New Pathetic Tack
See you got to give it to drug seekers -they’re pretty creative. They’ll do just about anything to convince you to give them drugs or to create a situation where they can get more drugs.
We’ve heard of people injuring themselves purposely, having other people beat them up, or letting their teeth totally rot out of their mouth.
But recently I saw a whole new approach to this. One thing is clear- often they want to be admitted so they can keep getting IV narcotics. Ideally they get admitted for a separate problem and then just keep asking for pain meds as a piggyback.
So this lady comes in with the third episode of persistent hypoglycemia. She is not known to be a diabetic and has not been on any meds or insulin. Or so she says. The inpatient workup has been negative for any obvious cause (insulin secreting tumors, etc) However, after several meals and 2 Amps of D50 her blood sugar is still only 48. Thus she buys herself another admission for hypoglycemia. And now she’s free to hit up everybody on the floor for Q2 hour intravenous doses of Dilaudid. It’s just an odd coincidence that she’s run out of her chronic pain meds again. Of course she claims she has no idea why she keeps getting hypoglycemic. Of course she would never take anybody else’s Glyburide. Or would she….,,