What freaks you out? - page 28

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   StudentMarilu
    I can handle the stench of most everything. I guess what really freaks me out is...foreign objects. We had to do vaginal checks every night on a female patient on my LTC psych unit. And everynight, without fail, we would pull one thing or another from her vagina. She used it as a suitcase. Reader's Digest, slipper, toothpaste tube, metal shoehorn, anything she could find and would want to keep. One night after removing three pairs of her room-mate's undies from her vagina, I asked her why in the world she put them in there. She replied, "Well, my Mama always said to carry some clean underwear with me. You never know when you might need them."
  2. by   petiteflower
    OMG LOL marilu,

    I guess I shouldn't laugh, but that is too funny.



  3. by   Paris
    The thing I can't stand is snot and drool. I don't know why but it totally grosses me out to no end. I can even handle vvomit better than those two.

    Paris
  4. by   Amy ER Nurse
    I am an ER nurse and the thing I hate most is the crunchy bone sound when the doc is attempting to reduce a fracture!! Like nails on a chalk board to me, complete with goose bumps.
  5. by   nilepoc
    te worst for me has to be......

    Peeling the palms off of a fresh burn during debreedment. especially if the finger nails come with it.

    ewwwwww.

    On the other hand, tattoos become very vibrant on freshly burned skin. And they look quite stylish when mesh grafted.
  6. by   ChristenLPN
    OMG, what absolutely horrible stories! I love being a nurse!

    OK, things that smell are usually what get me... no one vomits alone in my presence. The sound, the smell, the sight....EEEWWWW. And I cannot stand poop, in any form, diseased or not. Things that just look nasty but don't stink are usually OK with me. I don't particularly enjoy sputum, and it's an effort to keep a straight face w/o sympathy heaves during collection, but it's not that bad. Amniotic fluid, endometrium, fibroids, prolapsed anything (though the dangling cervix gave me a jolt!), vag d/c, foreign objects, C-sections, episiotomies, old tampons, blood, pus, lacerations, severed things, you name it, I'm OK. But when I was still at the OB office we had a lady come in for just an annual, and when we walked in the room to find her gowned and barefoot, the stench of her feet was just nauseating. Worse, there were green and white flaky layers of (?) hanging off and swaying gently in the breeze. Everything else was clean enough but that smell was just awful.

    The one sight that will always get me is anything involving bugs. Spiders are a big thing for me, so of course when I had a man come into Urgent Care with a c/o of "something in my ear" I got him. His first problem was about 50 years of accumulated wax that was just nasty and in every state you can imagine. Weepy, sticky, black, fuzzy, you name it. The worst thing was when I was looking for the "something moving" in his ear, I found not only a LIVE spider roaming around, but the shells of its recent dinner choices as well, all living cozily in thick, multi-colored wax. I dropped the otoscope and told him, "Well, I think I found it, but I need to have the Dr look at it before I start lavaging" and split so I could dry heave out of his range of hearing. I STILL have nightmares about live spiders crawling around in my ears.
  7. by   moonrose2u
    >>OMG, what absolutely horrible stories! I love being a nurse!

    OK, things that smell are usually what get me... no one vomits alone in my presence. The sound, the smell, the sight....EEEWWWW. And I cannot stand poop, in any form, diseased or not. Things that just look nasty but don't stink are usually OK with me. I don't particularly enjoy sputum, and it's an effort to keep a straight face w/o sympathy heaves during collection, but it's not that bad. Amniotic fluid, endometrium, fibroids, prolapsed anything (though the dangling cervix gave me a jolt!), vag d/c, foreign objects, C-sections, episiotomies, old tampons, blood, pus, lacerations, severed things, you name it, I'm OK. But when I was still at the OB office we had a lady come in for just an annual, and when we walked in the room to find her gowned and barefoot, the stench of her feet was just nauseating. Worse, there were green and white flaky layers of (?) hanging off and swaying gently in the breeze. Everything else was clean enough but that smell was just awful<<

    i second everything you said!!! ANYTHING that smells gets me..i've tried everything..vick's under the nose, double masks, so much air freshener that people complained..i still get nauseated! just let me look at poop or vomit.....and i get ill at that as well..

    the ONLY thing that does not bother me is blood......i can handle that.....
  8. by   nursejer
    Well I thought I had an iron stomach until I took car of a pt with gangree. I will never forget that smell! But that wasn't the worst of it. I was placing 2x2's in between his rotiing toes, when one of them fell off in my hand!!! I was so grossed out I couldnt even finish the dressing change. yuck!!!
  9. by   Goofball
    Originally posted by StudentMarilu
    I can handle the stench of most everything. I guess what really freaks me out is...foreign objects. We had to do vaginal checks every night on a female patient on my LTC psych unit. And everynight, without fail, we would pull one thing or another from her vagina. She used it as a suitcase. Reader's Digest, slipper, toothpaste tube, metal shoehorn, anything she could find and would want to keep. One night after removing three pairs of her room-mate's undies from her vagina, I asked her why in the world she put them in there. She replied, "Well, my Mama always said to carry some clean underwear with me. You never know when you might need them."
    This is one of the most bizarre posts I have
    ever read. How twisted. Please keep us up to date with what you find next!
  10. by   bubba
    A full suction container with nice green and yellow slimy chunks!
    Once a trach patient squirted a little saline in his trach, and then blew out a big sloppy glob across the room. makes me want to vomit just thinking about it..
    bubba
  11. by   Goofball
    My pt. today had HIV, PCp pneumonia, TB, Hep B & C, and was in DIC and on the vent, and spraying and leaking blood all over the place. They are also testing her for Hantavirus and Yersinia
    Pestis (Bubonic Plague). I felt sorry for this tragic young woman, (who is mercifully sedated into a practically comatose state). But at the same time it freaked me out a little bit, because of all the blood loose in the room and the vent tubing kept popping apart; and the night nurse had just stuck herself with a dirty bloody needle from this patient. I was more careful than usual!
  12. by   scrappy
    Originally posted by bubba
    A full suction container with nice green and yellow slimy chunks!
    Once a trach patient squirted a little saline in his trach, and then blew out a big sloppy glob across the room. makes me want to vomit just thinking about it..
    bubba
    OH, YUCK!!!!! LOL

    Okay, one time I was emptying and ileostomy on a completely alert and oriented patient. I won't describe it, but it was nasty.
    Well, I got to the bathroom in the patient's room and I couldn't help it, I just started gagging. It took everything I had not to vomit. The patient of course could hear me. He got on the call bell and said "help, the nurse is sick she needs a nurse". I went home sick that day. That is the only time I had that reaction.
  13. by   misti_z
    A coworker was trying to put a NG tube down a pt that was very close to coding. I had just walked in to see if I could assist and he spits this crap up nasty slimey bile green stuff and it goes into another nurses pocket........ugggggg.

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