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25 Medical Professionals Share The Dumbest Things They Had To Explain To A Patient.



Patient explains,  “she’s running out of space”   ???

Doctors of Reddit were asked: “What’s something you’ve had to tell a patient that you thought for sure was common knowledge?” These are some of the best answers.


1/25    Had a lady measure her baby’s temperature by pre-heating the oven and putting one hand in front of it while the other hand was on the baby’s forehead. She told the nurse her baby’s fever was about 250 degrees.



2/25    Have had to inform a few male patients that the condom only goes on the shaft and should not be pulled down to include covering of the testicles.



3/25    Vet here… Dead bodies decompose! If you leave your dead dog I euthanised in the back of your car on the hottest day of the year, don’t come crying to me when its belly fills with putrefying gases and bursts. Demanding I cover the costs of reupholstering your car might be considered a little rude as well.


4/25    In a free medical clinic I had to tell a mother that she should be brushing her 4 year old’s teeth. The daughter came because her throat hurt. After opening her mouth & using a tongue depressor to see her throat, the daughter squirmed like 4 year olds are prone to do & the tongue depressor hit her gums. Pus flowed everywhere & the child wound-up having to be put on penicillin before having every last tooth pulled due to severe infection.



5/25    I once had a patient with a cancer diagnosis completely depressed about not being able to see their family anymore. I was confused because I had spoken with this individual’s spouse and extended family who seemed supportive; there wasn’t any indication of family problems, etc.

It turns out that this individual thought “genetic” and “family history” had meant something similar to “contagious”, leading them to the conclusion that one should stay away from loved ones lest it be spread through the family.

That was one clarification I was so happy to give.


6/25    My favourite was when someone was prescribed estrogen patches and told to stick one patch on herself every other day. At the next follow-up she said she didn’t like the patches because she’d been “running out of space”

I didn’t think to clarify to her that she should have been placing a new patch and removing the one from yesterday each day. Very amusing. She indeed was covered in sticky patches.




7/25    Mom brought her kids to the ER after they ate all of their Halloween candy because they had tummy aches. They were still eating Reese’s peanut butter cups when they were in the exam room. I had to explain to her that they need to cut back on the candy and she looked at me like I had three heads.



8/25    Paramedic here, have informed numerous people that pouring Gatorade into the unresponsive diabetics mouth is not a good idea.



9/25    That they were 8 months pregnant.



10/25    You’re still sexually active even if you are just on the bottom every time.


11/25    I work as a pharmacologist and one of the patients we had at my company was complaining the cat allergy medicine we gave her wasn’t working (formulated in an inhaler). Turns out she was spraying the inhaler on her cat… We have to explain to her that she needs to inhale it…



12/25    Paramedic. During clinical time in the ER 17 yo girl came in with a bloody rectum/anus. Apparently she wasn’t wiping after using the bathroom and it was basically really bad diaper rash. So the nurse had to call social services. And explain to this girl proper wiping.



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