Funny things patients say ! - page 2

While working in the emergency room I was taking care of a 90 year old lady who came in by wheelchair from a local rest home. Her complaint was right leg swelling and we found an obvious deformity of... Read More

  1. by   PJRNC2
    There has been many over the past years - but one that always stands out happened shortly after moving to SC from PA. An elderly patient on hemodialysis said "I'm going to give up" my thought was -she just wants to stop this and die- As I was trying to think of what to say- another nurse swoops around me with an emesis basin, just in the nick of time!
  2. by   teletracker
    Working on a Progressive Care Unit, I had to
    smile one day when I received a phone call
    asking if this was the "regressive care unit"
  3. by   panda_181
    Originally posted by teletracker:
    <STRONG>Working on a Progressive Care Unit, I had to
    smile one day when I received a phone call
    asking if this was the "regressive care unit"</STRONG>
    Just a question for my curiosity...I've never heard of it. What's a Progressive Care Unit?


    Just e-mail me...
  4. by   mom22
    I'll always remember a patient who came to the fertility clinic to have her 'fert-ability' checked. It just made so much sense!
  5. by   nursejanedough
    My mom still says, I have to get a mammyogram for mammogram. It cracks me up. Of course, I have inherited her quirks. I just found out the song, "My eyes adored you, etc.", and I have been singing, "My eyes of Georgia" for years. My friend thought "Dog eat dog world" was "Doggy dog world". Thank God for loving us non perfect people.
  6. by   skap
    I work in a pediatric hospital and one night a little boy pressed his call light - we answered over the intercom and asked him "Can I help you?" He replied, "Can I please see your dessert menu?" Even kids get confused between a hospital and a hotel!
  7. by   AnneD
    Two recent funnies. I was taking care of a 5 yr old. I work 7p-7a and after I took the midnight vitals he looked up to me and admonished me for being up so late and that I was going to get in trouble if I didn't get to bed soon. No amount of explaining convinced him otherwise.
    The second story took place this last Christmas. I was taking care of a charming lol. She was very quite, bedridden, and never put on her call light. Early in the am her call light went off. I rushed in to see want she need (she spoke with a very thick Russian accent and you could not understand her over the speaker). Vhat time es it? she said with a twinkle in her eye. About 1:30 in the morning I replied. Vell, she said Kreesmas is over, bak to vork. I just had to laugh.
  8. by   swyswy
    Working in L/D, I had a pt march up to the desk one morning, dressed as cute as could be, hair and makeup perfect, and announce, "its my due date. Here I am!" (needless to say, NO criteria for admission!)

    Gotta love those poor girls in labor who can't wait to get their 'epidermals' to help ease the pain of their 'contraptions'...

    Oh, yeah! When asked where their pain is, they'll tell you its in their 'eucharist'...
    Last edit by swyswy on Jul 2, '01
  9. by   BrandyBSN
    I just finished my second semester of clinicals. I was working with a little girl, im not sure of her age, but she was in preschool. I came in and told her mom and her that I needed to draw a little blood for a test. The little girl handed me a red crayon and said "I'll draw blood too", and proceeded to "draw blood" on a piece of white paper.
  10. by   JenKatt
    This just happened to me tonite, I walk ino a room and introduce myself, Hi I'm Lt. ______, call me Jennifer, I'll be your nurse tonite..
    Instead of saying hello, she said Thank you

    I'm not sure what that's about
  11. by   aimeee
    While working in LTC I had a little lady with dementia who used to think that practically everyone she saw was one of her family members. She was also quite hard of hearing. One day as she sat in the hallway a CNA wheeled an elderly gentleman past us and she asked me "Is that Henry?" (her long deceased husband). I said "No, that's Earl!" She gave me a very strange look and then when another staff member walked by she pointed at me and said to her "She says my husband's a girl!"
  12. by   prmenrs
    This is for Brandy--You may already know this--that is a really good example of "concrete thinking". (see Piaget)
    My 17 y/o son is an ex-premie who has a number of physical and intellectual challenges: he is the world's champion concrete thinker, and he cracks me up regularly with his interpretation of the world. When he was 9, he had a shunt revision, and a tech came in early the next am to do lab work, he asked me later, "what does that mean, Mom, draw blood on me?" He was really puzzled by it.
    He refers to the CAT scanner as "that big donut". He also prefers blond nurses: "She's a blondie, Mom!", he tells me!
  13. by   BrandyBSN
    Yes, my patient was definately a concrete thinker. I ended up doing a Denver II screening test on her for extra credit She had a good time with the blocks, and so did I!