Nurse, There's a Spider in My Throat

  1. Thought I would share this from my journal reading today....



    http://www.medscape.com/medscapetodayhome?src=nlpromo

    -AS

    editted--this older post quoted the whole article, which is a violation of copyrights.
    Last edit by prmenrs on Jan 19, '06
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  2. 54 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW..........as a confirmed arachnophobe myself, I'd have been scarred for life. Gives me the shivers just thinking about it.....
  4. by   AngelSpirit
    "There was a nasty looking black spider attached under the fold of the vallucula at the epiglottis!"

    Anybody care to offer up a nursing diagnosis for this?
    Last edit by AngelSpirit on Apr 29, '05
  5. by   mattsmom81
    OMG...I will have nightmares about this now...another confirmed arachnaphobe here.

    I've heard of accidentally swallowing bees that fly into Coke cans and I've heard of cockroaches crawling into ears, but spiders hanging onto the epiglottis....eek.

    I would probably die of pure fright and panic myself. My hats off to her for surviving.
  6. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    how on earth did this spider get into the coke? how...or rather...why did this person drink the coke knowing there was a spider in it? it's one thing to come into the ed stating one swallowed some foreign object that got into the coke can...but to specifically state it was a spider? did she do it on a bet & the darn thing got stuck? eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww is right!!! i absolutely hate & am deathly afraid of spider & wouldn't been able to assist in removing it!!! :uhoh21: i can't even look at cartoon or drawn ones........eeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

    thoroughly grossed-out now ,
    moe
  7. by   Regina66
    I heard on a radio program that every person swallows up to 20 spiders a year in his/her sleep. They apparently crawl in and we chew them up and swallow them. I almost fainted when I heard this!!! :uhoh21:
  8. by   WickedRedRN
    Quote from Regina66
    I heard on a radio program that every person swallows up to 20 spiders a year in his/her sleep. They apparently crawl in and we chew them up and swallow them. I almost fainted when I heard this!!! :uhoh21:

    GAK!!!!!!!!

    This freaks me out beyond belief!
  9. by   Gompers
    Quote from Regina66
    I heard on a radio program that every person swallows up to 20 spiders a year in his/her sleep. They apparently crawl in and we chew them up and swallow them. I almost fainted when I heard this!!! :uhoh21:

    I've heard this too, and it freaks me out to no end!!!

    To the OP - I would have to get therapy after witnessing that procedure.
  10. by   KacyLynnRN
    Quote from AngelSpirit
    "There was a nasty looking black spider attached under the fold of the vallucula at the epiglottis!"

    Anybody care to offer up a nursing diagnosis for this?

    Risk for severely flipping out and being scarred for life!!!!!!!
    I am totally afraid of spiders, and I know I would never get over that experience had it been me!!!
  11. by   smk1
    gosh dangit i knew i shouldn't have opened this thread! there is no way i am going to be able to drink soda out of a can for awhile, i don't even know how i'll sleep! That gave me shivers just thinking about it.
  12. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from AngelSpirit
    "There was a nasty looking black spider attached under the fold of the vallucula at the epiglottis!"

    Anybody care to offer up a nursing diagnosis for this?

    Aspiration- high risk, secondary to spider in throat?!

    Potential for injury, high risk for airway obstruction?!
  13. by   AngelSpirit
    hellllllo nurse
    aspiration- high risk, secondary to spider in throat?!
    potential for injury, high risk for airway obstruction?!

    and...

    kacylynnlpn
    risk for severely flipping out and being scarred for life!!!!!!!

    very nice. the two posts reflect both a clinical and personal response to this event. i thought it interesting on how we can react to something based upon the potential emotional response of the provider.

    i wonder if the ed staff was able to remain professional in front of the patient or did they let their emotions get the best of them during the removal procedure. you just never know what is going to come in through those doors and sometimes i have a difficult time being prepared emotionally for that contingency.

    -as
  14. by   Dixielee
    That is the reason I stay in ER nursing. Just when I think I am getting bored, just when I think I have seen and heard it all, something so bizarre, so spectacular happens, it just makes you drop your jaw and say....WOOOOOOWWW.

    I have determined that there is no limit to human stupidity and imagination in terms of coming up with ways of causing harm to themselves. This woman does not fall into these categories, but it makes a great story, none the less.

    Thank you human kind for making sure I am never bored....or unemployed.:chuckle

    I should also never have neck problems, because I get lots of exercise just shaking my head back and forth in disbelief at what I see and hear.

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