This article is based on the AskReddit question "Doctors & Nurses of Reddit, what was the creepiest last words you heard from a patient right before they died?" These answer are both creepy and heartbreaking.
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1/15. "But I don't know how to get there..." an elderly gentleman in hospice. Hadn't spoken in days. Died about 2 hours later.
2/15. Cardiac ICU: Had a gentleman who was DNR on comfort care. He was demented and was cursing like a sailor. He seemed to have moments of clarity and would ask to see his brothers (who were both passed).
After a particularly worrisome heart rhythm, he went back into a Sinus tachycardia and look me in my eyes and said "Hey, whats your name?"
So I told him my name.
"What do you do here?"
"I'm a nurse." After this, he was quiet for some time... then he said...
And then he died about 20 minutes later.
3/15. "Get home safe, little one." It wasn't what he said - he said the same thing to me any time I had him as a patient for the evening. It was how he said it. He gave me this look and pause like he knew. The DNR's in my experience, always know when it's time. It's creepy.
4/15. I'm a nurse and was previously working at an assisted living community on the dementia/Alzheimer's unit. My very favorite patient had been declining pretty steadily so I was checking on him very frequently. We would have long chats and joke around with each other, but in the last two weeks of his life, he stopped talking completely and didn't really acknowledge conversation directed at him at all. I finished my medication rounds for the evening and went to see him before I left. I told him I was leaving for the night and that I'd see him the following day, and he looked me in the eyes and smiled SO genuinely and said, "You look like an angel." I thought it was so sweet because he had not seemed lucid in weeks.
He died the next morning. It really messed with me.