What freaks you out? - page 7

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   Zak
    Oh boy! Do some of these posts bring back the memories. I served as an ambulance officer (EMT) in Central Australia for a year back in 1988. The Aboriginal people are fascinating in many ways, but for many, personal hygiene was not a chart-topper. I found out very quickly that if an Aboriginal tells you something smells bad, you sit right up and take notice. So my partner and I were sent to a "humpy" (small hut) in a camp because an elderly man "smells bad and can't walk." My partner, who was a very young, idealistic woman, was attending. The patient indeed could not walk and we placed him on the stretcher which was then loaded in the back of the ambulance. The pt had indicated that his foot hurt. My partner was about to take off this old, mouldy tennis shoe when I stopped her. "Oh! Don't do that!," I screamed. "Never, ever take off someone's shoes unless you have to treat a traumatic injury!" Well, she said a few things about my level of compassion, etc. I remained silent. We were disinfecting the stretcher after off-loading the pt at the ER when we hear this anguished cry (AAAArrrrrrgggghhh!!) come from the examining room. Apparantly, this was a long-term diabetic pt, and when the resident took off this fellow's shoe, literally half his foot came with it and the smell was, inconceivable. This was winter, no maggots for debridement of the gangrenous tissue. I looked at the pt's foot and it was like an anatomy lesson. Not nice...
  2. by   kaycee
    One of my worst experiences that made me gag was in the ER when an older man came in with both legs swollen and black fluid seeping from his shoes. The smell alone was horrendous. When I removed his shoes and socks both legs were wrapped with ace bandages that were black and wet. When I removed the ace wraps not only were both legs full of maggots but also cockroaches little and big came scampering out all over the place. I could take the maggots, I've dealt with them before, plus they move slow but those little roaches were fast and I couldn't kill them fast enough. My skin cawled the rest of the night.
  3. by   ClariceS
    That last post reminded me of a rather obese patient we received from our ER. She smelled rather - shall I say unbathed - and I sent in 2 of my CNA's to get her washed up. A short while into it I heard a screech from her room and went in to see what happened. They had lifted one of her skin folds and a cockroach scurried out. That wasn't the only thing they ended up finding. There were old bits of food and even a part of a potato chips bag. YUCK!

    Kday - hope you're feeling better!
  4. by   randomnamees
    two words....

    digital extraction
  5. by   JennieBSN
    Ooo, ooo, fat chick story!!! We had a woman come in for a scheduled c-section, very "fluffy" woman, as I prefer to call them. Anyway, they put in the spinal, laid her down on the table, and her breasts flopped back (the kind you could use a crock pot as a bra...), and one half of a BOLOGNA SANDWICH plopped onto the floor!!! The woman casually says, 'I was WONDERING where that went!' She'd been eating in bed last night (so much for NPO after MN), got up to go to the bathroom, came back, and her sandwich had mysteriously disappeared. I do believe I started my diet THAT DAY.

    By the way, Clarice, thanks for the concern. But between the phenergan and fioricet, I'm so drugged that I don't even CARE any more about how nasty this stuff is!! Hee hee.

  6. by   mud
    Yes!!! I have seen those crazy little critters on a pt. My first job, as I have mentioned before, was in a nursing home. We hads a fellow sho had a colostomy. Other than being an alcoholic, he could of lived on his own. He had been off the booze for quite some time, doing well. He was d/c from the home, within a week, he was back. However, before he could come to us, the local hospital had him. The ambulance had scooped his filthy body out of the ditch. They had to hose him down in the garage before he could come to us. When lifting his shirt, hr was found to have maggots all over his colostomy site!!!!!!!
    Originally posted by vablueyes:
    all of your comments are great, but have you not ever received a patient with maggots in a wound...ugh...not intentional maggots, either, but those little critters that fly's lay in dirty wounds. We have had several patients who come in to our ED who haven't seen soap and water in ages, have diabetes and terrible lower extremity wounds in many different stages, and when you take the dressing off, these little critters fall all over your shoes, into your pockets...it's just awful. Then the smell that goes along with it,,hooooweeee...I guess the mucous is the next thing that I just can't deal with. I always give the patiend a brown paper towel to wrap the loogie container in, so I don't have to see it. Be sure to label it first, so you have no reason to unwrap it.
  7. by   lesliee
    Nasty, nasty stuff! Ugh...I thought what freaked me out most was the sound of retching, but now reading all these posts I find myself lost for words..lol. Geez, it's critical that nurses have a sense of humor, isn't it? How else can we stay in this field? Keep up the good work!
  8. by   nursejanedough
    Hi, laugh. Those two words - digital extraction. No problem, let me triple glove, and I can dig em out. In the nursing home, those patients are called "impacted". I have a personal story to tell. My first baby was C-section. The doc sent me home with a bottle of pain pills. (years ago) First time on pain pills. Wow. I was poppin those pills, right and left, and before I knew it, I realized I had not gone to the bathroom in several days. I called my sis, opie, the ER nurse, and told her I am in pain, major constipation, what shud I do? She said, "You can come to ER and they will dig it out, or you can do it yourself, and stop taking those damn pain pills!" I did it myself and stopped the pain pills. She/opie is so smart.
  9. by   grianstad
    While in nursing school, I had to empty and irrigate an ileostomy bag, the kind with the clip on the bottom. As I unclipped it, instead of draining into the basin, it missed and the entire contents of the full bag ran off the chux, down the side of the bed, onto my stockinged leg and into my shoe. I was shocked at how much it burned my skin!!! ( I learned first hand about the pH of intestinal fluids!) Not only was I grossed out and embarrassed in front of the instructor and patient, I had to run into the patient's bathroom wash my leg in the sink and clean out my shoe! Luckily my instructor cleaned up the patient while I cleaned up myself. I've been careful around ostomies ever since!
    As far as roaches go, I worked as a visiting nurse for many years and one place in particular totally grossed me out. In the middle of winter I would leave my coat and bag in the car, carrying in only what bare essentials I could stuff into my pockets. Roaches crawing all over the place, including the ceiling. Well, they had a light bulb hanging from the ceiling, controlled by a pullchain and at one point it hit the back of my neck. I nearly had an MI though 'cause I thought a roach had fallen from the ceiling!

    [This message has been edited by grianstad (edited March 21, 2001).]
  10. by   Jay-Jay
    Originally posted by kaycee:
    One of my worst experiences that made me gag was in the ER when an older man came in with both legs swollen and black fluid seeping from his shoes. The smell alone was horrendous. When I removed his shoes and socks both legs were wrapped with ace bandages that were black and wet. When I removed the ace wraps not only were both legs full of maggots but also cockroaches little and big came scampering out all over the place. I could take the maggots, I've dealt with them before, plus they move slow but those little roaches were fast and I couldn't kill them fast enough. My skin cawled the rest of the night.
    Yup, that would do it for me, I'm sure! Snot I can handle, trachs don't bother me at all, poop, pee, most of the time, NO problem. But roaches hiding in someone's bandages/hair/clothing, etc...lemme outta here!!

    Had a homecare patient with an indwelling foley who'd developed a chronic bladder infection, and he had just about the grossest smelling pee I've ever come across. I used to hold my breath when I had to empty his bag.

    Well, one day, I noticed his catheter was blocked, and his penis looked red and swollen, and so did the lymph nodes in the groin. I reported it to the RN in charge of his case, who came and flushed the catheter and got it going again.

    By the following week, he had developed an abcess inside his urethra which had ruptured, right through the penis. His wife was incapable of changing his diapers, and the poor man's groin was scarlet from the urine which was leaking out through this new hole in his penis. It was terribly difficult to manage. They had to "wallpaper" his groin with duoderm, and use a miniature ostomy bag over the penis. I never did find out if they got it to heal, as I started another job just about then and never saw him again.

  11. by   laurasc
    Originally posted by timonrn:
    I hate emptying NG cannisters, esp if it is real mucousy or chunky!! And I hate vomit or spit--makes me dry heave!!
    What about when the NG cannister explodes? Happened on my floor way back when...thankfully on a day when I wasn't on but my friend was. The hospital I worked at used some ancient (circa 1950's, I'm sure...) cannisters that sat on the floor and hooked to the wall suction. The lids were really hard to take off, especially when it built up a lot of suction. We had to wedge our nails in between the cannister and the rubber seal of the lid and release the pressure (kind of like opening up a preserves jar). It would hiss and the lid would come off.

    Well one morning my friend was sitting in the nsg station when she heard a loud POP followed by enough profanity to peel the paint off the walls. They were never sure how she did it, but the NG cannister one of the nurses was trying to open exploded and she walked out of the room literally covered from head to hips in green bile. She took off her glasses, spit a few times and said something along the lines of not being able to measure the contents of the cannister.

    We laughed about it for weeks.

    Now all that I could handle....even did some leaches once...that was cool. But PLEASE, don't make me watch someone vomit. When I was just a few weeks pregnant with my first and working in an ICU, I was caring for one lady who proceeded to vomit up semi-digested black beans and rice. I couldn't clean it up, in fact I was gagging and dry heaving so hard I thought I was going to upchuck my baby! Thankfully another nurse (a mom) took pity on me and cleaned up the mess.

    Laura

    [This message has been edited by laurasc (edited March 22, 2001).]
  12. by   Jay-Jay
    Laura: ROFLMAO!! Only a nurse could laugh at something so gross! And only a nurse would respond as that one did..."sorry, couldn't measure the contents of the cansiter!" Hope you gave her some sort of medal for maintaining her cool while under fire!
  13. by   opie
    laurasc, aren't our co-workers great, especially other mom's!!

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