Top Stories

Doctors Share The Craziest 'Oh F***' Experience They've Ever Had With A Patient

Doctors Share The Craziest 'Oh F***' Experience They've Ever Had With A Patient
Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash

Is there such a thing as an "average" day for a doctor? So much can happen––and all at once––taking things from zero to sixty with barely a moment's notice.

After Redditor WafflesontheWeb asked the online community, "Doctors of Reddit, what was the thing that made you go "Oh god, oh ****"?" doctors shared their most striking experiences with the patients in their care.

Warning: Some graphic content ahead.

"Literally saw someone..."

Literally saw someone have progression of a stroke in front of my eyes. My intern tells me that she's concerned about a patient because since the previous night he's had some right arm weakness. We go see him together. When starting out he is talking perfectly normal, but then all of a sudden he starts slurring his speech and half his face droops.

(Immediately called a stroke code, but he was outside the window for emergency intervention since his symptoms started the night before.)


"Those kids are the ones..."


Every kid that comes into the ED needing resuscitated from abuse. Those kids are the ones that keep me up at night.


"When performing..."

When performing an emergency Caesarian and the baby's head is lodged so hard in the pelvis that it just won't come out. It is really scary.


"Worst was..."

Those poop events happen almost on a daily to weekly basis, especially on a gastro ward. Worst was a old little lady on an ITU ward who hadn't passed any thing for a couple weeks. We sent a nurse in with a commode pan, a few minutes later the nurse emerged holding the pan with a thin paper towel draped over a clearly overflowing stack of human faeces that was the size of a newborn.


"Hitting a pocket of pus..."

Hitting a pocket of pus as I removed a chest tube and all of the juice spewing out onto me.

Disimpacting a WW2 veteran who hadn't pooped in 2 weeks. Same result but with poop.


"I mean, not much after awhile..."

I mean, not much after awhile, but I do remember this guy with his renal function in every way but the right one. He had collapsed in the out patients department while waiting for his heart clinic appointment. After he's resuscitated and everything, I'm asking him how much he drinks (He reeked of booze) and he says around 2-3 bottles of whiskey. Now that's a fair bit for a week, but people always underestimate so I go to clarify:

"So two or three bottles a week, any beer with that?"

"No, two or three a day. And sometimes some beer, yeah."

"How much beer would you say-"

He then starts seizing on me and his vitals drop through the floor. Yeah, he was drinking so much apparently the 2-3 hour wait for his appointment resulted in him going into withdrawal and seizing. You ever try to correct someone's electrolyte levels when their blood is mostly alcohol? It's a bad time. He arrested multiple times and it took us a solid three weeks to get his blood work anywhere near normal. This dude would be stable for a few seconds and then immediately swing into horribly unstable. Can't believe he was walking around like that for months beforehand. His blood had enough alcohol in it you could've run a car off it. If someone had lit a match around him I wouldn't have been surprised if he straight up exploded.


"During my time in the NICU..."

Pediatric Resident here.

During my time in the NICU I had several „Oh shit" moments, I think everyone of us does. In one of my first night shifts a 500g preterm newborn on non-invasive ventilation stopped breathing. I immediatelly started to bag her, which usually works nicely to stabilize the patient. Didn't work this time. I had the nurses call my attending to get here ASAP but he was about 20 minutes away, which was way too long for the patient. I had to intubate an extreme preterm baby on my own for the first time. The patient became bradycardic very quickly, the nurse started chest compressions, while another nurse handed me the laryngoscope. For some reason I stayed relatively calm and just thought „you better not f*** this up". I successfully intubated on my second try, heartrate shot back up, O2 saturation followed shortly after. We put her on a ventilator and when we were all done my legs just gave out. I had to go back to the doctors room, my whole body was shaking.


"I was saying that under my breath..."

I am a doctor. I was saying that under my breath as we were losing a 13 month old kid during a resuscitation.


"He used to tape a plastic shopping bag..."

There was a clinic patient with a colostomy who was not performing good maintenance. He used to tape a plastic shopping bag over his ostomy. You would smell him before you saw him. There was no amount of mint oil on the planet that took the smell away from the room and it hung there for days. It also didn't help that the guy was a raging putz who was non-compliant and likely on drugs.


"12 year old comes in..."

12 year old comes in with complaint of double vision. Came on suddenly a few nights ago and has slowly gotten worse. I perform cover test to assess eye alignment, but it doesn't make sense. She has severe divergence excess. Basically, the eyes are pointing outward more while focusing on something far away compared to close up. For eyes, this doesn't happen often because they have to converge (or point toward the nose) much more for an object up close. Then, it dawned on me. She had seen another eye doctor for an annual exam the month previous with absolutely no symtpoms; it had to be a tumor. We refer her out for surgery that day, but the hospital is hemming and hawwing. They put her off because "oh well she can just close an eye if she's seeing double."

When they finally X-Rayed her MORE THAN A MONTH LATER, the tumor had aldeady compressed her optic nerve and she lost all sight in one eye.


"Little old lady signs an RMA..."

EMT here. 3am call for leg pain. Little old lady signs an RMA and refuses transport to the hospital. Her husband pulls me aside and asks me to try to convince her to go because he's afraid that if it worsens, he won't be able to get her there himself and doesn't want to call for an ambulance again. I talk her into going-she refuses a stretcher or stair chair and climbs in the ambulance herself. We're on our way and I notice one leg is significantly shorter than the other. Yup-femur fracture.


"Our suspicion index..."

We were a Navy ship in a support role with a full surgical suite but minimal facilities in total. We had 2 doctors and 20 corpsmen. We were in port, and got a call from a small ship one dock over: Their corpsman was out, could they send a 3rd Class with chest pains over?

Our suspicion index is low - it's pretty rare for active duty sailors to have heart attacks, and 3rd Class is a low rank so it's someone young. So sure, send him over. What are the symptoms?

Well, he's got chest pains, but he thinks it might just be the burritos he had for lunch.

Our suspicion index is very low.

SO, we wait for this guy to come over. We get a call from the quarterdeck - he's here, they just walked up the gangplank.

They walked?


Ok, our suspicion index is very, very, low.

Patient arrives. He is a middle-aged black man, a reservist. Suspicion index raises. He's holding his chest, sweating, and panting. Suspicion index to high. He takes of his shirt, he's got a scar from previous open heart surgery!

Panic Stations! Immediate EKG, Nitro under tongue, etc.

Turns out it was just the burritos for lunch, but things got tense for a bit when he first presented.


"I spent at least 30 minutes..."

Had a delirious post-operative patient following resection of some part of the colon(i forget exact details but probably left hemi) who had yanked off his ostomy bag and surgical dressing over a midline abdominal incision. There was melenic stool(dark black stool because of metabolized blood which has a very special stink) all over the place including within the surgical wound. I spent at least 30 minutes irrigating the wound and cleaning the patient. It was a f****** nightmare.


"As a student..."

Doc here.

As a student I was doing research in cardiac surgery and watching an aortic valve replacement. They'd used a minithoracotomy approach (6cm cut on the right/front of the chest wall) instead of the big midline one you usually see in cardiac surgery. He'd just come off bypass (the machine that acts as heart and lungs for a patient) and the blood pressure plummeted. I saw a systolic of 12mmHg on the art line (normal is 120, the pressure of static blood in blood vessels is around 7). A surgeon jumps on the chest to start CPR and every pump results in a huge gush of blood from the incision. The new aortic valve had torn off, so he was losing blood into his chest (and onto the floor) at a rate of ~6L/min (1.5gallons/min - basically your entire blood volume in 60 seconds).

Surgeon is frantically working in this tiny incision with everyone staring at him and yells "We're going back on bypass". Keeps working for another 15 seconds, then "SAW. NOW." He pulled off a thoracotomy (cutting skin, splitting sternum) and bypass cannulation in about 2.5 minutes. I've seen this take 40 minutes. Valve fixed, patient taken to ICU under sedation. No idea what the neurological outcome was, but the collective sphincter tone in that room would would make diamonds from charcoal.


"Grab the chart..."

First year doc on a medical ward, no seniors around. Nurse flags me "Hey doc your patient in 2 has a pretty low BP." Poke my head in and see someone I've never met before, who has the look of a dying man, with a systolic of 62. Grab the chart to get some fluids into him while I figure out what the fuck is going on and see that he'd been given 4 litres (1 gallon) over the past 3 hours. Panic.

Turns out he'd been admitted from ED 6 hours prior with biliary sepsis (not usually my team's responsibility) and only just arrived on ward. Things that went wrong: Admitting Dr did not tell ward staff they'd admitted a sick++ patient, admitting Dr did not see the patient again after initial assessment, patient sat in ED for 6 hours awaiting a ward bed, patient transferred to ward in septic shock, ward Dr not told patient had arrived on ward. Poor guy ended up dying a few hours later, alongisde my faith in that hospital's systems. There are SO many steps where someone could have said "hey something is wrong" before we got to the subtext of "Can you make the call to press the buzzer so I don't get in trouble for doing it if I'm wrong?"


"I was on my first practical as a nursing student..."

I was on my first practical as a nursing student and at morning handover we had been told one of the patients during the night had been delirious and ripped out his catheter (tube placed up the shaft of the penis into the bladder). This issue with this was that you don't just slide a tube in, once it's in you inflate a small balloon to prevent it from slipping out and when you remove it you need to deflate it in order to get it out.

Obviously the patient had not known/been able to deflate the balloon so it tore up the inside of his penis on the way out. Initially, the nurses/doctor on the nightshift had been able to replace the catheter and there seemed to be no further issues.

Around midday the patient started to become delirious again and the on call doctor said we needed to remove the catheter. I will never be able to get the image of bright red blood literally pouring out of this man's limp penis any time it was held in a position other than vertical.


Want to "know" more? Never miss another big, odd, funny, or heartbreaking moment again. Sign up for the Knowable newsletter here.

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.