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 labor, and she reached 10cm without inicident. So, we started talking about pushing. I explained what I needed from her, and they both listened attentively. The next contraction came, and she push amazingly well for a primip, so I was full of praise. Then comes the weirdness. The husband looked at her, looked at me, and asked, "Why, exactly, are you making her do this?" I was a bit confused, and asked him what he meant. "Why are you making her do this? What's it for?" I was absolutely shocked at this point, and responded, "To get the baby out." He was enraged. "Are you kidding me? There's not a better way?" Umm, no. "Well, how in the h@)) long is she supposed to do it?" Umm, until the baby comes out. He was not at all happy with this, and muttered about the idiocy of modern medicine, we put a man on the moon, why couldn't we come up with a better way, etc. I kept feeling like I must be on Candid Camera. The wife seemed just as confused as he, but at least she was nice. I've heard lots of crazy stuff, much of it that would have been at home on the set of Jerry Springer, but that one definitely confused me the most.
So, what's been said to you that really made you say, "What the heck?"
Oct 31, '12
Just today my boss was telling me about a 91 yr old pt that attended our cardiac rehab. We encourage them to set a goal.He was end stage CHF, pretty feeble but had a dream to one day still be able to hit a tennis ball .
To facilitate this, she and another nurse drove him to a nearby tennis court so he could complete his "bucket list ". He tipped a couple of balls and as they led him back to the car he leaned over still puffing from exertion and said "any chance I could touch your breasts? ". I guess that bucket list was bigger than they knew!! Hey.....at 91 , the guy could still dream big!
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Too true! What makes me say "what the heck?" over and over is something I hear at least once every couple of shifts. I work med surg, lots of knees and hips, gastric bypass, appys, and plastics. I can't even count any more how many times I have heard something to the effect of, "What? Why isn't she still sedated? You're NOT going to sedate my loved one for the first 24 hours after surgery? They are in too much pain, you've got to sedate them! You are supposed to keep them sedated!" Ummmm, not gonna happen. See, to be sedated you must have a certain level of monitoring which we do not do on the unit. I will do everything to control their pain to a tolerable level so that they can get up and walk....
WHAAAAT?!?!?!?! MY LOVED ONE HAS TO GET OUT OF BED? You can't do that! You can't!"
Good luck trying to teach at this point about avoiding post operative complications...DVT/PE, ileus, etc.
I remember one family of a total abdominal hysterectomy patient years ago. The patient had a lot of gas pain, so I was encouraging her to walk. The family got rather peeved at me, and one of them asked couldn't we just do a rectal tube! NO! Get out of the bed, dang it!
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