What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 49

: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   Chad_KY_SRNA
    I was reading an article today about the possible new strain of AIDS. The pt. has developed full blown AIDS in less than 3 months. It just blows my mind. :uhoh21:
  2. by   Kitkat23
    Quote from Cindy_A
    It stands for clostridium difficile. It usaully happens to people who have been on a lot of antibiotics. For more info, check out this site: http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/954992292.html
    Thanks. Whoa, that sucks. I heard about patients getting diarrhea after getting antibiotics, but I've never heard of Cdiff before. Thanks for the info.
  3. by   Kitkat23
    Quote from NoCrumping
    I was new CNA, I had this assignment from hell, 60 patients , all on a skilled floor in a NH. But thats beside the point,. (shudder). Anyway, I had this lady with dementia, she had MRSA, HEP C, recently had a stroke,tube fed WITH JEVITY W/ FIBER, TB,on a clinitron bed, on full isolation ,and the worst of all, in my book, was, SHE HAD C DIFF. I had to fully gown up, mask, the whole thing. I went in there, the room had to be at least 95 degrees w/ the heat, plus the clinitron bed throws off heat. Well, I opened the door and before I could see the diarrhea running over the bed, and up to her neck, THE SMELL HIT ME. Mind you, this is one of my first experiences with this 'caring for people" thing.... well, I go about my business, cleaning her, the best as I could, thinking I would get used to the smell I DIDNT EVEN ASK FOR HELP, BECAUSE THERE WAS NOBODY TO HELP ME. Well, I didn't get used to the smell. I VOMITED IN MY MASK. I was relieved, THE SMELL OF MY VOMIT WAS BETTER THAN THE SMELL OF THE BM. I CONTEMPLATED LEAVING THAT MASK ON , keeping my face in the pool of vomit that the mask contained, because I knew I would have to just change up again, thus smelling the BM again!!!!! I cant begin to describe that smell. Now, I know somebody has to care for these people. Do I realize I am not one of them? Absolutely. I quit that job the next day, applied to nursing school, went the the NICU, never even GLANCED BACK. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU WHO CAN DEAL WITH THESE KIND OF THINGS, ALL KIDDING AND HUMOR ASIDE.

    OOOHHH!!!! That was so disgusting. I wouldn't have quit, but I'd try to avoid going to the patient's room again. Well, that's good that you've went to nursing school. Good luck in all that you do. You've dealt with a sh@t tidal wave! I remember cleaning up a patient with diarrhea and he was in a contact precautions room. (He had the flu.) So I had to put on the gown, mask, and gloves and his room was 100 degrees. It was so hot and sweaty. :uhoh21:
  4. by   Nikko
    Quote from andylane78
    Had a guy in the ER, mentally slow, with an infected stasis ulcer to the back of his calf x 1 month. Picture this, large round area of black escar surounded by a "canal" of non-existant and barely there flesh. The the decaying flesh had been gnawed away by non the less magotts which were still in residence in large numbers in his leg. The smell was so nasty!!!!! Stank up the whole ER! Then........it gets better. He decides he has to pee and can only do this standing up! Gets out of bed bleeding and dropping magotts everywhere! Then surgery decides to debride the nasty leg IN THE ROOM! EEWWWW!!! Discovered that lidocaine makes magotts "dance".
    Needless to say not much appetite that shift!
    COOL!!!
  5. by   Jenny Renn
    Only last year I was working in the colorectal ward af a large West Aussie hospital. I was allocated to a four bed room in one of which was a patient with a small bowel obstruction. As many nursing treatments had no effect in unblocking the poor unfortunate soul, it was decided to insert an naso gastric.

    While a CN and myself were in the process inserting this NG, the patient having the back of his throat irritated promptly began vomiting liquid faecies.

    Within a few moments the whole room smelt like the insides of this mans bowels. All those who were able, left the room. while my colleagues and I just tried to hold our breath. Unfortunately eventually I did have to breath and took in a mouthful of this foul odour and promptly dry reached three times.

    Eventually we did get the NG into place and I then had to clean up this poor patient. Just removing a bowl of foul vomitus, I once again dry reached. Further more even though none of it was spild on me, I stank for the rest of the shift.
    Last edit by Jenny Renn on Feb 21, '05
  6. by   dbsn00
    [QUOTE=kellie]Oh goodness, I work in a geriatric psychiatric unit, and there are so many strories to tell... id have to narrow it down to these 2.

    We had one very demented lady who used to hoard things in her clothing, and hair, and was constantly mumbling nonsense. Well, it was shower time and I noticed something coming from in between her legs. I got out some napkins,and a pencap. When I noticed there was more, I had to get my charge nurse. Now, keep in mind this is a very large older woman who was screaming and yelling the entire time. It took 3 of us to get the rest out ( 2 to hold her down, 1 to dig) We got a p-nut butter and jelly sandwich out of her vagina.Who knows how long it had been there, but it didnt smell pretty.
    QUOTE]

    OMG!!!!!
  7. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    I had a resident who had been suffering from diarhea. Well I was working with a lazy CNA who wouldn't answer the call light. I was assisting this man to the BSC and he didn't quite make it. Thats right runny stools all down my leg.
  8. by   frekinbrechin
    Quote from saddlupasb
    I work in CCU, and one night we got in this 27 y/o GI bleed. He was a heavy ETOH user who had esophageal varices. Anyway, the guy was NPO, vomiting bright red blood, and complaining heartily about how thirsty he was. The GI doc walked into his room only to find him drinking his own bloody vomit. Pretty disgusting IMO. Unfortunately, this guy is a frequent flyer. =(
    OMG, but I guess when your thirty, you wll do anything.
  9. by   kc2004
    about 10 years ago when I was doing my clinicals in OR,
    we had a man come in from a rural area with an inguinal
    hernia. I had to assist so I walk into the OR and here is this man
    with a scrotal sac the size of a basketball. All of his intestines
    were inside his scrotum. We had to open up his abdomen and
    pull the intestines out of the hernia to put them back. This took
    about 2hrs, then we had to do the actual hernia repair!

    I was wondering the whole time about how this man
    got his pants over his nuts. Or did he come to the hospital
    in one of those mumu dresses like Mrs.Roper from Three's
    Company used to wear?
  10. by   mackrn
    The first time I took care of a frequent flyer that came in with maggots on his leg it took 2 hours to clean the wound. The second and third time it took 45 minutes using a little bottle of ethyl chloride (a freezing solution) that made cleaning them off easy. The last time he came in used a CO2 fire extinguisher and it was finshed in 5 minutes and he never came back.
  11. by   teeituptom
    Quote from mackrn
    The first time I took care of a frequent flyer that came in with maggots on his leg it took 2 hours to clean the wound. The second and third time it took 45 minutes using a little bottle of ethyl chloride (a freezing solution) that made cleaning them off easy. The last time he came in used a CO2 fire extinguisher and it was finshed in 5 minutes and he never came back.

    A CO 2 one I hope
  12. by   mackrn
    Quote from teeituptom
    A CO 2 one I hope
    Yes, as stated in my post a CO2 one.
  13. by   happthearts
    I forgot I have one to add Had a PT sweet little lady had ate a great dinner .I had worked a double that night and I always helped the aides doing rounds when I could to catch them Up .We walked into to this room and There was blood all over the drapes ,the Pt the blankets all over the floor , with a big chunk of tissue on the floor It looked like a carton of liver you buy in the store in size.They smell was un-real. Looked just like a murder sene We cleaned her up best shampoo her hair change all the linen and bedding
    We then removed all the drapes Then we got the bio hazard thing to pick up the liver/blood looking thing which preceded to slide all over the floor. I had never seen any thing like this before and haven't since . Finally got it up with a plastic bag.
    This was truly the worst I have ever seen .What made matters worst is the family had to see the Pt in the hall ,as the room was too bad to be seen . Hope none of you ever have to go through this. They told me it was some kind of bleed.Possible GI maybe. Would have loved to know what this was .
    Last edit by happthearts on Feb 26, '05

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