Pt./Family Comments that Leave You Speechless - page 7

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   lpoore
    I work in Hospice and the other night we had a contract pt that was a full code (go figure!) and we had to perform CPR. During all of the commotion we had another pt's family standing at the desk wanting to discuss their father's BP levels for the last 2 days, which were normal for him. They stayed right at the desk and didn't even think to wait in their room while we finished our code. Even after telling them a couple of times that we'd be with them as soon as we were finished. Needless to say, they revocated after we finished.

    Some people don't get it and think it's all about them!!!
  2. by   JennRN65
    This isn't a funny one, just shocking. It left me speechless, which is very hard to do.

    Intubated, sedated patient - with continuous diarrhea (no Cdiff). Her skin was starting to breakdown from the constant contact, so I explained to the SO that I needed to put a tube in to collect the stool so her breakdown could be controlled. He left the room and we put the flexiseal in.

    When he came back to the room, he asked me, "So, did she enjoy it," without the least bit of sarcasm in his voice. I thought I had heard him incorrectly and said, "Excuse me?" to which he repeated he question. I was speechless most of the night.....
  3. by   Hygiene Queen
    What the HELL is WRONG with people!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^
  4. by   cloister
    That story about the "haunted room" had me SCREAMING, I was laughing so hard.

    I've had one family member ask about a brain transplant for his post-self inflicted shotgun blast to the head relative. Don't know if any of his kin could have met the donor criteria, if you know what I mean........

    Had one recently where we had a deceased patient still in a room in the ICU. Family member approaches the desk, coos her appreciation and then asks for "that thing that has the oxygen". I was stymied for a moment ("Huh?"), so she explained, "You know, the thing under her nose".

    "You mean the nasal cannula?", I asked, cautiously.

    She beamed at me like I was a slow child who had just mastered a concept. "Yes! That would be it!"

    I never batted an eye as I held my bandage scissors aloft and sailed into the room, where the deceased still lay, doing the Q-sign thing. I snipped off the cannula and handed it to beaming relative, who thanked me profusely. "I have just the place in my home for this!" Yeghhhhhhhhh..........

    I agree: You can't make this stuff up.
  5. by   Hygiene Queen
    Quote from cloister
    Had one recently where we had a deceased patient still in a room in the ICU. Family member approaches the desk, coos her appreciation and then asks for "that thing that has the oxygen". I was stymied for a moment ("Huh?"), so she explained, "You know, the thing under her nose".

    "You mean the nasal cannula?", I asked, cautiously.

    She beamed at me like I was a slow child who had just mastered a concept. "Yes! That would be it!"

    I never batted an eye as I held my bandage scissors aloft and sailed into the room, where the deceased still lay, doing the Q-sign thing. I snipped off the cannula and handed it to beaming relative, who thanked me profusely. "I have just the place in my home for this!" Yeghhhhhhhhh..........
    Huh??? WHAT on EARTH would someone DO with a nasal cannula in their HOME???

    Folks, I need to sit for awhile. I'm dizzy from spinning!
  6. by   1MOM2RN
    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.
    I'll bet the family would have a syncopal episode if someone tipped off their mother's insurance company about that and they got a big fat bill in the mail...
  7. by   pennyaline
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Huh??? WHAT on EARTH would someone DO with a nasal cannula in their HOME???

    Folks, I need to sit for awhile. I'm dizzy from spinning!

    My family lost a member unexpectedly in an ICU just within the last few days, and even with all of my experience dealing with death and surviving families, I confess that I did find myself having some odd denial/anger/bargaining ideas as we watched our loved one passing away in front of us.

    During my years of work in nursing, family members have asked me for strange and nonsensical things as reminders of their departed loved ones. I never really understood why they would want that meaningless junk, until now.
  8. by   jeni9274
    I had a patient that kept referring to her PRN pain/nausea medication as "scheduled" and after repeatedly explaining what the term PRN meant, stated....."I have not been getting my scheduled meds...I am now 1 1/2 hours past due!" After telling her that she needs to request them...they are not scheduled, stated "If I am telling you I am always in pain then you need to just bring them when they are due!" I told her I would not wake her up to ask her if she was in pain and she demanded that I do...stating, "Just because I am sleeping doesn't mean I'm not in pain!".....all you can do is laugh or you will go CRAZY!!!
  9. by   whipping girl in 07
    Speaking of dead people...
    When I was a new nurse several years ago, we had this patient in ICU who'd coded in dialysis. She circled the drain for several days. One night it was obvious that she was going to die in spite of our best efforts. I called her sons and her "boyfriend" and they rushed to the hospital. She had already passed (we'd coded this poor lady for about half an hour). One of the sons asked me, "Can't you keep her going a few more days? We get her check on the 3rd."



    I really was speechless.
  10. by   tconlgirl
    Quote from whipping girl in 07
    Speaking of dead people...
    When I was a new nurse several years ago, we had this patient in ICU who'd coded in dialysis. She circled the drain for several days. One night it was obvious that she was going to die in spite of our best efforts. I called her sons and her "boyfriend" and they rushed to the hospital. She had already passed (we'd coded this poor lady for about half an hour). One of the sons asked me, "Can't you keep her going a few more days? We get her check on the 3rd."



    I really was speechless.
    Thats really sad...Glad she meant something to her family...
  11. by   catshowlady
    I had a pt that had a son that was MR/DD. The wife and a daughter were not nice people. They actually called this adult son "Baby Retard" - to other people, in front of him, and called *him* that when addressing him. Very sad.

    These people also "fired" one of the best nurses on our floor - because while she asked the wife if she needed anything, the nurse did not *know* that the wife was thirsty/hungry/whatever and take care of the wife's needs in addition to the pt. It wasn't enough for the nurse to ask, she was supposed to know, telepathically I guess. Too bad this nurse missed the psychic-training portion of the nursing course.

    The wife also fired me for asking the pt if he wanted his daughter and some other woman to step out while exposed him for assessment purposes. *shrug* Actually, I was kind of relieved not to have to deal with her.
  12. by   talaxandra
    That weird family dynamic reminded me about an elderly man I once looked after following a stroke. His wife was demanding to the point of ridiculousness, from wanting us to order meals for her (not standard practice at all) and eating his to marching in on nurses caring for other patients with the door shut if she thought he needed something.

    She was in our NUM's office several times a day because the nursing staff had been doing something less important (admissions, hand over, codes) instead of tending to her husband immediately.

    We weren't good enough to perform his hygeine, so she would shower him. Naked. That would be her nbaked, as well as the patient.

    Imagine our shock when we discovered she wasn't his wife, she was his sister!
  13. by   ShayRN
    Quote from talaxandra
    That weird family dynamic reminded me about an elderly man I once looked after following a stroke. His wife was demanding to the point of ridiculousness, from wanting us to order meals for her (not standard practice at all) and eating his to marching in on nurses caring for other patients with the door shut if she thought he needed something.

    She was in our NUM's office several times a day because the nursing staff had been doing something less important (admissions, hand over, codes) instead of tending to her husband immediately.

    We weren't good enough to perform his hygeine, so she would shower him. Naked. That would be her nbaked, as well as the patient.

    Imagine our shock when we discovered she wasn't his wife, she was his sister!
    EWWWWWWWWWWWW

    Quote from jeni9274
    I had a patient that kept referring to her PRN pain/nausea medication as "scheduled" and after repeatedly explaining what the term PRN meant, stated....."I have not been getting my scheduled meds...I am now 1 1/2 hours past due!" After telling her that she needs to request them...they are not scheduled, stated "If I am telling you I am always in pain then you need to just bring them when they are due!" I told her I would not wake her up to ask her if she was in pain and she demanded that I do...stating, "Just because I am sleeping doesn't mean I'm not in pain!".....all you can do is laugh or you will go CRAZY!!!
    I have to say I agree with the patient on this one. When I was in labor with my son, I slept. Can't tell me that I wasn't in pain, because when I did wake up, it hurt like heck. I think what happens is when I hurt, my whole body just shuts down. So, if you were to look at me you may think I am not in pain. Had my baby 18 minutes after I got to the hospital, almost slept through the whole darn thing, lol. I am a firm believer in around the clock pain medication dosing.

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