What makes you want to vomit? - page 4

by madwife2002 8,601 Views | 58 Comments Senior Moderator

I have just read an interesting article about nurses which says that there are certain things we do or see as Nurses which makes us want to vomit. So what makes you want to vomit? I don't really have much that makes me... Read More


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    I don't gag over anything but vomit or stringy sputum. I DO get lightheaded with certain sounds or images: Once I could hear the cutting of an episiotomy and thought I was gonna faint. When the ENT put the metal suction in the sinus and the whole thing just about disappeared, I got hot/cold sweats.
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    foot fungus smell....bleech!
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    At work I can deal with about anything because that is my job, and I am in work mode. But when I am off-duty? No, I don't want to see your rash, or the hole in your leg that won't heal, or where you cut yourself, or your surgical incision. Off-duty I have a very weak stomach - maybe because of what I 'have' to see and take care of at work!
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    Quote from wyogypsy
    At work I can deal with about anything because that is my job, and I am in work mode. But when I am off-duty? No, I don't want to see your rash, or the hole in your leg that won't heal, or where you cut yourself, or your surgical incision. Off-duty I have a very weak stomach - maybe because of what I 'have' to see and take care of at work!
    You know I think when I take off my scrubs and I am at home I am the same LOL
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    I'll tell ya, I get sick at the idea of a reputable news outlet like CBS promulgating that same tired old nurses-deal-with-poo-poo-and-puke meme. Do they ask the heroic firefighter paramedic, "What makes you really want to toss your cookies? Is it when you find a barbecued toddler under the bed, or what?"

    We all do so much more that the public is so unaware of-- this just reinforces the same old, same old, and makes it harder for us to attract outstanding people to the field. I actually saw them solicit for this story and wrote them a cranky letter about it. The editor told me his sister was a nurse, he thought she was tough and smart and he respected her infinitely-- and he would certainly do better....but they ran the damn thing just the same.

    Go to The Truth About Nursing (The Truth About Nursing) if you really want to help with this.
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    Sputum. Had a patient once with psuedomonas in her sputum, stunk so bad. Bad breath. Thats about it, can deal with everything else.
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    Any altered body functions related to cirrhosis or liver failure. Jaundice and ascities. That horrible brown, greasy urine that stains everything and just smells... septic or something. I've cared for many hospice pts who died of liver failure. Such a horrible way to go.
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    I once worked in a chronic care hospital on a floor that took emergency respite admissions for DMR/DMH group homes. This guy had a trach, really thick secretions, and hadn't been using a trach mask/humidifier or HME. Well, it was the middle of summer, and the group home didn't have AC, and we're guessing they spent lots of time with the windows open, or maybe outside...long story short, this poor guy's trach was infested with maggots. I don't lose my lunch over even the chunkiest of trach secretions, but the sight of the wiggly maggots floating in the suction canister...
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    There's not a whole lot that make me want to vomit, other than vomit. I was very close to vomiting one day when emptying a foley, the patient was on palliative care due to the end stages of cancer and her urine was very thick with a very foul odor. I had also just found out a couple weeks before that I was pregnant, which I'm sure made it a lot worse
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    Trach care with thick secretions is pretty gross to me, but after having one pt on our floor for several months that required so much care I got used to it. The absolute, hands down, worst was when we had a pt with a gaping leg wound that had decay and dead tissue in it that had to be I&D'ed by a surgeon. The smell was like a rotting corpse and so strong that engineering had to come up to the room and make a special venting system to the outdoors. i felt so sad for the patient because she couldn't get away from it. I can handle most anything else and other wounds.


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