What freaks you out? - page 39

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   Desert Rat
    Mouth care that hasn't been done, leaving you to suction out big chunks of dried out growths stuck to the tongue and palate that clog up the yankauer.

    Also Costco sells a natural juice with strawberry puree and other stuff that is the exact color and consistency of a bloody-purulent J-P drain I had to empty. The juice is really good, but in 27 years of nursing, the only thing I couldn't stomach.
  2. by   udontwannabme
    The smell of a really bad clotty GI bleed. That and false teeth with food all over them. Everything else doesn't really bother me unless my nose starts to run and I have to smell it.
  3. by   udontwannabme
    Another thing that freaks me out is prepareing a body for the family to view. Just the coolness of the skin while you clean it up is enough to make me get goose bumps. I can't stand to be in a room by myself with the body.
  4. by   CCURN
    I hate it when people vomit and gag, It makes me gag big time.....Fortunately not many of my patients vomit...Which is kind of a surprise now I think about it......
  5. by   Scotty
    I'm OK with most things and I have minimal sense of smell, otherwise I couldn't do this job.
    Once I forgot to put a glass eye in a patient who had died.
    It was not fun going over to the mortuary at the end of my shift, sliding the patient out of the fridge and trying to prise his eyelids open. I had to do it because I'd promised his family I'd remember to put it in.
  6. by   Care Assistant
    Blood.

    I work with old people I CAN DEAL WITH:
    Urine, Vomite and Poo BUT NOT Blood. Or needles. Freaks me out.

    Also have to mention that woman giving birth make me want to pass out. Couldn't do it not even Ceserian. NO THANK YOU.

    :chuckle
    Last edit by Care Assistant on Apr 27, '03
  7. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by udontwannabme
    false teeth with food all over them.
    Speaking of teeth----a few weeks ago we were gathered at the nursing station for report one fine morning on our ltc dementia unit.One of our gals was seated in the lobby-I heard this lip smacking and slurping noise and turned-She had her upper plate in her hand and was picking off the ...goodies...and EATING! I have never heard such a communal gagging....
  8. by   perfectbluebuildings
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    I have a thing with ticks... I cannot take them off myself of my animals!!! I have to have someone else do it!! This summer I had to take my son into the ER and embarrasingly ask the doc to do it for me!!! EWWW!!! its just nasty!!!
    I agree!! Our dogs used to get them in the summer and if they got in a crease behind their ear or under their leg, they would get huge swelled up with blood. I would always have to get my dad to pull them off, he then would call them "grapes" and offer them to us as "snacks" for a joke. Funny guy, my dad! There is just something about those little crawly legs sticking out... ewww!!! Also cockroaches, I cannot stand to be around them for a millisecond, they give me the creepy crawly heebie jeebies all over!!
    Last edit by perfectbluebuildings on Apr 27, '03
  9. by   Shell7280
    The only thing that I can't handle is the SOUND of bones breaking or grinding. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! it gives me goose bumps and makes me dry heave. Nothing else bothers me, no smells, no nothing. But I have Not smelt a GI Bleed yet, and from what I hear, I don't think I want to!
  10. by   healingtouchRN

    I can't stand ortho stuff either, crunching bones give me the willies, so I am a cardiac nurse. When I did ER, I couldn't stand runny baby doodie, & GI Bleeds, or c-diff. Staph aureous & pseudomonas is nasty too. No wonder my hands are so dry from all my hand washings! We gotta love this job, else we're all nuts! Beats the heck out of pushing papers as a secretary!
  11. by   BuffaloLPN
    Watching pica pt shove INCHES and INCHEs-ok FEET- of blanket, gown down his throat. The running comment is "would you like ketchup on that?"
    Also, not too gross but -
    once had a very confused elderly pt with constipation. We tried everything possible. Finally just to get her more comfortable, we put her on the shower chair ( the toilet seat kind, JIC) wheeled her into the shower and she let out the LARGEST amt of stool I have EVER seen. I swear you might have thought an elephant or two had made the pile! Turns out her confusion was related and she thanked us endlessly: turned out to be so sweet.
  12. by   pokey sn
    Oh this thread is great! And we wonder why we keep coming back for more I have worked on a respiratory floor where patients are on vents and have trachs. Oh the smells that come from that floor!Absolutely disgusting !! Also I hate dirty ears! That absolutely gets under my skin. And perhaps the most gut renching smell is a patient with cancer. I feel so bad for them but the smell is so unbearable! I think I'll stay on rehab for a while!
  13. by   Brita01
    Originally posted by ktwlpn
    Speaking of teeth----a few weeks ago we were gathered at the nursing station for report one fine morning on our ltc dementia unit.One of our gals was seated in the lobby-I heard this lip smacking and slurping noise and turned-She had her upper plate in her hand and was picking off the ...goodies...and EATING! I have never heard such a communal gagging....

    Ok, now that I'm done gagging, that's NASTY!
    I also get grossed out when I have to clean my patient's suction canister out every night. Oh, the fun of squirting in the dish soap and swirling it around to get that clingy stuff off of the plastic. Yuck.

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