What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 124

: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   Alliesangel
    I am sorry you had to see that as a child on your own mother. i am sure that helped you make your decision to be a nurse.It is definately alot easier handling anything when you don't know the person. (Except for children. i can't do children)
  2. by   Alliesangel
    Here's another gross story for my fellow nurses. I work on a Med/Surg unit right now. A few months ago i received a patient from the ER who had apparently during sexual intercourse received a light bulb up his butt. Now picture this it was not the metal part but the big glass part and it apparently fit! Upon trying to pull it out it broke but only on the side of it so when they took the CT scan it was actually glowing when you held it up to the lights. What on earth was he thinking? Or Apparently not thinking. He said "I know it was deviant behavior", Deviant behavior! i say it was down right STUPID! Thanks to the fabulous surgeon we have he managed to make a midline incision and removed the light bulb without perforating the bowel. This guy was so lucky he didn't have to have a colon resection with a colostomy for the rest of his life. the surgeon had asked him if he was drunk or high, the patient said no so we ran a UDS and sure enough he had amphetamines in his system. He drove the nurses crazy wanting pain medication and you all know some of these MD's don't want to give it up so these pt's torture us all night.
  3. by   Sergeant'sDaughter
    Omg. I'm starting to think this is common.
    My Dad told me that once while he was working they had a male patient come in with a light bulb where the sun doesn't shine! Unfortunately for the man, though, the lightbulb broke before they could remove it and they lost him due to blood loss. Poor guy. What an awful way to go.
  4. by   StudentNurse2011
    Rectal foreign bodies are all too common - and the bane of most endoscopy personnel. We joke that you can't call yourself a GI nurse or tech till you've come in for at least 1 rectal foreign body. I've never had to retrieve a light bulb, though, and I only know of 1 of the docs I work with who's had that experience. People put crazy things up there. I don't care what people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms, but for God's sake, I wish they'd use something that's *intended* to go there.
  5. by   Alliesangel
    I am with you. God only intended things to come out of there not go in. We, as nurses are the unfortunate ones to have to experience the effects of people doing these crazy things. I have heard of beer bottles and even once a can of campbell's soup. ( not sure how that happened, maybe they accidently sat on it lol)
  6. by   Alliesangel
    I was working in the ER (ER people have great stories) and this young girl maybe early 20's had come in because she said her head was itching terrible. The Dr. had gone in to see her and upon assessing her head he noticed she had staples in her head. Several weeks before she had gotten into a fight and someone had hit her in her head which she had come to the ER to have repaired. She was suppose to have come back about 10-14 days later but neglected to. When the Dr. went to remove the staples he noticed something moving. It happened to maggots. The girl had braids done and didn't want to mess them up so she decided not to wash her hair. So gross!


    Another gentleman had come in by ambulance and no sooner did they bring him in did the whole hallway start to smell like rotten flesh. I asked the Paramedic what the smell was and he told me it was the pt's foot. This man had his great toe amputated about 3 weeks before. He was homeless and had been living on the streets. He decided to call an ambulance when he noticed the flies circling his foot. He had not changed his socks in God only knows how long probrably b/c he didn'y have any (poor thing). When we took his shoe and sock off the smell was unbelievable (like road kill on a hot summer day) and there were maggotts all over it. It took all I had not to throw up on him. Needless to say I left the ER a few months later. I had enough of the maggotts! lol
  7. by   StudentNurse2011
    ok, I think you just trumped every gross story I've ever heard or witnessed. You get 5 gold stars just for keeping the contents of your stomach down those days. lol
  8. by   Alliesangel
    Thanks. It sure did take alot.
  9. by   Nepenthe Sea
    Quote from Alliesangel
    Here's another gross story for my fellow nurses. I work on a Med/Surg unit right now. A few months ago i received a patient from the ER who had apparently during sexual intercourse received a light bulb up his butt. Now picture this it was not the metal part but the big glass part and it apparently fit! Upon trying to pull it out it broke but only on the side of it so when they took the CT scan it was actually glowing when you held it up to the lights. What on earth was he thinking? Or Apparently not thinking. He said "I know it was deviant behavior", Deviant behavior! i say it was down right STUPID! Thanks to the fabulous surgeon we have he managed to make a midline incision and removed the light bulb without perforating the bowel. This guy was so lucky he didn't have to have a colon resection with a colostomy for the rest of his life. the surgeon had asked him if he was drunk or high, the patient said no so we ran a UDS and sure enough he had amphetamines in his system. He drove the nurses crazy wanting pain medication and you all know some of these MD's don't want to give it up so these pt's torture us all night.

    My mom was an LVN student in the '70s, and she's seen this same scenario, too. Except in her case, the bulb shattered and he had to have the pieces surgically removed.
  10. by   wound warrier
    Being a wound specialist at my hospital, I do see lots of interresting things. Had a lady come in with untreated breast cancer, for a number of years. Her aunt and mother both had breast ca that was treated, and they did not have a good time of it. The wound exteded from her left shoulder, down to her waist (the breast was gone) around her side and up her back almost to her shoulder. I was told to meet the MD at 9 AM to see her. Let me tell you, I must have picked out at least 100 maggots from her. There was loose tissue where they had burrowed under and that made the loose tissue ripple. I did what I needed, and was fine. All was well untill I realized that I was having chicken and rice for dinner that night. Need I say more.
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Alliesangel
    I am sorry you had to see that as a child on your own mother. i am sure that helped you make your decision to be a nurse.It is definately alot easier handling anything when you don't know the person. (Except for children. i can't do children)
    It did help. It helped toughen me up, and make me curious to see more, to help others feel well, and to help aleve their suffering.
  12. by   Sergeant'sDaughter
    Oooooh. Breast cancer is one of my biggest fears. I've heard so many stories of what it does to you. Blegh.
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Sergeant'sDaughter
    Oooooh. Breast cancer is one of my biggest fears. I've heard so many stories of what it does to you. Blegh.
    Yes, it can be real ugly. I have seen it also. I felt sorry for the poor woman. It was eating right into the right side of her chest, and it red and deep purple, with lots of holes, and cavities with puss and blood oozing out of it. It smelled just like rotting flesh too.

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