What freaks you out? - page 33

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   stevierae
    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!
  2. by   stevierae
    Oh, man--that dog licking up the sputum from the ol' spit can is really giving me the dry heaves. That takes the cake. Every time I visualize it, I start gagging.

    OK, here's one I remember from the '80s. GYN doc told us this one. Woman comes in to GYN clinic, c/o foul-smelling vaginal odor and greenish drainage "for several weeks." Woman gets up into stirrups and doc is almost knocked out by the smell. Doc inserts speculum and shines light up there--sees something dark, jammed up there, waaaay up there, way back against cervix. Starts pulling, and pulling, and pulling, and pulling-----out comes a pair of slimy, nasty, foul-smelling GREEN pantyhose!! Patient says, "Oh, I was WONDERING where those went!!!" Doctor throws pantyhose in garbage, then goes out to get a breath and to ask someone for a can of air freshener. Comes back--patient is gone. Doctor tells nurses about incident. They don't believe her. Doctor says, "Fine, just go check the garbage, you'll see." They do--pantyhose are gone--apparently retrieved by patient and taken home, presumably for future wear, uh, use?

    I know those ones about foreign objects being found in abdominal skin folds of obese patients are true. One time, 500+ lb. gentleman came to OR for scheduled bariatric surgery. After pt. intubated, circulator goes to prep--lifts up one of his many skin folds--entire box of Kleenex found there. That post about the cash money hidden in between rolls of fat wins the prize, though.

    Oh, here's one more true story: surgeon is scrubbed in; I am circulating. He says, "Something is itching my ear; it is driving me crazy; can you come scratch it with a clamp or something, please?" I say sure, go on over, look at his ear--and on it is a FLEA. EEEUUghhhh.....
  3. by   stevierae
    Oh, I just thought of one more!! This also happened in the '80s, at the height of true "yuppiedom" when it seemed that greed and the quest for wealth were epidemic, especially among the doctors. All the surgeons we worked with drove expensive Mercedes sports cars with car phones (which were a HUGE status symbol in those days) and generally tried to outdo each other in expensive homes, clothes, and trophy wives. So, one day this wealthy general surgeon is doing a hemorrhoidectomy; as he thinks it is going to be a very short and simple procedure, (albeit one he will get to charge maximum OR time for) he has not changed his shoes or put shoe covers over them. However, as he inserts the anal speculum, PINWORMS come literally FALLING out of the patient's anus!! The surgeon stands there, stunned, yelling, "MY Guccis!! My Guccis!! SOMEBODY put some shoe covers on me!!" We were all like dying laughing, and NO WAY was anybody going to get on the floor and put shoe covers on him, esp. with pinworms cascading out...eeeuuuuuwww...
    Last edit by stevierae on Jul 14, '02
  4. by   misti_z
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Anyway (I'm gagging just thinking about this) he threw up on the floor once when I was the only one home and it was this massive pile of tape worms. They were huge.
    Oh I wish we had a pucking smiley!!
  5. by   sunnygirl272
  6. by   Neon8
    Tunneling decubitus ulcers on the sacrum. This fellow was paralyzed from about T6 and could not feel as the doc dug around in there with the other end of the Q tip. This caused my preceptor to wince. He noticed this. When it was time to change the packing, she had me go in and do it because it creeped her out. I was happy to do it. The patient asked me if it bothered me, and I said "No". He said he could tell it didn't and from that day on we got along great. He never trusted my preceptor after that.
  7. by   NurseAngie
    Originally posted by Zee_RN
    We were talking about this at work the other day (in ICU). I hate trach secretions too. Somehow, it's worse thru a trach than thru our closed suctioning endotracheal tubes. But what would really freak me out is a situation I heard another nurse describe (I haven't, Thank God, encountered it myself): once she took a patient off a bedpan and it was full of BIG intestinal WORMS. AAAACCKKKKK!!! Other nurses also described having to apply leeches as their worst nightmare (haven't done that yet either but I think I could handle leeches before BIG INTESTINAL WORMS!!!!). AAAAACCCKKK again!


    ooohhhh yuck!

    ~Angie
  8. by   Neon8
    I remember when I was assisting a doc with a pelvic exam years ago. the woman had a very foul smelling dischage. The doc saw something jammed up in there and used the long forceps to get at it. He pulled out this strange plastic colored object. The woman said, "Oh that's a French Tickler" I assume that is something the male places on his penis to give the woman a thrill, but I don't know for sure.
  9. by   poppycops
    THE INITIAL INCISION IN ABDOMINAL SURGERY WHEN THE SKIN OPENED UP AND THE ADIPOSE TISSUE TURNED UP CAUSED ME TO PASS OUT IN MY FIRST EXPERIENCE. THE SECOND TIME I WAS SCRUBBED IN AND STANDING NEXT TO THE SURGEON AND HE HANDED ME THE GALL BLADDER WITH STONES IN IT. THE TEMPERATURE WAS TEPID. I GOT QUEASY. A FEW DAYS LATER THE SAME DOC LOOSENED THE CLAMP ON AN ARTERY AND BLOOD HIT THE FRONT OF MY GOWN AND AFTER THAT I WAS OK.
  10. by   fab4fan
    I hate the smell of gi bleeders and pseudomonas...gaaaaaccckkk!!

    I work in the ED, so there's plenty of the usual to go around, but one time this man had projectil vomiting when I was putting in an NG tube...he was a near code, so he'd already been tubed, etc. It was projectile...looked like a fountain...even the ED doc ran out of the room. The other nurse and I were trying to secure the NG, and I was alternating between gagging and laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.

    Chicken feathers...good Lord, I would have bailed to keep from laughing out loud.:spin:
  11. by   misti_z
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272


  12. by   misti_z
    Here's another!! :chuckle

  13. by   adrienurse
    I also remember just before I graduated, I was changing a dressing on a bad arterial foot ulcer. Here I was cleasing the area and these white parts that I just thought maybe necrotic tissue and then I realized they were bone! I was freaking out! All the bones on the top of the person's foot were exposed. My stomach is much better these days -- doesn't even faze me.

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