Stinky Butts!! - page 3

O.K. I'm venting here. I am disgusted by people that do not know how to properly clean thier behinds after a BM!:( :( I am not talking about people with special needs or handicaps. I do not... Read More

  1. by   PhePhe
    This may sound terrible, but washing patients is the least favorite thing I like to do in nursing. Yes, I know you need to see the patient to do a head to toe assessment.......Dehissed incisions, gaping decubes--no problem. I especially hate when dirty people flake skin all over the bed....yechhh!
  2. by   JNJ
    I feel the need to add some balance in support of those poor folks with anal fissures, hemorrhoids, s/p rectal surgery which left them with mishapen ani, diarrhea etc who are not able to clean themselves appropriately after defecation.

    I thought that was at least a part of what we do.
  3. by   sanakruz
    My Experience
    Many people dont consider their bodies as important as their SOULS
    They notice their feet least of all because they are at "the the bottom...I believe this is a cultural phenomenon

    .
    My husband is a Russian-American. His first language was Russian. He went to Russian school every weekend in Palo Alto to learn to read,write and converse fluently in Russian. He was enrolled in Russian Scouts ( a paramilitary organization) so he would mingle with Russian-Americans, Russian- Canadians, Russian-Mexicans, Russian-Argentinians, Russian-Dutch children and meet a nice girl to marry, as his brother and cousin did.


    Well he rebeled. Not only did he marry a non-Russian , he married an older divorced woman with 2 children!(My inlaws have over the years come to love me and I them)Thoughts for another thread perhaps...
    My point:
    My husband did not consider his body his own. He never considered it... anything I guess.
    Unlike we Americans he allowed it to midlessly to carry him along. If he got sick a doctor would fix it- would tell him what to do.
    He never considered that he had either a responsibility or a the ABILITY to keep himself well. What happened to his physical self was beyond any individual control.Just feed it and put clothes on it.
    To me this is a very foreign and bizarre way to think.I dont believe it's solely because I am a nurse.
    I was never taught to censor any emotional response, as my husband was.
    I was taught that my body belonged to me and no one could touch it without my permission... and that I was responsible to feed it right, exercise it, wash it, be aware of any changes in it, make it feel good, etc.
    Oddly enough, this is a foreign concept to many many people :chuckle
    Last edit by sanakruz on Apr 17, '03
  4. by   AlaskanRN
    I wasn't aware of the shaving cream to the feet trick, but shaving cream works wonders to get dried feces off of stinky butts.

    Especially in those situations where the pt has been setting/lying in it for a long time and it is nearly impossible to remove. A thick layer of shaving cream will make it easier on both you and the pt.
  5. by   angelac1978
    Originally posted by Hardknox
    Wow! I'd like to try that on the shoes in our nurses locker room! Can you imagine everyone coming in in the morning to find shoes full of shaving cream? Seriously though, that locker room stinks. Any suggestions to deoderize unwashable shoes other than Gold Bond Powder??
    Try Febreeze or any of those other spray on fabric fresheners. My family, too, is blessed with stinky feet and I use Febreeze (extra strength ) on my leather boots and other dressy shoes.

    A
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    dirty unwashed bodies do make me ill. I can deal with poopie, blood,what-not but NOT people who have the means but do NOT choose to clean up. being in OB, I am amazed how grooming standards vary by person. truly amazing ....
  7. by   RN2BeIn2005
    this is actually a thread?
  8. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by JNJ
    I feel the need to add some balance in support of those poor folks with anal fissures, hemorrhoids, s/p rectal surgery which left them with mishapen ani, diarrhea etc who are not able to clean themselves appropriately after defecation.

    I thought that was at least a part of what we do.
    Point well taken. Whom we're talking about are those who can and don't.

    Now, I'm off to buy some Febreeze for all my shoes.
  9. by   jeannet83
    Not to gross you all out, but the stinky feet, smelling butts, intoxicated breath, fartatious smells I can handle. It's those extremely rare cases of folks who haven't taken off their shoes in AGES that they have maggots chewing on their feet. Now that will definitely turn my stomach!

    Hope no one is munching on anything right now!!

    Jeanne
  10. by   cpgrn
    I will try febreeze. I tried lysol - didn't work - but never thought of the febreeze. Thanks!
  11. by   jnette
    There are also these little "golfball looking things" that are sneaker deoderizers. Just stick them in your shoes overnight or in your extra pair in the locker. They really work !
  12. by   ShelleyERgirl


    You guys crack my up! My first foley was on a um... hygienically challenged patient who was also, fun for me, on her period. Talk about smell! We couldn't use our exam room the rest of the day and this was in a busy ED.
  13. by   LaVorneRN
    It's SO weird but reading this.....I suddenly can't get a funky foot smell from my nose! Everytime I inhale...there it is!!! You ever have a pt. so funky you go home and the smell is lingering in the lining of your nostrils? You have to light an incense and let the smoke fill your nose! Okay, I've never done that BUT I HAVE wafted the aroma from a freshly lit blue"candle scents by glade" into my nostrils for 5-10 minutes. Depending of the strength of the funk.

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