[Serious] Redditors in the medical field- what’s the rarest OR scariest disease/disorder you’ve treated?

[Serious] Redditors in the medical field- what’s the rarest OR scariest disease/disorder you’ve treated?

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  1. I work on a neurology post operative floor. You’d be so surprised what brain surgery can do to a person. Although many patients still recover to their normal selves. It’s insane to watch some of our patients right after surgery, for some it clears up quickly, others it remains for months, and some don’t even recover.

    For example, patients can be utterly confused, they don’t know what day it is or where they are. Some cases are much worse then this, some may think we are trying to kill them, some have hallucinations, a lot of them can’t formulate thoughts and language correctly, so it’s very difficult to understand them. Some don’t even realize they are alive. Some don’t have control of their throat to eat, they may also have issues going to the bathroom. They may feel like they have to go, but can’t control their muscles. Many patients think they are much younger, refer to dead relatives, or think they are home even though they are at the hospital. Sometimes they accuse us of hurting them because we aren’t real. Some are completely coherent but don’t know they had surgery. Some are completely normal but have no control over their left/right side of their body, so their legs and arms just move out of nowhere, I’ve gotten kicked before, unintentionally. Patients may have IVs, feeding tubes, incision drains, but they just pull them out like they don’t even feel any pain. A lot of patients think we are their family and call out for us. Some patients don’t even sleep for days.

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