What freaks you out? - page 44

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   Marie_LPN, RN
    Let's not forget the lovely sound of the mallet hitting the end of the Gillies in ENT. CRUNCH!
  2. by   emsboss
    Probably the worst I have ran into was a LOL who's sister called EMS for her and said "my sister just needs to be checked in the ER". Went to pick her up she appeared clean, but...When she stood up...O...M...G...:uhoh21: ...She had cervical/uterine/ovarian CA and the smell was overpowering!!!!!!!!!

    Another call we had was a man had driven himself to the ER after cutting 3 of his fingers off in a circular saw. We were dispatched to go find them for reattachment. We went into the shop and I found the thumb. I turned to my partner (who had just eaten a can of BBQ Vienna Sausages) and asked him if he was still hungry...I saw those Viennas again
  3. by   lapappey
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Let's not forget the lovely sound of the mallet hitting the end of the Gillies in ENT. CRUNCH!


    *shudder*
  4. by   Medic2RN
    Hi - nursing student/FF/paramedic here....
    I would have to say I have issues with 3 things:
    -"Code Browns"
    -The smell of rotting flesh
    -The smell of burning flesh
    :yeahthat:
  5. by   nesher
    Great thread, but I admit I have to stop in the midst of reading them as I feel a bit sick - this doesn't happen to me ever anymore...
    That said I can't stand cleaning up dog/cat vomit - especially dog variety - my dog used to hurl and then munch it back down. Better the second time you know...
    Another issue is fistula drainage. Eons ago I had a patient who had had cervical CA - over the course of her treatment and until her death she had this drainage that we were unable to stop or fix - the smell spread thorugh the hallway and the liquid would just pour out of her. No way to keep her clean and dry.
    One rude nurse I used to work with would put mouthwash on a mask to go into her room. While it was nasty - she was well aware of it and it certainly didn't help her to have him react that way. Geez hope it never happens to him or anyone he loves.
    Another scent that is difficult to get out of your nose is that of GVHD diarrhea (graft vs. host disease) - the color is burgundy, the texture pudding like, and the volume can be 2-3 LITERS a day.
    Ok one more, large volume vag bleed smell. Another woman who had had cervical CA years prior - she had been irradiated way past what she should have been - became a para as a result and it was the previous radiation that would cause her bleeds. Never have seen or heard or smelled anything like it. She was a large gal about 250. The blood would bubble out between her legs and fill the space from her vagina to the tops of her legs and spill over - moving all the way to her feet. You could hear it like a stream over rocks - in fact that's what it looked and acted like a fast moving stream. Poor thing did die...
  6. by   nesher
    I forgot one story - had a patient once that developed necrotising fascialits ( sorry don't feel like looking up the correct spelling) from a spider bite. She had to have a temporary colostomy and well as half her labia removed - among other things.
    Her daily dressing changes were done in the OR - yes the OR. Evenually we did them in her room with laughing gas. The abdominal wound wasn't the worst I had ever seen , it covered her abdomen from left to right and was about an 1.5 inches deep.
    I was out to dinner around the time this gal was in the hospital and was telling this story ( I know- at the dinner table with 3 nurses present and 3 non nurses.) One of the people I was with and didn't know kept saying she was going to be sick - as all of us nurse types were telling our gross stories. She got up and left the table to go to the bathroom. A few moments later the waiter came to table and asked if one of our party was blond etc. etc and then said she passed out and that they had called 911. Two of us - being the nurses we were raced to her side. She had passed out cold right in the lobby in plain view of the bar - incont. - the whole nine yards. When we got there she was alert but pretending to be be out due to embarrassment. The EMT's arrived - did their thing. She was fine.
    Moral of the story however is sometimes non nurses mean it when they say they are going to be sick...
  7. by   nesher
    Ok sorry one more - as I read it triggers the stories I had put into the dark recesses of my mind.
    We give oral Busulfan as part of the conditioning treatment for a stem cell transplant. They get doses based on their height weight etc, with 2mg tablets put into capules 10mg per capusle. So the gross part is if they throw up -we have to go through the emesis and search it...yes really...search through their vomit for the small white tablets to count them so we can repeat the dose. Not a pleasant experience for either party.
  8. by   hmcna
    Quote from LPNtoRN
    Anything to do with eyes freaks me out.
    I can't stand eyes either...

    Either my own, or anything to do with someone elses...

    I've never dealt with maggots, have dealt with just about everything else in this thread....

    I'm so bad about eyes... that although i'm diabetic, i won't go get my eyes examined because i can't handle the eye drops....

    Anyone know any dr's that give general anesthesia for eye drops? lol
  9. by   lapappey
    Eyes sure are a popular choice!

    Does anyone on the board work with them regularly or exclusively? Anything to say on the matter?


    Quote from hmcna
    I can't stand eyes either...

    Either my own, or anything to do with someone elses...

    I've never dealt with maggots, have dealt with just about everything else in this thread....

    I'm so bad about eyes... that although i'm diabetic, i won't go get my eyes examined because i can't handle the eye drops....

    Anyone know any dr's that give general anesthesia for eye drops? lol
  10. by   smiles13
    I can stomach ANYTHING, but watching newborn male circumcisions gets me light-headed. I'm female... but it still really gets me.

    Burns also really bother me...
    Last edit by smiles13 on Feb 6, '05 : Reason: added thought
  11. by   smiles13
    Quote from Medic2RN
    Hi - nursing student/FF/paramedic here....
    I would have to say I have issues with 3 things:
    -"Code Browns"
    -The smell of rotting flesh
    -The smell of burning flesh
    :yeahthat:
    I feel dumb asking, but what is a code brown?
  12. by   Morning-glory
    Eyes and Teeth. Everytime.

    Transplant nurse came by to collect corneas. Asked me to give her a hand. I gagged right then. She then said "OK, maybe not you".

    I just about passed out from watching Dr putting in a nerve block for a shoulder. Great big needle, must have been 8 inches long, and they are trying to find the right space, in and out, in and out, fingers twitching, YUCK!!! I came out of there and was white as a sheet. Just thinking about it gives me that churning feeling in the bottom of my belly.

    Absolute worst though, was my day in the OR during school. Rhinoplasty for a deviated septum. Hammer and chisel. Whack Whack Whack!!! Clunk as I hit the floor. Patient was awake and asked what the noise was all about.

    I haven't actually thrown up at work yet, but I am working on it.

    I did lose a couple of students while changing a dressing once. LOL from NH, in for a decubitus ulcer. She had just gotten there, so no one on the floor had seen the wound yet. I took off the dressing and it was just an itty bitty hole. I was like OK, not a problem. I asked my students to get closer so that they could see. There were 3 of them. I started to swab out the interior of the wound and all of a sudden I had gobs of psudomona infected pus pouring out. The smell was unreal, but I kept going. I had forgotten about my students. The wound had tunneled for about 10 inches all around. The Doc came by at the time, took one look and turned green and ran out of the room. Had another Doc come in, Plastics guy, he was great. We cleaned it all out, took about an hour. Some of my students had come and gone, some staff the same thing. After it was all neatly packed and dressed, I went out of the room.

    Turns out, all of the students had puked, and so did most of the staff. The first Doc had actually thrown up in the hall. I could still smell the stuff, so I washed well. I changed into my street clothes after a quick at-work shower.

    I got home and first thing my hubby asked was what the stench was. I didn't think he wanted to know, and upon reflexion, he agreed. I took another shower, but I could still smell it. Had to wash my clothes and my hair 3 times to get rid of it. Those students did not want to do anymore dressings. This poor lady had to have surgery x3 to get it cleaned up. She was with us for 3 months. The smell wouldn't go away the whole time she was there.
  13. by   abundantjoy07
    Two words...

    Flying Poo.

    *shivers*

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