As a doctor or nurse, what were the creepiest last words you’ve heard from a patient right before the patient died?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 31, 2020 07:18 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 31, 2020 07:19 AM

I took care of Hal for 17 years.

We were a month apart in age. He had been made a quadrepelegic in an accident. He was very good looking and personable, with a big heart and a fine mind. We were more like brother and sister than client and caregiver.

He lived the last six years of his life with my family and me. The downstairs was renovated for him so he could be as independent as he pleased. My kids hung out with him, as he was a cool uncle. My ex watched football games with him. My granddaughter sat on his lap while he let her drive his electric wheelchair around the back yard. My cats adopted him and slept on him. The dog loved him.

For some routine thing, he went to the rehab. His roommate was a very old man with MRSA who spit on the floor and coughed in Hal’s direction. I couldn’t wait to get him out of there. He came out on his birthday, so I made his favorite dinner and chocolate cake.

Four months later, he had his yearly bout of pneumonia. Usually a week in the hospital would clear it up, but he kept getting worse. The doctor finally told me the MRSA was in his lungs, and, as he had signed a DNR, they wouldn’t be able to treat it. I was stunned.

Hal and I had an agreement– if he died first, I was supposed to shave him, brush his thick hair, make him presentable. I went to his room, putting on my big smile, and told him he needed a shave. I headed to the bathroom for his shaving kit and he yelled, “Don’t go in there! The floor collapsed!” I jumped back. There was nothing wrong with the floor, but I couldn’t convince him. He had never hallucinated before, and I was shaken. I walked back to his bedside and put my head on his chest. I was crying. He patted my head and said, “Don’t worry, I’ll be home soon.”

That was the last thing he said. An hour later, he was gone.

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