Things that make you go "EEEWWW" - page 7

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   Dixen81
    I look forward to nursing. After reading all these different threads, I can see that I will either be laughing or crying all the time. Something new every day. Sure isn't anything like a ho-hum boring office job, is it?
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've found a lot more to laugh about than cry about in nursing, maybe because I have a warped sense of humor as it is, and nursing has only sharpened my wit. Only a nurse could find anything funny in knocking over a full urinal in the middle of the night. Only a nurse could get a kick out of the various bodily fluids/emissions/noises we encounter with such regularity. Nobody else "gets it", which is why many of us (myself included) spend so much time on this BB. Humor---the grittier, the better---unites us and makes kindred spirits of us all. Besides, some things are so awful that if we don't laugh, we'll cry.....and I, for one, prefer to laugh!
  3. by   Dixen81
    I'm with you...I'd rather laugh any day!
    Well, I grew up in a "pull my finger" household, so I imagine I'll feel right at home! :chuckle
  4. by   flameangel
    I can remember helping a fellow nurse change the bed linen early one morning of an elderly gentleman. The man had been incontinent and left little 'bunny turds' in the bed. For the rest of the morning, my friend kept complaining that the "poop smell was stuck in her nose", she smelled it all day long. When we went to the cafeteria for lunch and she reached into her jacket pocket for her money, you can only guess what she found! We have not let her live the "poop-ball incident" down yet!
  5. by   Mimi2RN
    Baby poop doesn't usually smell very bad, but it can really travel. Babes in isolettes can squirt all the way to the end, when you are changing a diaper, and it keeps on coming. Wipe...squirt...wipe...squirt. One time a nurse changing a diaper on a big newborn was very surprised when the baby shot poop all the way over the end of the bassinet to the floor. Thats why I never stand at the end of a bassinet to change a diaper. And if you don't get pooped on, they'll pee on you or throw up on you.
  6. by   oldfolksnurse
    Ear Lavage and retrieving large chunks of ear wax from an old person's ear has always and still does make me want to puke. That is the only thing that will do it. I can deal with dentures (a firend of mine can't), vomit, C-Diff stool, etc, but ear wax is eeeewwwwwwwww!
  7. by   laurasc
    Originally posted by oldfolksnurse
    Ear Lavage and retrieving large chunks of ear wax from an old person's ear has always and still does make me want to puke. That is the only thing that will do it. I can deal with dentures (a firend of mine can't), vomit, C-Diff stool, etc, but ear wax is eeeewwwwwwwww!
    Ear wax doesn't bother me, Lord knows I do enough of that at work. But then there was the woman I syringed not too long ago whose wax was the same consistency and smell of diarrhea! :imbar

    Ick, Ick, Ick!

    Laura
  8. by   Darla
    Several years ago while working med-surg I admitted a gentleman who was obese,immobile and obviously unable to care for himself. He was admitted for leg ulcers heavily infested with maggots. They were on top of open wounds plus movement could be seen under intact skin. The infestation was literally from feet to calves. Once the legs were wrapped with dressings I asked him if he had noticed anything peculiar and he replied "Oh, I felt something moving" and proceeded to tell me how he wasn't bothered by this incident. My colleagues and I (I hate to admit this) were repulsed and it took all our professional control to not flee the room. To top it off his son accompanied him to the hospital and the son's concern was his dad hadn't eaten all day and could we get him something to eat! When I explained about his dad's situation he didn't blink! Unfortunately a few days later his dad succombed to cardiac arrest but I have never forgotten this patient. Then, about a week later my unit received another patient with a large sarcoma of his leg which was infested with black(yes,black) maggots. Prior to his hospitalization he was told amputation was necessary but declined and over time the area became larger and infected/infested due to lack of care. It was deja vu as I and the other nurse working were the same ones who admitted the previous patient. My colleague(who was next for an admit) pleaded with me to admit this patient which I grudgingly did. Somehow I got through it and thankfully a couple days later the patient went to surgery for a BKA and did very well afterwards. Thanks for letting me share! Darla
  9. by   BrandieRNq
    Just the other night I was doing some trach care on a pt. with a huge amount of secretions...and an incredibly forceful cough. He coughed, thick green sputum flew...into my hair. A long thick string of the nasty stuff clung to the hair just next to my ear, EWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! I ran to the sink, soap dispenser was empty so I used the next best thing...alcohol gel (and lots of it). My hair was a little dry when I got home! Nothing a long, scrubbing, anti-bacterial soap, conditioner shower couldn't take care of. It was so gross...and yes, I have learned my lesson to stay out of the line of fire!
  10. by   kmrmom42
    Whenever anyone asks me what I think is the worst smell I have ever encountered (typical night nurse conversation!) I say a GI bleed. I agree there is really nothing worse.
    It is amazing how the definition of "gross" is in the eye of the beholder....I am flabbergasted by how many new mom's don't want to touch their newborns until they are cleaned up because they are "yucky"! That yuck came from your own body and is on your own child, how bad can it be! Little do they know that before long they will be picking snot out of that kids nose for them! LOL :chuckle
  11. by   kmrmom42
    Originally posted by Mimi2RN
    Baby poop doesn't usually smell very bad, but it can really travel. Babes in isolettes can squirt all the way to the end, when you are changing a diaper, and it keeps on coming. Wipe...squirt...wipe...squirt. One time a nurse changing a diaper on a big newborn was very surprised when the baby shot poop all the way over the end of the bassinet to the floor. Thats why I never stand at the end of a bassinet to change a diaper. And if you don't get pooped on, they'll pee on you or throw up on you.
    When my 1st was born my sister who was a young college student at the time came to see her new niece. She stood at the end of the changing table while I changed Katie's diaper. Well, you guessed it.....poop shot out all over my sisters shirt! She was horrified!! She went on to have 3 kids of her own though and experienced her own share of grossness from them!!! :roll
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Kids are the great equalizer, aren't they? If you couldn't deal with poop, puke, snot, and other emissions before having children, by the time you've raised the first ones to adulthood you can stomach just about anything. There are some notable exceptions, of course, my sister being one of them......she had two kids of her own and raised five with her second husband, but never did get over the "urkies", although she's gotten somewhat better during the years she's lived with my family.

    I'll never forget the time when my youngest was a baby and six of us came down with some stomach virus that caused the nastiest double-ender....she was the only one who WASN'T ill. She was holding the baby when he started to retch, and I watched from my sickbed as she aimed his little head over the nearest receptacle (in this case, a trashcan) with perfect aplomb. Never even turned a hair. I was so proud of her---she'd never been able to be in the same room with a vomiting person before---and she said, "Thank God, it was only formula!".

    Now, when one of the cats throws up, even I head for the exit......I HATE cat barf......
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Actually i used to say cat barf/sound was the worst.



    Untill i heard a 75 lb. dog barf.

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