I have nothing but respect for the medical professionals in the world. Especially right now, with the world being the way it is- they're on the front lines during this pandemic. So here are a few stories about crazy things they've seen on the job before sh*t went down. The doctors and nurses of Reddit have many strange experiences to share.
u/holdup_holdon_wait asked: [Serious] Nurses and doctors of reddit what's your weirdest/scariest paranormal stories that took place during work?
I used to work in a nursing home as both a CNA and an LPN, and while nothing too crazy happened there were definitely things that happened out of the ordinary.
I remember one time after someone had died I was cleaning up her body and the door to the room swung wide open even though it had been firmly latched nobody was there. It gave me the creeps.
There were instances of furniture being moved, lights turning on and off by themselves, and toilets randomly flushing by themselves as well. I also remember I had one resident one night who asked me to make sure I closed the door to the closet that was at the end of her bed- and she told me that when it was open "that woman" kept going in and out of it all night and it kept her awake.
Too stubborn to die.Giphy
There is probably some medical explanation for this, but still the weirdest thing I've seen as a nurse so far. We had a very robust, confused old lady on our floor. Her room was in front of the nurse's station so we could keep an eye on her, and had one of our nurses aids as a sitter too. She was always fighting, kicking, trying to get out of bed. Very restless and agitated, as some patients I've had before can get before death.
One day we were called into the room as her heart rate was going down and she lay still with her eyes open. It was 30...20...then flat lined. We checked for a pulse and did not find any. She was a DNR so we did not attempt resuscitation. We close her eyes, prepare to get the body bag and call the family, the sitter remains in there to start getting the body ready.
Less than 10 minutes later she calls us back in. The old lady is at it again, hitting, kicking, trying to get out of the bed. She came back to life! Honestly we found the situation hilarious, and I still have never seen any patient come back like that on their own. I think she made it out of the hospital too.
She's haunting him.
Did a rotation in a burn unit. There are tons of stories that go around, but I'll share my favorite. A pimp lit one of his prostitutes on fire, and she immediately bear hugged him causing them to both suffer pretty severe injuries (unfortunately hers included an inhalation burn). They both were being treated in the same ICU but on opposite ends.
Weeks later she ends up coding and passes away, and after about 30 minutes as things start to quiet down, the guy starts screaming from his room "get her out! Get the god d*mn b*tch out of my room!"
That's a good perspective.
I was working at night and one of the patients died while I was in the room, we tried everything to revive this person but it didn't work so after doing the papers and everything I went to another place in the hospital and I swear to god that this patient who I saw dead, touch my right arm. I think that I have never cried that much in my life.
Maybe it was their way of saying thanks for trying.
A ward I worked on once had a patient who was a psychic/medium. We had a bit of a laugh with her as she was on the ward for a while (she'd had a stroke which affected her mobility) and she would do 'readings' for the staff etc from time to time.
I took it all as just a bit of fun until one evening when she pressed her nurse call buzzer and told us to go check on a patient in a side room as he was dead. We went to check and sure enough found that the gentleman had died.
Later on we asked our psychic patient how she had known and she told us she had seen him coming out if his room obviously distressed. She realised he had died and had to explain to him what had happened and help him to pass over/go to the light....now I am not a believer but that gave me the creeps.
They actually see it.
I'm a nurse. I've witnessed quite a lot with alzheimer people. They often develop their own scenarios in their own head, often accompanied by vivid hallucinations.
Once during nightshift, I heard a woman scream in fear. Checking on her, she managed to climb into her wheelchair in pure panic, wanting to flee her bedroom. Asking what was wrong, she thought the building was on fire.
Now what's important to mention here is, people often make claims that people are "just crazy" or "dreaming badly" or something. But this is not the case. People with hallucinations have been found to "actually" see, hear, smell, etc. something, when their hallucinations occur, as the same locations in the brain are stimulated as if they would get real impulses.
That woman "actually" saw fire. She "actually" smelled fire. She didn't just make that up "to be crazy". It's what her brain told her was happening. And she was in real panic for her life.
And the same applies to when those people see someone else in their room. When they want me to guide someone out of the bedroom who isn't actually there, seemingly standing right behind me. And it makes no sense to discuss with them that no one's there.
To them, someone IS there. And you better do your best effort of improvising to guide that someone, even if it's no one, outside. Play along, and they'll be fine.
This, to me, is the scariest thing at work. They see something you don't.
Worked in a nursing home/long term facility for multiple years. Personally hadn't experienced anything too crazy apart from mystery call lights(call bell system going off, no buttons lit up no rooms lit up, system would have to be reset from the electrical room to clear it). Hearing doors close shut, toilets flushing, faucets running. These were by no means commonplace.
Other staff had some more direct experiences though, apparently in one hall a little girl would occasionally be seen walking. This had been reported by multiple staff as well as patients
A staff member was sitting out in her car during night shift when some woman who knocked on her window and quickly disappeared. The next day she was discussing this out loud with the oncoming shift when someone pulled out a picture from old files based on the description provided. Apparently, it was a match to a former patient that had passed away at least 10 years before that staff member was hired.
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Back when I was a paramedic in Oakland I was taking care of an elderly gentleman in the back of my ambulance he looked up into the upper corner of the ambulance and said "it's okay Lulu I'll be with you soon". His daughter was with him and told me that Lulu was his wife who died 20 years earlier. A few minutes later he went into cardiac arrest and passed on.
I'm a psychiatric nurse; early in my career, I worked at a residential mental health facility. There was a resident I'll call Marion Duchene. He was an elective mute, which simply means that he didn't/wouldn't/couldn't talk but there were no pathological findings as to why. He had spoken earlier in his life and in fact seemed quite normal back then, with the notable exception of being close to seven feet tall. He'd been raised in the Deep South and joined the military when he was nineteen. After boot camp, he was stationed somewhere in the south. One night, he just vanished. It was declared an AWOL for years, and finally he was declared missing and dead.
Ten years later, a seven-foot tall man walked into a VA Hospital emergency room in my part of the midwest and said to the receptionist: "My name is Marion Duchene and I've been dead for ten years."
Those were the last words he ever spoke.
He was covered with dust and he was wearing the same clothes he'd been reported to be wearing the night he vanished. His social security number had not been used and he had no identification on his person. However, they were able to identify him, I guess via fingerprints. He was well-fed and in good health, except for his refusal to speak. The family was notified but they said they had already grieved their lost man and that whomever was claiming to be him simply could not be. They said he was a "haint" and a stand-in for their dead relative and demanded not to be contacted again.
Marion paced all day every day. Not in a frantic way, but just lumbering up and down the halls and outside. He smiled all the time and would be moving his mouth in a way that indicated talking or muttering, but he was dead silent. He had an unnerving habit of throwing his head back with his mouth wide open as if he were laughing heartily but not even a breath could be heard. If told to go to the dining room for a meal, he'd go and eat. But if nobody told him, he just kept pacing, never indicating hunger. If offered a cigarette, he'd smoke it in an oddly formal way, almost delicately, if that makes sense. But he never seemed to crave smoking. The man wanted nothing. If I talked to him, he appeared to listen, periodically throwing his head back in that laughter-mimicking way of his.
There was nothing to do for this man. Various medications were tried, but they did not affect him either positively or negatively. Occupational therapy did nothing because Marion would just grin and unless told to stay put, he'd get up and start pacing again.
On my last day at that job, on my way to something better, the last thing I saw was Marion, pacing in the parking lot, throwing his head back to "laugh." Later I wondered if all along I'd been dealing with a ghost. All these years later, I still don't know.
I am a nurse in a hospital and my patient was a well known card reader in town (not too unheard of in Louisiana). I had actually gone to her about 10 years prior and she was eerily accurate.
While caring for her for a few days I walk into her room and she is unresponsive. She had been very lethargic all day but now she was out. Her daughter is at the bedside and is trying to wake her up. I sternal rub her and inflict pain with no response and a very thready pulse. I call a rapid response.
This woman then wakes up randomly and was full of energy within a 30 second span. She told me she was dead and watching me in the room the whole time. Knew exactly what happened. She said God told her it wasn't her time and sent her back. She went home a couple days later and she is still doing card readings. She's in her late 80s IIRC.