What is your weakness? - page 3

Hi everyone, I am relatively new here. I spent the last year reading allnurses.com and recently registered and would like to know what is your weakness regarding medical care. Everyone, at... Read More

  1. by   wrkoutgirl
    morning breath and BO
  2. by   Jennifer, RN
    Really smelly feet. Renal failure urine. Lower GI bleed.
    I don't like stage 4 pressure sores either. Took care of woman eaten up with cancer that had a stage 4 ulcer to her sacrum and buttocks to the point she had no rectum anymore. And the smell was HORRIBLE.
    Had a (psych) pt bring duffel bag into ER with road kill in it. That was a GOD-AWFUL smell that I NEVER want to smell again.
  3. by   prowlingMA
    I can't stand vomit. Even the sound is sickening to me.
    Also trach leakage, when it is spilling out. It looks like throwing up out the neck.
  4. by   ElvishDNP
    GI bleed poop. Definitely bad.

    Trach sputum. Also bad.

    Ear wax. Blech.

    I work postpartum & nursery. I can handle lots of blood, poo, vomit, pee, or pus, but do not ask me to suction a trach. Fortunately, there aren't many trachs in postpartum.
  5. by   Purdue_Nurse
    Dentures are the worst for me. I don't know what it is but I cannot stand dentures. I had a patient eating cheese and crackers once who then took her dentures out and wanted me to rinse them for her. Of course they were caked with cracker mush so it took a good amount of rinsing and brushing to get them clean. I was dry-heaving the whole time!

    Dead, flaky skin is another. I had a patient once whose wife said he had always had incredibly dry skin no matter what they tried. While giving him his bedbath and scrubbing, the skin flakes kept flying. The tech and I had to shake ourselves off when we were done because we had gotten covered in flakes.
    After the first bath, we all gowned from then on when bathing him! We slathered him up with lotion a few times a day but nothing seemed to stop all of the flakes, they said he had always been like that. I've cleaned up vomit, feces and all kinds of yummy things but that skin was one of the worst things ever!
  6. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    I thought I was gonna pass out when on of the podiatrist's removed my patient's big toenail. The slicing, tugging, pulling, twisting...(gulp) I feel dizzy just thinking about it.
  7. by   Va rebelnurse
    I can take poop and sputum. The sound of someone vomiting gets me. Just had a GI bleed patient the other day. The smell is horrible but I can take that too. What gets me is giving an IM injection! I guess it came from having to give IMs to so many elderly patients when I worked in LTC. I was always afraid I would hit bone. :uhoh21: It still gives me the willies to give one!!!
  8. by   ICRN2008
    Sputum. Most of the time I just avoid looking at the specimen if at all possible.
    Plating out sputum specimens during my Medical Technologist clinicals was the hardest thing I had to do.

    The smell of C. Diff. also gets to me. We don't have a hood in our lab, so when I have to do an occult blood on a C. Diff. specimen, I hold my breath while I put the stool on the test card. Then I walk to the other side of the room for five minutes to let the smell dissipate. I made the mistake once of breathing in right as I opened a specimen, and I almost got sick!
  9. by   EMTSNA
    I can do it, but I get really creeped out about the feeling of crepitus with broken ribs during compressions. The effect for me is kind of like fingernails on a chalkboard. When someone is very fragile and everything just crunches with that first compression and you can feel it grating with each subsequent one. Ewww creepy
  10. by   allantiques4me
    Ya know what really creeps me out??Kidney dialysis!!Just the thought of someones blood coming out of thier bodies into a machine just freaks me out!!I mean what if a tube breaks/or the tubing isnt sterile.?I think its so disgusting!!VOmit,mucus,BMs wounds dont bother me.Or horrible odors(except necrosed tissue)
  11. by   moongirl
    nasty thick yellow cracked long gross toenails
  12. by   grammyr
    Sputum in any shape,form, color followed closely by any kind of dental stuff. Have to have headphones and heavy drugs to sit in the chair. got weak in the knees watching dentist work in patient's mouth.
  13. by   MS._Jen_RN
    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who gets eeked out by sputum. I can do trachs, but when they are really nasty if takes every bit I have. The sound of suctioning a juicy one really kills me. I HATE it when pts blow their nose or cough something up and then try to hand me the tissue. The post about having to put sputum on a slide made me squirm. Hadn't though of such before, don't want to again.
    ~Jen (Just for those of you who love him) ((We need a booger smilie ))

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