It's *not* what the doctor ordered
Medical professionals see some wild stuff.
On a daily basis, these millions of dedicated workers start the day prepared for the worst circumstances possible, often working longer hours than most of us would even consider. After all, these are the experts that can help prolong and even save our lives.
Some people, however, aren’t convinced by medical expertise. They think that they’re even smarter.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals of Reddit were asked to share the absolute worst “DIY” treatments they’ve seen patients administer to themselves, and they just might make your skin crawl. Luckily most of them got the help they needed!
At least his breath smelt good…
I had a guy come in for coughing and shortness of breath for the past few months. His lungs sounded like absolute sh*t. Got a chest xray that looked horrible, so I did a CT scan. Radiologist called it the worst case of necrotizing pneumonia he’d ever seen. Dude had like a 15% functional lung tissue left. The patient then mentioned things had been worse after he started using a new “breath freshener” spray….
He whipped out one of those […] concentrated air freshener bottles, supposed to cover up weed smell. Labeled Not For Internal Use. Apparently he had been using it like [breath] spray, and had already gone through 3 bottles. (Iamthewarthog)
A little late to this thread but have a weird one. A patient was told by her doc that she had low magnesium and should consider supplements. Not uncommon. Instead of getting Mg supplements, she ate an entire tub of “homeopathic volcanic ash” and completely destroyed her electrolyte imbalance and ended up in ICU. We admitted her as a pharmaceutical overdose so Poison Control automatically follows up with you. It was hard to explain to them. (rosequarry)
I work in dental and years ago had a patient attempt to super glue her front tooth back on after it broke in half. She screwed up and ended up gluing the chunk to her upper lip. (12awr)