What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 165

: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   Get2theChoppa
    As a CNA: Confused, gravely disabled patients wearing diapers who dug into dirty diapers, then swatted at me with stool covered hands. Stool would fly all over the place as I dodged, bobbed and weaved trying to change patients.

    As a nurse I now work with a different population and have different responsibilities.
  2. by   EMSnurse411
    I was fresh out of nursing school but had been a medic for 5-6 years and LTACs were a new thing. I was working at one since I had the medic experience and there was this lady who had severe abd cancer and for "comfort" the physician did a full pelvic evacuation and removed everything from diaphragm down.
    We did daily dressing changes packing the space (opening was weirdly retro peritoneal) and we had to keep the spine moist. And slowly the cavity began to rot and fill with foul smelling drainage.
    I am not easily swayed by smells but this was the worst thing I ever smelled.
    This is the one patient that made me go into hospice (from ER to hospice in under 6 months) and because with every dressing change (even with conscious sedation) she would say "Por Favor Matame" ("Please Kill Me") this was the reason I so strongly believe in physician assisted death with dignity.
  3. by   Nurse Leigh
    Quote from EMSnurse411
    I was fresh out of nursing school but had been a medic for 5-6 years and LTACs were a new thing. I was working at one since I had the medic experience and there was this lady who had severe abd cancer and for "comfort" the physician did a full pelvic evacuation and removed everything from diaphragm down.
    We did daily dressing changes packing the space (opening was weirdly retro peritoneal) and we had to keep the spine moist. And slowly the cavity began to rot and fill with foul smelling drainage.
    I am not easily swayed by smells but this was the worst thing I ever smelled.
    This is the one patient that made me go into hospice (from ER to hospice in under 6 months) and because with every dressing change (even with conscious sedation) she would say "Por Favor Matame" ("Please Kill Me") this was the reason I so strongly believe in physician assisted death with dignity.
    How horrific. That poor woman. Totally understand your viewpoint and decision to move to hospice.
  4. by   Nurse Leigh
    Quote from Stillworking66
    Here's an OB story for you. I was working Labor and delivery around 1988 or so- just after AIDS became a focus. So we started garbing for deliveries like hazmat workers-hats, gowns, gloves, shoe covers, face shields that covered your whole face but were open at the top. One of the docs was sitting at the foot of a delivery bed waiting for the pt to push and when she did her water broke like a tsunami- hit his mask and went up and over it-filled the thing up- he was drowning in amniotic fluid. Really gross.
    Hope they rethought the whole hole in the top of the suit thing, then! 😝
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    I realize that maggots are a good wound cleaning tool, but when they are moving under something, it looks like it's alive, and it freaks me out.
  6. by   cherryelle07
    I work in a retail health clinic in a grocery store and we have our own bathrooms separate from the public bathrooms in the store. It's technically only for patients, clinic staff, and the such, but we let the pharmacy staff and the occasional pharmacy customer use it if they are waiting on script as we share a waiting area with the pharmacy. So we leave the door open. It's usually not a big deal. But then some little old asian dude found it and blew it up. Literally. Feces everywhere. All over the toilet, walls, sink, and floor. I'm not sure what he did or how it got ALL the way up on the sink, but it was an explosion of diarrhea. He then non-nonchalantly closed the door and walked away. My FNP watched him close the door and got suspicious. She went to look and there it was. She came to my desk and told me to look at the bathroom and I went and looked, saw it, walked back to my desk... looked at her and said, "Why?! How?!" We then went to clean it up and it had a grainy consistency like whatever he ate didn't digest fully. I couldn't stop gagging. I usually have an iron stomach and have changed the stinkiest of briefs at past jobs, but the consistency of this made me wanna hurl. It wouldn't come up off the floor unless I picked it up with a paper towel. It was terrible.
  7. by   calivianya
    Recently, we had a new admit who ended up buying himself a ventilator really quickly because he was not breathing well at all. All during the intubation, and while the physician was dropping a central line, everyone was commenting on how huge and weirdly shaped the patient's nose was. After everyone else left the room, I decided to investigate further and squeezed it. What I found was never-ending whiteheads that smelled like rotting fecal matter, so I deduced pretty quickly that the size of the nose was probably due to a cyst or something right under the surface. No matter how much I squeezed, more pus-like material came out. By the end of the shift, I'd had at least five coworkers in the room squeezing on the patient's nose, because we are all freaks like that on my unit.

    One time when I squeezed, I finally hit a well of something that sprayed everywhere and of course really smelled terrible. I ended up walking around the room to do something else, but noticed I was still smelling that necrotic fecal smell. I was wearing a surgical mask because the patient was r/o influenza, so on a hunch I took my mask off and looked at it... and there was a large amount of pus spray across my mask. If I hadn't been wearing that mask, I would have had that guy's nose cyst juice in my mouth. I have never been so grateful for a mask in my life.
  8. by   Christy1019
    Quote from calivianya
    Recently, we had a new admit who ended up buying himself a ventilator really quickly because he was not breathing well at all. All during the intubation, and while the physician was dropping a central line, everyone was commenting on how huge and weirdly shaped the patient's nose was. After everyone else left the room, I decided to investigate further and squeezed it. What I found was never-ending whiteheads that smelled like rotting fecal matter, so I deduced pretty quickly that the size of the nose was probably due to a cyst or something right under the surface. No matter how much I squeezed, more pus-like material came out. By the end of the shift, I'd had at least five coworkers in the room squeezing on the patient's nose, because we are all freaks like that on my unit.

    One time when I squeezed, I finally hit a well of something that sprayed everywhere and of course really smelled terrible. I ended up walking around the room to do something else, but noticed I was still smelling that necrotic fecal smell. I was wearing a surgical mask because the patient was r/o influenza, so on a hunch I took my mask off and looked at it... and there was a large amount of pus spray across my mask. If I hadn't been wearing that mask, I would have had that guy's nose cyst juice in my mouth. I have never been so grateful for a mask in my life.
    Omg I would've skipped my lunch break to sit and squeeze that nose! Lol
    - A fellow freak
  9. by   Nurse Leigh
    Quote from Christy1019
    Omg I would've skipped my lunch break to sit and squeeze that nose! Lol
    - A fellow freak
    I hear there are YouTube videos that cater to that...

    A little over my personal gross meter.
  10. by   Farawyn
    Quote from Nurse Leigh
    I hear there are YouTube videos that cater to that...

    A little over my personal gross meter.
    There are!!!
  11. by   NeuroRN88
    I had a patient with very advanced dementia who had been extra feisty lately. Yelling, trying to climb out of bed, the whole gamut. I walked by his room and smelled the distinct odor of feces. I grabbed the PCT and walked in so we could get him cleaned up, but he screamed at us and reached into his brief and grabbed some of that poo and chucked it straight at me. I ducked and he missed, but he kept grabbing and throwing his poop (even a foot past the end of the bed, he had quite the arm) so we got out of there. We were outside, waiting for him to run out of ammo and hearing an occasional "plop" from more landing on the floor. After about 10 minutes we walked back in with a plethora of washcloths, towels, etc. Apparently we had taken too long, because now he was smearing it all over his arms and face like it was lotion. In the middle of cleaning him I almost lost my lunch, because he apparently had also been eating and chewing on his feces. So now on top of cleaning it off the floor, walls, his bed, and his skin I also had to brush his teeth and suction poop from his mouth. Ugh.
  12. by   Janetnzrn
    Oh we have some gross stories! Mine was years ago while doing a fill-in shift at the urgent care side of ER. A young woman came in complaining of abscesses on her thighs, this was when skin popping heroin was the rage. The doc and I lay her down on her side and the doc who luckily was wearing a gown and face shield, proceeds to inject lidocaine. The first piercing released a fountain of the foulest pus all over the doc. She's crying, and while I have a very strong stomach, was caught unprepared, I'm dry heaving over the top of the woman and wiping the face shield so the doc can see. He's gagging and every time I looked at him, we'd both almost loose our lunch. She ended up needing hyperbaric treatments because of the anaerobic bacteria was resistant to everything.
  13. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from calivianya
    By the end of the shift, I'd had at least five coworkers in the room squeezing on the patient's nose, because we are all freaks like that on my unit.
    I made future hubster read your post. I prefaced it with "see, I'm not weird!" Then I added, "and no, I didn't write this," because I am a freak like you!

    I'll get TOS'd if I type what he said after reading it.

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