Pt./Family Comments that Leave You Speechless - page 5

I seem to be hearing more and more comments from patients and families that just leave me speechless. I can think of no good response except helpless laughter, which I can't indulge in, so I bite my... Read More

  1. by   crownurse
    Hilarious!
  2. by   kellyc23
    I had an 85 yr old female pt tell me yesterday that my family dropped me off here at the hospital on Friday because they wanted to go away for the holiday weekend. They told the er she had a sycopal episode with incontinence (she always wears a brief). We did an entire neuro/cardiac work up and she was just being sent home this afternoon, with all tests being negative.
  3. by   I love my cat!
    Quote from kellyc23
    I had an 85 yr old female pt tell me yesterday that my family dropped me off here at the hospital on Friday because they wanted to go away for the holiday weekend. They told the er she had a sycopal episode with incontinence (she always wears a brief). We did an entire neuro/cardiac work up and she was just being sent home this afternoon, with all tests being negative.
    When I worked in a LTC facility, we use to call what you described as "Granny Dumping". We saw it all of the time.
  4. by   Hygiene Queen
    "The code in which the pt was NOT coming back, the doc explained to the family she is no longer responsive, daughters stated, "Oh, she'll respond when she sees us." Said daughter entered the room with the words, "I am your saviour!" No joke, but it gets better! Finally the family gave in, but asked if they could bathe their mother's body, because "she is allergic to hospital soap". And then-- wanted to take the body home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"




    That only proves to me: truth is stranger than fiction.
    Holy cow!
  5. by   Ruby Vee
    mom kept asking why her 30-something year old intubated son kept getting aspiration pneumonia. "umm -- do you think it's all the snapple you've been giving him to drink?"
  6. by   Peeker19
    I had something funny happen today! I had a patient tell me that her catheter bag was full because they gave her that Latex stuff! Too funny.
  7. by   Magsulfate
    Quote from ruby vee
    mom kept asking why her 30-something year old intubated son kept getting aspiration pneumonia. "umm -- do you think it's all the snapple you've been giving him to drink?"
    had a family actually bring in a hamburger and fries for an awake/alert orally intubated patient. they said we were starving him to death and he would never get better if we didn't feed him. which is partially true,, i mean,, he was on tpn... so therefore he would not die from us not feeding him.

    they sort of had a good idea.. lmao.. but the wrong good idea.
  8. by   crownurse
    [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]OK, so this lady was dying and I tried to call her son all day leaving messages that we needed him, it was an emergency. Later that day, she died. He finally called and we told him she had passed on. He then said, "OK, so what was the emergency?"
  9. by   crownurse
    now this is just mean but i had to do it. a family who always complains had brought a roach into the hospital and placed it on top of their loved-one's soup. it was completely dry and you know they did it. of course, i was called to the room to see this travesty and they were going to call their lawyer, the news, yadda yadda. i peered into the lunch tray hmmmed and hawwwd. then i stood up, deadpanned a look at them and said, "it is not one of ours." i meant that it would have been mixed into the soup or at least have been wet. their mouths were open, saying "how do you know?" i replied, "it's not big enough." i turned and left the room. no further complaint was heard.
  10. by   gracedRN
    OK, I was just discussing this thread with a friend, (also a nurse). Made me remember my first, and funniest, "Is this REAL?" moment:
    Working night shift at a detox center. A pt has muscle cramps, and he is back and forth to the nurses station with complaining of excruciating pain with leg cramps. Can't give the man a narcotic, no matter how much I want to get rid of him. After a hot shower and Tylenol were useless, I suggested he have a banana- I have heard they are good for leg cramps(?) -. Soo, he looks at me and asks, "Do I eat it or do I rub it on my leg?"
    I doubled over laughing an ddidn't try to hide it.
  11. by   pricklypear
    Family member of ICU patient: "Soo, you're an RN, huh? My granddaughter is thinking of getting her RN. How long did it take? 6 weeks or so?"

    Wife, angry that her husband's every whim (bed is too hard, water is too cold, given water to sip, chugged it, and promptly threw up, pull up his blanket, his nose is running, does the doctor KNOW about the bubbles in that tube?, WHY are these machines so noisy, are they necessary?) was not attended to within 5 minutes: "Are you even AWARE that my HUSBAND just had OPEN HEART SURGERY?????"

    These stories are priceless. I've heard so much stuff, I can't even remember most of it.

    The roach story is the BEST.
  12. by   brwneyegrl46
    I'm a physical therapist assistant (who will be going to school to become an RN next year) and my SNF had a patient who stated he wanted to be able to return home for a year or so, and in that year he and his sister were hoping their father would die so they could sell his house and move to Arizona. Nice :angryfire Like someone else said, you can't make this stuff up.
  13. by   LadysSolo
    These are truly the best!!! Having been an RN/NP for 30 years, I can't remember them all. We always said we should write a book but no one would believe it. My favorite is "should have made sex more complicated." We always believed that "shallow gene pool" should be a valid nursing diagnosis - it truly says it all.

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