What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 154

: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   SweetMelissaRN
    My first gastric lavage, the pt projectile vomited charcoal on the side of my face, neck, hair, scrubs. Oh and yes I WAS wearing a mask and gown... Unfortunately I had forgotten to bring my hazmat suit with me that day! After getting a face/hair full of black vomit, I contemplated bathing in acid...
  2. by   simplesmile
    Ha! I finally finished reading them all! As a student accepted to nursing school that starts in the Fall, I'm happy to say that none of these made me gag... and plenty made me laugh! Looking forward to adding my own stories when I have them!
  3. by   amygarside
    Quote from SweetMelissaRN
    My first gastric lavage, the pt projectile vomited charcoal on the side of my face, neck, hair, scrubs. Oh and yes I WAS wearing a mask and gown... Unfortunately I had forgotten to bring my hazmat suit with me that day! After getting a face/hair full of black vomit, I contemplated bathing in acid...
    wow!im really having a hard time imagining what to do if i were you..hehe
  4. by   nrsang97
    Quote from nitenite
    ^ Eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww!!!!!!


    Couple nights ago I had something in my ER that I've never seen before and I've seen a lot. Guy on a motorcycle without a helmet somehow ripped his entire face off on gravel when he crashed. Eyeball hanging down on his cheek, no skin from forehead to bottom lip, BLOOD AND MUCUS EVERYWHERE. Not sure how long he'll live. He's in ICU all bandaged up.

    Mucus is my weakness too. :X

    (Edited to fix a typo)
    I was doing good until you got to eyeball hanging to his cheek.

    I don't do eyeballs. That has to be my worst weakness. I can handle trachs, poo, vomit, blood, etc just don't give me a pt with an eye injury or anything.
  5. by   finn55
    Quote from nrsang97
    I was doing good until you got to eyeball hanging to his cheek.

    I don't do eyeballs. That has to be my worst weakness. I can handle trachs, poo, vomit, blood, etc just don't give me a pt with an eye injury or anything.
    >^..^< We had a lady in our extended care facility who had a prosthetic eye. After she got tired of having the prosthesis cleaned and replaced by staff, she decided to leave it out permanently. We put the "eye" in a closed specimen container on the counter of our med room. All of us had the same experience of having the eye watching us as we did our tasks in the med room. Finally, the eye was put in a closed cabinet. Well and good until someone opened that cabinet! >^..^< Carol and Fennel
  6. by   Mshealthness
    thats disgusting lol
  7. by   Mshealthness
    Im not nurse but I had dreamt of becoming one when I was younger but unfortunately it didnt happen..I have a very high respects to all nurses going through all of these tough situations.. I salute you all guys
  8. by   calivianya
    These are awesome; I can't stop reading!

    This really isn't all that gross, but it was one of the first things I saw that made my eyes bug out of my head as a CNA so here it is!

    We had this one obese woman who was extremely proportionally obese. Most obese people are huge in their abdomen, thighs, upper arms... but it doesn't seem like the breasts and the butt always keep up, you know? Well. I could curl up into the fetal position and my entire body was the size of each of her butt cheeks. I am not kidding. I saw her walk with PT once and looking at her from the side, from her front to the very farthest out place of her butt was probably as long as my legs. Her butt just went straight back, like a perfect hourglass figure x 100. This lady called near the end of the shift to say she'd had a bowel movement. She could roll pretty well, so I had her roll and the bed was sparkling clean.

    "Are you sure it wasn't just gas?" I asked.

    "Positive. I really think I did something."

    Okay, well, being the good CNA that I was at the time, I dutifully grabbed a wet washcloth, lifted the higher butt cheek, and wiped. Nothing. I wiped again. Nothing. I tried one more time... still nothing. At this point I asked her again if it had been just gas, and she said she wasn't sure, but she really thought she had a bowel movement. I went even deeper and wiped a fourth time... and finally came across something. It was then that I realized that her butt cheeks were so large that bowel movements never had the chance to make it to the bed. I finally found her rectum after lots of digging, and I was having to stand somewhat sideways because my arm disappeared a few inches past my elbow into her butt crack while I was doing it. No lie - her butt cheeks were so large that there was at LEAST a foot and a half between her butt cheeks and her rectum. I was more than elbow deep in butt, but at least there was no bowel movement on the outer foot of the inside of the butt cheeks because all of the bowel movements got trapped about five or six inches from the rectum. I still had a good eight or nine inches of my exposed arm scraping against the inside of her butt cheeks because my glove stopped at my wrist, though, which bothered me. When I finally finished and left the room, I had to wash up to halfway between my elbows and shoulders just to make sure I got every place her butt touched. I have never seen anyone with anatomy like that since then. Most people are just not that proportional when they gain weight!
  9. by   SweetMelissaRN
    Quote from calivianya
    These are awesome; I can't stop reading!

    This really isn't all that gross, but it was one of the first things I saw that made my eyes bug out of my head as a CNA so here it is!

    We had this one obese woman who was extremely proportionally obese. Most obese people are huge in their abdomen, thighs, upper arms... but it doesn't seem like the breasts and the butt always keep up, you know? Well. I could curl up into the fetal position and my entire body was the size of each of her butt cheeks. I am not kidding. I saw her walk with PT once and looking at her from the side, from her front to the very farthest out place of her butt was probably as long as my legs. Her butt just went straight back, like a perfect hourglass figure x 100. This lady called near the end of the shift to say she'd had a bowel movement. She could roll pretty well, so I had her roll and the bed was sparkling clean.

    "Are you sure it wasn't just gas?" I asked.

    "Positive. I really think I did something."

    Okay, well, being the good CNA that I was at the time, I dutifully grabbed a wet washcloth, lifted the higher butt cheek, and wiped. Nothing. I wiped again. Nothing. I tried one more time... still nothing. At this point I asked her again if it had been just gas, and she said she wasn't sure, but she really thought she had a bowel movement. I went even deeper and wiped a fourth time... and finally came across something. It was then that I realized that her butt cheeks were so large that bowel movements never had the chance to make it to the bed. I finally found her rectum after lots of digging, and I was having to stand somewhat sideways because my arm disappeared a few inches past my elbow into her butt crack while I was doing it. No lie - her butt cheeks were so large that there was at LEAST a foot and a half between her butt cheeks and her rectum. I was more than elbow deep in butt, but at least there was no bowel movement on the outer foot of the inside of the butt cheeks because all of the bowel movements got trapped about five or six inches from the rectum. I still had a good eight or nine inches of my exposed arm scraping against the inside of her butt cheeks because my glove stopped at my wrist, though, which bothered me. When I finally finished and left the room, I had to wash up to halfway between my elbows and shoulders just to make sure I got every place her butt touched. I have never seen anyone with anatomy like that since then. Most people are just not that proportional when they gain weight!
    Hahahahahahahaha, I don't know why this made me crack up but I just pictured someone literally swimming in skin to find the mysterious missing bm! Lol
  10. by   calivianya
    Quote from SweetMelissaRN
    Hahahahahahahaha, I don't know why this made me crack up but I just pictured someone literally swimming in skin to find the mysterious missing bm! Lol
    That's really about what it felt like. I hope I never run into anyone with a butt that big ever again.

    Here's another one that I remembered, but this one isn't particular funny.

    One of the other CNAs had a patient with liver problems who was huge and extremely confused because her ammonia level was through the roof, so I helped out with her a lot that shift. She was continually talking to Jesus - forgive me Jesus, I'm sorry Jesus, I love you Jesus, and others. I had a pretty bad feeling about this and so did the nurse. The nurse spent all day trying to get her transferred to ICU but the MD kept insisting that we just keep giving her lactulose and her ammonia would come down and she'd be fine. I had helped with her most recently at about 1850, right before shift change. I was still finishing up my charting at 1930 when I heard a nurse say that she needed help. I rolled my eyes but thought I'd be nice and help. When I got in the room the patient was covered in blood from her waist up and wasn't breathing. We called a code and started CPR. The thing was that the blood had come from the patient's mouth - I'm guessing ruptured esophageal varices - and every time we did a chest compression more blood would spray out of her mouth and onto her, the bed, and us. I managed not to get any on my scrubs but by the time the code team got there my gloves looked like they had been dipped in a vat of blood and there was blood all up my arms. Some of the nurses ended up almost covered in blood. We managed to get a perfusing rhythm back long enough for her to make it down to the MICU, but when I looked at the patient list in the MICU the next day out of curiosity her name was gone. I bet she didn't last very long after we transferred her.

    I washed like crazy when I finally got home because I never did find out what had caused her liver problems and I was paranoid she had Hep C. That was the gross part for me - thinking about my arms covered in the blood of someone with an unknown liver disease whose chart I had never seen, who could have had absolutely anything for all I'd known.
  11. by   MiGab
    I am stealing this story from a family member that is also a nurse. They had a patient with maggots in their vagina.
  12. by   calivianya
    Quote from mushrooms4
    I had a friend that had received a homeless pt as an admit from the ER. I offered assistance bathing the pt as he was exceedingly odiferous; and, from experience, I knew moral support was required for this particular bath. So, as we are cleansing his genitalia, we noticed his 'shorties' moving; upon further investigation, suddenly his bush erupted and THOUSANDS (well, probably less that that- but it SEEMED like thousands) of spiders evacuated and ran for dear life!!! I was so grossed out. They WERE spiders, by the way- but he did have scabies and other fun little roomies on his person in addition. Oh my word! What fun we nurses have! Keep the secret, because if the world knew how glamorous our jobs were, they would all want in on the action- and, of course, the massive paychecks. hehehe
    This is the only post in this entire thread (so far, on page 175) that has made me almost dry heave. I really hate spiders... I would have just died!!!
  13. by   prnqday
    Got blood in my mouth from a patient . Don't even ask how .... Still grossed out by it

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