What freaks you out? - page 63

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... Read More


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    Quote from carolmaccas66
    I'm surprised she married you after that!
    Me too.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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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    Quote from 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!

    Were the medical maggots? I've heard of maggots being used to help with unstageable decub's and other kind of deep necrotic wounds like that.

    And hey, I'll come deal with your bugs and you can come take of of my sputum samples and trach suctioning! I can't even eat after that, let alone THINK about lunch while I'm in the act...
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    I work NICU which is so much better than adults for many reasons...... not the least me which is the gross factor. Of course we do have blood/pus/stool leaking ostomies and infected fishy trachs. And that NEC smell....... But the silly thing that totally gives me the willies is removing an umbilical line. It's just so long and scary. I just want to grab my own belly when I see it coming out. You can't look away! You have to make sure it is intact!!! Lol.
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    Quote from HappyBunnyNurse
    I work NICU which is so much better than adults for many reasons...... not the least me which is the gross factor. Of course we do have blood/pus/stool leaking ostomies and infected fishy trachs.
    But the best part is that neonates are lighter and of course the volume of all bodily fluids/secretions is so much less than adults!
    Last edit by RPN_2012 on Aug 29, '10
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    C.diff. GI bleeds. and MAGGOTS ewww. If I unknowingly have a patient with a wound and are using maggots to help debride that wound, I will freak out!
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    this one is probably silly, but feet. The other day I was driving home and was at a red light on this guy on the side walk takes his shoe and sock off and starts scratching off layers of dead, crusty skin off his foot!!!
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    Any creepy, crawly bugs like scabies or lice. If they're on my patient, I start feeling the bugs crawling all over me, too.
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