Oh my gosh...sooo many. Several years as an RN and now a short time as an NP has given me a wealth of odd encounters. And yes, I would agree with the previous poster who said that "odd" is the norm with patient interactions. LOL.
1) I had a patient once who was obviously withdrawing from a number of substances and ended up on my unit because of unaddressed complex medical conditions too (at this moment, cannot remember exactly what). She became increasingly agitated throughout the day, refusing a lot of treatments, pacing around her room, getting angry with her sitter...the usual song and dance. Of course during this lovely day I had an orientee with me who was understandably quite intimidated by this crazy lady. So finally, it's near the end of the shift and this patient has tried to light the toilet paper in her bathroom on fire with a cigarette lighter and I called the hospital police. The police tried to take a calm, hands off approach and the next thing you know the patient had slipped off her gown, tossed aside the cigarette lighter, and was parading around the halls of our small unit totally naked Had an interesting conversation with the MDs that hey, this patient is actively leaving, naked, and apparently doesn't have the necessary psych hold papers in order to prevent this. Of course like every other patient on our half-circle shaped unit seemed to be looking into the hall as this spectacle occurred.
2) Just recently, a patient told me with a COMPLETELY straight face that "I have diabetes but I'm not a diabetic." What? I didn't even ask anything further because it was just too bizarre.
3) Speaking of diabetes, I also have a patient that has fairly poorly controlled diabetes and inexplicably continues to eat a pint of ice cream every night...and complain about weight gain in earnest. Seriously. The entire story is confirmed by her husband at appointments.
4) A random patient's visitor (as in, not my patient that day and I certainly did not know the visitor) called out to me as I was walking down the unit where I used to work as a nurse. A middle aged, fairly normal looking guy. Said he just wanted to tell me that I "had the perfect nose for a girl." Ummm...thanks??
5) When I was a charge nurse, I at times was summoned to patients' rooms to basically hear their complaints. I was talking to a patient who was providing a litany of complaints...she hadn't been helped right away when she came from PACU, her IV had beeped all night, this was the worst hospital, etc. I was patiently listening when dietary arrived. Patient exclaimed that she was hungry, starts shoveling in food. Tell her I'll come back to let her finish. Return and she's like, "Oh, I think I was just hungry. I'm good now."