What freaks you out? - page 48

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   twinmommy+2
    Working with an ams that came in, elderly woman, took too many narcs. We took out her dentures and placed them to the side. But apparently she put in too many of those seafoam things in her mouth to hold it up, and they didn't all come out, and it started waving in the breaze inside her mouth and made her vomit green pea color as we got it out, everyone just gasped and one started vomiting in the room.

    There is very little that actually made me retch though.
  2. by   yousoldtheworld
    The combination of menstrual blood and poop is the one thing that makes me dry heave.
  3. by   carolmaccas66
    Usually smells does it for me - any horrid smells. Decaying flesh when cleaning & packing large wounds or old blood turns my stomach but I've never retched or vomited - yet!
    Seeing blood, vomit, etc doesn't bother me for some reason.
  4. by   futurenurseheather
    i'm a cna..and i cannot stand loose stool in a bedpan! i can wipe it off them, the bed, the brief, everything but i seriously gag if i have to clean it out/empty it out of a bedpan!! i have no idea why....oh and another thing...i hate spit. well not really spit, but u know that nasty thick stringy stuff from deep within?? ughhhhhahhgasdfewwwwwwwwwwww!!!!....lol i can handle everything else i've encountered so far
  5. by   RNDreamer
    I can look at poop on a bed, on a floor, brief....but for some reason, the site of a bedside commode disgusts me. Don't ask me why, I have no clue. Maybe because it does not flush? I don't know.
  6. by   RPN_2012
    Wow, this is such a great topic! I'm starting Nursing School in 2 weeks, and this prepares me, so maybe I will be a little less freaked out/disgusted by some of the stuff mentioned... I've only read 7 pages and by the 7th page I feel less nauseous than I did a few pages before. Thanks and keep it coming. Maybe by the time I finish reading this thread I'll won't be nauseous reading this at all. And then comes the seeing...
  7. by   Flying ICU RN
    Fun and Games at Work

    Nothing freaks me out but, I did make a female co-worker nearly vomit once.

    I showed her what she thought was a swab culture from a particularly well known and much discussed wound, which I promptly ate in front of her. "Umm, tastes like chicken", I said. It was peanut butter!

    Two years later she married me!
  8. by   missingunc
    I have not everything.. but so far; Really bad cdiff mad me gag (good thing i had a mask on and didnt make any noise) and trach suction is just.. EW. Teeth falling out bothers me.. And Dont even get me started with maggots. IF/when i ever experience a situation with maggots, i might loose it.
    yikes!
    Kuddos to everyone for experiencing/dealing with there "heeby geebies"
  9. by   carolmaccas66
    Quote from Flying ICU RN
    Fun and Games at Work

    Nothing freaks me out but, I did make a female co-worker nearly vomit once.

    I showed her what she thought was a swab culture from a particularly well known and much discussed wound, which I promptly ate in front of her. "Umm, tastes like chicken", I said. It was peanut butter!

    Two years later she married me!
    Ha ha, so funny! I'm surprised she married you after that!
  10. by   Flying ICU RN
    Quote from carolmaccas66
    I'm surprised she married you after that!
    Me too.
  11. by   Leelee2
    Can't stand eye injuries. Active Eye bleeds, anything like that. My brother lost his eye in an accident years ago when we were kids. can't handle eye injuries, and I make that known to my employer. It's only happened once, in seven years at my facility, while i was on duty. Thank goodness.
  12. by   bandas
    I'm a Pulm nurse so mucous, loogies...doesn't bother me at all. I can suction a trach with the best of 'em all the while thinking about what's for lunch. But start talking about bugs....maggots, cockroaches, worms...that gives me the heebie jeebies. Only had maggots on a patient once and I nearly passed out. But the wound beds where the maggots had been were amazingly clean, good granulation tissue, no necrosis!

    I also have a problem with measuring and flushing vomit, especially if it's chunky. I have dry heaved in more patient bathrooms than i want to think about.

    And I did have a patient that was NPO except for the big jug of Golytely that she was supposed to be drinking a glass of every 1/2 hour. She also had a horrible food addiction. She got ahold of the jug when I was out of the room and chugged it all. Then proceeded to poop, everywhere in the room. It looked like a murder scene, but with poop instead of blood. She over-flowed the toilet, covered it actually. I threw a towel on the floor to cover a lake of poop to get to the toilet and when I tried to step over the towel, I ended up skidding across the floor on the towel and poop. I went over the the patient and she had it smeared all over her body, and was just sitting in it. By the time I was done I had multiple poopy handprints covering my isolation gown. Needless to say, I didn't eat lunch that day. All my co-workers still laugh about that day.

    Gee, now I'm starting to think...just why did I become a nurse?
  13. by   Cat_LPN
    I'm pretty hardy when it comes to nursing 'grossies' but here are a few of mine:

    1. COFFEE GROUND EMESIS. Actually, any kind of emesis.

    2. SPUTUM. Especially having to collect a sample from a trach. I seriously gag.

    3. Trach's in general bother me. That whole 'area'; the larynx, trachea, cricoid cartilage... just gives me the serious WILLIES and makes me just cringe. Even on myself, that whole area bothers me. I don't touch it.

    4. Long, dirty fingernails.

    5. Dentures that need a SERIOUS brushing.. I swear, denture care is NOT just plopping them into a container with water and Polident! Please remove the caked on food from them too!


    And one more, I am a huge advocate for the use of skin moisturizer cream! I loathee when a poor patient's freshly changed sheets are covered in a dusting of dry, dead skin that flaked off on it.. EW!

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