What's the craziest thing a patient or family member has said to you? - page 3

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I think out of my 15 years, the one thing that really seemed the strangest to me was the following story: I had a middle aged married couple. Both were employed, and in fairly responsible jobs. She had done well all during... Read More


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    I once had someone complain to me about when she had fractured her ankle and had to have surgery. Her nurse had absolutely no idea what she was doing! She stuck a needle in her arm and just left it there! This was someone who actually became a CNA at one point. I was in such disbelief, I didn't even feel like explaining to her the process of inserting an IV with a retractable needle.

    One day I overheard a patient's mother talking to the anesthesiologist about why she refused to sign her daughter's consent form. She wasn't about to give the surgeon permission to kill her daughter! During their pre-op visit, that surgeon never mentioned to them that she was going to kill the daughter during surgery! Even after both the surgeon and anesthesiologist explained that death is a slight risk with any surgery and also that people take chances every single day just by waking up in the morning that they might die, the mother still would not stop yelling at them about killing her daughter. They somehow finally got her to sign the consent form, and I really wanted to see the look on her face when she was reunited with her daughter to discover that she was, in fact, still alive to tell about it.
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    I once had a dad ask me, immediately following delivery, if we could "put a tracking chip" in his son (for child safety, in case he got lost?). His rationale was that "in the military, they do it all the time, so I know that technology's out there". I told him, with a straight face, that microchip placement was not a service the hospital currently offered.
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    I work in trauma now and so there are very few stories that shock me anymore. However when I was in school I worked as an aide on a GI surgery floor. We had a patient who had a lot of GI problems (i never knew her back story, as an aide I wasn't told), she ended up having a colostomy from her surgeries. I was in there to empty the bag and I was just explaining to her about how you empty it and basics like that since it was new to her. She then started asking me a lot of questions about other care for the colostomy which i defered to the nurse but her last question was if it was possible to have sex through the stoma and if it would be similar to anal sex. I didn't even know how to respond other than to ask the nurse or Dr.
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    I had one patient who happened to be a nursing student (not sure how far she is in the nursing program). She was already fully dilated and she fairly did well for being a primip. I went over the couple regarding pushing and the delivery of the baby which both parents were receptive to teaching. So, as she was pushing, she was asking the doctor if the baby is moving down at all so our OB suggested that she reached her hand in there to feel the baby's head which the patient did. The OB jokingly said, "Oops! I think you just pushed him back." The patient was like, "Oh my! I did? Now, I have to push more to bring him down further". We had to tell her that it was a joke and she still looked at us that we are just being nice to say that.
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    There was a laboring mother who insisted that the doctor impregnated her by giving her a shot in her thigh (even though the doctor never did, the nurse was giving her an IM injection) and in the shot was the sperm. She also was convinced that the IV fluids that were being administered to her was poison. I'm sure she said many other bizarre things to other providers throughout the day. Ugh....

    There was another patient who had a 15 year old sister in the room with her while she labored and the 15 year old asked if the baby would survive and was ready to come out because she was "only 38 weeks and not 40". After another question she proceeded to suck her thumb (kinda felt sorry for the girl). After the patient was asked if it was okay for everyone in the room to be present (as in watching, etc) during her vaginal exam (including a young teenage male cousin), she said sure.
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    I had a dad tell me recently that his wife was making so much milk because he had "primed the pump" (and yes, that is how he described it) by sucking her boobs the whole pregnancy.

    It confused me because I couldn't understand why he thought I might like to know that.

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    Quote from tokmom
    That's about the time you call facilities and have them bring in the shop vac. I bet pushing would not be so bad afterall, lol. Beats sucking out junior!
    Bahahahaha!! Too funny! Your comment is why I don't need to drink Coke while on AN. Now to wipe off the screen...

    Anne, RNC
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    These stories are hilarious! It is amazing how uneducated people are when it comes to the basics of healthcare
    Last edit by lucki_star7 on Nov 2, '12
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    Quote from DebblesRN
    I had a dad tell me recently that his wife was making so much milk because he had "primed the pump" (and yes, that is how he described it) by sucking her boobs the whole pregnancy.

    It confused me because I couldn't understand why he thought I might like to know that.

    Ahahah!

    Recently one of my colleagues walked into a pts room to find dad doing perineal massage in labour (she was like an ant lip maybe)-- which is totally fine but he reached in too far, felt the baby's head, almost passed out, went and threw up and then came back out and asked if she wanted him to keep going!!
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    Quote from biancocm
    I work in trauma now and so there are very few stories that shock me anymore. However when I was in school I worked as an aide on a GI surgery floor. We had a patient who had a lot of GI problems (i never knew her back story, as an aide I wasn't told), she ended up having a colostomy from her surgeries. I was in there to empty the bag and I was just explaining to her about how you empty it and basics like that since it was new to her. She then started asking me a lot of questions about other care for the colostomy which i defered to the nurse but her last question was if it was possible to have sex through the stoma and if it would be similar to anal sex. I didn't even know how to respond other than to ask the nurse or Dr.
    Just when I thought there wasn't much left which could shock me!
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