.....
  5. by   anitame
    I was taking care of a patient who had a vaginal delivery with a 3rd degree laceration. The physician was doing a rectal exam to check for sphincter involvement. I had told the patient to take deep breaths, that it might be uncomfortable for a few minutes. She kind of giggled and said "Actually it tickles." The look on her husband's face was indescribable and the physician and I couldn't help but laugh.
  6. by   RMH
    This was sent to me as a joke , but supposably is a true MD story..A new MD was nervous doing pelvic exams, so he developed a habit of humming during them. One day he was doing a pelvic on a middle-aged women when she started giggling. He said he was sorry and asked if he was tickling her, she said No, but that he was humming"OH I Wish I Was an Oscar Meyer Weiner"!! lol
  7. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I did a vag exam on a pretermer on mag, and couldnt figure out what it was that I was feeling "extra" up there.... it almost felt like a foot or something. Boy did the nurse that re-checked for me give me a hard time..... it was the foley balloon!!!!
    Last edit by ShandyLynnRN on Mar 20, '03
  8. by   bagladyrn
    Putting on my glove for a vag. exam, my finger tore through the glove. My pt. turned to her husband and exclaimed "Oh, look honey, just like the condom!" (Honey just about crawled under the chair)
  9. by   layna
    At my last place of employment, I was doing pericare on an 18 year old girl who had just had a precipitous delivery 10 minutes after her admission. While I was cleaning her up, I found a wad of blue bubble gum stuck in her pubic hair!! She also had crabs and lice....Needless to say, my co-workers didn't let me live it down! When I left the unit to move to another city, guess what they gave me....yup, you guessed it- bubble gum and a cake decorated with plastic black bugs!!! LOL...
  10. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Originally posted by layna
    At my last place of employment, I was doing pericare on an 18 year old girl who had just had a precipitous delivery 10 minutes after her admission. While I was cleaning her up, I found a wad of blue bubble gum stuck in her pubic hair!! She also had crabs and lice....Needless to say, my co-workers didn't let me live it down! When I left the unit to move to another city, guess what they gave me....yup, you guessed it- bubble gum and a cake decorated with plastic black bugs!!! LOL...
    GGGRRROOOOSSSSSS!!!!!!!
  11. by   webbiedebbie
    This probably isn't funny, but I guess you had to be there. A coworker of mine was doing a vag exam to check dilation. For some reason, she leaned over to look between the pt's legs. I heard a loud pop and the bow had sprayed my coworker right in the face!

    Not funny huh? Still don't know why she stuck her face down there!
  12. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    My 7 yo was taken to ER last week after being bitten by a dog. (He's fine. ) I left work, met hubby and son at the hospital, helped the nurse hold my son still during the whole cleaning et suturing of his ear. I'm standing next to the exam table noticing that it has suddenly gotten about 20 degrees hotter in the room....to me anyway. To make a long story short, as I'm sitting in a chair with my head between my knees, I hear my hubby say,"I can't believe she fainted. She loves gross stuff!"

    The worst thing is that the doc did rounds at the nursing home where I work the next day! LOL
  13. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Originally posted by webbiedebbie
    This probably isn't funny, but I guess you had to be there. A coworker of mine was doing a vag exam to check dilation. For some reason, she leaned over to look between the pt's legs. I heard a loud pop and the bow had sprayed my coworker right in the face!

    Not funny huh? Still don't know why she stuck her face down there!
    do you work with me???? :imbar
  14. by   ShandyLynnRN
    18 year old primip, obviously somewhat backwards in the social area.... Came in at around 24 weeks complaining of vag leaking. Had had prenatal care, including the first visit with pelvic exam, etc....

    I explained that I would have to do a speculum exam, and she freaked!!! "but I was a virgin when I got married!".... and spouting all this nonsense like her "size" mattered.

    Anyway, I slowly started to place the speculum and she again flipped out saying, "but it's like I'm a virgin! I was married before I got pregnant!"

    I'm telling ya, that gal freaked me out! I have seen some really skittish gals when it comes to vag exams, but she took the cake!

    I did some indepth teaching with her before I sent her home. She said she didn't think she needed childbirth classes because her MIL was going to be there to "tell me what to do"....

    ARGH!!!

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