What freaks you out? - page 15

Okay, people. It's time for a nice, fun, light-hearted discussion to blow off some steam. WHAT FREAKS YOU OUT? What bodily fluid can't you STAND? What wound gives you the absolute WILLIES? ... Read More

  1. by   semstr
    I actually had a female patient with lepra, she looked like something from a horrormovie! Nose was gone, as were her ears and her toes too, her fingers started to go.
    She was an old Indonesian woman (didn't know here age, but the guess was 90+), who lived alone for years, didn't let anybody come into her place, had her food delivered. But the neighbours complained again and again about the smell from her house. Finally the police openend up her place, and had the shock of their lives (at least one of the officers told me): the stank was incredible and the dirt even more and on top of this, the old women looking like a zombie!!

    the diagnosis lepra was there as soon as the specialist for tropical deceases saw here, we all freaked out!! Hey, what do you know about that thing really?
    She was transferred to a special clinic in Rotterdam, but she was in our hospital for 3 or 4 days, guarded of and the whole show.
    Her medication was flown in from London, with special order from the ministery of health, she got Softenon. (was it called like that in the States? you know Thalidomide-embryopathy)

    Take care, Renee
  2. by   psnurse
    After 10 years, I still don't do snot. It isn't the trach thing that bothers me, the ET tubes are ok. But let someone actually spit a specimen into a cup and I lose it. This was confirmed the other day in the ED when a patient was coughing on arrival and someone handed him a cup. I looked up and found the snotball sitting there on his lower lip and had to excuse myself gagging all the way.

    But this is improvement. I used to suction ET tubes and trachs with a trash can at my feet.
  3. by   deespoohbear
    Colostomy! Yuck! Grosses me out! I will change them, but it isn't without holding my breath, and going lickety split! Hate it!

    One thing that grossed me out one time happened with my own son. It was Memorial Day, and I was working. My husband called and said he was bringing in our oldest son. He had a fishhook in his shoulder blade. He was trying to cast out his line, and was wearing a tank top. The fishhook caught in his shoulder blade. I think my kid was 11 at the time. The ER doc numbed up the area, and then removed the fishhook. I about lost my cookies!! And this after I have assisted with central line placements, complex wound changes. traumas in the ER (including horrific farming accident where a farmer was ran over by a "hopper" wagon). Just couldn't do the fishhook thing!! Gives me the creeps!!

  4. by   Cindy_A
    Pooh, I'm sure it makes a big difference when it's your own kid!
    Renee, is lepra the same as leprosy?
    I love this thread! It's gross, yet interesting!
  5. by   nicola
    I'm glad I ate lunch BEFORE stumbling on this thread!!!

    I also have a pretty good stomach, but some of the stuff posted (intestinal worms.... eeewwww!) just gave me the heebies!

    I also so HH and detest roaches. The worst for me was the woman who was absentmindedly crushing the teeny ones (the ones wandering around the dining room table) between her fingers as I did my teaching, then wanted to shake hands with me as I left... I was able to shake her hand but the minute I was out of sight I poured a GALLON of the alcohol washie stuff on my hands!

    Vomit doesn't bother me much any more. When I was graduating and we were lining up on pairs to march into the auditorium, the girl next to me turned green and announced she was going to lose it. I told her she couldn't because if she did, I would. Then if I did, the people behind us would. If they did, then the people in the stands would see and start and our whole beautiful day would be ruined by a vomit fest. She laughed so hard she forgot to be nauseated!
  6. by   hoolahan
    Nicola, you are a far better woman than me. I never would have shaken her hand. Would have made up something like I have a cold qand don't want to pass it on. NEVER. I would have had to leave. In fact I would have had to outright ask her to stop that, I could have never done my teaching, I would have been distracted beyond functioning!
  7. by   KeniRN
    I work with the pediatric population so I can deal with snot,poop,vomit. You know, things that kids put out. I didn't really even mind irrigating ears. What I can't stand is irrigating a kids ears and a ROACH crawls out. Thus I have not been too eager lately to flush any ears.
  8. by   RNKitty
    Vomit and toe jam. Yup - the smells are just too much. I hate helping a pt take off their socks!
  9. by   deespoohbear
    Cindy A- I think it is the fishhook. I had guy come in last year to the ER with a fishhook in his NECK! Gave me the creeps when the doctor pulled it out! The guy did well though. He said he was more upset because it was a triple barbed lure he was going to lose!!
  10. by   janmae1950
    I'm still in school. I'm trying to get used to yucky stuff by forcing myself to look at pictures on rotten.com.
  11. by   LadyNASDAQ
    Originally posted by JennieBSN
    Okay, people. It's time for a nice, fun, light-hearted discussion to blow off some steam.

    WHAT FREAKS YOU OUT? What bodily fluid can't you STAND? What wound gives you the absolute WILLIES? It doesn't matter if you're an ADN, BSN, LPN, CNA, PQRST, ABCDEFG...every body gets the heebie jeebies over SOMETHING...even you stomach-of-steel ER nurses!

    Mine is eyeball injuries/surgery...aaaaaaaaaackkkkkkk!! Gross! Makes my skin absolutely CRAWL. Or when someone gets a little cut on their finger/toe/whatever and then squeezes it to make it bleed!! Bleah!! Then there's the ever-popular RESPIRATORY SECRETIONS. I can handle poop, pee, amniotic fluid, lanced boils, pus, whatever...but give me a nasty snot-filled trach, and I'm OUTTA THERE.

    Share, share, share people!
    Only one thing and that I must admit I was not nauseated over lol, I almost passed out and that was an eye ball out of the socket that an ERDoc was trying to put back in.

    I was so sick I was sweating and feeling very, very sick so you know what I did, I assisted him with sterile gloves and told him that I had to get used to this or else!

    Cured me, quick.

    I can stand most odors. GI blood, mucus, traches and all those secretions but thankfully, the patient with the eye ball was out cold and I knew where my thresh hold was. quickly. I remember that incident 10 years ago and 13 years have come and gone but the memories still linger.
  12. by   kids
    Originally posted by janmae1950
    I'm still in school. I'm trying to get used to yucky stuff by forcing myself to look at pictures on rotten.com.
    LOL!
    Pictures of stuff gross me out...but I can handle most things 'in person'...except eyeballs!

    -nancy
  13. by   RN-rural
    LOL!
    Pictures of stuff gross me out...but I can handle most things 'in person'...except eyeballs!

    -nancy [/B][/QUOTE] I never saw a picture that grosssed me out, but green yucky sputum gets me--even worse if it's shooting out of a trach! I guess I knew I could be a nurse when I was able to go right to lunch after watching my first autopsy (wayn back in nursing school). Oh yeah, I don't think I would have shook the hand that squashed roaches!

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