Smelly Co-Worker - page 20

What would you all do about a co-worker with an odor problem? This gal LOOKS clean but she smells BAD. The beginning of the shift is fine, the middle of the shift and things get bad. I see her... Read More

  1. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from TweetiePieRN
    oh you must have edited this! They are not rude and uncaring. This has been a very difficult situation for the OP to address. Have you read the entire thread?? Some humor is sprinkled throughout, but that is how nurses handle uncomfortable situations. You say you are not a nurse, so maybe you shouldn't judge at face value how we handle things until you yourself have been there.
    I am not a nurse either but even a half wit could recognize the compassion for this nurse being elaborated on this thread!
  2. by   Gennaver
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    is flagyl used to treat bv.....i thought it was used mostly for trichomonas?
    hi,
    yes, metronidazole, (flagyl) is used also to treat bv. copying from my ati nclex rn study guide book:

    it is active against anaerobic organisms, specifically,organisms that cause amebiasis, giardiasis, and trichomoniasis, also h. pyloria , also c-difficile and gram neg bacillus (when used in combination with aminoglycoside).

    when i worked at a women's health center the docs used to prescribe it for bv at 500mg for 7 days, (i think, not sure anymore!)

    you know what, after i had chronic bv for over 5 years, i was so relieved to be free of this stress, i had been asking my one doctor for years what was wrong but, because it was not daily, of course it was absent when i went for my visits...the worst time is mensus, ugh, again, i am so grateful. the deciding factor to speak up at my work and ask one of my employer docs to write a script was indeed righth after an ekg class, which was when i had my mensus, and one of the nurses looked around the room with an obvious displeasure and said, "oh goodness, we need ventilation in here." i was embarassed and hurt but, you know what, i realized that whatever was going on, was not normal.

    i am soooo grateful to this day that this nurse looked around with disgust and spoke up. it is obvious, not only odor but, the poor sufferer usually has watery chronic discharge.

    antibiotics really gave me back my sense of self! that was nooooo fun.

    actually, i had to get treated twice, because after it went away the first time it did come back a couple of months later. my new docs said that sometimes they treat spouses too. which the next treated both myself and my partner and thank goodness that was the last of my bv, (been over two and a half years now). i have serious empathy!!

    good luck bipely!!! i know this coworker will be forever grateful. heck, print out this post and share it with her, let her know that i personally have felt her pain, her shame, her guilt and frustration and that it is not her fault! it is a bacteria that got a strong foothold when her system got out fo wack one time. acidophillus supplements or yogurt help, (yup, just like it does for any yeast infections).

    i really do hope that this is her problem because it is so easily fixable.

    gen
  3. by   hdorsey
    She may have an infection of a female nature, like Trichamoniasis or something. It may not be her armpits at all!
  4. by   CrunchRN
    DO NOT print this out for her. The last thing she needs is to know that this was posted and bandied about. I believe the intent from everyone here is to help with the problem, but it would be crushing for her to know about this. Handle it privately, quietly, gently, and if she cannot handle it back off. She knows about the problem and may or may not appreciate help. All you can do is try to help and if it is not desired or to hurtful for her back the heck off. I am glad you are trying to help, but please do not ever let her know about this thread. That would just be adding insult to injury. While I am the 1st to always appreciate handling adversity with humor, even if tacky at times, I believe it has no place in this particular situation. This is a hugely personal and sensitive matter.
  5. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from hdorsey
    She may have an infection of a female nature, like Trichamoniasis or something. It may not be her armpits at all!

    THIS is just soooooooo funny I can't even comment on the irony
  6. by   LPN1974
    Quote from hdorsey
    She may have an infection of a female nature, like Trichamoniasis or something. It may not be her armpits at all!

    "may not be??"

    I've smelled stinky armpits and I've smelled stinky vaginas.
    Armpits and vaginas do not equal each other in severity.
    No where even close, no way.
  7. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    Ever done GYN assistance in a public health clinic? You can smell it before you even walk in the room.....ever heard nurses talk about rubbing vicks under their noses? That's why. This is very real and I don't question Bipley at all. I have never noticed a case this bad, but I have noticed funny smells throughout the years before I began nursing school......just didn't have the knowledge base or experience to pinpoint what they were. Let me tell you that NOW.... I can smell alcoholics, diabetics, elderly people, and I don't have a sensitive nose either (smoker).
    Hi Soldierswife,

    I have wrote several post on this thread That I get it people put off odor, we have our own scents, people smell other people, dogs smell each other, bodies produce different odors. I'M NOT DISPUTING THAT. You are again asking if I've done gyn assistance right??????? Yes, I said I did. Don't these women have thier pants and undergarments off??????Don't these women have thier bare bottoms up in the air?????? Yes thay do. Then that is a whole other issue.If you have alot of women with female health issues unclothed in a clinic, hospital or anywhere else for that matter, yea your gonna proably have a pretty stinky problem on your hands.....Once again, that isn't what the conversation is ABOUT....... I also have always had very keen sense of smell as well as hearing for that matter(not important I know). If you have read all my post on this topic I have went into great length on people smells. If you are at work and wearing pants, panties, and smelled very clean at begining of shift, then how are you going to go that rank smelling in an 8 hour shift unless your a prostitue that is working with a major prostitue shortage(sorry thats the only analagy I could come up with).




    Now I must ask you what do diabetics smell like????? Is it reall sweet because of all that excess sugar???????????? Seriously I would like to know ehat they smell like.
  8. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Hairstylingnurse
    Now I must ask you what do diabetics smell like????? Is it reall sweet because of all that excess sugar???????????? Seriously I would like to know ehat they smell like.
    Let me make the point that I work in ICU and we often have patients with very high sugars that are not easily controlled, requiring q1h accuchecks, etc. They do emit a sweet fruity type odor in their breath, when they sweat, etc.
  9. by   CrunchRN
    This thread has degenerated into a stupid, un-educated sounding embarassment. Moderater, oh moderator, where art thou? This is one thread I think has started to reflect badly on everyone.
  10. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    Let me make the point that I work in ICU and we often have patients with very high sugars that are not easily controlled, requiring q1h accuchecks, etc. They do emit a sweet fruity type odor in their breath, when they sweat, etc.
    The reason I asked was I'm also a type 1 diabetic just diagnosed in less than last 2 yrs. and I was in icu in ketoacidosis as you are obviously working with. I don't mind smelling fruity as long as I don't appear fruitty:chuckle .

    I'm very prone to going into ketoacidosis. I will often start the symptoms quickly without notice, weight loss, weakness, confusion, excessive thirst and urination, etc. I usually cal my dr. to notify and get my dosage changes of insulin. Well one day I ask my son when I started noticing my symptoms "does my breath smell sweet or fruity"?AFTER HE SIFFED IT FOR ME HE RESPONDED BY SAYING GO BRUSH IT FIRST AND THEN LET ME SMELL. SO I GUESS MY SWEETNESS WASN'T COMING THRU MY STINKINESS :chuckle :chuckle .
    Last edit by Hairstylingnurse on Dec 15, '05
  11. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Hairstylingnurse
    The reason I asked was I'm also a type 1 diabetic just dignosed in less than last 2 yrs. and I was in icu in ketoacidosis as you are obviously working with. I don't mind smelling fruity as long as I don't appear fruitty:chuckle .

    I'm very prone to going into ketoacidosis. I will often start the symptoms quickly without notice, weight loss, weakness, confusion, excessive thirst and urination, etc. I usually cal my dr. to notify abd get my doseage changes of insulin. Well one day I ask my son when I started noticing my symptoms "does my breath smell sweet or fruity"?AFTER HE SIFFED IT FOR ME HE RESPONDED BY SAYING GO BRUSH IT FIRST AND THEN LET ME SMELL. SO I GUESS MY SWEETNESS WASN'T COMING THRU MY STINKINESS :chuckle :chuckle .
    awwww....how sweet
  12. by   Hairstylingnurse
    Quote from CrunchRN
    This thread has degenerated into a stupid, un-educated sounding embarassment. Moderater, oh moderator, where art thou? This is one thread I think has started to reflect badly on everyone.
    Crunchrn, if you don't like what you see, then see your way out of this forum.
  13. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from Hairstylingnurse
    Crunchrn, if you don't like what you see, then see your way out of this forum.
    I agree. In fact, I think there is valuable information throughout this thread with credible references. I also like to have the interjections of humor here and there.

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