What is your Achilles heel?

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    Let me start by saying I am a last semester student. I have also been a tech at the hospital for 2 years.

    Give me poo, vomit, anything... but please oh please not sputum....

    I am desperately trying to get over my hatred of phlegm. Crazy right? Trach patients, I can't even.

    Obviously, I am perfectly professional in the room, and care for these patients like any other, but seriously, I cannot be the only one, right?

    Does anything gross you out, about the job, at this point?
    Joe V, Etone LPN, and Mandychelle79 like this.
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    No, I'm yet to come across anything that can make me heave!!
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    I cannot do an impaction removal.
    tokmom, Mandychelle79, al586, and 1 other like this.
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    I could never assist with circumcision *shudder*
    VivaLasViejas, Elvish, Nurse Connie, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from Ruas61
    I cannot do an impaction removal.
    Maybe try getting a running start.

    Just kidding bud.

    Mine is a unique combination that EMS types will be all too familiar with; beer, blood and gasoline. Very sad. And I hate that just thinking of the smell causes a physical reaction in me right now. PTSD anyone?
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    False eyes and eyeballs in general. Which is a problem because my Ward takes ophthalmic patients. Thankfully it's only about one a month.
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    I work on a burn ICU. Not much I can't stomach except nasty, snotty, thick, green phlegm that we get from our trachs.

    There is a particular combo of cdiff and sulfamylon solution that makes me gag.
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    Gross but any time I can see pieces of food in vomit or stool. Makes me gag.
    tokmom, MECO28, NurseDirtyBird, and 1 other like this.
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    I thought mine was sputum until last week when I had to empty a JP drain from a renal abcess. Holy mother of God, give me a fresh trach any day over that!
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    Strong smelling vomit, the chunky stuff. Vomiting blood, feces or bile is fine, but give me that partially digested food and we are sharing a basin!
    tokmom, MECO28, NurseDirtyBird, and 2 others like this.


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