What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 55

: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   MistyDawnRN06
    Quote from happthearts
    If anyone know's what this is please tell me When I was an aide in California many years ago I was sitting with a Pt about 85 years old receiving blood product she was dying of cancer.

    Her stomach began to fill up with the blood and she began to sweat I noticed that when I sponged her down with the white wash cloth that there was blood on the wash cloth .I thought maybe she had a tear some where but she didn't have any tears I noticed that the sweat droplets looked blood tinged So I touched her arm with my glove and noticed blood on the glove.Withen in minutes the lady expired when we moved her we noticed on the sheet where her upper back had been there was blood also.

    This has alway kind of intrested me as they have said in the bible Jeaus when he died bled from every pore.Alway been a mystery to me.
    This is an out-of-the blue guess, but it sounds like it might be Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).
  2. by   ERNurse752
    "Originally Posted by happthearts
    If anyone know's what this is please tell me When I was an aide in California many years ago I was sitting with a Pt about 85 years old receiving blood product she was dying of cancer.

    Her stomach began to fill up with the blood and she began to sweat I noticed that when I sponged her down with the white wash cloth that there was blood on the wash cloth .I thought maybe she had a tear some where but she didn't have any tears I noticed that the sweat droplets looked blood tinged So I touched her arm with my glove and noticed blood on the glove.Withen in minutes the lady expired when we moved her we noticed on the sheet where her upper back had been there was blood also.

    This has alway kind of intrested me as they have said in the bible Jeaus when he died bled from every pore.Alway been a mystery to me. "



    "This is an out-of-the blue guess, but it sounds like it might be Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)."

    ************************************************** **************

    It could also have been DIC, disseminated intravascular coagulation.
  3. by   TDub
    That would be my first guess. DIC, that is.
  4. by   Adam D. RN2005
    Yeah, it sounds like DIC. Had a pt that had it. Was already brain dead when DIC started to set in.

    Adam
    38 Days till Graduation
  5. by   cardiacRN2006
    Super long story made short. We were working the worst code ever (for a variety of reasons) and the docs and RTs were not able to intubate this pt. After many oral and nasal attempts, they trach and try some weird method to pass a guide wire through his trach up and out his mouth, and then pass the ETT over the wire. Of course this didn't work either. Over 30 minutes of attempts and some massive blood clot comes out of one of his holes (was it his trach or his mouth??) and lays there like a jello salad. Without fail this is when his wife comes back after we told her to go home because he would 'be alright'. She sees this clot from satan right next to his head, and it is so big that I can't hide it with my hands. I considered trying to push it off the bed, but . It looked like a fetus, so we termed it fetemesis, a combination of fetus and emesis.
  6. by   BabyRN2Be
    I guess I would term myself as a nursing student, not an RN, but I have a neat "gross" story for ya'll.

    Trying to make a long story short. We had this girl come in via the Expensive Taxi (i.e. EMSA, or ambulance). No one could drive her because they were all doin' drugs and she was about to have her baby. Yes, she was a participant in the drug party. She didn't want to wait for her bf to get off work so she called EMSA because she was having a few contractions (calling EMSA for reasons such as this really makes my blood boil but this is beside the case).

    This gal comes in, stoned to the gills and doesn't appear to know that she's having a baby. It does sink in and the thought that she could get more free drugs hits her brain. Not that she's interested in an epidural, but she wants IV narcs. Even though she's got marijuana and cocaine on board, they give her some Stadol. Fortunately I'm ready with the emesis basin for the vomit bath that was sure to follow.

    Anyhow, she progresses RAPIDLY (she was already an 8 when she came in, didn't wanna leave the cool party) and she's ready to deliver. As doula, I'm there to comfort her and hold her legs and keep everyone calm. Well, the nurse does an SVE and discovers that she ran into the baby's head as soon as the tip of her finger enters mom's vagina.

    The room is broken down and fortunately the doc is already with us. So, we have her RN, the scrub tech, a few residents, some medical students, the girl's mom and her bf. The BF is afraid to get too close but stands RIGHT behind me. Grandma wants full view of everything so I'm squished holding her left leg, with "dad" behind me (can't step backwards) and mom trying to edge me out to get a better view (can't step to my right). I was stuck.

    Did I mentioned that she had an intact bulging BOW up to this point? Well, no longer as the baby's head emerged rather fast. I got absolutely soaked with blood and amniotic fluid. I mean, my legs and shoes were DRENCHED with the warm water. Strange feeling and possibly would have liked it if I didn't know where it was coming from. And at that point I didn't know what her HIV status was although she had a positive UDS. (her status turned out to be OK).

    I excused myself as soon as I could to change into fresh scrubs. These were my personal scrubs and if I sent them through the hospital system, chances are great that I would have never seen them again. I decided to triple wrap them for the ride home (3 plastic bags) and ran them through the wash, on their own, 3 times to be sure that all of the birth glob was removed.

    I know that this story is not as gross as the others, but this was my first baptism by amniotic fluid in L&D. Should have taken pics as a day to remember.
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    I guess I would term myself as a nursing student, not an RN, but I have a neat "gross" story for ya'll.

    Trying to make a long story short. We had this girl come in via the Expensive Taxi (i.e. EMSA, or ambulance). No one could drive her because they were all doin' drugs and she was about to have her baby. Yes, she was a participant in the drug party. She didn't want to wait for her bf to get off work so she called EMSA because she was having a few contractions (calling EMSA for reasons such as this really makes my blood boil but this is beside the case).

    This gal comes in, stoned to the gills and doesn't appear to know that she's having a baby. It does sink in and the thought that she could get more free drugs hits her brain. Not that she's interested in an epidural, but she wants IV narcs. Even though she's got marijuana and cocaine on board, they give her some Stadol. Fortunately I'm ready with the emesis basin for the vomit bath that was sure to follow.

    Anyhow, she progresses RAPIDLY (she was already an 8 when she came in, didn't wanna leave the cool party) and she's ready to deliver. As doula, I'm there to comfort her and hold her legs and keep everyone calm. Well, the nurse does an SVE and discovers that she ran into the baby's head as soon as the tip of her finger enters mom's vagina.

    The room is broken down and fortunately the doc is already with us. So, we have her RN, the scrub tech, a few residents, some medical students, the girl's mom and her bf. The BF is afraid to get too close but stands RIGHT behind me. Grandma wants full view of everything so I'm squished holding her left leg, with "dad" behind me (can't step backwards) and mom trying to edge me out to get a better view (can't step to my right). I was stuck.

    Did I mentioned that she had an intact bulging BOW up to this point? Well, no longer as the baby's head emerged rather fast. I got absolutely soaked with blood and amniotic fluid. I mean, my legs and shoes were DRENCHED with the warm water. Strange feeling and possibly would have liked it if I didn't know where it was coming from. And at that point I didn't know what her HIV status was although she had a positive UDS. (her status turned out to be OK).

    I excused myself as soon as I could to change into fresh scrubs. These were my personal scrubs and if I sent them through the hospital system, chances are great that I would have never seen them again. I decided to triple wrap them for the ride home (3 plastic bags) and ran them through the wash, on their own, 3 times to be sure that all of the birth glob was removed.

    I know that this story is not as gross as the others, but this was my first baptism by amniotic fluid in L&D. Should have taken pics as a day to remember.
    Yep, good thing yer mouth wasn't open honey, or you would remember and probably gag every time someone mentions the word, childbirth to you for the rest of your life.
  8. by   Imafloat
    Quote from ITSJUSTMEZOE
    it was time for a foley.... Well a few things I noticed while placing the foley,
    1. A remote control
    2. corn nibblets
    3. kleenex pieces
    4. duct tape stuck to her buttocks
    5. a tattoo that stated " I work hard for the money"
    6. a credit / atm ticket
    It took me by surprise and I can say with joy that I havent been fortunate enough to find such articles in that space so far KNOCKS ON WOOD
    But yet Im still young.... And I work in the Operating room now !!!!
    hows that for irony....
    Oh my, LOL....
  9. by   mrparhamrvt
    Wow...how do yall do it? I think most human stuff is GROSS! If I hear someone coughing up something, I go into gag reflex.

    Anyways, I wanted to share 2 of my grossest ever moments.

    1) We had an elderly gentleman come in one day complaining about his dog's breath. Well, the patient is soooo painful that he will not let the DVM touch his mouth. Since 90% of our patients have periodontal disease of some sort by age 5 and we see LOTS of FBs (sticks bones etc) lodged in the oral cavity that start to decay, the DVM gets consent for dental cleaning etc. Lucky me I am known as the "dental queen" or "tooth nazi" to many I know in the field. (I have done extra internships with a specialist, specialization courses and am working on my acceptance into a specialization mentorship.) Anyways...DVM gets dog fully PE'd, while I calculate and pull up drugs. The smell is one of the worst I have ever had to endure. Smells are one of my weak points! We induce right on the table, I pull out the patients tongue for intubation (gagging the whole time)...and see why this dog has such a horrific odor!!! There is one of the largest oral masses sitting right at the base of the tongue. Horribly necrotic looking and totally lumpy bumpy! I really do not know how the dog had been eating at all, it seems to be completely closing off everything back there! When I told the DVM he took a look and I thought he was even gonna puke!

    2) Had a young guy come in on emergency one afternoon. He just purchased a Great Pyrenese (sp? those are the huge white cattle dogs that usually range in weight from 90-130 pounds). He had her spayed at another clinic couple of days before (don't ask me why he decided to come to us now?). He's giving the receptionists the down low and another guy is toting her in. She looks to be completely red at this point from the blood loss. Becomes obvious that she has dehisced at her abdominal incision. Has obvious intestinal loops protruding from the open site. It also becomes obvious that she had been chewing at them some. The only choice at that point is immediate surgery to resect the area that was torn through and through and run them for any perforations as well as copious flushing of the cavity to remove as much foreign material as possible. Takes 3 of us to hoist this gal on the table...all becoming saturated with blood. We start trying to induce her with a very light protocol since she seems to be going into shock. BP is in the toilet and dog is dysphoric already. Right as we start placing IVC, she proceeds to vomit all over our head RVT. Her vomit included close to 3 feet of intestinal loop!!!

    Gotta Love Veterinary Medicine!!

    Melanie R. Parham, RVT
    Last edit by mrparhamrvt on May 22, '05
  10. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from mrparhamrvt
    Wow...how do yall do it? I think most human stuff is GROSS! If I hear someone coughing up something, I go into gag reflex.

    Anyways, I wanted to share 2 of my grossest ever moments.

    1) We had an elderly gentleman come in one day complaining about his dog's breath. Well, the patient is soooo painful that he will not let the DVM touch his mouth. Since 90% of our patients have periodontal disease of some sort by age 5 and we see LOTS of FBs (sticks bones etc) lodged in the oral cavity that start to decay, the DVM gets consent for dental cleaning etc. Lucky me I am known as the "dental queen" or "tooth nazi" to many I know in the field. (I have done extra internships with a specialist, specialization courses and am working on my acceptance into a specialization mentorship.) Anyways...DVM gets dog fully PE'd, while I calculate and pull up drugs. The smell is one of the worst I have ever had to endure. Smells are one of my weak points! We induce right on the table, I pull out the patients tongue for intubation (gagging the whole time)...and see why this dog has such a horrific odor!!! There is one of the largest oral masses sitting right at the base of the tongue. Horribly necrotic looking and totally lumpy bumpy! I really do not know how the dog had been eating at all, it seems to be completely closing off everything back there! When I told the DVM he took a look and I thought he was even gonna puke!

    2) Had a young guy come in on emergency one afternoon. He just purchased a Great Pyrenese (sp? those are the huge white cattle dogs that usually range in weight from 90-130 pounds). He had her spayed at another clinic couple of days before (don't ask me why he decided to come to us now?). He's giving the receptionists the down low and another guy is toting her in. She looks to be completely red at this point from the blood loss. Becomes obvious that she has dehisced at her abdominal incision. Has obvious intestinal loops protruding from the open site. It also becomes obvious that she had been chewing at them some. The only choice at that point is immediate surgery to resect the area that was torn through and through and run them for any perforations as well as copious flushing of the cavity to remove as much foreign material as possible. Takes 3 of us to hoist this gal on the table...all becoming saturated with blood. We start trying to induce her with a very light protocol since she seems to be going into shock. BP is in the toilet and dog is dysphoric already. Right as we start placing IVC, she proceeds to vomit all over our head RVT. Her vomit included close to 3 feet of intestinal loop!!!

    Gotta Love Veterinary Medicine!!

    Melanie R. Parham, RVT
    There are many times that I wish I had gone into vet medicine rather than human medicine... but I knew I wouldn't be able to handle it... I cry at Bambi and refuse to watch Old Yeller!!! But after reading your post... I KNOW I made the right decision!!!
    God bless you!!!
  11. by   LHLPN
    Grossest moment : when I was a nursing student I was doing rounds with the ENT nurse. There was a patient with stomach cancer who also had a colostomy and two small fistulas covered with opsite. This woman was beautiful and very self conscious about the colostomy and we were instructed to be very careful about our facial reactions, etc. when dealing with them. The woman was in a wheelchair and I had changed her colostomy appliance and was squatted down in front of her to change the opsite on the two small holes (fistulas) on her abdomen. When I removed the opsite this greenish yellow, purulent, death smelling stuff sprayed out of the hole, onto my face and white uniform. It was horrifying, the worst odor I had ever smelled and I just kept thinking I had to not react with a bad expression. I popped my finger over the hole to stop the spray and after an eternity the ENT nurse and another nurse came into the room because they had smelled something from the hallway. The ENT nurse took one look and smell and started gagging. Fortunately the other nurse pulled it together and took over so I could go wash up. I have run into many gross things in nursing but I always remember that and think "this isn't as bad as THAT!"
    Last edit by LHLPN on May 23, '05 : Reason: typos
  12. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote from KaraLea
    In other words my allnurses sisters, PLEASE get your mammograms and yearly exams as well as self breast exams. I would hate to loose any of you in this way. And for our allnurses brothers...don't think you can get off easily. You get your prostate exams as ordered PLEASE!!!!

    Also not as commonly as women but men can get breast cancer to.
  13. by   shodobe
    It had to be TODAY! I had a patient who had a FB up his rectum. Surgeon tried to get it out from below because she did not want to open his belly. It was a glass jar and we could see the gold metal cap when she spread open his rectum. She tried prying it only to have the top come off and what came out was------------------ SWEET RELISH! The place smelled like a hot dog stand. She managed to get the jar out while doing no damage. The guy was very lucky, but some of us are going to have a hard time eating any hot dogs in the future. Mike
    This is a God's honest story.

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