Things that make you go "EEEWWW" - page 3

Stevielynn's thread about the nursing home with the signs on the food carts brings up (oops, no pun intended:D ) something that happened at work yesterday that turned even MY cast-iron stomach. I was... Read More

  1. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    originally posted by gwenith
    sometimes i think there shoudl be a warning pop-up as you sign onto this bb.

    warning to all non-nurses!! do not read any thread with the words gross, yuckky, disgusting or eeeeuuuwww, in the title!!

    cause you know if it makes a nurse think eeeeuuuwww...it's not gonna be pretty.:chuckle
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    Old alcoholics and their diarrhea . . . one of my first patients in clinical (I was giving him a shower) decided to just let go as I was bending over to wash his legs. And then one of my first patients as a nurse . . code brown from the bed to the bathroom. We were swimming in it. My supervisor smiled and said "welcome to nursing".

    What a lovely way to end your life . . . .I tell my kids these stories all the time. Drives them crazy.

    steph
  3. by   kats
    I have heard that nurses have a hard time eating dinner with non-nurses because they tend to slip into conversations like these without realizing it.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've been known to launch into a "war story" from work, only to realize halfway through that the people I'm with might not consider the subject matter (e.g., the sharp debridement I assisted with yesterday) to be perfectly acceptable dinnertime conversation!
  5. by   Dixen81
    Hmmmm...maybe I will lose weight once I start clinicals...
  6. by   JudyG
    Has anybody encountered a pt on leech therapy? For me that was one step worse than a real bad GI bleed! I was still in nursing school at the time too.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    EEEEEWWW. That's one therapy I hope NEVER comes to my hospital....don't think I could actually do a treatment with leeches, gloves or no gloves. Just the idea makes the contents of my stomach chase each other around and around, playing hide-and-seek. Ugh.
  8. by   cswain12000
    ...and this is just one of the reasons why I do Neonatal nursing (lol) !
  9. by   gwenith
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    EEEEEWWW. That's one therapy I hope NEVER comes to my hospital....don't think I could actually do a treatment with leeches, gloves or no gloves. Just the idea makes the contents of my stomach chase each other around and around, playing hide-and-seek. Ugh.
    Read an old nursing text that dated back to the days of leech therapy ( and no it wasn't mine! LOL!) the phrase that stuck in my mind was "Leeches are never to be placed near any body orifice" and "The nurse is responsible for counting the number of leeches before and after application." I just had this mental image of a leech crawling into .......................
  10. by   WhiteCaps
    Originally posted by JudyG
    Has anybody encountered a pt on leech therapy? For me that was one step worse than a real bad GI bleed! I was still in nursing school at the time too.
    Yes! We actually used them on several occasions not too many years ago. They are great for reducing vascular congestion like in digit reattachments and scalp wounds. But soooooooo barbaric! That was the worst! I won't even put a worm on a hook to go fishing! After the leech has had it's fill, we drop it in straight alcohol to kill it........... gross, gross, gross!!!!
  11. by   Nurse89
    The one thing that stands out is: during OR clinicals, the Sounds and smells of an AK or BK amputation. the sight of it did not bother me ( I can handle pretty much all the eeeewwwy stuff, no problem). But I have always remembered the smell and the sounds of those.
  12. by   JBudd
    THe one that gave me the shudders was assisting draining a sinus infection, the ENT put a large gauge needle up the nare, then pushed into the sinuses through the bones alongside the nose. Massive sound of CRUNCH. ughhh. My orientee grad nurse wasn't bothered in the least. Lots of green pus came pouring out, and the patient felt a lot better, but still...........
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    AAAACK!! Reminds me of this gentleman I took care of at a LTC facility some years back, who'd had cancer in his sinuses and literally had half of his face removed. You could see all the way inside his skull......worse, you had to spray what was left of his mucous membranes with H2O every 2 hours around the clock to prevent them from drying out. Of course, this was extremely uncomfortable for him as well as unpleasant for us, and I'm sure he was as thankful as we were when he passed on a few weeks after admission. Poor guy......I've always felt bad for him, because he was alert and aware of our revulsion, even as much as we tried to hide it.

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