What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 45
: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
Jan 13, '05That's too funny! So in class today we watched a guy deep throat this breathing thing(don't remember the name it's rare) while he was awake to show how easily it's inserted into the esophagis. Nice!
Jan 13, '05Quote from angelic_cherry03Are you talking about an endotracheal tube???That's too funny! So in class today we watched a guy deep throat this breathing thing(don't remember the name it's rare) while he was awake to show how easily it's inserted into the esophagis. Nice!
Jan 13, '05I had a patient the other day who was vomiting. I ran to her bedside to assist her, she turned to me and threw up on my mouth! Thank goodness I had my mouth shut for a change!
Jan 14, '05I haven't had time to read ALL of the posts, I really wish I did though. But, as i am sitting here reading them, I am eating Reese's Pieces and M&M's. Most of the stories don't bother me too much, but there are a few that cause my jaw to drop to the floor and/or my eyes to pop out of my head. I must replace them now, so I can continue reading.
Jan 14, '05Quote from FranemtnurseI think that she is talking about an LMP tube. Saw plenty of them during my ambulatory surgury. They can be reused after each patient.Are you talking about an endotracheal tube???
Jan 14, '05Many years ago I had a psych research patient, who, while on the floor, urinated into the nurses' coffee pot and then poured it back through the machine so the entire thing was ruined (I was always afraid to ask if anyone actually drank the coffee). After that it was moved to the enclosed nurses' station.
This same patient, later in the stay, painted his entire room with feces. I understand the smell was horrific.
I am thankful the nurses on the unit were nice enough to continue to take care of my research patients and not hold it against me. But for several weeks after he was discharged I brought pizza & donuts for the different shifts and insisted the MD pay for it out of the research funds.
Jan 17, '05Quote from wvmtneerOk, now THAT wins the prize. GAR!!!!!!I had a patient once who had a pretty bad infection in her mouth that we could not seem to get a handle on. The cultures came back positive for e. Coli (not the kind from bad beef). The Dr. asked her about any way she could have gotten it, and she replied that she and her husband liked to have anal sex along with oral sex. Even now, that grosses me out.
Jan 18, '05Well my yucky story relates to my 3rd year student days on placement at an end-stage psycho-geri unit in Wales. As was normal we students were alocated with one of the RN's and one of our tasks was the pre-lunch toileting round, for which there were 3 curtain covered cublicles where patients went one at a time.
About 2/3rds of the way through we placed this severely demented lady on the toilet who had the most beautific smile, whatever was going on upstairs at least it was making her happy. Anyway the nurse says to me, "don't worry Mrs **** rarely uses the toilet as she has twisted bowels and diverticuli... around once in 3 weeks is normal at present" I'm just looking at him in amazement when, there is this ominous rumbling from the bowl.. "ohh" say's the nurse "maybe today's the day"..
Well I swear I have never seen anything like it before or since... this poor lady must have had some form of compressor in her bowels because she starts expelling wind and faeces with such force it was lifting her cheeks of the bowl and pebbledashing the cubicle.. it was coming up from between her legs.... everywhere.
You have never seen people move as fast as me and the RN out of that cubicle throwing the curtain behind us... it must have been fully 30secs after that the gas subsided and we ventured back in.. needless to say the smell was royally gagworthy and took us ages to clean her and the cubicle up.
Throughout the entire episode the beautific smile remained.
Jan 21, '05Right after I passed my boards was working the night shift as charge nurse. Had this brand new LPN working for me that I could never figure out how she got through school as she would get so flustered with the male patients that would hide in the nursing station for an hour after every episode. One night one of the elderly males flashed her as she was walking down the hallway and she was gone for an hour. Later that night was making my last med pass before giving report, when he came to the doorway and flashed the nursing director as she came in for the day. I looked over and told him that if my member was that small wouldn't show it in public. Was told later that it wasn't exactly PC, but did keep him from flashing anyone the rest of his stay. And they passed it on to the nursing home he was originally from.
Quote from DayrayI was a new CNA in the nursing home and feeling very proud of my first step in my chosen career.
A nice littel old man in a wheel chair waved at one of my co-workers (a pretty littel 18 year-old, fresh out of high school sugar and spice type of girl). He said "honey come over here please" as she bent down to talk to him. He moved the blanket covering his legs and SPLAT! he ejaculated right in her face and mouth. I never saw her again and thus my nursing career beagn...........
Jan 21, '05Having been a nurse for a number of years I have an assortment of gross stories, but one of my favorites didn't happen to me.
When I was about a year into my nursing career, I worked on a floor that covered gyn onc, rad onc, urology, and 4 medical services. Busy as you might imagine. One evening I was pausing at thef ront desk when I heard to most god awful scream. I ran down the hallway and was the first to come upon the scene. Standing in the doorway of the dirty utility room was one of the assistant nurse managers, covered from head to toe in dripping diarrhea! Her patient was on a 24 hour stool collection and we stored the crap in cans that look exactly like paint cans, the cans were kept in the dirty utilityroom - she had been returning the can to the room to store and the door bumped her arm. The can went straight down to the floor, the lid which perhpas wasn't as secure as you would like in such situations, flew off and she is in a strom that rained diarrhea. I remember screaming along with her! I grabbed blankets to cover her and she ran to the end of the hall where we had patient rooms that weren't finished - but had showers - she was in there a long time...
Followup to that story, the nurse left nursing and became a doc! Always wondered if there was some correlation...
Jan 21, '05Back in the late 70's was an orderly working the triage desk in the emergency room. Had a gentleman come running in yelling that his wife was in the back of his pick up truck and not breathing. I jumped in the back of the truck, checked her out and started doing rescue breathing after finding out she wasn't breathing. Just as I started she threw up into my mouth which set off a chain reaction of me puking over the side of the of the ramp wall onto a Dr.'s porche. Apparently she was post-ictal froma seizure (which the boyfriend forgot to mention) and this was back in before the use of barriers. Man it took hours and several gallons of mouth wash to clean the taste out of my mouth, then got reamed by the doctor for ruining the paint job on his porche!
Quote from rn,lmtI had a patient the other day who was vomiting. I ran to her bedside to assist her, she turned to me and threw up on my mouth! Thank goodness I had my mouth shut for a change!
Jan 21, '05Well, it has got to be said, I was alright with the other stories but I nearly lost my spag bol with that one.
Jan 22, '05Just read this on Medscape Weekend Edition:
Spitting Out Worms
My patient is a young, married, unemployed woman. She came for evaluation because she "spat out worms" while brushing her teeth. The lab confirmed the "worm" to be an insect larva. Her CBC is normal except that her hemoglobin is 13.2 g/dL. Her stools were normal. Could this be pica? She recently called to say she spat out some more worms and is coming back for another office visit. How does one approach this case?
Response from David R. Haburchak, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.
This patient's complaint should at least initially be taken at face value, since she at least produced a real "worm," as opposed to patients with delusional parasitosis, who usually bring in pieces of string, mucus, skin fragments, and other debris for inspection. The laboratory has identified the "worm" as an insect larva, most likely of the 2-winged fly variety (Diptera). This variety is easily identified by their tubular, segmented shape, tapered end, and bristles at their segments.
The 2 most prevalent types of flies associated with domestic animals and pests, and therefore, humans, are the bot fly and blowfly, including horseflies. It would be interesting to get more epidemiologic history from the patient, such as exotic travel and exposure to animals, especially horses.
Human oral, nasal, and tracheopulmonary myiasis is uncommon, due to the need for flies to deposit eggs in the mouth or respiratory tract. Most human cases have actually been nosocomial, secondary to flies depositing eggs in fetid nasal and oral secretions of comatose or demented patients unable to protect themselves. A dramatic recent outbreak occurred in an American intensive care unit when a mouse investigation was inappropriately handled. Mice were killed when poisoned bait was placed in the walls of the hospital building, thus producing ample food for green blowflies. The blowflies subsequently proliferated and laid eggs in 2 comatose patients.
Horses can apparently ingest eggs of the bot fly Gasterophilus pecorum, which can invade the mouth without much host reaction. These larvae can subsequently molt and move to the intestine, or conceivably, if the horse brushed its teeth, be spit out. I suppose pica could be a possible cause if the patient's habits included visits to pastures with horses.
I suspect that a more likely scenario would be the infestation of the patient's toothbrush or toothbrush holder with eggs deposited by houseflies or horseflies. A close inspection of the toothbrush or holder might be helpful. Of course, the patient should be thoroughly examined for any oral or nasal pathology.
This case reminds me of a patient I saw a few years ago with a complaint of "worms" in her toilet. Apart from mild anxiety, she was asymptomatic and had a normal physical exam. Inspection of the "worm" also revealed insect larvae. In her case, flies were depositing eggs while feeding in the toilet bowl. More vigorous cleaning of the toilet and better screens on the house solved the problem.
I would therefore examine the patient, obtain more history of the possibility of flies in the house, and replace her toothbrush as first steps in management of the patient. Should this problem persist, you might want to talk with her husband.