Creepy stuff

  1. HMMM...after reading one of the latest posts in 'what freaks you out' about the two elderly patients supposedly posessed by demons, I thought of a new topic of discussion! Surely everyone has had a creepy, 'supernatural' sort of experience at work sometime...especially those of us that work night shift. I'll start...

    I used to work in a LTC fac. for severe&profound handi. children. Late at night, after the kids were all in bed, radios would turn on for no reason, beds would shift, some people had even heard footsteps coming down the hall when there was no one there. It was run by Nuns and rumored that the 'disturbances' were caused by a couple of deceased Nuns who spent the afterlife 'checking' on the children.

    Fess up, folks. Even if you don't believe in all that crap (the jury is still out for me), surely you've had some kind of weird experience that couldn't be explained....
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   CEN35
    Can't say I have????? I really don't beleive in that stuff either, although it's interesting.

    Rick

    .P.S. -Maybe I need a 1st hand experience for some belief?
  4. by   EndoRN
    The only thing I can think of is the call lights coming on by themselves from time to time. (when there were no pts. in that room).
  5. by   neonnurse
    Originally posted by kday:
    HMMM...after reading one of the latest posts in 'what freaks you out' about the two elderly patients supposedly posessed by demons, I thought of a new topic of discussion! Surely everyone has had a creepy, 'supernatural' sort of experience at work sometime...especially those of us that work night shift. I'll start...

    I used to work in a LTC fac. for severe&profound handi. children. Late at night, after the kids were all in bed, radios would turn on for no reason, beds would shift, some people had even heard footsteps coming down the hall when there was no one there. It was run by Nuns and rumored that the 'disturbances' were caused by a couple of deceased Nuns who spent the afterlife 'checking' on the children.

    Fess up, folks. Even if you don't believe in all that crap (the jury is still out for me), surely you've had some kind of weird experience that couldn't be explained....
    K-day, you stole my thunder!! That was gonna be my next post....oh well your faster! Since were on the subject, it reminds me of my first travel assignment. I worked at a fairly new hospital on a Navajo reservation, not even open for a year. Anyway, the Navajo are very superstious and had a blessing ceremony by a shaman (?) before the hospital opened, only they built an extra section of the hospital after that. I was working on postpartum at the time and was told that room 4something something was missed and not to put pts in there because it was haunted. We had to put a pt in there one night and she complained that the light under her bed kept going on and off and that her bed was getting extremely hot. Rather than tell her the room was ( suspected to be) haunted , I moved her as soon as I could...I also had a few nurses tell me that when they'd go in there for sleep breaks, they'd have funky dreams that an Indian ghost was tickling a feather under their chin. Whooooo! I also refuse to go to a floor that is closed down to whatever reason. Its just to creepy!!
  6. by   Rileycat
    I was about 18 years old and I was sitting for my neighbor's mother who had cancer. My neighbor needed to go out for awhile, but didn't want to leave Mom alone. I got the mother comfortable in her bed and watched some tv for a while. All of a sudden I felt large footsteps that went from the bedroom to me, back to the bedroom, and then to me again. The room got quite cool and I could feel the weight of someone standing next to me (although I couldn't see anyone there). After I calmed myself, I went to the mother's room, and the footsteps followed me. She was still resting, but I could see that she was still in pain so I sat by her bedside. Three days later she died. I still believe to this day the footsteps belonged to her husband. He was waiting for her.
  7. by   neonnurse

    One nurse told me that she knew a nursery nurse who was so dedicated to her job, that she would come in on days off, work extra etc..She died but apparentlly didn't leave. This nurse told me that that part of the hospital was closed down, had to go there to get some equipment. The nursery was closed down, but she found it later with the lights on, all the cribs lined in a row in front of the window and the rocking chair in the corner was rocking!! I thought it sounded weird, but wouldn't it be a major drag to be stuck at work for an eternity???
  8. by   bestblondRN
    When I was a nursing student I worked in a retirement community on the SNF. There was a resident named Dorothy who had lived in the community for over 20 years, 15 of which were spent living on the SNF. She was one of two residents who actually had a private room. Anyhow, she died shortly after lunch one afternoon. After the postmortem care was done and the body had been picked up by the funeral director, the call light in the room began going off. All of us went down to investigate, since the resident who had formerly occupied the room had been unable to use a call light for many years due to a series of strokes. There was no one in the room, and each time the light was reset, it would go off within 10 minutes of being shut off. We called the engineer who could find nothing wrong. Many of the NAs were really flipped out by what was going on since there was no explanation for it. The charge nurse who was on duty that day finally had had enough of everyone buzzing around all freaked out, so she went down to the room and stood in the center of it and said, "Dorothy, it's OK for you to go now. You have family and friends who love you and are waiting for you on the other side. You will be missed by everyone here, but it's better for you to go now." The call lights never went on after that. Coincidence? Maybe.....All I know is that I've never thought of death in the same way since!
  9. by   Cindy_A
    Actually, kday we did have the same idea. See my post called "paranormal experiences". I guess "creepy stuff" is just catchier! This stuff is weird, and there's just too much of it for people to make it up. My jury's out too, I'll stilll have to see it myself before I believe it, but I'm getting pretty close!
  10. by   hiker
    When my mom died many yrs ago, several things happened. She died the day before Easter. She was a great nature lover. Just prior to her death, all the birds outside her window began singing- it was still quite dark out! Also, the white Easter lily she planted bloomed RED that yr! Also, my Downs syndrome brother, normally very placid, became quite agitated that night, his caregivers in an institution across town reported. (These may all have logical explanations, I know, but I like to think her spirit, soul, whatever, caused all these things!)
  11. by   cmggriff
    I'm with Rick. I've never had an experience to make a believer out of me. I've had patients who talked to Jesus and long dead loved ones just before dying. I had one patient with her children at the bedside look at me and "Well, I guess it's time." She died within a couple of hours. And I've had 2 or 3 who seemed to hang on by a thread
    until the last member of the family arrived. But no lights or call bell stuff. Gary
  12. by   Hypoxic Pixel Eyes
    Since the First Law of Themodynamics states:"Energy is niether created nor destroyed".
    It is logical to state that a persons "energy" at death of the physical body is simply transferred to an alternate reactionary state and follows the law of the disposition of energy.
    Physical energy cannot be destroyed.It simply runs along a line of "reactions" into eternity.This would also offer an explanation of why a space becomes cooler,since heat energy flows towards cooler or less exited energy outwardly until it reaches equilibrium.A "spirit" could be like a magnet of an opposite pole drawing energy towards it.That's what it takes to turn on a light isn't it?That's probably the same thing that makes the chemicals in your skin exited and makes your hair stand up.
    I have had many paranormal experiences.I still don't understand to what end they're good for,but when I'm alone in an old building,even at home sometimes I "feel" something near me or looking at me.
    I live in Texas and we went to visit the site of the Battle of the Alamo and let me tell you that there is something "creepy" there.The tour of the bunker where most of the fatalities occured in that battle in hand to hand combat was the most interesting feeling of what I would call sadness and anxiety.It made me tear-up a little and I kept looking around trying to find out where it was coming from,but it was all around me.
    I'm no phsycic.I don't "see dead people",but I sure as hell cannot dismiss the existence of,for lack of a better word,ghosts.I think "they" are nothing more than energy that has not yet followed on the string into eternity.Spirits only haunt us because we cannot explain them.I think that the spirits themselves are in turn haunted by us because they cannot explain our presence either.
    Oh boy you got me started on this topic and I can't put it down.Like a Stephen King novel,I can't put it down,but,I really have to get back to work now.
  13. by   Jenny P
    My Mom died when I was 8 back in the 50's. She was on 6 months of bedrest for heart problems out in Montana, so she had her sister and mother take care of the 5 of us kids so Dad could keep working. So we were here in Mn when she died. I woke up screaming "she's dead, she's dead"-- we received the call from my Dad the next morning that she had died during the night.

    I've had several incidents throughout my life when weird things have happened to me like that- when the Uncle who raised me had a heart attack and I was in nursing school; I HAD to call home and see what was wrong with him (even though I couldn't afford a long distance call and didn't know about him having the heart attack just an hour before). I've also called home and asked what's wrong with So-and-so when family members were trying to hide an illness from me or something similar. My brain just kind of fixates on the person who is ill and I have to follow these thoughts when this happens.

    Work related creepy things have happenend not just to me, but to many of us in a couple of rooms at work. We have to lock our unoccupeid rooms (since JACHO's last visit), and in this one room the monitor keeps turning itself on and sounding the monitor alarm for asystole. So we have to dig out the key and go in there and turn off the alarm. Sometimes that may happen 5-6 times/ night; sometimes not at all. Then there is a room down on the other end of the unit that if the whole end is empty, that one room just feels creepy- your neck hair stands on end until you're back with the other staff members. There are quite a number of nurses who have said this to me and others. You want to laugh it off, but there are too many people who have the same feeling about that particular room when the area is empty. It never bothers us when there are others around, though.
  14. by   soltera
    when i was a little girl my father worked nights. i always tried to wait up for him but would fall asleep on the sofa so he'd carry me to my bed. before leaving my room he always sqeezed my right foot, right at my toes. everynight without fail. he died when i was 24. after viewing his body at the hospital i went home and went to bed. i was not alseep yet when i felt a prescence and something sqeezed my foot right at the toes. then it just went away. i didn't see anything but i did feel something. i miss my papa. he was a chef for peter lugars in nyc. when i go to bed hungry i always dream of him.

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