I am wondering if anyone has any tips for how I can get over my inability to cope with mucous?? I can deal with about anything...feces doesn't phase me, blood doesn't make me bat an eye, large gaping wounds, no problem. But anything slimy shows it's face and I'm turning away, fighting a gag response.
This week we did our first rotation in a facility for profoundly mentally handicapped individuals. Several have permanent trachs, and have very gunky airways that need frequent suctioning. Our instructor was showing us how the facility prefers it to be done, and when he removed the outer covering of the cannula, secretions flowed out freely all over her clothing protector...even he was gagging and admitted he has a problem with things like that (I felt a little better at that point because he's done this for years. He started as a CNA, moved to an LPN, and on to an RN.) I couldn't even look and I heaved several times. The second patient wasn't as bad and I was able to stand closely and watch, and not feel like herking, but still made me feel not-so-nice. My husband is an RN and he tells me I'll get used to it, but frankly I have always had a weak stomach for mucous/goobers and I am not sure I will. I'm worried and scared to death I will try to do suctioning next week and lose it. I think my instructor would understand since he was heaving too but I really want to be able to do this with no problems.
Any pointers, suggestions, moral support...?