What freaks you out? - page 19

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   Chuckie
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    Last edit by Chuckie on Jan 18, '03
  2. by   NurseDixie
    Vomiting!!! I can clean it up, but just to hear the patient gagging gets to me. The same thing goes when inserting an NG tube, when the pt. starts gagging, I do, too! I just can't help it.
  3. by   NurseDixie
    The post from Chucky reminded me of one...Years ago when I was a CNA, we admitted a little old lady who had fallen several days prior to anyone finding her and she had a fractured hip and she also had maggots in her vagina!!YIKES Felt so sorry for her,too.
  4. by   Caro
    For me the number one horror is.......SPUTUM.
    False teeth make me feel a bit "unusual "...and the never forgotten smell of malaena is fairly vile.

    My worst experience ever was putting a Foley in a 76 stone woman .... I should have worn a snorkel. I had visions of disappearing if she took a deep breath!

    Caroline
  5. by   Goofball
    What the heck is a 76 stone woman?
  6. by   Caro
    Hi Goofball

    76 stones is 1064 pounds.
    We are talking about one VERY big woman !

    Caroline
  7. by   kids
    Originally posted by Caro
    76 stones is 1064 pounds.
    You did'nt need a snorkel, you needed a wet suit and a fork lift!

    -nancy
    Last edit by kids on Jan 29, '02
  8. by   micro
    Originally posted by Caro
    Hi Goofball

    76 stones is 1064 pounds.
    We are talking about one VERY big woman !

    Caroline
    I thought I had almost seen everything......but no I guess not.......so this woman is surviving!!!!!!!! Bless her heart!!!!!!!!

    just micro
  9. by   Caro
    Alas , this lady died in our care....probably from a PE.
    I say probably because we couldn't fit her in the elevator to take her to the pm lab.

    Caroline
  10. by   donmurray
    Vomit does it for me. Have you noticed that whatever they ate, there's always diced carrot in there?
  11. by   Caro
    Of course there is carrot in there ! The carrot man sneaks up behind the vomiter and throws diced carrot over their shoulder while they vomit !

    However, an italian friend of mine swears she always finds tinned tomato !

    Caroline
  12. by   SICU Queen
    Wow... what a great thread!

    I'm pretty grossed out at the usual stuff (colostomies, trach lugies, etc.) but one experience stands out in my mind.

    I floated out to Telemetry one night and helped another nurse (who's also a friend) admit a CHFer. This poor old gramps obviously hadn't bathed in quite a while, as his underwear were yellow/brown and stiff. When the other nurse bathed him, he pulled back the patient's foreskin and the accumulated old secretions came off in a SOLID RING, with hairs and all sticking out of it. I thought my friend was going to pass out.

    I had to go out in the hall and laugh my ass off...

    There was also the time a nice little old lady sent us brownies in the ICU and we found fingernails and cat hairs in them. We called the patient's MD and told him; he was VERY upset, as he had already eaten one...
  13. by   SICU Queen
    I just remembered one more thing... this was the only time I came close to vomiting in my 13 years of patient care.

    My husband (who's also a nurse) was helping me bathe this lady who had a gangrenous foot. She refused to have it amputated and it was BLACK and PETRIFIED. I mean solid charcoal. We went to turn her over and I accidentally grabbed her foot and it CRACKED OPEN and just about came off. Sounded like a twig snapping. This crack occurred in the MIDDLE of her foot! I thought it was going to just fall off... UGH.

    I screamed and ran into her bathroom gagging... my husband was about to die from laughing so hard. Thank GOD the patient was just about comatose by this time. I would've been SO embarrassed...

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