Things that leave you stunned. - page 2

I thought it would be interesting to share stories about things we've seen that just totally amaze us. Here is my story. I was helping a collegue cath a pt yesterday. This pt was incontinent... Read More

  1. by   Oz2
    Thank you ChristineN and NurseKitten!
  2. by   cherrybreeze
    This is on a little different vein. Stunned me none the less, only because in over 13 years in healthcare, I've never seen it before.
    Patient I had the last two days, had her nose removed due to cancer. Her entire nose. She was left with a hole in the middle of her face (it was hard to tell where the feeding tube was going). The removal was done about 10 years ago. That wasn't the part that shocked me the most, though....that was when the pt's daughter told me it had been removed in the office under LOCAL ANESTHETIC.

    That woman is braver than I ever will be. Ever.
  3. by   Bumashes
    Quote from Oz2
    Can I ask a question (I'm not a nurse yet)? What would happen if you let it all drain out? I would feel nervous about clamping it maybe it would burst her bladder!

    In addition to the other's responses, I just did a CEU about bladder management and read something interesting. They instructed to only let out between 750-1000cc at a time because of the pressure that the full bladder may be putting on the pt's pelvic blood vessels. If the pressure is suddenly gone from these vessels, then it can send the pt into hypotension very quickly.
  4. by   NewTXnurse
    This happened while I was a student working with a school nurse, a 5th grader came to the nurse complaining that her eyes were bothering her. The student asked if we had any fluid she could place her contacts in. We were freaking out - a 5th grader with contacts??? Oh it gets worse....... Since we were in the windy season we explained that during this time of year it was best for her to wear her glasses instead of contacts. The student replied that she doesnt have glasses and that she doesn't need contacts to see, instead her mom had bought the contacts for her over the weekend at the swap meet to change her eye color!!!!
  5. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from shugrr22107na
    aside from amazement my first thought was, that lady would make a great nurse....she could go a whole shift before a break!

    we recently had a pt with a huge bladder also, his skin was suffering and has improved greatly since the if we can just keep him from messing around with it until his treatment!

    looking forward to hearing more on this thread, the human body is amazing!!
    i'm pitying the poor physical therapist -- not only does everyone know the size of his bladder, but about his skin problems and cath, too.
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    had a patient come in with necrotizing fasciaitis. (i can't spell that worth a darn -- i hope everyone knows what i mean!) he walked in off the golf course because "my leg hurts a bit." by the time he got up to our icu, most of the meat had sloughed off the front of his legs. went to or for debridement, and when he came back from or, they turned him over and the backs of his legs had liquified. he died within hours.

    another patient went to or for an exploratory laporotomy. they just opened and closed because he had dead bowel, and brought him to the icu to die. he pooped out his entire pinkish-grey bowel! it was the nastiest looking (and smelling) thing i have ever seen. it was a good thing he wasn't conscious because i was puking in the corner of the room while my manager, the resident and the rt cleaned him up. and no one said a thing to me, either . . . although i was so ashamed of myself!
  7. by   MA Nurse
    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    I thought it would be interesting to share stories about things we've seen that just totally amaze us.
    Here is my story.

    I was helping a collegue cath a pt yesterday. This pt was incontinent of urine - large amts (this is important) and her bottom was so excoriated it was bleeding. So we decidied a cath would help this heal.
    She voided a large amt (important) while we were positioning her, but we went ahead anyway.
    Got the cath in - it drained 2200 cc (not a typo) in less than half an hour! We were stunned. We clamped the cath because we were worried about side effects from draining so much so quickly. Unclamped an hour later and got another 1000cc! We are still in shock. Plus, the urine was very clear - not the concentrated gunk that you usually get when someone is in retention. This ladie's bladder must have been the size of a basketball!
    Her abd certainly was softer after all of this!

    ugh, another reason I prefer babies.
  8. by   vivacious1healer
    I was called into a room to assist another RN with repositioning her patient. Well, my jaw just about hit the floor when I saw this man with a bilateral hemi-craniectomy (portion of the right and left side of his skull removed), and with only a small portion of frontal skull in place. No joke, he looked like a unicorn!
    I work on a neuroscience/neurosurgery floor, so I am use to seeing partial skull bone flaps missing....but this took the cake! yikes!
  9. by   ewere
    thank you for this article i learnt something new ihope to get more from
    other member. KODUS
  10. by   ewere
    i was called in to assit a RN nurse in suctioning a patient who was
    rushed into the ER .the pt sustained a broken skull from a fatal accident
    {imagine seeing some cruhed soft tissue} it was so disgusting cos i could see the internal organs.the pt survived
    it after the procedure
  11. by   kellyc034
    Quote from ruby vee
    i'm pitying the poor physical therapist -- not only does everyone know the size of his bladder, but about his skin problems and cath, too.
    i think the abbreviation pt was for patient, not physical therapist.
  12. by   travel50
    My son, when he was 11...I thought he had the measles. His MMR had been ineffective. He'd had the mumps after the shot, which is how we knew. I failed to revaccinate. So I thought the rash, the fever, eye pain, etc was measles. Then his little butt turned solid red from bleeding under the skin. I rushed him to the closest doctor. She insisted it was measles. I insisted it was not. She called the pediatrician. (an hour away). He knew me. Said if I was worried, then there was a serious problem, and for me to bring him in. I did. He turned the child's hands over. Then I saw it. The rash of rocky mountain spotted fever. Why hadn't I seen it? Got him to Vanderbilt per ambulance. (over 2 hrs away) The doctors were very kind, but not hopeful. He became grossly edematous. He became delirious and combative. Then he developed ARDS. They put him on a vent. He developed DIC. The doctors told me he would die, there was nothing else they could do. The students (it is a university hospital) stayed away out of respect. Only family was allowed in. I am white...they let my best friends in...they are black...the doctor pointed out to a questioning nurse that they were "obviously" family. I was grateful. A pastor came in to perform an annointing ceremony. All the family came in, even from overseas. And then...the boy made a response...a single solitary tear. Then I saw his finger touch the ventilator tubing. Another tear. I told him the tube was not forever, just until he got better. I promised we'd take it out then. The doctor was called. Slowly, as the day progressed, he improved. The doctor became hopeful. Every day he was better. The students started coming to see the child who had cheated death. 10 days later, he came home. It was the most amazing recovery I've ever seen. And I know it is so to me b/c it was my child. He completely recovered, is now grown and in the air force.
  13. by   kanzi monkey
    I posted this on another thread, but had so much impact on me, I'll share it again.

    Pt dx with HIV in early 90s, obviously life-changing diagnosis. Currently homeless, smokes a lot of crack, spends quite a bit of time in prison. Really nice, really smart guy (poor choices, obviously). Anyway, looking at lab trends from last few years, it's noted that his CD4 is always normal, and he's never had a viral count. 2 HIV tests later--he's negative. A life-altering false positive.