strange request?

  1. If you can share what is the strangest (funniest, most unique) request a pt or family memeber has ever aks?
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  3. by   HappyNurse2005
    I had a woman ask me to cover her ears and squeeze her head tight while she was getting her epidural.

    One lady didn't want a mirror to watch the baby deliver, but wanted a mirror to see what her vagina/perineum looked like after being repaired post laceration.
  4. by   waterfall99
    i had a patient's significant other (half-jokingly) ask me to teach him how to "check" his wife. ewww
  5. by   KellNY
    Quote from waterfall99
    i had a patient's significant other (half-jokingly) ask me to teach him how to "check" his wife. ewww
    Why is that ewww? I'd imagine he'd had more than his fingers in there....

    The weirdest (saddest) request I've gotten is to baptize the baby for them. WHILE IN UTERO. No, sorry--I'll be more than happy to wait around for you to miscarry with my little plastic bottle of holy water, but we can't do it while she's still in there. (Interesting, they used to baptize in utero-led to all types of problems, as you could imagine)
  6. by   MIA-RN1
    Mine wanted me to leave the garbage pail next to the bed so she could pee in it since she didn't know if she could make it to the bathroom.
    Last edit by MIA-RN1 on Jul 19, '07
  7. by   May_baby
    In Catholicism baptism in utero is considered in urgent situations like pending miscarriage or delivery of a compromised fetus. It may have been an enormous comfort to your pt. Why did you feel conflicted?
  8. by   prmenrs
    Quote from May_baby
    In Catholicism baptism in utero is considered in urgent situations like pending miscarriage or delivery of a compromised fetus. It may have been an enormous comfort to your pt. Why did you feel conflicted?

    The problem is infection as well as difficulty of access. You could use sterile water, but how do you get it there? And how do you get it there while dealing w/all the other needs of the moment--getting the doc stuff s/he needs, getting meds for mom, whatever. If mom is bleeding a lot, you may need to start a second IV, start a blood transfusion....

    The baby will get his or her spiritual needs met, but probably post natally. Not really a conflict.

    Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled thread.....
  9. by   May_baby
    ?????

    Baptism in utero involves making the sign of the cross ON Mom's belly...
    Not an invasive measure.
    Last edit by May_baby on Feb 2, '07
  10. by   tvccrn
    Quote from May_baby
    ?????

    Baptism in utero involves making the sign of the cross ON Mom's belly...
    Not an invasive measure.
    Some people aren't aware of the process to baptize. Not everyone is catholic or privileged to clerical process.

    tvccrn
  11. by   cardiacRN2006
    Had a woman ask to keep the placenta so that they could eat it. At least, that's what they told us...
  12. by   sister--*
    Had a woman deliver her 4th baby. Wanted to do it underwater. Sorry, not at our facility. She then requested that she and the new infant be allowed into a tub of her home-made "potion" and warm water as soon after birth as possible. That was okayed by her Doc.

    The "potion" was herbal and smelled to high heaven. It was a choker and eye burner to be in there with them. It turned the water a greenish chocolate brown.

    Anyway, she said she prepared the "potion" by adding something to it every week after she found-out she was pregnant. Things like seeds, stems, flower heads, leaves, spices, and what-not. She and her husband then said words over the infant as they bathed themselves in this.

    It turns out she and her family had served as Missionaries in a foreign land. Perhaps they picked-up this ritual in one of the areas they served.

    Anyway, they all went home happy and healthy.
  13. by   KellNY
    To clarify, this woman wanted me to basically give her a amnioinfusion of sorts with holy water. We have no sterile holy water (clean and filtered, yes-not sterile). She was a PPROM, with new onset painful Ctx. and the baby was having decels. I'm not sticking ANYTHING inside a PPROM's vagina into her uterus and injecting a non-sterile solution.

    It had nothing to do with making the sign of the cross over anyones belly button. I'm not religious, but wouldn't have minded doing this.


    cardiac-believe it or not, placenta eating is beneficial for the mother. That said, I wouldn't do it. But I would plant a fruit bearing tree on top of one (and plan on it).
  14. by   strn96
    One of the patients at our hospital (of Asain descent) demanded that the OB doc rub the placenta on her belly. This particular doc is rather "preppy", so the nurses in our unit love to tell this story, including the expression on doc's face while he was doing it.

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