What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 54

: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   Sue7573
    I was working together with one of my friends on a sub acute unit one afternoon. ( I have since realized I work better by myself) We had just got a new resident that day. We had not seen her yet when her daughter came to get us to put 'Mom" on a bed pan so my friend and I went down there. We were told that she was 'overwieght' but we didn't know how much. both of us were surprised at how big she was. She told us from the jump that she could not do anything for herself. So she raised her arms up for us to do all the work. I got tickled by the look on my friends face and was trying to stiffle a giggle as we were turning the pt on her side to put the bed pan under her. This patient was also very dry we noticed. We had to log roll her and I had to hold her buttocks up to allow room for the bedpan. My friend was just about to say something with her mouth wide open when I lost my grip on the pt. hips and the gloves scrubbing against the ladies extremely dry skin threw "booty dust" up in the air just as my friend sucked in to speak I mean you could see the flakes going into her mouth. I lost it I was laughing so hard. I mean I tried to control it for the pts sake but there was nothing I could do I was laughing so hard I actually peed on myself.. My friend was so upset she was licking paper towels and gaging.. which only put me into another fit of giggles I don't know how we held it together long enough to finish pt. care. but we did then I had to run home and change myself. Both of us agreed not to work together again. (btw friend thought it was funny too but only wish I had got the mouth full of "booty dust")

    Sue.
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    OMG!!!!! 'Booty dust'........now I've heard everything (The mental pictures are absolutely hilarious, BTW )
  3. by   thorv1stjob
    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!
    You deserve a badge of tolerance!
  4. by   lijah
    Well, as a nursing student especially assigned in E.R, there you'll see a lot of grossiest things.. One time, a patient came in with purulent foul smelling discharge on his right foot with edema, he was put to a stretcher for he cannot walk due to severity of his condition, my classmate took vital signs and unexpected thing happened was that the pus was on her shoes already lolz, not knowing that her stockings has them too! after the doctor diagnosed the patient we found out that he's diabetic and wounds was about 1 month already... tsk tsk tsk
  5. by   studious
    Quote from Sue7573
    I was working together with one of my friends on a sub acute unit one afternoon. ( I have since realized I work better by myself) We had just got a new resident that day. We had not seen her yet when her daughter came to get us to put 'Mom" on a bed pan so my friend and I went down there. We were told that she was 'overwieght' but we didn't know how much. both of us were surprised at how big she was. She told us from the jump that she could not do anything for herself. So she raised her arms up for us to do all the work. I got tickled by the look on my friends face and was trying to stiffle a giggle as we were turning the pt on her side to put the bed pan under her. This patient was also very dry we noticed. We had to log roll her and I had to hold her buttocks up to allow room for the bedpan. My friend was just about to say something with her mouth wide open when I lost my grip on the pt. hips and the gloves scrubbing against the ladies extremely dry skin threw "booty dust" up in the air just as my friend sucked in to speak I mean you could see the flakes going into her mouth. I lost it I was laughing so hard. I mean I tried to control it for the pts sake but there was nothing I could do I was laughing so hard I actually peed on myself.. My friend was so upset she was licking paper towels and gaging.. which only put me into another fit of giggles I don't know how we held it together long enough to finish pt. care. but we did then I had to run home and change myself. Both of us agreed not to work together again. (btw friend thought it was funny too but only wish I had got the mouth full of "booty dust")

    Sue.
    Hadn't been to the toilet for a couple of days(if you get my drift), but this had me laughing so hard, I finally went whewwwwwwwwwww!!!! thank you
  6. by   talaxandra
    Quote from UnewmeB4
    My friend in a nursing home, saw one of his patients sitting at the end of the hall, eating something. When he got close enough, he almost gagged. The old guy, who was notorious for removing his ostomy bag, was holding it on his lap, using it as his "dip" for his crackers.
    Most of this thread I can handle but
  7. by   luvbug
    Quote from talaxandra
    Most of this thread I can handle but
    I am not sure how this will display, but I have to agree. The ostomy bag one is over the top. So is the Earwax one where the pt. was eating it. :uhoh21: I can handle pretty much anything, but I would have gagged on the spot with those two. there's a point when you just can't hold back!
  8. by   teeituptom
    at my age and experience Ive seen so much, that not much of anything fazes me anymore

    I just say OK
  9. by   CHATSDALE
    this resident had a peg tube and was on bolus feeding
    we got an emergency call from his room and the nurse said that she was just finished giving him a bolus when he went into respiratory distress
    while giving him compressions his scrotum got larger and larger till it looked like it would bust
    nurse swore up and down that she had checked for patency b/4 giving bolus but i have always thought that he had that entire feeding in his ab cavity and that it was pumped into scrotum by cpr compressions
    when you can't really prove anything you just watch out the best you can
    was very relieved when she decided that we were just not up to her standards and she left
  10. by   stevierae
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    this resident had a peg tube and was on bolus feeding
    we got an emergency call from his room and the nurse said that she was just finished giving him a bolus when he went into respiratory distress
    while giving him compressions his scrotum got larger and larger till it looked like it would bust
    nurse swore up and down that she had checked for patency b/4 giving bolus but i have always thought that he had that entire feeding in his ab cavity and that it was pumped into scrotum by cpr compressions
    when you can't really prove anything you just watch out the best you can
    was very relieved when she decided that we were just not up to her standards and she left
    Or, he could have had a tension pneumothorax and what you were seeing was subcuatanous emphysmema, which frequently radiates into the scrotum--

    Patient goes into PEA--nobody figures out the underlying cause of the PEA---PEA deteriorates into V tach then Vfib, unresponsive to shock--

    Still, I think that whatever that nurse did caused the tension pneumo and the PEA--however, whether it was an errant PEG tube feeding entering the wrong cavity could, I think, only be proven on autopsy---I am betting none was done....or was there?
  11. by   pooh54
    Quote from KRVRN
    this is why I work NICU
    DITTO!!!!
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    OK, that ostomy bag post was too much........I think I'm gonna I'm not particularly squeamish, but between that and the earwax, I've pretty much lost my appetite this morning. :stone

    Come to think of it, that may not be such a bad thing.......maybe I can use this thread as a weight-control device! :chuckle
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from mjlrn97
    OK, that ostomy bag post was too much........I think I'm gonna I'm not particularly squeamish, but between that and the earwax, I've pretty much lost my appetite this morning. :stone

    Come to think of it, that may not be such a bad thing.......maybe I can use this thread as a weight-control device! :chuckle
    You go girl!

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