Some things are just polite to do because they’re more hygienic. For example, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. That’s something that this mom seemed to have a little confusion about.
We understand that you don’t want to get the kids’ hands dirty but surely washing them afterward or sneezing or coughing into a tissue has to be better than this? Needless to say, it led to a lot of sharing of illnesses when the family came to visit.
Don’t Say Fart
There are some words that you might not be allowed to say growing up. We aren’t just talking about the more adult curse words that might get you in trouble.
Some families don’t like it when their kids use “gross” words. So, for manner’s sake, they don’t let their kids say things like “fart.” What do you say instead? When this person was growing up, “fluff” was apparently a common exchange.
Don’t Do it Either
We’ve already talked about how some people think that “fart” is just one of those words that are too gross for a kid to say. That’s where supplementary words come in.
We can see where this rule comes from — don’t stink up the dinner table. Of course, this only really works if this is a household where you can easily excuse yourself from the dinner table for a moment mid-meal. Otherwise, dinner could be a bit uncomfortable.
What an Alternative
There are a few treats that parents might forbid in their house for various reasons. For some reason, this kid wasn’t allowed to chew gum.
However, it seems that he found an alternative to give him a sweet, chewy effect — although we’re not sure how appetizing it sounds. As for the Halloween part, we understand not participating but yelling at trick-or-treaters who don’t know your views is a bit much.
Time for Bed
There are some rules that most kids have growing up. A lot of parents enforce a bedtime to make sure their kids get enough sleep each night.
However, at a certain age, you usually have the freedom to control your own bedtime… unless you have these parents. It seems that they took bedtime seriously, even when their son was a legal adult staying with other people! This seems like a bit much.
A Bit Bizarre
There are certain dishes that you might have a specific dish for. For instance, some people break out their nice dishware for big family dinners. What about bagels? For this family, only one paper towel would do.
The rules were simple — don’t eat or reheat your bagel on anything other than the paper towel. We’re a little concerned that there was only one paper towel for this rather than grabbing a new one each time. What if you get cream cheese on it?
Sitting down for dinner and realizing you forgot something can lead to a moment of frustration. If you still have a family member in the kitchen, you might call out and ask them to bring you something.
That’s not exactly what was happening in this family. No matter if his wife and adult children were in the middle of their own meals, he wasn’t going to be interrupted by the inconvenience of getting up. If he forgot something, it was their problem.
(Don’t) Stay Hydrated
Oftentimes, parents have to really remind their children to drink enough water. Especially when they’re playing outside, it’s important to stay hydrated! That’s not exactly what this mom thought.
If you wanted water, you were allowed one glass and then it was all 7-Up. Why? Well, she thought that the water would dilute the nutrients in their bodies. Needless to say, water is good for you, despite what this house rule suggests.
Why Can’t You Watch This Show?
A lot of kids have limited options as to what to watch on TV. Parents may even enforce these rules with parental controls to make sure kids can’t watch the content.
For this family, that was none other than Spongebob Squarepants. Most parents make these rules based on how appropriate the content of the show is, usually referring to jokes in the show. However, this family had a unique reason they avoided the classic cartoon.
Taking Some Time
Cereal is a favorite for breakfast and even snacking in households nearly everywhere. Yet, if you use milk, you probably have a bowl of milk left at the end.
Of course, you could pour it out but it’s a delicacy all in its own right. So, why wouldn’t you just bring the bowl to your lips and slurp away that cereal milk? Well, maybe your grandfather has a rule that slows down that process a bit.
A Cruel Rule
Parents provide a lot to their kids. It’s not cheap to have kids but that’s something that you take on when you become a parent, even if it isn’t always easy.
It’s hard and sometimes you can need a little help. Holding your kids’ expenses over their heads like this by running a “tab” throughout their lives is a bit horrific. It seems like it caused the kids a lot of stress, too!
Mom, Come Get Me!
Some parents go the extra mile to make sure that their kids don’t touch adult substances. Sometimes, measures can be a bit extreme, though.
Not only not allowed to touch or drink this adult drink, but this kid also wasn’t even supposed to think about it. So, when they went to someone else’s house and saw one, they just couldn’t handle it. It freaked them out too much to even stay!
Watch Out for the Feet!
This stepmom had a rule that seems to be related to a pretty intense fear. According to this kid, she had a real fear of plantar warts.
In fact, it was so bad, she was pretty convinced that anyone who wasn’t in the household was dealing with the condition. It was to the point that she wasn’t going to let anyone go barefoot, even if that meant keeping their socks on if they wanted to go for a swim.
Keeping Things Strict
Different families and households handle hygiene differently. However, some really stand out for their bizarre and strict rules and this household definitely counts.
To start, a five-minute timed shower would be difficult, especially if you weren’t used to rushing that fast. Then, when it came to sanitary products, throwing them away wasn’t enough. This dad thought incinerating them was the only way to go. That seems a little awkward…
When you sneeze or need to blow your nose, you probably reach for a tissue. If one isn’t immediately available, though, a paper towel will work. Well, not in this household.
When this person blew their nose into a towel and threw it away, their friend was really unsettled about how their mom would feel about it. However, we have to wonder how she would feel about the plumbing problems this could cause compared to a towel in the trashcan.
A Little Literal
If you hear someone talk about processed food, they’re probably talking about food with a lot of processed ingredients that they don’t approve of. What they aren’t talking about is food that’s been in a food processor.
This tool isn’t for creating “processed” food — it’s for essentially chopping the food you put into it into teeny, tiny pieces. Watch out for the microwave, while you’re at it, it seems. In case it’s needed, “nuking” your food is a saying.
There are some things that are really cool to go to your friend’s house for the first time and see. After all, how many people have a pool table to play in their homes?
At this house, though, the rules might have made things a little less fun. It seems like the entire game had been reengineered to avoid this mom acting like a sore loser. Why play hard if the cards are already stacked against you like this from the start?
Not everyone has an extra set of dishes they pull out when company comes over. Even if you live alone, one duplicate of each piece of dishware is a bit tight. It’s especially ridiculous if you have a family of five!
And this guy wasn’t about to let the women and children eat first either. In fact, the youngest had to wait until last, working down from him, of course. All in all, these rules don’t bring to mind the best living conditions.
Not Actually for Sitting
What is a sitting room? Well, as the name suggests, it’s a room that just has places to sit. Here, you can talk, read, or whatever you might want a quiet, comfortable room for.
At least, that’s what a sitting room is used for in most houses that have them. As for this household, the mom kept the sitting room for show. If a guest actually sat there, she wasn’t afraid to get a little nasty herself.
A Backfiring Plan
Vacuuming your carpet is satisfying, especially if you’re someone who really likes to see the tidy vacuumed lines in the carpet when you’re done. However, having paths like this is a lot stricter than most.
Plus, it’s not really a great plan for saving your carpet. Sure, those parts will always look nice and vacuumed but you’ll have an uneven wear on the paths you have everyone use every day — and that’ll only become more noticeable over time.
Maybe You Misheard That
You may have heard someone say that if you want to go swimming, you shouldn’t do it within 30 minutes of eating. That’s not true but that’s not the point here.
It seems like this mom heard this old wives’ tale and took it to the extreme. This is the sort of thing that might happen if you put the original concept through a game of Telephone. It took until adulthood for this person to realize the rule was odd, though.
When kids are really young and just starting to eat solid foods, it’s really common for parents to chop the food for them. You might even do this until they can use a knife themselves.
By 11 years old, though, most kids are trusted to cut up their own food. Not in this household, however. The rule was all the food was chopped up before serving, no matter the age. The cameras really pushed things over the edge for this dad and we can see why.
In most households, you might really see the phrase “whistle while you work” at play. Maybe someone is idly whistling a tune while they sweep or wash the dishes. There’s a difference in this household.
If you were whistling, it was a sign that you were calling someone into the room. There’s nothing wrong with this rule but it definitely stands out as one of the more unique ones. We hope everyone knew how to whistle.
Everyone has their own personal décor style that they bring into their own home. A lot of people do things like paint the walls and choose furniture they love.
In some houses, you might even find candles or artwork on the walls. Not here. This family didn’t want to keep any artwork, posters, or even family pictures on the wall. On top of that, no candles either. This is minimalism to the extreme.
We can see why lightning is scary. While your odds of getting struck by it are low, it can have really devastating and even fatal effects on a person.
We can see where this mom was going with the idea of the wired phone, even if the odds of it happening are probably ridiculously low. On the other hand, after the phone was completely cordless, how exactly did she expect the lightning to reach them? We’re absolutely sure this is impossible.
While cooking can be fun and eating is undeniably great, the dishes that you have to do are a pain. However, it’s only hygienic to wash your dishes.
Naturally, you’d probably also think that your friend was trying to skip a step in a very obvious way if they did this. Yet, we can’t imagine how the dishes must have looked if this was a long-standing rule. We’d probably eat before heading over, too.
There are some sayings that you might hear a lot as you grow up. We’re sure that this was a long-standing exchange between them, not just a new thing.
These grandparents didn’t enforce a curfew but they did make sure that their grandson had a reminder every time he left the house. As a matter of fact, if this person was visiting, they had to participate in the household ritual as well before heading out the door.
If you worked for a Pepsi factory, would you eventually get sick of the product? Apparently not, if you’re this father, at least. The ground rule here was that the loyalty to Pepsi wasn’t just something during work hours.
They were dead serious that no Coca-Cola products were going to enter their house. Even a drink that wasn’t specifically Coke but one of their brands was completely forbidden before this person was allowed to even come in.
What Happens Here?
Some people have certain rules about who can visit their house. For instance, maybe you like to meet new friends outside the house before you invite them over for dinner.
As for this mom, the rule of thumb was to not let anybody in if they didn’t have insurance. This rule leaves us with so many questions. Did any type of insurance count? Is this a case of classism or is can something horribly violent occur when you visit?
Think About the Cats
We’ve already seen a few examples of shows that kids couldn’t watch growing up. Parents ban these shows for literally all sorts of reasons.
Of course, parents probably don’t want their kids to watch something that offensive to specific demographics. After all, you don’t want your kids repeating jokes like that! In this case, the demographic that this mom was worried about was notably feline. Cats are great but they probably don’t get offended by cartoon mice.
A Little More Than “Complaining”
“No complaining” is already an intense rule. How are you supposed to communicate that you aren’t feeling well or share information about a bad day? This rule doesn’t stop being a bit much there.
It seems that there wasn’t much that these kids could say that their mother wouldn’t classify as a forbidden “complaint.” Some of these really don’t make sense — like just asking questions or even complimenting each other. Plus, it seems like the punishment never totally fit the “crime.”
Is It Breakfast?
There are some drinks that people think of as morning drinks. This might bring to mind the coffee or orange juice that you have with breakfast.
For this kid growing up, orange juice was strictly for breakfast too. That meant if you wanted some juice in the afternoon, you were out of luck until the next morning. In addition, you have to grab the right glass for your orange juice too.
3 O’Clock Cutoff
There are a few things that most parents don’t have. For instance, in a job, you have a time that you get off and no one can reach out. The same isn’t true for parenthood.
That is, it usually isn’t. It seems like this dad was determined to get a good bit of “me time” each day. If these kids needed help with anything, they better catch him before 3pm. That seems a bit hard on school days!
I Mean, I Guess…
There are a lot of parents who don’t want their kids on the phone all night long. This has become even more prevalent with the popularity of cell phones.
As for this family, they were off the phone by 10 o’clock at night, no matter what. It’s really these “no matter what” conditions that stand out. When this kid asked a rather fair question about handling emergencies, they were met with a pretty harsh answer.
A Bit Uncomfortable
Some rules are easy to see where they came from and why parents have them in place. As we’ve seen, others really step beyond that line.
If you wanted to dine with this family, you were welcome to pull up a chair like normal. On the other hand, the family that lived there on a day-to-day basis flipped the cushions out of the way. Maybe it’s to keep them from wearing out but it seems a bit uncomfortable!
There was a time that you couldn’t turn in any direction without running into one of those famous “Got Milk?” posters advocating for you to get more calcium and, more importantly, buy more milk.
That was something that these parents, like many, bought into. So, it was two cups of milk a day for their kids. It seemed that adults magically didn’t need that calcium anymore, though. We’re sure that had nothing to do with their hatred for the drink.
All in the Hair
There are quite a few things that parents have rules about when it comes to what they deem appropriate for their children to watch or wear.
As for this woman, she had some strict rules about her hair when she was young. We’re not so sure what’s so inappropriate about loose hair but apparently, these parents weren’t about to let their daughter leave the house without some hairclips in.
Don’t Say That!
If you’ve ever played a video game, you’ve probably also died in a video game. No one magically starts out being good at a game, especially when you’re still young.
For this mom, hearing the kids yelling about dying over and over again was, understandably, distressing. That’s something this person admitted but they were also really frustrated at the time when they had to come up with workarounds to avoid saying that they “died” in the game.
A lot of people own plants and take their job of caring for them very seriously. This dad took his care of the plants especially seriously.
This person said they destroyed a lot of plants growing up and it must have been quite a few to warrant this level of suspicion. The rule wasn’t only that you should never touch the plants but that even looking at them too long would raise red flags for him.
If you play a board game at someone’s house, you might learn that they play things differently. Some families might come up with their own “house rules.”
Monopoly is a long-played game among families so, once in a while, people might find ways to spice it up. As silly as it might seem to some, this family decided that the taxes in the game should actually go somewhere. That would make landing on “free parking” all the more exciting.
Okay, It’s a Fruit
There aren’t many reasons that you would ban a fruit from your home. Really, the only reason to do this is if you have a serious food allergy. This mom had quite an idea about what bananas were.
While there might be some suggestive jokes about them, this is a bit far, isn’t it? What bananas actually are is a great source of potassium, which this person said they really could have used at the time.
So Many Banana Rules
We wouldn’t think that bananas were so controversial but it seems like there was more than one household who found them offensive. This mom at least allowed them to have bananas in the house.
As far as enjoying them, they weren’t quite as enjoyable by the time she’d actually let anybody eat them. We’re pretty sure we can tell why no one wanted to eat the bananas at that point.
There are some rumors about food that it’s hard to tell where they got started. We have no idea what this person thought they knew about egg yolks.
What exactly would make the yolk of the eggs poisonous? Is this a worry for salmonella and, if it is, wouldn’t the white of the egg be a problem too? This is one rule we’d love to hear a real explanation for.
Can’t Even Look at Them
We all have something that we can’t stand. Maybe a TV show grates on your nerves or a crooked piece of art is the sort of thing that you can’t stop noticing.
This dad knew exactly what he hated more than anything: feet. He hated feet so much, in fact, that he didn’t even want to look at them. As such, wearing socks became a house rule, especially anytime he was around.
Even Stricter Bedtimes
The other story about bedtimes already shows a pretty strict rule. Yet, this rendition is strict and falls over right into downright creepy territory. For one, it would be hard to fall asleep with someone brooding over you like this.
Plus, interrogating someone like this is intimidating and unnecessary. Driving by someone else’s house like this would raise red flags to any other parents! We’re not surprised this mom was so freaked out about his behavior.
Of all the professions in the world, the one you would want to be able to trust the most is those who work in the medical field. Unfortunately, even those with years of schooling and training can still make mistakes. Some of them are big mistakes that can be fixed, while others are small errors that cause huge problems. Sometimes, everything is done right but something terrible still happens. From clumsy residents to incompetent doctors and communication errors, these blunders will make you wonder how often things really go wrong at hospitals.
Biggest Possible Mistake
There are a lot of human body parts you could accidentally damage while conducting an operation, but few parts are as important as the heart. You damage that on accident, and you’re in for a very bad day — or maybe just a 12-hour operation that was only supposed to be a few minutes.
It goes without saying that if you cut or nick the aorta, you’re going to have a serious crisis on your hands. Unfortunately, accidentally causing a bigger problem than the one you were trying to fix in the first place happens fairly often in hospitals.
In a surgery where you must remove body parts from a patient, it pays to have very steady hands that aren’t going to drop those parts on the ground. Butterfingers are the last thing you need. We’re not sure what this patient’s carpal needed to be used for, but having it dropped on the ground probably didn’t help.
In fact, we’re not sure what you do with one of those dropped body parts. Can they be sterilized? Is it a lost cause? Do they just have to throw it away and apologize to the patient? Who really knows?
Now Get Out
The operating room is generally where you want no mistakes to happen at all, but unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. Sometimes, you accidentally nick an artery — and other times, you accidentally drop an excised brain tumor on the ground.
We suppose a tumor is far better to drop on the ground than something that needs to go back inside of the patient, but even so, it would be better for nothing to be dropped, and we can understand why the guy in charge would remove the offender from the situation.
The Red Wire or the Blue?
We should be able to have complete faith in doctors, but unfortunately, they’re just human. That said, some of their mistakes seem a little too unforgivable. This doctor apparently couldn’t even rightly identify what he was supposed to be cut during a vasectomy.
Capable of errors doctors may be, but they certainly shouldn’t need a nurse to correct them on a vital aspect of major surgery. Was that guy just missing his glasses or losing his marbles? Either one is concerning.
If there’s one thing that would be utterly terrifying for a surgeon, it would be a patient shooting awake in the middle of a surgery. If they happen to scream while doing that, all the worse. This is why one needs to apply the proper amount of anesthesia to a patient.
But, it’s not easy to do that properly every single time. We’re actually curious as to how things went after this part of the surgery, where things apparently went quite wrong.
Means to an End
We’re starting off soft because many of these stories will be troubling. This one, on the other hand, is less about a hospital fiasco and more about a surgeon not realizing how he was being used by his boss to facilitate a goal he didn’t agree with.
Contrary to popular belief, the hospital is actually quite a cutthroat place, as far as professionalism and careers are concerned. Even if you do your job fairly well, that’s not always enough. But considering some of the mistakes you’ll see on this list, maybe it makes sense to get rid of residents who are just “decent.”
Ignoring the Plan
Make no mistake, honest accidents happen in hospitals. But, at the same time, some medical staff are just too high and mighty and feel that they should do things the way they want instead of the way it was planned. Who needs to break up the impacted wisdom teeth anyway, right? Just pull them right out!
And of course, when this horrible idea backfired and caused massive damage, this medical buffoon was more concerned with trying to cover his own butt than taking responsibility for what he had done, creating permanent problems for the patient. Thankfully, most medical staff aren’t this bad.
You Could Have Warned Me!
Being a medical intern is always an adventure because you never know what kind of crazy nonsense you’re going to see. Moreover, who’s allowed to be a medical intern in high school? Either way, this poor soul had apparently not been informed of how messy a C-section is. Oops.
Well, at least they were only subjected to some mildly disturbing viscera, instead of actually being the root of any harm or anything. Admittedly, it could have been a whole lot worse, like in some of these other stories.
The Best Place to Get Hurt
A lack of communication or confirmation leads to a lot of hospital errors. This guy had to saw through the limb of a deceased patient, but no one told him that said limb had a metal rod that broke his saw and sent the blade flying. Definitely not desirable.
That said, there’s no better place to get injured than at a hospital, so if something had gone terribly wrong (other than the patient’s body almost igniting!), he would have been in a more fortuitous position than anywhere else.
Not Enough Knockout Juice
Knocking someone out with anesthesia is an exact science, but it’s an exact science that’s hard to get right. A lot of patients actually do end up waking up on the operating table while the surgery is happening. Not every patient takes that so well.
Thankfully, this type of small mistake is relatively easy to fix, as it usually just calls for using slightly more anesthesia to put the patient back under.
The Chaos of it All
Lots of hospital fiascos happen because of human error, but we would like to take a moment to acknowledge that it’s not always someone’s fault. This surgeon puts it best — sometimes, the entire hospital is absolute chaos and you can only do so much. No one can do it all.
Of course, not all mistakes are understandable and many of them are because someone is being complacent or inattentive. But having the lives of others in your hands is inherently stressful and full of mayhem, so some mistakes have some degree of justification, and some bad situations are unavoidable no matter what.
From Bad to Worse
Never go into surgery expecting things to be simple, even if the problem doesn’t seem complex. This guy worked out a lot and chose a plastic surgeon to excise a weird bump on his back, because he wanted as little superficial damage to his body as possible.
Well, turns out that his little bump was actually much, much bigger than that, and it required a much more serious surgery that cost him way more skin. Everything worked out in the end, but this story drives a good point home — always be grateful when a medical scenario works out well for you.
Where’d it all Come From?
There’s often some blood loss during surgery, but in most cases, you don’t find your patient losing an entire liter of blood in 60 seconds. Generally, that kind of thing would be the result of a mistake, but sometimes the medical situation is just that bad.
The medical staff in this story did everything right, but that didn’t stop them from having a huge medical emergency on their hands, caused by physical ailments outside of their control. With four liters of blood lost during the whole operation, it’s a miracle it all worked out.
Fully Justified Flipout
So you have an operation coming up, and the hospital is lacking something vital. The doctor orders what he needs, but when it arrives, a nurse sends it away when everything else is set to go. In our opinion, it makes sense that the doctor would get immensely angry with said nurse.
After all, how hard would it have been to double-check with the guy in charge and ask him if he ordered this vital item? Why would you just send it away without verifying? As a nurse, how would you know what all has or hasn’t been ordered anyway?
Not really a story here, so much as a bit of hospital wisdom that can’t be denied. Giving birth is a very dangerous situation. Even when everyone does everything right, so many things can go wrong. This is true even of a C-section.
To say that the situation is tense and stressful when such complications happen is probably an understatement. But, before we judge the medical personnel too harshly, we should remember that some of them are under a ton of stress when trying to save lives.
No Surviving This One
Here’s a fine example of everyone doing their job right, but in the end, the patient still dies. Sometimes, the damage to one’s body just can’t be repaired, and certainly not as fast as it would need to be for the patient to survive.
That said, it’s unclear how this man’s sternum was broken, which led to his massive blood loss and killed him. Maybe it was CPR from the first responders? Although, we can’t really blame them for following protocol in that case.
Of All the Times
We can’t say there’s ever a good time to get food poisoning, but of all the possibilities, in the operating room is probably the worst one — and that’s to say nothing about accidentally leaving an unqualified individual in the room alone with a live patient in a precarious situation.
Thankfully, the tech/assistant was on hand to save the day. Apparently, they do a lot more work than they really get credit for. If that assistant hadn’t been there, things could have gone seriously south for the patient, and all because of some bad food.
You Just Can’t Tell
OK, so this is actually a veterinarian story, but hey, they’re doctors too and they have the same types of stories as doctors for human patients. For instance, this story of a male cat getting open for spaying because no one identified its gender beforehand.
Well, to be fair, it can actually be pretty hard to identify the gender of a cat sometimes. Those telltale organs aren’t as prominent as they are on other animals, and if they’re still young, they may not even be fully developed yet!
Choices Were Made
We like to think that everyone can be saved at a hospital, but that just isn’t the case. Sometimes, people die — and sometimes, a doctor has to choose who dies. These situations are rare, but they do happen.
We’re not going to argue for or against this doctor’s choice. He made a tough call in a situation where any decision would have serious ramifications. But, we should never forget that doctors occasionally have to make impossible decisions that save or cost lives.
You Should Probably Change Careers
Some people have dreams that aren’t quite as feasible as they think. For instance, if you’re the type of medical student to pass out at the sight of an injury, smash into it with your face, then cause yourself an injury that requires medical attention, you should probably consider a different career.
After all, you have to be able to handle some squeamish things if you’re going to be working in an operating room, where people may be afflicted by horrific injuries.
Lost and Found
Does the idea of a needle being lost in your bloodstream make you feel very uncomfortable? Us too. That’s exactly what happened in this story, where some medical staff lost a needle in a man’s jugular but didn’t find it until it had made it down towards his shoulder.
But, at least they found it. For the life of us, it’s hard to even imagine a solid foreign object like that moving around in one’s veins, but we suppose anything is possible.
We’re Listing, Captain!
Those nifty operating tables we have these days usually work as intended, but sometimes there’s a malfunction. In this case, the table was tilting way too far to one side, which almost caused the patient to slip off!
Imagine being the IT guy or the technician who gets called into that situation — a bunch of doctors and nurses and residents having to hold up a knocked-out patient as the table almost throws them onto the floor. That’s one crazy day at the office.
Scarier Than Most Days
All sorts of injuries are seen at the hospital, but you don’t often expect someone to have maggots coming out of their legs when they get wheeled in. Especially not someone who was driving not too long before.
This story unfortunately doesn’t tell us how any of this came about, so there’s no way to know where those maggots came from. But, we’d have to say, there aren’t many people out there with the stomach to tolerate stuff like that.
Not What We Planned
Apparently, it’s much easier to open a hospital in some areas of the world than it is others. In this Indian example, things went horribly wrong for a relatively simple procedure when an excised appendix was dropped back into the patient’s body.
The appendix is quite small, so it makes sense to us that it would be hard to find in the depths of the human body. There’s actually a lot of space in there, but most of it is filled with clutter — if you catch our drift.
Hey, Can You Hold This?
Most people don’t understand just how much can actually fit inside of a human being. Pounds and pounds of organs. Foot after foot of them! So, it’s not actually that crazy, the idea of six or more people being needed to hold all of that stuff so it can be put back inside of someone.
In fact, this is probably on the tamer side of the stories that medical personnel can tell whenever they come back from work. We probably don’t know the half of it.
Just a Slight Tan
Of all the things that could happen to a patient on the operating table, we’re pretty sure getting set on fire is one of the most problematic. That’s not exactly something that should be happening at the hospital — never mind having your entire body set on fire.
Thankfully, someone was able to put it out before any permanent damage was done, but we can’t imagine how the explanation of that fiasco to the patient actually went. Could you sue for malpractice even if you ultimately weren’t hurt?
Got Lucky There, Bud
This might be one of the biggest hospital accidents actually on this list, since it involves a patient getting stabbed in the eye. It’s a rare screwup when you destroy a patient’s eye because of a bit of clumsiness.
But lo and behold, the patient was blind in that eye anyway, so he didn’t actually care about the injury to it. We have to say, that’s the most absurd level of luck a doctor has ever experienced.
Anyone Can Fail
We usually attribute mistakes to the least experienced members of a team, but never convince yourself that mistakes are impossible for anyone. Even the experienced mentor in this story made a mistake, puncturing a patient with a medical tool and ultimately costing that patient their life.
Not only did this experienced surgeon make a mistake, but it was also a very costly one. But no matter how skilled someone is, there’s always room for human error, and no one should be convinced otherwise.
It’s never good when something is mislabeled, but you really don’t want that at a hospital. If the wrong name is written down, or a decimal point is off on a report, lives could be ruined or lost. Such was the situation this time when an inaccurate report led to an unnecessary operation.
Unfortunately, even though the fault was with the inaccurate report, the doctors in charge didn’t verify it, so it’s not like they can just pass the blame off in regards to this woman who had body parts removed for cancer she didn’t have.
That’s Not Me
Cases of misidentification happen more often in the medical field than you think. It actually happens fairly often in dentistry, because they usually look at teeth more than your face. Not that it would be any comfort if they performed an operation on you that you didn’t need.
Thankfully, this dentist noticed that something was up before anything bad happened, but we wouldn’t have been surprised in the slightest if nothing had appeared amiss to him.
Catch it Early
You’ve probably heard plenty of stories of surgeries on a limb where the surgeon accidentally did something to the wrong limb. Nowadays, the correct limb is usually marked by a Sharpie or something in order to avoid this kind of mishap.
All of that said, at least this surgeon managed to notice the mistake before he actually did anything to the wrong knee. We’ve seen many a hospital story where that realization didn’t happen until after it was over.
Well, Can’t Use That Now
There are many things at the hospital that shouldn’t be thrown in the trash, but an organ marked for donation is definitely one of the top contenders for that list. We can’t imagine how they broke the news to the person that was supposed to receive that organ.
Maybe it was an organ that wasn’t as hard to get as some others, but even if that is the case, we can’t see anyone being particularly enthralled that they lost their transplant over a stupid mistake.
Get a Grip
This may be the third tale or so of someone dropping an important body part on the ground during surgery, but you really can’t get much worse than dropping a piece of someone’s skull on the ground. After all, that has to be in contact with a very vulnerable thing called the brain.
It’s no surprise that the patient in question ended up getting a terrible affliction with a dirtied skull piece touching his brain. At least the hospital had the decency to cover the medical expenses, for what that’s worth.
He’s Still Awake, Doc
You ever wonder what surgeons and doctors really say when you’re unconscious on the operating table? We assumed they might tell jokes, but the things that this guy said while wrongly assuming his patient was out cold are a little alarming.
You have to wonder how often surgeons consider cutting corners because the patient isn’t awake to hear or know about it. We hope that it is quite a few, but there’s no way to know for sure.
You Said It
We were fairly certain that hospitals are supposed to have break rooms for their staff, but apparently, some nurses like to hang out in a patient’s room instead and gossip bout people they don’t like. That’s actually kind of funny, if you ask us.
Of course, it’s also immensely unprofessional, and it’s definitely not something that any medical staff should be getting up to in the room of a patient.
Why Small Things Matter
The unfortunate reality of the human body is that we’re very frail. All it takes is an accidental knick in an organ during surgery and your life could go out the window. That’s what makes it all the worse that human error is inescapable.
This grandmother’s hip surgery ended up being a downward spiral to her demise because of one slip of the hand, one unseen cut that was never rectified. That’s actually pretty scary to think about.
These Things Happen
Working with humans is hard, but the veterinary world has a lot of major problems too. When you think about it, they have to know the anatomy of many different species, which is impressive. But, that also means there’s a lot of room for mistakes.
We would actually like a statistical comparison between a vet and a human hospital, to see which one actually has the highest rate of errors of all types, but we’re not entirely sure we would like the results.
Do What You Have to Do
You don’t want any cheap equipment in the operating room — not even your eyeglasses. After all, what do you do when a cheap pair breaks on you in the middle of surgery? Apparently, you get a nurse to help you tie those glasses to your head.
We suppose that’s not actually a terrible solution when you can’t afford to take a break from what you’re doing. Must have made for one heck of a funny memory whenever they all got together.
Did You Drop This?
This is a bit of a weird one since the story is from a funeral home, but it relates to a hospital — as you can imagine, funeral homes get a lot of bodies from hospitals. But usually, they don’t get anything extra. This time, they got a whole extra foot.
We assume that no one got hurt in the making of this fiasco, but it still raises some serious questions about how it all happened. Where did the foot come from? Why wasn’t it with its own body? Is this what happens to amputated limbs?
I Think We Missed Something
If you have to remove a cancerous part from a person’s body, it pays to actually remove it completely. If you cut it off but leave it inside of them, they’re still going to have a very serious problem on their hands.
Apparently, much of the surgery was an automated process this time. We’re not against robots in hospitals, but there’s something to be said about having a human on hand to make sure everything is going smoothly at the same time. That way nobody gets a piece of rectum sewn up inside of them.
Not a Good Time
Vomiting during surgery is the worst possible time ever to do it. This also means that they ate before they were given anesthetics. Regardless of the reason, we doubt that anyone would disagree that when this happens during surgery, this can’t be good.
Basically, what happened is that this woman had a gaping hole in her eye while vomiting. She could have risked losing her entire eye had not the surgeon acted quickly enough and replaced the cornea.
Birth is probably one of the most medically challenging problems. There is so much involved in the process, as many things can easily go wrong, putting the baby and its mother at risk.
In this case, we couldn’t but chuckle a little when we read about it. In fact, it does sound like a scene from a cartoon. What’s even more surprising is that the new parents had no idea that this isn’t how you deliver a baby.
Time to Wake Up
An anesthesiologist is one of the hardest medical professions that there are. This doctor is responsible for administering the right medicines that put the patient to sleep while they are being operated on.
It is also crucial to monitor a patient’s vitals during surgery. Sometimes, however, a patient could wake up during surgery. This usually means that there were not given enough medicine or that there was something else wrong. Luckily, it all ended well in this case.
Surgical staples are commonly used to stitch up a patient after surgery. In fact, they are preferred over sutures, since they reduce healing time and reduce inflammation. However, they are also less sturdy than sutures.
This means that one wrong move could result in them opening up. In this case, when this woman sneezed, this is exactly what happened. Luckily, the nurse was there to help this poor patient from spilling their bowels.
Not What They Thought
Open surgery usually involves applying local or general anesthesia. In this case, even though this was just a very huge cyst that needed to be drained, the doctor, for some reason, didn’t bother to give the patient a local anesthetic.
Instead, they just proceeded in cutting the pimple open and letting it drain. This also resulted in the patient bleeding for good ten minutes until the doctor was finally able to stop the bleeding.
So Much for Technology
New advances in technology have enabled modern medicine to improve everyone’s life, making complex medical procedures a lot easier and accessible. However, sometimes technology fails us.
This, however, is not something you would want to experience as a medical professional or a patient for that matter. This robot just stopped working mid-surgery. The problem is that it was also responsible for preventing the patient from bleeding out. We hope it ended well.
Just Leave It
Biomedical engineers have been an essential part of any surgical crew. Since many surgeries today rely on complex biomedical machinery, biomedical engineers are often present on-site or even during the operation itself.
However, since they are not doctors, they sometimes lack knowledge about what to do and what not to do around patients. This engineer didn’t realize that their supposedly subtle movements are transferred to the patient’s open brain. Neurosurgery is not for everyone!
Not Out Yet
One of the worst nightmares of any anesthesiologist is finding out that their patient is waking up when surgery isn’t over yet. Luckily, this wasn’t the case here. However, something not less troubling almost happened here.
Moments before the surgery was about to start, when the surgical team thought that their patient is out, they were proven wrong. Someone messed up the doses or simply didn’t bother to check that their patient was indeed out.
A patient is not supposed to wake up well until the surgery is over. In this case, however, the patient began to wake up moments before the surgery was complete. What’s worse, the patient was still intubated and covered in surgical draping.
We wouldn’t want to find ourselves in a similar position. In fact, it sounds quite nightmarish, since the patient’s first instinct is to try and breathe on their own.
A power outage that happens during surgery is a major problem. Normally, hospitals have a backup generator that kicks in when the power goes out. While all of the equipment switched to the backup relay, the suction didn’t.
This means that the patient could’ve suffocated. This is perhaps one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a surgical team. Luckily, they were able to overcome the problem by manual means.
When you are a student, you are expected to make mistakes. However, after reading this, we are not sure that this is the kind of mistake that you would want to make.
We believe that medical students shouldn’t be allowed to do anything without close supervision, especially during operations. To us, it sounds like they would have to remove another piece of skin to make up for that one.
You expect doctors to be professional when they carry out medical procedures. However, sometimes they forget their professional courtesy when speaking to patients or to patients’ families.
It seems that this was the case here. He could have just told them that it went fine and there is nothing to worry about, but he had to casually throw in the fact that he dropped part of the skull. This is definitely something he should have omitted.
Just a Bump
This is every patient’s worst nightmare. You go in for something small, but then it turns out that you are suffering from something a lot more complicated. What was thought to be a simple cyst turned out to be fatal bleeding.
The patient was taken immediately to the OR to save their lives. We guess that sometimes it’s just bad luck. Actually, they were lucky that this was discovered during their visit to the hospital. Otherwise, this might have ended badly.
Mistaking one medical condition for the other could be fatal. This is what happened to this patient. The doctors initially thought that he was simply suffering from appendicitis, which is relatively easy to fix.
However, when he was inspected by a senior surgeon, they realized that its a lot worse. Strangulated Hernia is a life-threatening condition in which fat tissue, which pushes through a weakened part of the intestinal wall, cuts off the blood flow to the intestines.
This is quite funny. Usually, mice are used as test subjects in a variety of medical experiments or for educational purposes. We guess that the mouse knew what was coming for it and that’s why they reacted the way it did.
Well, once they have put the anesthesia on the little mouse went to sleep. Who said everything has to be gruesome about the medical world? Sometimes you get fun stories like this one.
Knocked Her Unconscious
This sounds like a scene from a sitcom. Of course, this is just a funny accident. We are sure, however, that the doctor felt really bad with themselves afterward. They didn’t mean to knock this poor nurse unconscious, but we guess that this is just a professional hazard.
Also, it’s the technician’s fault. They should have fixed those lights before the surgery. In any case, we hope it all ended well.
Let’s admit it. No one likes going to the dentist. Going through any dental procedure is just unpleasant. This story, though, truly gets into our top ten horror medical stories. Wisdom tooth extraction is a serious and complex operation.
In fact, not every dentist could pull, literally, that one off easily. We are glad it all ended, miraculously, well for everyone. When extracting a wisdom tooth one has to be extremely careful since they are operating very close to two important nerves that run through that area.
Joke Turned Real
A fire in a hospital during an active surgery is the worst-case scenario. Protocol states that you can’t just drop everything and run for your life, you have to stay and finish up since you are responsible for your patient’s life.
What started as a joke about this surgeon’s experiences in Africa, clearly turned into a real-life scenario. Luckily, they were able to finish up quickly and save this patient’s life.
Not Done Yet
We were always told not to count our chickens before they have hatched. This story is a classic example of why you should always keep that in mind, no matter what you do for a living. The surgery was almost complete, and it went just fine.
However, one wrong move was all it took to put her patient in a critical condition. Luckily, this resident didn’t lose their calm and managed to put everything back in place.
Swallowed the Tooth
There is never a dull moment in the medical world. There is always something weird or bizarre happening to the men and women who practice medicine. We wonder what happened to this kid.
We are aware that laughing gas is used to make a patient feel more relaxed, but it’s not supposed to actually make you laugh. Well, at least not to this extent! We guess that the kid was having such a great time that he just had to swallow their own wisdom tooth.