What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 86

: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
    Quote from peridotgirl
    I'm sorry that you had to go through that. But I never heard of black urine r/t kidney failure. The urine is actually black??
    Mine was. I watched the nurse empty it in the graduate. Maybe there was some partially digested blood in it to make it look like that. Anyway, my physician confirmed I definitely was going into kidney failure. (Can you imagine how that must have stunk?)And my bladder hurt a lot.
  2. by   Daywalker
    Poor you! Are you getting some relief? Has your doc managed to arrest the kidney failure? Feel better soon. I'm thinking of you.
  3. by   LVNwannaBE2007
    okay i finally made it to the end of these post..... lol.... without throwing up here is my contribution though its not that good... i have only been a nurse for a month now and work LTC.....
    the other day the wife of a resident brought his pants up to the nursing station to prove to us that he had diarrhea... it was like uhhhh you could have jsut told us and we would belive you... lol
  4. by   elthia
    This isn't a pt story, it happened to me.
    After eating a lovely dinner of mixed fajitas...a thunderstorm rolled in, and I got a whopper of a migraine with violent n/v. Well, I could not get the smell of vomitus out of my nose, which was increasing the nausea, so I decided to try saline irrigation, like my husband does for his allergies. You tilt your head to the side and slowly pour the irrigant in the upper nare, and it drains out the lower nare into the sink. My L nare was completely blocked, but when I irrigated my R nare, the blockage moved. Afterwards, I blew my nose really well, and out came a small chewed up piece of shrimp.
    I will say after that the smell of vomitus did go away, but I hate to think of what would have happened if I didn't irrigate my nose and sinuses.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from bluehenrn
    [ she was also pimping out her microcephalous daughter. (no regard to her or her daughter's health!)
    .

    *jess*
    please tell me this woman was arrested and her daughter taken away.
  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Daywalker
    Poor you! Are you getting some relief? Has your doc managed to arrest the kidney failure? Feel better soon. I'm thinking of you.
    Oh hon, I'm a lot better now. It took me a year to regain my strength, but I'm back. I have an excellent physician who knows what he's doing, and who believes me. I do have to take furosimide for the rest of my life though. Hey if it's going to keep the fluid off of me, I'm willing to take it.
  7. by   NOTEWORTHY
    Maybe It Was Peas He Was Saving For Later. Ha! Ha!
  8. by   Advocate1
    nasty... ok so i work on a tele floor and am just beginning my RN career (read RN <6 mos). Anyways, I have seen some nasty stuff but this is by far the weirdest and most disgusting...

    My pt, A/O x3, 70 y/o F, came in with CHF and was on a Lasix drip to pull off fluid- she had a foley in for an accurate I/Os. She presses the call button asking for her RN. So I come in and she says to me-- I think the foley is leaking b/c i feel kinda wet down there. So I take a look at the foley and noticed what looked like diarrhea- it was really foul smelling and brown/black. i told her it look like diarrhea but she denied having a BM. After she gets cleaned up it is apparent that she was right- no BM- the rectum is totally clean... Turns out the stuff is comming out of her vagina- Nasty nasty Nasty. A sample was sent to /the lab as well as a U/A. The urine in the foley was clear yellow w/o any blck stuff.

    lab calls back... sample is stool. Ends up she has a fistula btw her bowels and uterus and stool was comming out the WRONG hole. can u believe it.
  9. by   Daywalker
    So glad you're doing better, and lucky you to have a great doc!
  10. by   Alois Wolf
    Though I'm not a nurse, I'm pretty sure I can participate in this. I work as a direct care staff for individuals with mental disabilities...One night one of my clients was very ill and looked as if he was going to vomit at any moment. He rushed to the bathroom and when I followed him to make sure he was alright, he turned around and projectile vomited allllllllllll over me. I had just started the job and I just stood there, in shock. I didn't know how to react. My supervisor came running down the hall and looked at me and she was as white as a ghost... I felt so bad for the ind. that after I cleaned up and cleaned him up, we both went down to the clinic to get checked out because this particular ind. had hepatitis and I was ultra paranoid about that. Lukily my tests came back fine, though I did wind up with a stomach bug for a couple days... *sigh* but I guess that's not as bad as one of the ind. decided to see what his on feces tasted like and I had to brush his teeth afterwards.... not too fun either.
  11. by   Artemis2
    Lets see... the one about my first day as an RN and the OD who threw his charcoal up all over me? No I can do better than that. Um the first case of HIV we saw when we didn't even know what it was and the projectile diarrhea was hitting the wall? Nope not that one. The maggots? Nope someone already told a maggot story. The piece of lint in your nice, clean, just bathed patient's hair that stands up and waves at you. Shudder, thats a good one but I think I can do better.

    Ok, here goes...

    There is a little known and rarely used treatment for a severe ileus that involves neostigmine injected sq into the abdominal wall. It is a little risky so you pull the crash cart up to the door (not a huge deal in the ICU). I hadn't done this before so my co-workers gave me the run down and explained that the results would be dramatic.

    So this patient is so distended she looks like she is going to blow. I gather plenty of towels and washcloths and give my injection. Very quickly the results begin...large amounts of liquid stool. Unfortunately I didn't fully understand the meaning of the warning that the results would be "dramatic". The next thing I knew there was a river of stool filling the bed! I'm throwing all of my towels at it, spare sheets whatever I can find but to no avail. Now it is running off both sides of the bed and onto the floor! By the time it finally quit the floor was covered with layers of blankets soaked in stool and the bed was... well I'll leave that up to your imagination.

    Fortunately in 25 years of nursing that is the only time I have had to do that!
  12. by   Alois Wolf
    Quote from Artemis2
    Lets see... the one about my first day as an RN and the OD who threw his charcoal up all over me? No I can do better than that. Um the first case of HIV we saw when we didn't even know what it was and the projectile diarrhea was hitting the wall? Nope not that one. The maggots? Nope someone already told a maggot story. The piece of lint in your nice, clean, just bathed patient's hair that stands up and waves at you. Shudder, thats a good one but I think I can do better.

    Ok, here goes...

    There is a little known and rarely used treatment for a severe ileus that involves neostigmine injected sq into the abdominal wall. It is a little risky so you pull the crash cart up to the door (not a huge deal in the ICU). I hadn't done this before so my co-workers gave me the run down and explained that the results would be dramatic.

    So this patient is so distended she looks like she is going to blow. I gather plenty of towels and washcloths and give my injection. Very quickly the results begin...large amounts of liquid stool. Unfortunately I didn't fully understand the meaning of the warning that the results would be "dramatic". The next thing I knew there was a river of stool filling the bed! I'm throwing all of my towels at it, spare sheets whatever I can find but to no avail. Now it is running off both sides of the bed and onto the floor! By the time it finally quit the floor was covered with layers of blankets soaked in stool and the bed was... well I'll leave that up to your imagination.

    Fortunately in 25 years of nursing that is the only time I have had to do that!

    You know you've been in this line of business too long when that doesn't even gross you out... just makes you wish you could have been there to see it.

    I have two words for everyone though: Pin Worms
    I hope I never have the unfortunate experience of helping a nurse gather a specimen ever again.
  13. by   Artemis2
    You know you've been in this line of business too long when that doesn't even gross you out... just makes you wish you could have been there to see it.
    Now that made me giggle! i know exactly what you mean!

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