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My favorite stories about those “not so old” patients!

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I love anyone over the age of 60. I love how much life they have lived, how much wisdom they have to offer, and how spunky they can be!

One of my friends was telling me about a 102-year-old woman who broke her hip while playing tennis. The day after hip replacement surgery she was asking to go home because she had to get ready for a tennis tournament in a couple weeks. He told the patient that she had to wait for physical therapy to get there to help her get out of bed and walk for the first time. She said, “I can walk. I will walk right now.” And sure enough, she hopped out of bed and walked down the hallway and back. She was discharged home two days later and when that tennis tournament came around, she placed 2nd!

Another friend told me about a 92-year-old patient who had fallen out of bed and broke his wrist. Everyone assumed that he had gotten up to go to the bathroom or something and had a syncopal episode. Turns out he got a little wild while having sex with his 70-ish wife and tumbled to the ground. At 92 years old!!! Best story ever!!!

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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2 Responses to My favorite stories about those “not so old” patients!

  1. I had a lady patient who was 105 years old. She had three daughters all in their 80s. The Patient had a carotid endarterectomy. The three daughters met and asked: “Is this condition hereditary?”
    The three daughters had outlived their husbands.

  2. Nurse Rene RN

    For real. Some of my elderly ladies have told stories that made ME blush!

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