What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 105

: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   Fuzzy
    Quote from ohlpn
    I think I've posted this one before, but here goes! I was a fairly new nurse in a nursing home & we had a bedridden patient with an enormous abcess on his back...it actually looked like an infected zit.

    All shifts were dressing & cleansing this wound, he was on ATB's as well. I had to change the dressing & cleanse it one day & the (male) aide I had asked to assist me in holding this fellow on his side told me "I can take care of this problem, RIGHT NOW!!!"

    Ronnie proceded to apply pressure around the abcess & popped that sucker right open! It shot across the bed & landed on the wall behind me....it looked like someone had thrown a raw egg against the wall! I was horrified!

    It took a couple days to quit draining & heal up, but it did in less than a week. After many weeks of "treating" this nasty thing, an aide (& not a really good one for that matter) remedied the problem in a day!

    This guy must have worked at a vet hospital. We see all kinds of abscesses on all species of animals (except humans). Abscess popping is an art to some technicians. They can shoot the cheesy, pureulent, mucousy, bloody pus and aim it in any direction. Maggots are also common especially in the summer. Warble maggots are the worse as they are large, yucky, brown and spiney. One of them is the size of a small kitten. I won't go into some of the really necrotic tumors that I have seen over the years. Certain smells certainly bring back memories...not good ones either.

    Fuzzy
  2. by   sarahbellum
    I have a new one....

    We had a new post op ostomy who wasn't the problem, her husband was. We have several PCT who are barely 18 and two had walked in the patient's room to find him buck naked in the chair. Neither of them had enough sense to call security.

    I had the patient the next day and was warned about the husband. I went into her room to get her ready for discharge and she asked if she could shower. Her ostomy bag was leaking so I said she could shower and then I would have her put her ostomy bag on afterward and do return demo.

    I told our PCT to stay out of the room, her husband was coming to get the patient. When the patients shower call light went off, I didn't think anything of it and walked into her room to find her bathroom door wide open and (I gag thinking about it)

    Her husband was naked in the shower with her and had his FINGER IN HER OSTOMY and an erection (I'm pretty sure he was getting ready to put something else in her ostomy). I screamed and then I told him "You put your clothes and and wait for the patient in the waiting room!" then I told the patient "I will not help you with your ostomy bag with him in here!"

    After he left, I had to help her with her bag and she acted as if nothing had happened.....

    It takes a lot to nauseate me, but I just about lost my lunch on that one.....What is wrong with people!

    BTW I called security but by the time they were there he and the patient were long gone.....
  3. by   diane227
    At the county hospital where I used to work we saw maggot wounds daily. But the smell was better than if they did not have maggots. One of the worst things I saw was a man who lived alone who had diabetes with severe peripheral neuropathy. He just could not take proper care of himself. Somehow he got to the ED and his toes were gone. Very swollen feet and legs. It turns out that the rats in his house were eating his toes off.

    The other thing that used to come in all the time were people with cockroaches in their ears. Sometimes they would be alive and moving around and you you would have to put oil in the canal to smother the roach so you could get it out. Sometimes they would come in and the roach would already be dead then you had to pick out all the pieces.
  4. by   dsoginer
    The worst incident I have dealt with changed my career path. In clinicals I could hear the homeless,double amputee that I was assigned to yelling for me. I went in the room and he had dug out his own impaction! It was everywhere and he was wiping his hands on the blankets. I threw up all over the place, so my poor teacher and fellow students had that to contend with also. I am now a Peds nurse.
  5. by   masonRN
    When I was but a lowly (but very hardworking) butt scrubber, I had many opportunities to care for a street-walking prostitute. She occasionally (monthly) came in with mild to moderate trauma, and was almost always treated for STI during admission. One time she was admitted w/o trauma, because she had crippling abdominal pains during and after anal sex. It turns out she had 7 feet of ischemic bowel, and the bloated near-septic bowel was not happy with the rough treatment she was [frequently] getting from behind. She was DCed a few weeks later with a new colostomy, a surgically sealed rectum, and strict instructions not to let anyone or anything near her backside.
    She was admitted a week later with abdominal pain, and blood & purulent discharge from her stoma. The latest STI had inflamed her intestinal mucosa, and she was well on her way to losing the rest of her digestive tract. An adorable intern (likely from the suburbs) went in to discuss the prognosis with her, and turned white when the patient stated "Honey, I don't suck nothing. I kiss my babies with these lips. My mouth is clean." The entrance point for that STI is a piece of the lore of that place now.
  6. by   rph3664
    Quote from Fuzzy
    This guy must have worked at a vet hospital. We see all kinds of abscesses on all species of animals (except humans). Abscess popping is an art to some technicians. They can shoot the cheesy, pureulent, mucousy, bloody pus and aim it in any direction. Maggots are also common especially in the summer. Warble maggots are the worse as they are large, yucky, brown and spiney. One of them is the size of a small kitten. I won't go into some of the really necrotic tumors that I have seen over the years. Certain smells certainly bring back memories...not good ones either.

    Fuzzy
    Havey you seen that "Dirty Jobs" episode where they're at a leather tannery, and Mike Rowe finds a boil on the underside of a hide that's about the size of a golfball, and then squeezes this toothpaste-like substance from it?

  7. by   rph3664
    Quote from island40
    I've been nursing for 16 years so I have the usual poop, pee and assortied liquid stories but the funnies thing happened when I was a patient. I had my ileostomy converted to a kpouch at cleveland clinic and got an ileus. About 5 days post-op I and still on liquid only diet I told the nurses I was nausiated. I only had that little bean shaped basin and put my call light on for something more usefull. No answer and when I started to projetile vomit green liquid over the foot of the bed my room mate started yelling "nurse, nurse!" The nice young lady who rushed into the room came to a stop at the end of my bed- and you guessed it- got splatted with about 500ml of green liquid spewing from my mouth. Sorry....but I told you I was nausious.
    It's entirely possible that this nurse already told that story earlier in this thread.
  8. by   diane227
    I had a guy come to the triage desk one day covered in stool. He has lost his vibrator up his "private part" and had been trying to dig it out by himself. It was so disgusting, but funny.
  9. by   meintheUSA
    Quote from diane227
    i had a guy come to the triage desk one day covered in stool. he has lost his vibrator up his "private part" and had been trying to dig it out by himself. it was so disgusting, but funny.
    [font="arial black"]funny for you, but not for him..
  10. by   melz34
    One day this boy who was very ill and had special needs and had just had an op on his leg well he was being sick all the time when I went to him one day he was sat drinking his own sick I was nearly sick myself but bless him he had special needs
  11. by   seasonedlpn
    EWWWWWWWWW!! If I read this story a few more times, dieting will just come automatically
  12. by   britgirl37
    Ok, a few years ago, while working on an Oncology unit I was looking after a former homeless guy who was in with cancer of the tongue. One day I got him in the tub to have a bath, I wasn't convinced he'd give himself a thorough washing so I watched him and then proceeded to to all the bits he'd missed or couldn't reach. Everything was fine until I got to his penis -he'd only done a quick wipe down with the wash cloth, which was clean enough but when I pulled back his foreskin (obviously he hadn't been circumcised) I was shocked to find a thick layer of green moldy gunk wrapped around the tip. Luckily it all came off in one piece when I literally peeled it away in the tub, however when it came above the water level it was just one large piece of green slime. I dumped it in the trash before I threw up (but it was a close thing!!). Poor guy didn't really say much - he couldn't as he'd already had most of his tongue removed - but on reflection at least I can look back and know I did a good job in that he was cleaner than he'd been in a long time by the end of my shift!!
  13. by   BigBee48
    I have given a few baths in my day, some to homeless, it's amazing what you can find

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