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What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for?

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A paper cut. Literally.

A spot on the nose that could only be seen by the patient. Probably a freckle.

Really.

Everyone has a different opinion on what constitutes an emergency...but really, people, a little first aid couldn't hurt. With a dash of common sense. Coming from an RN with 43 yrs. experience and still love my profession!

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TrevyRN has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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Meanwhile, at 4 AM, a 20 something year old pt comes in with an entourage of concerned friends and family members.

"My belly button moved - and I'm talking moved!"

When we asked her what she meant, she said "I don't know, it moved."

Didn't hurt, no nausea. not pregnant. no masses. she said it wasn't the same as her abdominal aortic pulsations (which, yes, I was bored enough to point out to her), normoactive bowel sounds, nothing at all.

probably peristalsis. And what was she sitting there watching her belly button at 330 AM? And why call everyone you know so they can go with you during this medical crisis? :-)

Whenever I see weird chief complaints I try my darndest to put those patients in my rooms. I love weird stories.

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dirtyhippiegirl has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PDN; Burn; Phone triage.

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Meanwhile, at 4 AM, a 20 something year old pt comes in with an entourage of concerned friends and family members.

"My belly button moved - and I'm talking moved!"

When we asked her what she meant, she said "I don't know, it moved."

Didn't hurt, no nausea. not pregnant. no masses. she said it wasn't the same as her abdominal aortic pulsations (which, yes, I was bored enough to point out to her), normoactive bowel sounds, nothing at all.

probably peristalsis. And what was she sitting there watching her belly button at 330 AM? And why call everyone you know so they can go with you during this medical crisis? :-)

Whenever I see weird chief complaints I try my darndest to put those patients in my rooms. I love weird stories.

Sounds stoned. Did you tell her stoner friends to buy some pizza next time?

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TrevyRN has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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If they were stoned, I at least could have given them a high five or something fun. They were just stupid and boring and totally sober!

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LeahGRN has 4 years experience and specializes in Emergency Room.

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Left pinky toe blister after wearing heels all night. Came in at 3am. Hmmm....

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Anoetos has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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Had a guy come in, said he had a fever of 99 degrees F, but what really made him come in was that he was having bad dreams.

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RNFiona has 13 years experience and specializes in ER.

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"Lost luggage"

I'm not even kidding.

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RNFiona has 13 years experience and specializes in ER.

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Also had a lady who drank a fleet enema. She cut off the tip and put a straw in it. She still pooped though..

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uRNmyway is a ASN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg.

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Also had a lady who drank a fleet enema. She cut off the tip and put a straw in it. She still pooped though..

Oh Ew. Wonder what the fleet tastes like though...is it weird that I automatically thought of that lol?

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TSgtRodrigues has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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A lady that is a FF herself brought her 11 year old to the ER complaining of knee pain. Dx with growing pains. The lady asked "Can you give him the "extra strength" Percocet so he has something to take for pain? The doctor explained that they do not give out narcotics in that strength to little kids, in fact very rarely to they prescribe narcotics to kids. She continues to try "Wellc can you give him regular Percocet for his pain? Or the extra strength Norcos?" The doctor explained that Motrin would be the best thing to take for him, and if it was really bad he could alternate between Motrin and Tylenol. One thing is for sure, the lady was drug seeking and using her son to try and get some narcotics.

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TrevyRN has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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Had a guy come in, said he had a fever of 99 degrees F, but what really made him come in was that he was having bad dreams.

LOL @ bad dreams. Did they want a doctor's note to miss work? Or did he seriously think you could make them go away?

Love it.

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