What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 18

: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   FranEMTnurse
    Hi there Untamedspirit,
    Thanks for posting a reply to my message. I think it's therapy for the soul to post and to read humorous experiences in nursing. It keeps us going, don't you think?
    I see that you're from Monticello, Ny. I lived in Neversink, Ny until February 1996, and lived in Sullivan county all my life until then. I'd like to learn more about your bio if you would like to email me.
    my address is fllemtnurse@yahoo.com.
    Hopefully I'll hear from you.
    By the way, I'm a second career nurse who just LOVES to laugh. If you're curious about my bio, log into my profile. I'll tell give you more info thru email if you so choose to send me a reply.

    Sincerely,
  2. by   jeannet83
    This was a pretty gross story, maybe not as bad as the others!

    Quite a few years ago, I was working in a trauma/general surgery ICU. At the time, I was doing permanent weekends and was working with a great group of people. Anyway, my friend Jan asked me to come in and help turn this poor elderly trauma patient who had hip surgery s/p a MVC. Well, the hip was quite swollen, inflamed and red and definitely looked infected. Jan must have had some kind of premonition because as I and a fellow coworker turned the patient towards us, Jan yelled "hit the deck!" (which was pretty funny considering Jan was an ex-Army nurse). The next thing I knew, Jan was on her knees, the hip wound burst open and signicant amounts of yellow pus and sh*t went flying and spattered on the wall and curtains. Totally gross and thank God for Jan that she "hit the deck" at the right time! I shudder to think what she would have looked like had she not dropped. Needless to say, the patient made a quick trip to the OR. Yuck!



    Jeanne
  3. by   luv-my-dal
    ...all this I have to look forward to! (can't you see me smiling)
  4. by   liberalrn
    Whoa! these stories are a trip.....don't have a gross out one, but the strangest pt I ever had was the guy who came in w/ sepsis, alcohol poisoning....he had a pic of the common housefly tatooed onto the head of his penis (ouch!). Surrounding his peri-area were six clumps of long horse hair, sutured in. He was intubated and unable to give us a hx. That was supplied by his SO, who shared with us that they had been tattoed together--he w/ a fly and her with a fly swatter........ain't love grand.......
  5. by   FranEMTnurse
    Woooo hooo! What an experience!
    In the recent past, I was a patient recovering from an anaphylactoid reaction to Niacin. Being a light sleeper, I heard a shuffling sound. When I opened my eyes, I saw an elderly man, naked as the day he was born entering our room. I asked him if I could help him, and he told me he was looking for the bathroom. I got out of bed, took him by the arm, and led him out to the nurses' desk where I handed him over to one of the nurses.
    The next morning I related the incident to my roommate who was a sound sleeper. She replied, "I always miss the good stuff!" :chuckle
  6. by   KAYfutureLPN
    The baby story someone wrote about has to be one of the saddest things I have ever heard. --cries--
    ====
    Luckly I haven't been grossed out by any of these stories. Being there experiencing it will be a diff. story I'm sure.


    Kay
  7. by   haknspit
    Being a newbie in the ICU of a military hospital, I was in charge of an obese, elderly dependent wife who came in complaining of chest pain at the top of the shift. She was so large that the beds side rails were suffocated with her flesh rolls. There was also a slight tangy stench that came off of the woman that made you think of rotting flesh.

    The Cardiologist finally decided to come down and admit her to us, talks with the patient briefly and comes over to the nurses station and informs us to clean her up and that he wasn't seeing her until we did. Of course that meant me, the newbie.

    Time to suck it up and get the deed over and done with. As I was giving her a bed bath I noticed the smell, that tanginess was getting worse with every drop of water that touched her skin. As I lifted one roll of flesh to wash under, I noticed that the reason for her smell was the flesh was rotting away in between the rolls.

    As I lifted one beast that was so huge I thought it looked like a thigh, I couldn't believe what was lying there. A popsicle stick that had been under her breast so long you couldn't tell what flavor it was and that the flesh under it was rotted out in the shape of that stick. Gross!! I could hardly contain my laughter.

    Oh, and it gets worse.. We had to cath the woman. This is where the initiation got me really considering running for the door. As I got my head down below the nether regions of her vagina to insert the cath my eyeballs just about popped out of my head first from the stench, then from the fact that the whole outer vaginal area was a hugh patch of white, bulbous pustule cysts. There were so many I couldn't determine where I could possibly squeeze the little cath through..I shoved and shoved as sweat was pouring down my face as I was losing my breath from not trying to breathe. Finally I gave up and told the Lt. nurse it was her turn, I gave up.

    She could not get the damn thing inside her either, two male nurses were holding each leg up that was the size of an elephant cursing us under their breath to hurry it up. Finally, after about 20 mins of trying the LT was able to squeeze the cath in.

    Ok, now how could you not know that your stuff had a major problem like that?? Ladies the OB/GYN is your friend!!
  8. by   laughingfairy
    Quote from k7w4lpn
    Has anyone ever 'lanced' an infected sebaceous cyst?? I assisted my charge nurse when we discovered one the size of a half-dollar on this woman's chest (at the nursing home we work at). She wiped it down with betadine & alcohol, then made a tiny opening in it with a 19g needle. We each pushed from opposite sides, and the stuff came out with such force & so much that it hit the wall & wardrobe closet across the room!! It looked like a crime scene!!! NASTY!!!!!!! I retched the whole time!!!!!...And I thought loogies were bad enough...............lol
    Wasn't lancing it...I simply had put a warm compress on and "lightly palpated" the dang thing to see if is softened. It exploded in a 180 degree side to side and up and down. I had it in my hair, on my face (couldn't see out of my glasses) on my clothing etc. And I was sitting to the side. Took my jacket off and put it in a garbage bag. wiped everything else down with alcohol.

    The really gross part was I got home and set the bag next to the front door. (This is Sat. night). Sunday morning it wasn't there. Thought to myself "have to thank DH for putting it in the laundry." Monday when I go to put away clean laundry I discover my DH had put it in a basket of folded clean laundry. He thought it was an "extra" that I had taken to work. And brought home to hang back up.

    Now we have a rule. Anything in a garbage bag goes in the laundry room.

    I did more laundry that day than I have ever done in my life.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    OK, that's pretty gross.......but did you ever happen to think how embarrassing that entire episode must have been for the PATIENT?? This poor woman obviously cannot take care of her own hygiene, let alone get up on an exam table and into the stirrups. I hope someone was kind enough to refer her to a home health agency, as she needs help with personal care so that she doesn't offend the staff next time she ends up in the hospital.
  10. by   UK studentnurse
    Once had a self confessed 'vampire' on a mixed medical admissions ward I worked on. This guy would draw blood from his IV cannulas, collect it in a glass and drink the blood. Psych referall ASAP!

    More wine for my men - we ride at dawn.:angryfire
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from UK studentnurse
    Once had a self confessed 'vampire' on a mixed medical admissions ward I worked on. This guy would draw blood from his IV cannulas, collect it in a glass and drink the blood. Psych referall ASAP!

    More wine for my men - we ride at dawn.:angryfire
    Yuck, yuck, yuck.

    Mine was when I saw a woman with stage 4 breast cancer. That thing had already eaten away most of her breast, and the crater was a horrible deep red and blue.
  12. by   Gompers
    I was taking care of a baby in our NICU one night, and she was on the schedule to go to surgery the next morning for an exp. lap. to check out what kind of damage an infectious intestinal perforation did to her gut. While I was assessing her, I noted this 2cm yellowish blister on her abdomen. I showed it to the doc and we agreed to watch it. Then I noticed that her salem sump wasn't functioning properly, so I irrigated it and set it back to low suction. The blister immediately deflated. Intermittant suction went off, and the blister slowly filled back up. Suction on again, and it deflated. Called the doc back, who had the appropriate reaction ("Eeeeew...what the hell is that?") and we called surgery. The entire unit seemed to be there, watching this blister inflate and deflate with the intermittant suction. The surgeon came up and "popped" the blister with his fingers, spewing forth copious amounts of purulent drainage and stool. Then he simply left and said he'd see the baby in the morning for surgery! We hoped they had a lot of irrigation fluid on hand!!! Thank goodness she was on triple antibiotics.
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Gompers
    I was taking care of a baby in our NICU one night, and she was on the schedule to go to surgery the next morning for an exp. lap. to check out what kind of damage an infectious intestinal perforation did to her gut. While I was assessing her, I noted this 2cm yellowish blister on her abdomen. I showed it to the doc and we agreed to watch it. Then I noticed that her salem sump wasn't functioning properly, so I irrigated it and set it back to low suction. The blister immediately deflated. Intermittant suction went off, and the blister slowly filled back up. Suction on again, and it deflated. Called the doc back, who had the appropriate reaction ("Eeeeew...what the hell is that?") and we called surgery. The entire unit seemed to be there, watching this blister inflate and deflate with the intermittant suction. The surgeon came up and "popped" the blister with his fingers, spewing forth copious amounts of purulent drainage and stool. Then he simply left and said he'd see the baby in the morning for surgery! We hoped they had a lot of irrigation fluid on hand!!! Thank goodness she was on triple antibiotics.


    Awwww, poor little baby Yucky, nasty bubble

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