When you're on a date... and run into a previous patient - page 2

It was my day off. I met my date for "coffee or drinks" at an eclectic little side shop downtown. The conversation was stimulating and not the typical first date interrogations I've experienced in... Read More

  1. by   djmatte
    The benefit of perioperative nursing. Even if you see them, they will never remember you.
  2. by   Ambersmom
    I've run into previous patients both from emt and nursing, I recognized none of them but they recognized me. Almost all seemed to have an inflated memory of what I did for them. Most were like "you saved my life", Its always a reminder to me that even though we may be just "doing" our job, to patients the impact we have on their lives is significant.
  3. by   OHNBJL
    My best story is running into a patient in the grocery store. I was standing in the dairy aisle and was approached by a guy that I had taken care of in the ED. He introduced me to his wife and then proceeds to tell me that he didn't recognize me at first because I had clothes on!! I must have turns fifty shades of red. He quickly explained to lhis wife that he meant because I'm normally in scrubs.
  4. by   Ambersmom
    Quote from OHNBJL
    My best story is running into a patient in the grocery store. I was standing in the dairy aisle and was approached by a guy that I had taken care of in the ED. He introduced me to his wife and then proceeds to tell me that he didn't recognize me at first because I had clothes on!! I must have turns fifty shades of red. He quickly explained to lhis wife that he meant because I'm normally in scrubs.
    I've heard the "I didn't recognize you with your clothes on line many times (and even used it myself), it always makes me laugh.
  5. by   Ixsiarn
    This can be a very difficult situation specially if you live and work in the same community. For me as a nurse who use to work in our local STD clinic it was our policy to let patients know that we (staff) Would never approach them out in public not out of rudeness but out of respect as our loved ones knew our job and where we worked. This worked out very well and patiets learned to swiftly nod heir heads to acknowledge that they saw us and their way of saying Hi and walking away without creating any attention towards themselves.
  6. by   stephen1219
    Well just to add some more humor.... I didn't see the date again either.... such is life! hahaha
  7. by   Leader25
    I was at a big rest stop on the highway in another state with my family.I ran into an ex patient and her crazy husband.The patient was complaining that she still had pain from an iv inserted by OB resident( goodness I still remember their name ),she stuck out her arm and lifted her sleeve to show me.I showed sympathy for for now healed arm-

    What occurred was that her iv blew during delivery and she had the nasty looking purple splotches,she was ok ,now resting calmly on the maternity floor ,but the husband went berserk and we heard he went back to LD looking for the doctor to beat him up.Well we all lied to him sending him on a wild goose chase and sent the resident to hiding somewhere.
    He finally calmed down but would show up at midnight trying to get into the wife's double room(that also had another patient)
    The staff followed policy and refused to let him in, the wife was sound asleep waking to go out to meet him, her did not seem like a good idea.
    So his remark to me was " I remember you ,you did not let me in at night",I said I am so sorry Mr.xyz,but we had to follow policy and orders. Wheww bye,have a nice day, turned and got the hell out of there.
  8. by   Alex Egan
    I have a policy of non approach. So if you come up to me and initiate conversation I'll go along with it. Otherwise I don't know you. Now I have never been in psych but I do pediatric home health and was a local EMT.

    The most memorable event was one of my clients mothers was the musician at a friends wedding. We passed with the slightest of nods, she was working and I was having fun. It wasn't the time to meet lol.

    Another time I'm in the grocery store and a woman runs up to me and starts excitedly rambling and taking her kids shirt off. After some close listening I realized she the mom and the kid was a patent I had seen on the ambulance about six months ago. She was showing me how well the burns healed from when the kid pulled a pot of boiling water off the stove. It wasn't even memorable to me, but was super important to her.
  9. by   Daisy Joyce
    I live near the LTC where I work, so sometimes I see residents at church or in the supermarket.
    Sometimes they recognize me and sometimes they don't.
    But one time I was doing a pediatric home care case and ran into the mom at the store--however, she couldn't quite place where she knew me, because I had just come from an audition and was looking very chic and very un-nurse-like. This same patient was near to my home, so the mom and I had some overlap in our Facebook "friends" groups, but she never tried to friend me (nor I her).

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