What freaks you out? - page 45

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   ashadown
    I am a mental health worker at the Austin State Hospital. The things that make my skin crawl are not body fluids, but what "clients" do. We had this one woman who was obsessed with eating things other than food. Examples of this include screws, torn up paper plates, pencils, buttons, glue, etc..etc...

    Well, the doctors decided to isolate her for awhile as her stomach had already been pumped NINE times in the past year. That's when the GROSSEST thing that I ever saw came to pass. Upon opening the door to feed her dinner a month ago, I observed her eating her own FECES!!!! AHHHH!!! :bowingpur Lord knows how long she had been doing this! It was quite a report I had to write, and when I told the nurse on the next shift, she could hardly keep a straght face. "I know", she said.

    "You mean to tell me that you knew, and you did not REPORT THIS?", I said..
    "Yes, it amuses me".

    Oh, me blessed sole! I don't know what was sicker, the patient eating her own poop, or the nurse who got off to it!!!

    Needless to say, this has a happy ending. I got that quack job nurse TERMINATED that day. And the poop girl?? She was transfered to a private facility, and I hear that she is doing much batter, and on better medication. She even was well enough to send me a thank-you card for caring so much.

    -Michael Damrow

    Austin State Hospital
  2. by   proud2b1
    I cant stand removing any kind of saturated packing from a wound.I also hate anything,anywhere clusterd together,like a raised rash.Everything else,except for snot,is ok!!
  3. by   aeauooo
    Quote from JennieBSN
    What bodily fluid can't you STAND?
    Emesis.

    Quote from JennieBSN
    What wound gives you the absolute WILLIES?
    Hand injuries.

    Quote from JennieBSN
    Mine is eyeball injuries/surgery
    A couple of years ago I watched a tech from the Eye Bank harvest the corneas from a patient of mine who had died on my shift - that made me cringe!

    Twice in my nursing career I have come close to passing out - both were before I became a nurse. The first was the first time I saw a guy have his trach suctioned - that doesn't bother me at all any more, but it sure made quitting smoking a lot easier. The second was during my OB rotation when I watched a circumcision.
  4. by   banditrn
    Black heads!! I don't want to look at them, touch them, and I certainly won't squeeze them.

    Other than that, as long as I have gloves on, I'm impervious!
  5. by   twinmommy+2
    A few months ago we had a little one come in, perhaps a year old, who while bitting the crib rail, fell over it somehow. When he got to us he was just the cutest little thing, even smiling, through the two bottom teeth that were sticking perfectly perpendicular to his face. Poor sweet thing couldn't close his lips so all he did was smile at all the staff and drool. That one definatly gave me the willies. Poor Mommy was beside herself.
  6. by   twinmommy+2
    OH how could I forget about one of the first patients I ever had. Man had a testicular abcess. I think that was the foulest abcess I have seen. We actually thought he was going to lose his testicles. He was so nice about it though and very appreciative of all the dressing changes and care he received.
  7. by   JayceeRN
    Respiratory secretions freak me out, usually have to leave the room when people are coughing up phlegm

    TimonRN you indicated that you hate emptying NG canisters, why would you be emptying one? We add solidifier when they are full and put them in a hazard bag.
  8. by   nrsang97
    The things that get me :

    Are opening and adding solidifier to NGT and oral sxn contaniner.

    Watching a ventric or camino bolt be inserted. After that slice through the scalp and then the drilling into the bone start I feel very lightheaded and nauseated. That really grosses me out.

    Trach suction (copious secretions) I am getting better than I used to.

    Mouth care when someone hasn't had good mouth care and we pull stuff outta there.

    Anything with the EYE. I had a pt with exopthalmos and was trying to do a pupil check and was uncooperative. Her eye POPPED out at me. I had to ease it back in.



    I really have gotten better about trach suctioning and mouth care. But that last one I wish to never see again.
  9. by   TiggerBelly
    I can handle just about anything HOWEVER the one thing that will always get me is the sound a person makes when they are just getting ready to throw up. I can't spell the sound out in letters, but its that sound when you know its coming deep from within their bellies and they are giving it their all to get it up. Not the dry heave sound, the wet sound. EEEWWW
  10. by   abbaking
    1. Compound Fx or external fixators - yukky! Just thinking about it will make me taste the bile.

    2. Colostomies - To me, a filled colostomy bag full of stool resembles a cake frosting bag. The odor is over-poweringing. I can only do colostomy care with a mask on and a peppermint tea bag inside my mask.

    3. Children Crying - I know its not gross, but i hate to see little kids (8 and up) crying from pain or other things.

    4. Abused Children - I cant stand to see innocent little children the victim's of disgusting physical or sexual abuse. I cry for the kids and then I want to kill the victimizers. There is a reason I dont work in the PICU.
  11. by   Nidawi
    holy cats!!! it's taken me a long time to get through this whole thread, and i can only say god bless all of you!!!

    [color=#483d8b]i haven't exactly seen anything like on this thread, but i have had some experiences.

    [color=#483d8b]the first time i was admitted in the hospital for my heart, i was sharing a room with an elderly lady. well, i don't know what was wrong with her, but the smell.....words cannot describe!!!! i begged my nurse to move my room! she really felt awful that i had to deal with it. i never knew anything could smell that bad coming out of somebody's rear end!!! she brought me some "air freshener", it was baby powder scented, but i think the combination of the two was somehow worse! she told me the only room she could move me to had a male patient in it. i told her i did not care!!! i did eventually get moved, i have no idea how they found a place for me, but i have never been so grateful!!! ugh...

    [color=#483d8b]another time i was in the hospital i had a room mate with emphysema (sp?). anyway, the entire time i was there, i had to listen to her hacking up what i imagine was her lungs. it was horrifying! the sound of that nasty junk coming out of her lungs.....}}}}shivers{{{{

    [color=#483d8b]i have three kids, two are boys and are accident prone, so i've seen my share of injuries, vomit, and all the other things that go along with being a mom. i can't really stand seeing cuts that need stitches or glued together. (i've learned that for some reason, head wounds seem to bleed more than any other place on their bodies!) i can't really stand cleaning up vomit, or watching them vomit, either, let alone the smell. i've discovered a solution for this! i have a nice bucket that i line with small garbage bags. i usually put several in it. then when they vomit, i can easily just close up the bag real quick and run it outside to the trash can. this brings my contact with the sight and smells to a bare minimum! ( if i even think they're going to vomit, they immediately get a prepared bucket!!!)

    [color=#483d8b]and i just have to say, that i have no idea how or why a cockroach would want to get inside someone's ear, but if i ever for any reason had something like that happen to me ( or any kind of bug crawl into my ear, really), somebody better just knock my rear end out, cause i will freak! i don't care if they have to just punch me in the face to knock my lights out, someone just better do it! the same goes with having any kind of "bug" therapy (maggots, leeches...ugh...just the thought bof having something like that on me makes me shiver and my legs turn limp, complete with gagging!)





  12. by   sfsn
    in one word: maggots

    almost feel sick thinking about it

  13. by   ElvishDNP
    Ear wax and the GI bleed smell.

    Anything else - regular poop, pee, blood, vomit, pus, you name it, I've grown accustomed to it. I cannot handle ear wax in big chunks, and the smell of blood mixed with stool invariably makes me retch. I can't help it.

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