What's your Kryptonite?

  1. You know, your weakness ... your one "thing" that makes your stomach flip over when you see a patient with it/them/whatever. I had my first "maggot" patient recently (maggots living where they shouldn't be, you understand), and it really grossed many of my coworkers out. I was relieved to find that the maggots didn't bother me ... apparently my only Achilles heel thus far is nasty dentures, LOL -- EWWWWW.

    When I was a tech, I had a nurse offer me $5 to suction a patient because sputum makes her queasy.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Teeth things - oooh ick!!!

    Because I'm an APN, I get the non-emergent complaints so I do a lot of teeth pain issues.....oooohhhh ick!!!!

    I worked with a nurse once that couldn't do epistaxis - sent her over the edge. We would trade: one dental pain for one epistaxis....lol
  4. by   mamamerlee
    Hahahaha!!!! At this point I have gotten over just about everything. But as a student - - peeled back a pt's gown, he had vomited on himself, and when the smell hit me, I turned and vomited into his wastebasket. In my evaluation for my clinical, the instructor suggested that maybe nursing wasn't for me!!!

    Also as a student - watched someone trying to start an IV on an elderly woman. About the 4th or 5th stick, I broke into a sweat, and the aide grabbed me and got me out of the room! I was later an IV therapist, and can still stick with the best of them. Although I've taught many people how to start them, I have to force myself to watch!!!

    When I was pregnant with my first son - now 25 - I worked in acute dialysis. Every time a pt threw up, I did too! Sometimes barely getting away from the bedside!!
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    The only time I ever vomited at work was my own fault -- it was a horrible day, we had two codes coming in at the same time, and I chugged a chocolate protein shake in about 3 seconds. I was bagging one code, and I suddenly knew I was going to hurl. I looked at one of my coworkers and said politely, "Can you take over bagging this guy?" She looked at me and said I was a lovely shade of pale green! I went to the staff lounge, up came the shake, I pinched some color back into my cheeks (or my charge nurse was going to banish me to sit down for a while!), and went back to the code. I never drink those things that fast anymore!!

    I had a patient with moldy dentures ... in her mouth. That made me queasy for a minute. Ugh!! Maggots living in patients? Not a problem! LOL. Go figure.
  6. by   rn4lyfe08
    I can handle a lot of things, but mucus and the sound of someone blowing their snotty nose makes me cringe and want to gag/hurl. No probs holding the bucket while you vomit though.
  7. by   emergencynurses
    I would have to say mine is when people are hacking and coughing up phlegm, that's the one and only thing that will cause me to gag.
  8. by   RaziRN
    Yeast infections on the skin.....you know...in fat folds. *GAG*
  9. by   Forever Sunshine
    Toenails. BRRRRRRRRR. Or any toenail fungus/diseases. brrr.

    Also the smell from the g-tube. *gag*
  10. by   Spritenurse1210
    I am sad to day I have a couple. 1. crusty dentures 2. patients actually eating stool 3. fake eyes.
  11. by   emtb2rn
    I'm with Razi, the one thing that makes me gag is "fromunda cheese". Yarlp.
  12. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from emtb2rn
    I'm with Razi, the one thing that makes me gag is "fromunda cheese". Yarlp.
  13. by   anggelRN
    I'm not so bad with smells. However I cant stand certain sounds.
    The sound of someone suctioning a trach.
    The sound of bone being pulled apart during open heart surgery.
    The sound of an episiotomy will make me hit the roof. I nearly fainted when I heard my first one.
  14. by   FLArn
    I can clean up emesis after the fact but can't be in the room during. and fake eyeballs I'll trade you a month worth of trach suction for 1 fake eyeball! lol