Clumsiest moment? - page 3

O.k, so I am probably the klutsiest person on earth. My husband cannot believe that I am a nurse and don't daily stab myself with needles or break my neck falling over my own feet:imbar The worst I... Read More

  1. by   flowerchild
    Queen Klutz here! The worst I've done to a patient through my klutziness is, having my steth hanging around my neck, getting ready to use it, then bending over to help the pt and wack, oopps, are you OK? I didn't mean to hit you with my stethescope! No one seriously injured thank goodness.

    If I spill one more soda on my keyboard, I think my hubby will kick me out. LOL.

    I have broken toes many times. I fell once carrying my 6 week old baby...I fell over some huge tree logs that my brother had cut earlier that day, I went flying, cut my legs up really bad, but that baby never woke and never hit the ground! More recently, went to help a couple of freinds that had gotten themselves into a motorcycle wreck...I was to step down 4 stairs but my feet only hit the first step, went flying to the bottom of the stairs, caused major tissue damage to both ankles and broke my great toe (again). Not the first time I've gone down stairs so gracefully, once went down an entire flight, on my rump, after slipping on the first step. Both falls were r/t wearing cute little sandles and of course my klutziness.

    Yesterday, and I'm really unhappy about this one, I was putting something away in my garage, I opened a cabinet door and a can that was stored on top came down and broke a flouresent light bulb right in my face, I saw a puff, just before it took my breath away, it was mercury, lead, and argon left me with burning eyes, dizzyness, HA, and alot of worry about what this crap will do to me...all in the name of Klutziness.

    It does seem strange that I could be so klutzy but when it comes to my job, I must be more alert and I rarely have an incident at work or when I'm around dangerous equipment at my chosen hobby competing at events.
    Please be careful out there my fellow nurses!
  2. by   flowerchild
    Oh, yes! I forgot about all those urinals and bedpans that I've spilt on the patients bed. What a drag having to change those linens, clean up the patient, and doing all those transfers again.
  3. by   FTell001
    picture this..standing in pts' room...one can of opened tube feeding that I had added some blue dye to....and in the other hand..an UNOPENED can. Well..I meant to shake the unopened can....while talking to the patient. Forgetting which can was opened already..I shook vigourouly the RIGHT hand holding the opened can..WITH the dye. Needless to say..I was drenched in blue dyed Osmolyte......and the nurses at the nurses station could hear the patient laughing from waaaaaaaay down the hall!
    I wont' recount all the times I've tripped over the bedside tables, chairs in the room..hooked lab coat pocket on door knobs and been jerked backwards..etc.
    I think the lab coat pocket getting hooked on things while I"m racing FORWARD aggravates me the most!
  4. by   Flo1216
    I once was doing my I and O's and I was emptying this woman's colostomy bag and I was walking to the bathroom to empty the container when I stumbled. Colostomy juice splashed into my face. Luckily the only thing hurt was my pride.
  5. by   Flo1216
    This doesn't have to do with nursing but I once became submerged in ketchup. I was working as a waitress and I was putting away a big bucket of ketchups and I went into the walk-in freezer. As I lifted the bucket over my head to put on the shelf, I slipped and felt backwards. I poured the ketchups over my head as I fell on my back. I was surrounded by ketchup and broken glass. I just laid there for a few minutes like a slug. When I got up I looked like Sissy Spacek in Carrie. It will forever be known as the " Ketchup Incident"
  6. by   RN-PA
    I may have posted this on an "embarrassing moments" thread before, but my clumsiest moment was when I was rushing around at the beginning of a shift at the LTC facility where I worked right out of nursing school. I helped a resident off of the bedpan-- she'd been having frequent bouts of diarrhea-- and placed the bedpan on the floor so I could cover her up. I got distracted somehow, and ended up STEPPING in the bedpan full of liquid stool. :imbar The resident was oriented and had a good laugh over it and after my shoe was hosed down, so did I.
  7. by   NICU_Nurse
    OHMYGOD!!! I am snorting oj out of my nose right now!!! I am so excited to hear that I am not the only one!!! I have accidentes grandes, know what I mean, chicas? I was working and had a scrub top on with a breast pocket. It was the ONLY pocket, so naturally, it was crammed SOOOOOOO FULL that it looked like I had a TUMOR growing off my chest!! I leaned down to work with a baby in the isolette, and as I stood up, my pens and what-not got stuck and I stood up and RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPP!
    AND ALL OF A SUDDEN my bra is exposed all the way down to my nibble, as my hubby likes to call it. needless to say, I was not wearing my LaPerla but instead my three year old comfortable and very HOLY (and I 'aint talkin' Baptist, honey...) jogging bra. Dear lord. Another time, I was wearing these strappy, flimsy, but totally sexy sandals and stepped off a curb. My feet were sweaty, and the top of the sandal was nothing but four floss-thin elastic straps. My foot slid forward unhindered and scraped across the gritty, rocky concrete. I hobbled to the car to discover I had removed ALL the skin, like a glove, from my big toe and has ripped half the nail off in the process. I have always wondered if it was eaten by a bird, as I went back the next day to look for it and it was gone. Tastyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. ;>) I also, on another occasion, went to pay a parking ticket, and was wearing these platform mules that were just so cute and totally went with my outfit. (rolling eyes) Well, dontcha know that I'm looking ahead and not down (trying to look confident so I wouldn't get mugged...) and I stepped forward, not realizing that the sidewalk dropped down SIX FRICKING INCHES because it was all buckled and broken. Durrrrrr. I literally went FLYING THROUGH THE AIR like a human slinky, because my foot twisted TOTALLY AROUND and I tipped sideways off the platform sandal. I was like, spinning through the air in slow motion and I did a complete 360 and fell smack on my palms and tailbone, then skidded about a foot forward from the impact. I was DAZED and just sat there, rude mo-fo's passin' me by without offering a BIT of help. I looked at my left ankle and started SCREAMING because it was the size of a cantelope!!!!!!!! It looked like I stuffed a softball in my pantyhose or something!! I had to hop...HOP, I SAY!!!!!!....to the steps of the courthouse, and jump on one foot from step to step to step to step, people staring at me and still not offering to help, even though I was crying my eyeballs out. I got inside, got to the counter, managed to hold it together when I was in line, wicked pain and all, and as soon as the girl at the counter said 'Hello..' I F*CKING LOST IT and started bawling like a baby. It took me five full minutes to tell them that I needed medical attention. And Cheerfuldoer, honey, my husband says that I also walk sideways..we'll be holding hands and walking side by side, and he'll have to say every few minutes, 'Kristi, why are you running into me?'. AND to top all this off, I, too, have stepped into an elevator before it was level, and went face first onto the elevator floor in front of about eighty people waiting in the lobby to get to work. If it's not made of marshmallow, I'll break it, and I've set the kitchen on fire MORE THAN TWICE. Ladies, pass the Valium please.
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Dec 2, '02
  8. by   l.rae
    walking around in the ER looking for empty beds, walked smack dab into one of the pillars......seems l always find myself asking...who the crap put a wall THERE?.....
    Once had a drunk tell me.."l'm gonna puke''....just reflex, quickly turned his head and he spewed all across the room and down the back of my co-worker.
  9. by   cactus wren
    :roll :roll
    How glad I am to find out that I have previously undiscovered siblings !!!!
    Started to read this thread, and got to laughing sooooo...hard I snorted my coffee out nose........ouch !! that hurts, so had to go wipe face, and put on clean clothes first......I only do bag baths now, have dropped TOO many pans of water.....housekeeping says I give them job security just following me around.....LAst week was getting an admit from OR, we have those sliding glass doors on rooms that also swing out for easy access. Well, got patient, connected to CM, etc....hadn`t pulled doors shut yet.... RT was at bedside drawing ABG through a-line.....Fire alarm went off, so I went to shut doors ( needed to pull inline first), Fisrt swung into place, second came off track or something...hit floor with a resounding thud....missed Rt by about 1 inch...........scared the daylights out of All if us.......didn`t brwak, guess the shatterproof claim is true......Maintence paged, not happy,"WE are having a fire drill!!".RT now makes me get my own ABG`s.....
  10. by   sharann
    Hey, I almost forgot about this thread. But I have a new one to add that occured yesturday. My co-worker and I were pulling an Art line out of a very combative altered brain surgery pt. She was to pull and I was aspirating blood with the syringe (we do this in tandem to avoid air going in the artery when removing the line). The guy who was previously still gets pissed and yanks his arm away and the syringe comes off and blood spurts all over the place. This is all with the nursing sup and aneshtesiologist watching (chuckling). I should just wear a full body condom to work.
  11. by   AIS52
    The other night I hear a pt's o2 humidifier bottle back up, usually because water is in the o2 tubing or it has kinked and the oxygen needs to escape somewhere so it makes a whistling sound as goes.
    Unfortunately I forgot this also increases airpressure inside the bottle so when I started unscrewing it from the flow meter, the water starting spraying in every direction- all over myself and all over the patient was a sound asleep! Since most people aren't used to being awoken by a fountain of cold water spraying on them, this guy was VERY startled and I was very soaked.
    Luckily the next day he thought it was all a dream and I wasn't about to burst that bubble!
  12. by   jemb
    We have an invisible "speed bump" somewhere along the floor at our nurses' station. I say "somewhere" because I swear it keeps moving! I trip over it at least 5 times a week.
  13. by   sjsap
    Oh I am soooooo glad to hear tht there are other folks out there who are not as gracefull! I have been thinking I was an only! Once, when in the PACU, getting a patient out of bed to a recliner to move them to the phase 2 pacu- I had my stethescope around my neck. I stood behind the recliner and leaned over the back of it to "snap" a sheet flat to cover the plastic so the patient wouldn't feel cold when sitting up. the sheet caught my stethescope and flung the bell right up into my forehead! I saw stars and had this ugly red mark fight in the middle of my forehead for the rest of the day- not a pretty site! Good thing the patients get versed preop and don't remember the PACU nurse very well......... Another time, I was transporting a patient on a clinitron bed to the ICU after a successful code- and drove over my own foot when pulling the bed into the elevator- the doc who was pushing couldn't fit on the elevator with me and the bed so he just let the door close leaving me stuck there - yelling to the ICU staff when the door opened 3 floors up! I had been so nervous about being alone with the patient on the elevator that I lost track of how much my foot hurt(for a little while anyway) Enjoyed the stories- Love nursing more than ony other job!

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