couldn't have made it up if I tried!"|
|René tells about her uncle, who was
a patient on the ward she worked:
He liked attention, as
well as being a hypocondriac. A cousin who was also a niece was
working on the catering staff. She came to me at suppertime and
said our uncle wouldnot eatanything at all. We went together
to his bedside and both of us made it clear he would have to
eat something and were both very outspoken and direct in our
manner. It was months before I realised that the other patients
could not have known he was our uncle ... I am sure they have
told some tales of the two hospital personell who were a real
dose! Regards from Ireland
told us "James is 87, the sweetest of patients, one of nature's gentlemen.
Just the other day when I was giving James a sponge bath I stood him up next to
the bed so I could wash his privates when he looked down and said "Have you
ever seen anything so big?"
I didn't know what to tell him, confessed
Becky, all I could think of was there was this guy down in Florida one time ...
but before I could say a word, James shook his head and said "my brother
in law told me once that, these have got to be biggest damn feet he has ever seen!"
|Jo, from Cairns, got egg on her face: "I was assigned
to caring for a young man who had been shot three times - he had no life-threatening
injuries but certainly severe wounds. I barged into his single room to ask if
hed completed his menu for the following day to find him standing gingerly
beside his bed using a urinal. To cover any embarrassment he might feel, I blurted
out an old Austarlian expression: 'Oh! The sights you see when you havent
got a gun!' Needless to say, I blushed!"|
was triaging a patient in L & D who thought she was in labor. She was doing
the pain assessment, and asked her "Is your pain intermittent or constant?"
"What?" "Does your pain come and go or is it constant?" "Well,
it constantly comes and goes!"|
year student in her first month of clinicals in a general surgery ward is asked
to give a report of her patient to her clinical instructor:|
Mr. x, is a 45 year old gentleman, who has been diagnosed to have a calcium stomach
The instructor was confused, as she had never heard of a calcium
stomach. When she opened the patient's history sheet, it turned out to be
carcinoma - Ca Stomach.
|I was recovering
an elderly Cornish female patient who was hard of hearing and who had had her
colostomy resited. On awakening both the patient and myself were talking very
loudly and the conversation was as follows:|
"What's 'e done then?"
"He's resited your colostomy"
resited your colostomy"
"Recycled my colostomy! Well, who's got
|One evening while administering
medication to an elderly lady the following exchange took place:|
I have your medication for you."
gonna give you some pepcid for your stomach, but I'm putting it in your IV."
(patient looked a bit perplexed)
"Okay. Uhmmm... I have a question."
"Oh, what's your question."
"Well, I hope you don't mind me
asking, but, I was just wondering ... why Pepsi and not Coke?"
|I was caring for a 22-year old newly diagnosed insulin
dependent diabetic who was extremely noncompliant. In my effort to illustrate
that compliance and good control of blood sugars generally will delay the onset
and severity of long-term complications, I shared the clinical picture of a young
man who, due to his denial of his disease, by 32 years of age was blind, on dialysis,
had lost his testicles and was about to have his feet amputated ... the patient
cried out in horror, "How can you live without testicles?". |
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