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Sometimes Patients Get the Last Word

on May 30, 2016

last word

It wasn’t a full moon, but it was a Friday, and a busy one at that — twenty five surgeries and two infusions to be completed. You’d think it was a day we had all under control, and on the surface it looked like we did. Patients were prepped on time, lab personnel were making it to our area quickly for STAT potassium levels, and floor nurses had their patient pre-op check lists completed before arrival.

There were no complaints, eh, technically I can’t call them complaints, but there were a few comments by patients that came as a surprise.

One was from a patient (to me) who had his own idea about the “dress code” for surgery:

“I’ll take my underthings off when the surgeon gets here and tells me!”

One comment was from a patient who overhead my anesthesiologist comment on the large number of surgeries for the day. She sweetly waited for him to step over and interrupted his introduction with this comment:

“Suck it up, Buttercup!”

And the last one, well it was from a patient expected three hours earlier for infusion therapy. Our manager called to inquire about his whereabouts and advise that he might need to reschedule. The only words out of the patient’s mouth …

“*!$#@ you! ”

After my boss picked her jaw up off the floor, the phone rang twice and the caller hung up without saying anything else.

I guess he didn’t know how to follow that!


We still chalked it up to a good day.



3 responses to “Sometimes Patients Get the Last Word

  1. brooke says:

    It’s been crazy in my department too. We do pretty surgical testing, instructions,etc. No one wants to go over their meds, no one wants to talk to our nurses and they appeantly know it all. Lol

  2. mreedmccall says:

    Wow! I never cease to be amazed at people’s attitudes (good and bad). These you’ve shared range from amusing to horrifying. Sometimes it can be chalked up to pain, or fear, or whatnot…but sometimes it seems like it’s just plain rudeness – and not very smart to dish out to the person(s) who will be taking care of your medical issues (and/or keeping you properly sedated!) during your procedure. Sometimes I just have to shake my head. I deal with a certain amount of attitude is education and even in the writing field, but medicine is a whole different arena, with vastly different stakes to consider (i.e. life and death, anyone?) LOL. Good on you for keeping your cool and keeping it all in perspective. 🙂

    • Susan says:

      It’s the stakes that keep me from having a knee jerk reaction to some of the comments. Only twice have I felt physically threatened.

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