Lost and (unfortunately) found—strange things patients have left behind


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It’s not often that one will find a seasoned nurse in a state of even semi-bewilderment. From reaaaalllly questionable injuries to bizarre patient superstitions, veteran nurses have seen, heard and perhaps even touched it all.

So, if a patient checks out of the hospital and leaves behind what we’ll just call a forgotten “token of gratitude” that a nurse deems peculiar, you can bet your bottom dollar that this found item truly is nine different levels of WEIRD. And because we are a glutton for the odd and unexpected, we asked you to dish on all the items you’ve discovered in newly vacant rooms via our Funny Nurses Facebook page.

What you shared with us was both outrageous and slightly alarming, and we can’t get enough of it:

“The gall bladder of a skunk!” —Sandra M.

“A spear…not sure how he got it [into the hospital] or why he had it.” —Alisa S.

“A vibrator, LOL.” —Lisa A.

“A number and business card with my name written on it, as well as another colleague’s…then I found out he was a stripper.” —Chante L.

“Their own bag of spices! They brought a bag full of seasoning and spices with them when they rolled into the emergency room because they thought the hospital food was so terrible. Clearly an emergency if you have time to round up a bag full of spices on your way out of the house…” —Kat T.

“A leather zip-up S&M mask that was in the shape of a rabbit with fangs…the person came back to retrieve it and we had to fish it out of the trash. He said, ‘It was custom-made for a leather pageant and I paid $2,000 for it.'” —Toni R.

“A prosthetic eye. Damn near tore the hospital down looking for the thing.” —Stephanie H.

“A sack of onions. Another time a guy left behind a note for me inviting me to his trailer.” —Laura A.

“Their cellphone with lots of (their) herpes pictures.” —Bryan Q.

“A tooth in the drawer!” —Jessie M.

“A pot. Not sure why they brought it in the first place, LOL.” —Sharon D.

“A can of cat food.” —Maureen L.

“A dirty sock with $650 in it.” —Jill B.

“10 kg of bananas.” —Kezza W.


What about you? Has a former patient left an unusual item behind for YOU to discover? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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