What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 103

:D Here is my most gross, yucky, disgusting nursing story! I was working a night shift on a tele floor as a new Nurse. We had this one poor old lady who was confused and was restrained as... Read More

  1. by   Shenanigans
    This isn't so much gross as it is "Oh no you... you didn't just do that....??"

    I'm now a new grad and am working on eyes & ENT ward, a guy with a eyeball herpes and a really bad eye infection which requires half hourly eye drops for 48 hours was my pt. I went into his room to give his drops. He was wiping his eyes and pulled a huge blob of pus out of his most horrifically infected eye. I handed him a piece of guaze to wipe it on, but as I was giving the drops I felt him poke me the neck.

    Guess what he wiped on my bare skin?
  2. by   Melinurse
    Quote from Shenanigans
    This isn't so much gross as it is "Oh no you... you didn't just do that....??"

    I'm now a new grad and am working on eyes & ENT ward, a guy with a eyeball herpes and a really bad eye infection which requires half hourly eye drops for 48 hours was my pt. I went into his room to give his drops. He was wiping his eyes and pulled a huge blob of pus out of his most horrifically infected eye. I handed him a piece of guaze to wipe it on, but as I was giving the drops I felt him poke me the neck.

    Guess what he wiped on my bare skin?
    Ewwww!!!! Funny but gross. Love this thread.
  3. by   Shenanigans
    Quote from Melinurse
    Ewwww!!!! Funny but gross. Love this thread.
    It even had an eyelash in it....
  4. by   Hygiene Queen
    Quote from Shenanigans
    It even had an eyelash in it....

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! !*KLUNK*passed out:zzzzz
  5. by   Daywalker
    Quote from Shenanigans
    It even had an eyelash in it....
    Oh, that's just NASTY!
  6. by   dreamincashgirl
    Quote from ktwlpn
    I forgot to add---after you wash,wash ,wash ya hands do a final scrub with shaving cream.....Takes care of that lingering odor..sometimes after dealing with a particulary smelly impaction -even double gloved- I think I can smell that odor on my fingers....argh....

    This post has been sooo helpful! Its preparing me for what to expect... Only gagged like twice... About the nurse swallowing the crud! EW!!!! Nasty... def gagged... Anyways... I'm a first semester NS and i have picked up sooo many tips already that i'm writing down. Always wear goggles when pressing on oozing spots.... Never remove your face shield until you have LEFT THE ROOM! Always bring another pair of back up clothing. And.... The shaving cream thing! INGENIOUS!!!!!
  7. by   Jessiedog
    Quote from Otterina
    What does it mean when I've been going through this thread for an hour, and still intend on becoming a nurse.:roll
    It means you have the pre-requesites to last at your job. These being a cast-iron stomach, and a warped sense of humour!!
  8. by   bcoaggiemom09
    I was working as a med-surg floor nurse and had a patient with a HUGE boil on her forehead. Her doctor was making rounds and told me he was going to lance it and asked me to get the supplies and meet him in the patient's room. This boil had to have been the size of a silver dollar, and probably stood almost an inch above her forehead. REALLY BIG!!! Anyway, he barely touched the "head" on it and "stuff" just started oozing out. It was white and had the consistency of cheese. He started pressing on the boil to get it all out. Keep in mind that there was only a pea-sized hole in the middle of this huge boil, so as this stuff is coming out, it's doing so in a long "noodle". I forget exactly how much he removed, but by the time he was finished, the skin that had been stretched by the size of the boil looked like the skin on an old man's arm: very wrinkled and loose. She had a perfectly round, pea-sized hole right in the middle of her forehead.

    Another time, I had a patient who had surgery on her heel. I don't remember the dx, but I do remember that she had very poor circulation and the doctor was very concerned because the wound wasn't healing. He ordered leeches. Initially, I was the only nurse on that floor that would apply the leeches. They were really cool. Before they are applied, they are the size of a slug, very dark brown with black stripes. When you apply one, all you have to do is use a tweezer and hold the leech close to the wound and it will independently attach. Just leave it there and when it gets full, it will fall off. We had to be very careful when we walked into her room because we never knew where we would find the detached leech. Once, I found it crawling up her wall!! The leeches were effective. I saw this same lady about six months later and she was doing fantastic and her heel and healed wonderfully.

    My family thinks these things are gross, but I think they are really cool. These are what I miss most about med-surg.
  9. by   nitenite
    Once saw a demented pt with a bedsore so deep on his tailbone that stool came through each time he had a movement. Poor guy did not last very long after that.

    Somebody came in with acute glaucoma and the eyeball exploded in surgery. She lost the eye.

    Scoped a pt with a blocked nare and found maggots. Never found out how they got there.

    Was all gowned/masked/gloved up to care for a pt with necrotizing fascitis(sp?) eating their legs. Pt was demented and a dressing picker. Being the graceful person I am, I slipped, fell and landed in a puddle of oozy dressings they'd picked off and spent an hour showering because I felt so filthy.

    Worst for me though is vomit. I had a pt who said they weren't feeling well and had a sore throat. Asked them to open their mouth so I could check their throat and they horked their spaghetti(why is it always spaghetti? NASTYYYYYY!) right in my face. Pt tested positive for strep and I came down with it a few days later. Fun times!
  10. by   sweetestt7
    Quote from cakarol
    OMG --- this was defanentaly not a good thread for a new nursing student to have read...I'm really starting to reconsider....~feeling a lil dizzy~

    --CLaire
    I really wanted to go into Geriatrics, because I loved and miss my grandmother so much. However, I am now seriously rethinking this. I never imagined scenaios like this in my wildest dreams. Maybe I will go OB too.
  11. by   fuzzywuzzy
    We used to have a resident with rotting black feet. Every now and then a toe would fall off. I felt bad for his roommate for having to endure the smell for such a long time.
  12. by   pH7.40
    Quote from andylane78
    Had a guy in the ER, mentally slow, with an infected stasis ulcer to the back of his calf x 1 month. Picture this, large round area of black escar surounded by a "canal" of non-existant and barely there flesh. The the decaying flesh had been gnawed away by non the less magotts which were still in residence in large numbers in his leg. The smell was so nasty!!!!! Stank up the whole ER! Then........it gets better. He decides he has to pee and can only do this standing up! Gets out of bed bleeding and dropping magotts everywhere! Then surgery decides to debride the nasty leg IN THE ROOM! EEWWWW!!! Discovered that lidocaine makes magotts "dance".
    Needless to say not much appetite that shift!
    the maggots kept the wound "clean". I have friends who have done leech therapy as nurses.
    that sounds so nasty. you are brave.
  13. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from sweetestt7
    i really wanted to go into geriatrics, because i loved and miss my grandmother so much. however, i am now seriously rethinking this. i never imagined scenaios like this in my wildest dreams. maybe i will go ob too.
    gross stories happen a lot in ob as well (i'm sure if you look around the board enough you'll find plenty!

    also, we need geriatric nurses with a heart for geriatrics.

    admit it, you wouldn't mind contributing gross stories yourself someday anyway...

    *~jess~*

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