Quote from lhenson
I am in desparate need for some help! I am having serious trouble controlling my gag reflex when faced with very strong odors, ie. cleaning c-diff patients, obtaining stool samples, etc. My clinincal instructor has given me an ultimatum-handle it or else- so please help with any suggestions!
Hmmmmm... interesting problem! :uhoh21: But not an uncommon one I'm sure. What to do, what to do....
It might require a psychiatric approach. I would actually recommend trying something like this: gather up as many nasty, unpleasant smells as you can. Let some food mold/rot in the fridge, or better yet on the counter for a couple of days. Buy some bad smelling cheese from a deli. Scoop up some dog/cat poop. Anything else you can think of that smells bad. Arrange it all on the floor of your kitchen. Have a seat, and sniff away!! Have a garbage can handy, of course, and a empty stomach would I'm sure help too. You might either, ideally, end up desensitizing yourself to the bad smells, or you may actually in the process, devise your own strategy for dealing with them.
I can't tell you really how I deal with it, because most smells really don't bother me THAT bad. I mean, they are unpleasant sure, but I can control the gagging and such. When something smells EXTREMELY bad, I have found myself kinda holding my breath for as long as I can. =) Not always the best idea. The above suggestion might sound pretty ridiculous, but it's the best thing I can think of at the moment.