What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 122

: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   StudentNurse2011
    unfortunately, I've seen that a few times....that's one ya just can't get used to, tho.

    My other gross out story was from the operating room. One Saturday morning on callback, an orthopod and I were doing a fx hip repair. Of course, these procedures are about as bloody as they come. While we worked, blood was dripping down the drapes, and of course, into my shoes. I couldn't do a thing about it but stand there and try my hardest not to think about it.

    When anesthesia started calculating EBL, I quietly spoke up and told him he should probably add 100ml to the count for the blood in my shoes. After everybody quit laughing and gagging, the surgeon spoke up - add another 100 for my shoes too. Another round of laughing and gagging.

    The nurse got extra shoe covers for both of us. We threw our bloody shoe covers, shoes, and socks in the red trash, put on the fresh shoe covers, and made our way to the janitor's closet. We both washed our feet with chlorhexadine, but we were tempted to wash them again with bleach (we didn't lol). We both wore shoe covers (barefooted underneath) home from the hospital that morning, even though it was the middle of January and as cold as a witch's....you know. That weekend, I bought 2 pairs of shoes - 1 pair to wear and 1 pair that I dedicated to the OR. I've never scrubbed in my street shoes again. That was just about the grossest thing I've ever endured - standing in a pool of somebody else's blood inside my shoes for over an hour.
  2. by   Angie O'Plasty
    I can't believe I had forgotten about this one (speaking of demented patients)...when I was working on the dementia floor of a LTC facility we had this one lady who would wander around getting into/touching everything--very intrusive. She also reminded us of a little kid the way she acted etc. Anyway, one day I was at the med cart and saw her blow her nose into a tissue as she was wandering around. Next thing I knew, she was "cleaning" the nurses-station counter--with that snotty tissue!!! Gross. Needless to say, we immediately got out the disinfecting wipes.
  3. by   mom4josh
    A couple of weeks ago I had a patient who was not very, um, "mentally balanced" shall we say. Anyway, I went in to give her some pills and she must have missed her mouth with the water cup and had cold water spill down her neck and shoulder. I didn't realize what had happened until she asked me for a towel to dry herself off. Well, there on her table sat her cell phone right on top of a dry washcloth, so I picked up the washcloth and handed it to her... with my bare hands. She says (after I firmly had it in my hand), "Oh not that one, I wiped boogers all over that one!"

    Geesch, thanks for telling me! I couldn't get out of her room fast enough to wash and sterilize myself!

  4. by   gpatry
    FYI my dear nurses: when someone leaves a tampon in for 3+ months, do not send the tampon in a cup for a culture. Just swab the green, yellow, black, & gray mucus off of it and throw it away; because that is what the lab is gonna do anyway. It smells to high hell.
    I can second that... I'm not even in NS yet, but I worked at an OB medical clinic and we had that happen. I can still remember the smell just thinking of it. No words can describe...

    Is it bad that this thread actually makes me even more excited to start NS? :uhoh21:
  5. by   mykrosphere
    Quote from StudentNurse2011
    testicular fortitude
    i hope to remember this quote always
    :rckn:
  6. by   teeniebert
    Quote from StudentNurse2011
    testicular fortitude
    Quote from mykrosphere
    i hope to remember this quote always
    :rckn:
    I like "intestinal fortitude" myself, but this is funnier.
  7. by   CoffeemateCNA
    Quote from beachmom
    We had a woman with a colostomy and "short gut syndrome." After she would eat, her body would shove the food through her gut so fast, she couldnt' get nourishment, and they were trying various things to try to make her gut hold onto the food.

    On the day I had her, she was eating humugous high calorie meals. About an hour later, she would put on her call light because her gut had finished "digesting" and sending out the food. She would empty her colostomy into two or three water pitchers. All I did was measure them and empty them into the toilet, but I had to fight not to gag. The colostomy contents included colorful bits of undigested food mixed with bits of soft brown, liquidy stool. The texture was that of vomit. The smell was a mixture of vomit and diarrhea.

    I was truly thankful she emptied her own colostomy. I hope they figured out how to fix her as it was a horrible thing to live with.
    I wonder if dietary washed and reused these pitchers?



    When I get put into a home, I will stop drinking water the SECOND I taste something "special" in my pitcher. Give me a PEG tube instead.
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    beachmom, short bowel syndrome and ibs are very similar. i know, because i have ibs, and for a while, it had me confined to my home. since my system is now used to cholestyramine powder, i have very little problems now thankfully.
  9. by   nitenite
    Late last night, I went to refill the water glass of a pt and discovered they were using it as a spittoon for their lung butter.
  10. by   Sue Damonas
    Quote from nitenite
    Late last night, I went to refill the water glass of a pt and discovered they were using it as a spittoon for their lung butter.
    Lung butter
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Do you mean phlegm when you mention lung butter? If so, that is funny.
  12. by   teeniebert
    Quote from Franemtnurse
    Do you mean phlegm when you mention lung butter? If so, that is funny.
    Any time I've heard the term "lung butter" it referred to the yellowy brownish thick sputum that accompanies smoker's cough.
  13. by   nitenite
    I always call phlegm lung butter :P

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