What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 93

: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   Mrs.A
    Gross, yucky , nursing story. Ok, one evening I had to cover a locked behavior unit. There was a geri pt. with dementia, hx. of violent episodes. He had done some serious damage so I kind of kept track of where and what he was was doing. I see him standing just outside the door of the recreation room. I walked over to see what he was doing and he flashed me a big smile. He had been eating his feces and his teeth were absolutely covered. I could feel my stomach turn as I tried to direct him to his room calmly. Then he reached out his hand towards someone in the rec room. I looked he had been passing his feces out to other patients and about 4 or 5 of them were having dessert with him. All that kept going through my head was "OMG, they are passing it around like a box of Russell Stovers" . It really did look like they were offering each other fine chocolate.Revolted, nauseated I don't think there is a word to describe what I felt. I called for an aide and it was the one time I pulled rank. I said they need to be cleaned , and left on my hour lunch. I felt awful not helping but, there was no way I could do it. For a whole week, I'd get that "like a box of chocolate" thought in my mind and there went eating for the day. Even now , my husband was watching me on computer and said what are you writing, your face is all screwed up. LOL after all these years retelling the story makes me cringe.
  2. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Mrs.A
    Gross, yucky , nursing story. Ok, one evening I had to cover a locked behavior unit. There was a geri pt. with dementia, hx. of violent episodes. He had done some serious damage so I kind of kept track of where and what he was was doing. I see him standing just outside the door of the recreation room. I walked over to see what he was doing and he flashed me a big smile. He had been eating his feces and his teeth were absolutely covered. I could feel my stomach turn as I tried to direct him to his room calmly. Then he reached out his hand towards someone in the rec room. I looked he had been passing his feces out to other patients and about 4 or 5 of them were having dessert with him. All that kept going through my head was "OMG, they are passing it around like a box of Russell Stovers" . It really did look like they were offering each other fine chocolate.Revolted, nauseated I don't think there is a word to describe what I felt. I called for an aide and it was the one time I pulled rank. I said they need to be cleaned , and left on my hour lunch. I felt awful not helping but, there was no way I could do it. For a whole week, I'd get that "like a box of chocolate" thought in my mind and there went eating for the day. Even now , my husband was watching me on computer and said what are you writing, your face is all screwed up. LOL after all these years retelling the story makes me cringe.
    Good thing I don't like brown chocolate anymore. However, there's no telling what I might do if I didn't have my mind anymore. Oh God forbid!!!!
  3. by   maestrotee
    Last year in my clinicals (brand new nurse here) I followed around the wound care team at a local hospital and spent a good deal of time in a sweet paraplegic gentleman's room dressing and treating his stage 4 decub that was a crater going from lower third of his back to the top of his legs and deep enough to hide a small child! It didn't even look like there was much flesh holding his trunk to his legs. The top of his femur was just kinda sticking out of his legs. Thank God he had no feeling! The smell in the whole room of rotting flesh was overwhelming. I hear that just a few weeks after we left he was transferred to be closer to his family and was referred to hospice. I still think about him quite a bit.
  4. by   Diahni
    Quote from maestrotee
    Last year in my clinicals (brand new nurse here) I followed around the wound care team at a local hospital and spent a good deal of time in a sweet paraplegic gentleman's room dressing and treating his stage 4 decub that was a crater going from lower third of his back to the top of his legs and deep enough to hide a small child! It didn't even look like there was much flesh holding his trunk to his legs. The top of his femur was just kinda sticking out of his legs. Thank God he had no feeling! The smell in the whole room of rotting flesh was overwhelming. I hear that just a few weeks after we left he was transferred to be closer to his family and was referred to hospice. I still think about him quite a bit.
    Is there any way to avoid sores like this with a paraplegic? This has got to be a worse fate than the paraplegia.
    Diahni
  5. by   maestrotee
    Quote from Diahni
    Is there any way to avoid sores like this with a paraplegic? This has got to be a worse fate than the paraplegia.
    Diahni
    TAP Q 2 Hrs. Religiously!
  6. by   ssouthernyankee
    while i was in training for my cna license i was working in a nursing home. one of my favorite patients(or should i say use to be my fav)had a habit of taking his pants off and urinating on the plants in the sun room. on this particular morning "mr. moon" got caught in the act, i walked up to him and politely told him that nobody wanted to see him doing this and he turned around and proceeded to wiz all over me from abou the waist down. all the other staff thought it was great , at least everyone had a good laugh at my expense. also plenty of stories of elderly men trying to cop a feel pretending they couldn't see my name tag, i learned to pin it up on my shoulder after awhile. i love elderly patients they make for lots of laughs. anyone ever caught two eighty somethings naked in bed? lots of fun explaining why we couldn't allow them to "finish" lol.
  7. by   ssouthernyankee
    Speaking of MRSA--I was in the room as doc was lancing a large boil on a yound ladies hip, the nurse standing at the end of the bed was should I say a little bit OCD germaphobe dressed in her usual white scrubs , as soon as doc put slight pressure on it the purtulent discharge came shooting straight at the nurse all over her scrubs and I think in her hair, I had to finish for her by handing doc all the packing strips she took off screaming out of the room and nobody could find her for about an hour , she went to shower, we were questioning her career choice.LOL.
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from ssouthernyankee
    anyone ever caught two eighty somethings naked in bed? lots of fun explaining why we couldn't allow them to "finish" lol.
    caught a ninety yo in bed with the van driver once. they weren't losing any time either. she had a smile on her face, but he got fired.
  9. by   danissa
    Quote from ssouthernyankee
    [...... i love elderly patients they make for lots of laughs. anyone ever caught two eighty somethings naked in bed? lots of fun explaining why we couldn't allow them to "finish" lol.

    ok, i know that sounds gross to you and i, who are not in our 80's, but for the two eighty year old adults, with the desire to go for it! wow! why would you interfere and tell them they couldn't "finish"?? they are not minors, they are elderly adults, and unless one of the pair was not of sound judgement, entering into the act willingly, then is it right to stop two adults getting it together, just cause we think they are past it? sounds like an invasion of their privcy and the human right of choice, (adult choice that is!). jmho! what an embarrasment for them, to be caught and chastised like two teenagers......

    when i'm 80 something...hope i have the energy to do the same!!!
  10. by   Aislstarfish
    Totally agreed!! Good for them!!! I hope i'm still gettin it on in my 80s and 90s!!
  11. by   ssouthernyankee
    Quote from danissa
    Ok, I know that sounds gross to you and I, who are not in our 80's, but for the two eighty year old ADULTS, with the desire to go for it! WOW! Why would you interfere and tell them they couldn't "finish"?? They are not minors, they are elderly adults, and unless one of the pair was not of sound judgement, entering into the act willingly, then is it right to stop two adults getting it together, just cause we think they are past it? Sounds like an invasion of their privcy and the human right of choice, (adult choice that is!). JMHO! What an embarrasment for them, to be caught and chastised like two teenagers......

    When I'M 80 something...hope I have the energy to do the same!!!
    I didn't want to ruin their fun but the lady involved was not of sound mind and we didn't feel it appropriate to allow it to continue and I too hope that I have the energy when I am that age.
  12. by   danissa
    yankee..thanks for clarifying that!
  13. by   sarah_bellum
    I was a 21 year old tech working in a burn unit.

    We had a new amputee and I was opening my pts drsg for the morning assessment. Being 21, I had no concept of time management and had not eaten breakfast.

    I was taking the drsg off and noticed that they didn't leave any extra skin to flap the stump. I asked why when the surgical resident came in.

    He says "oh that's not muscle, its a clot." Grabs the softball sized clot, and starts pulling it off as it strings along.

    I promptly puked in the trash can, I barely had enough time to get my mask off.

    I don't know why this grossed me out so much, you think after working in a burn unit I could stand just about anything.

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