What's the dumbest remark you've heard yourself make... - page 2

OK, I'll go first---- It was a busy day in our pediatric office (what day isn't??) and I was running ragged, rooming patients, helping other staff, etc. and in between crises helping answer the... Read More

  1. by   ManEnough
    I was getting an appy ready to go to the OR and took his temp. He had a fever of 102.4. I told him we'd have to do a Tylenol suppository and gave him the option of doing it himself.

    "Yeah, I'd rather do it myself."

    It was hour of 11 of my shift and I was exhausted. Wanting to make sure he knew how to do it, and without thinking, I asked "have you ever stuck anything up there before?"

    If only life had Pause and Rewind...
  2. by   fgoff
    Oh, your baby looks just like a mon-chee-chee (sp) (a small teddy dear toy I had as a child) to a new mother.

    I did think the kid was cute, She thought I'd said the kid looked like a monkey!
  3. by   fgoff
    HEY true rn... good to see another NC nurse on here!
  4. by   TheOneWithGlasses
    A while back we had a resident in our LTCF who had had both legs amputated below the knee. He also had a speech problem, and since I didn't care for this particular resident very often I was having a very hard time understanding him. One day he was extremely agitated and I was trying to figure out why he was upset. It turned into Twenty Questions with me basically going through every thing I could think of..."Do you not feel well? Are you hungry? Do you want to go to bed?" I offered him pen and paper which he refused and so I finally told him to point at what he wanted/was upset about. He pointed at his wheelchair and said something; I thought I heard the word "feet" (looking back, it was probably "peed"), and so I asked "You want me to get footrests for your chair? Hmm yeah, why don't you have any?" He gave me this *look* and I felt two inches tall.

    After spending several years on the afternoon shift, I've gotten so used to saying "Ok, good night" when I exit a room that more than once on my day off I've said "Ok, good night" to a store clerk at 10am or something...
  5. by   truern
    Quote from fgoff
    HEY true rn... good to see another NC nurse on here!
    Granville County, right?? Good to meet you!
  6. by   StudyingRN
    Can't think of anything I've said right now but how many of you knock on every door before you open it.....even the galley, the utility room, the supply closet etc!!! I always feel so stupid when I knock on the door of the break room before opening it to a room full of lunching staff all laughing at me!!!! DUH! :smackingf

    HIPPA would be so proud of me I give EVERYONE and EVERYTHING full privacy!
  7. by   nrsang97
    I once had a pt who was a frequent flyer who was upset with his meal. I offered him a tuna sandwhich, which he refused. I offered him a turkey sandwhich, which he refused. "All I have left to offer you is a ham sandwhich." The pt looked at me like I offered him dog food. I said "What did I do to upset you?" The pt responded "I am Muslim." "I don't eat pork." This was my first and only time caring for him. I had no idea he was Muslim or I would not have offered him a ham sandwhich. I felt like a huge retard. I did say to him "I had no idea you were Muslim", and quickly appologized.

    Last night I was at work and one of my co workers asked his orientee a question, and without thinking I answered him. I covered by saying "I knew you knew the answer to the question."

    I was at work one night and was so incredibly busy I couldn't think of the word doctor and needed to get a doc's attention. I started saying "Sir, Sir." The secretary laughed at me so hard. The doc took it well. I felt so stupid. Haven't done that again.
  8. by   prmenrs
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mjlrn97

    Another time, my sister and I were walking around town, and we saw this house with a literal flock of pink plastic flamingoes stuck all over the lawn. I've always thought these 'decorations' were tres tacky, in the same category with paintings of matadors on black velvet and most Elvis memorabilia, and I got to poking fun at the display by standing on one foot and making what I thought might have been flamingo noises.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, it was completely silly; but there I was, my head thrown back, cawing madly and fighting to keep my balance, enjoying the feeling of acting like a kid again when my sister elbowed me sharply in the ribs and hissed at me to shut up. I turned on her, intending to stick my tongue out at her, only to meet the eyes of the homeowner, who had come out onto the stoop to see what all the ruckus was about...........and he had one leg himself!! :imbar :imbar :imbar :smackingf :selfbonk:
    Marla . . .. putting a flock of flamingos on a person's front yard is a fund raiser. Our local library does that. You pay money to have them placed and the person has to pay money to have them removed. It is all in good fun.

  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from prmenrs
    Me too. So many, I can't even remember one.

  11. by   deeDawntee
    Oh man, these are great. Last weekend, my comatose patient awoke and being still very groggy but was able to speak and follow commands, I said in a very enthusiastic voice, "You have no idea how glad your family is going to be to see you Steve!!!!" (Well, Steve wasn't his name!!!! ooooops) No wonder he looked really befuddled, poor guy, drifting in and out of consciousness and someone calls him STEVE!!!!

    My coworkers had a good laugh at that one. (BTW, my other pt's name was Steve!)

  12. by   pacifica
    I'm a third-quarter nursing student. The dumbest thing I've said so far was to a patient who had lost her left arm in a MVA. I went in to do a CBG and I was in full "robot student nurse" mode when I asked her "Which arm would you prefer I use to test your blood glucose?"

    She said "Well, I only have one." Oh, I was so embarrassed but the lady was very nice and had a good sense of humor about it.

    Note to self: I know we practice these protocols and scripts in lab over and over again, but think before you speak! :uhoh21:
  13. by   SAHMU4IA
    On one of my very first Clinicals as a student I was at a Veteran's Hospital. My pt told me that he had a sore on his testicle. Well I was pretty shy during those days, but I got in there and kind of looked with my eyes closed, if you know what I mean. I asked "Which one?" and he replies: " I only HAVE one!"