Things that make you go "EEEWWW" - page 6

Stevielynn's thread about the nursing home with the signs on the food carts brings up (oops, no pun intended:D ) something that happened at work yesterday that turned even MY cast-iron stomach. I was... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    We had a C-Diff pt. last night, the smell was so bad i was hosing down the carpet in the hall with the enzyme-based odor-eater. And of COURSE she wants the DOOR OPEN!

    Another thing i just thought of that grosses me out is poor dental hygiege from laziness. I mean the ppl that are quite able to brush their teeth and NEVER do, then have that breath that is just gawd-awful.

    Had a pt. with this problem, his breath smelled like s**t (not poop, S**T, there's a difference). Emptying his colostomy bag was a challenge, because it had to be emptied frequently and along with the fact that the contents aren't anyone's favorite thing to handle, it smelled like his breath x 20. I had to hold my breath the entire time, it was just AWFUL.

    This guy was oriented and competent, was in for 2 months, and refused any dental care EVERYDAY. How his wife stood that breath i have no idea, i mean the whole room reeked.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Anytime we have C-Diff or GI bleeds, i don't eat.

    Only time i really lost my cookies was the time we had the trach pt. producine fluorescent green mucous, he coughed and the mucous shot out of the trach, and slapped against the wall and ran down to the floor. I'd say it was almost a whole cup of stuff. That was the night i was "christened", or found something that truly made me vomit. Our floor has a way of recognizing it, you get a 30 minute break to lie down, ginger ale, and the charge nurse says "congratulations". Despite the fact i didn't start back on solid food till a good 24 hours later, i felt honored
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  4. by   Laurlaur
    When I worked in a residential home for the elderly one old lady coughed up a nice green bogie, nice and thick, then spat it out into a nice clean breakfast bowl yuck! She was the same one that pooed in the bed with diarrhoea, covered in it from head to foot. One old man used to wipe his bum with a flannel, then hang the pooey ones over the radiator to dry and spread the smell round the room... needless to say I now work in paeds where they don't do quite so much poo!!!!
  5. by   laurasc
    Originally posted by JudyG
    Has anybody encountered a pt on leech therapy? For me that was one step worse than a real bad GI bleed! I was still in nursing school at the time too.
    I did that!! That was soooo COOL!!! None of the other nurses on the floor wanted to be anywhere near it and the docs gave up trying to get the leeches to latch on to the poor man's finger. So my friend and I got to work on him. We took turns trying to get the leech to latch but it never did. Too bad, it would have been neat to see and would probably have saved his finger.
  6. by   laurasc
    Okay, my turn. Like most of you vomit does me in. I once had to deal with a semi-conscious woman vomiting black beans and rice all over the place. If that wasn't bad enough, I was about 10 weeks pregnant with a very twitchy stomach. I just about dry-heaved my toes up!

    Then there was the time when I was a student and I found myself holding a kidney basin while an old woman vomited. Much to my horror I realized that she wore dentures, do I told her to take them and put them in the denture cup. She took them out and put them in the kidney basin instead! I nearly died!

    Then of course there's my most recent "killer lugie" story.

    Have I ever told you that I really love nursing?

  7. by   Dixen81
    Originally posted by laurasc

    Then of course there's my most recent "killer lugie" story.

    Have I ever told you that I really love nursing?


    Oh, crap...what in the world am I getting myself into?
    LOL :roll
    I'm gonna be one skinny nurse someday! :chuckle
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    Don't bet on it......I'm only about 40# HEAVIER than I was when I started nursing school! Believe me, I'm sitting here eating a hearty snack while reading these posts, and am capable of consuming a full-course meal within 5 minutes of doing wound care on a pt. with a Stage IV decub (infected with staph, natch!). Doesn't mean I particularly ENJOY dealing with the odor and the guck, just that I CAN deal with it and still lead something of a normal life. Just don't get me started on dentures........
  9. by   Dixen81
    I heard that you get to the point where you can clean a bedpan with one hand while eating a candy bar with the other, and not think a thing of it! Wow! You all are tough!
    By the way, what's a C-diff?
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    C-Diff is a form of bacteria?

    Nastiest vomit i ever saw was a woman whose dinner had been spagetti before showing up at the ER. And she didn't chew it very well either.
  11. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    C. diff... Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic bacterium that infects the GI tract and produces enormous volumes of the foulest smelling stool there is. It has been called pseudomembranous enterocolitis, so you may see that in print elsewhere. It's a nosocomial infection usually, caused by long-term or broad spectrum antibiotic treatment, and is often seen in otherwise healthy people who take clindamycin.
  12. by   Dixen81
    Thanks...sounds yummy.:imbar
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Well now i'm ready for a snack......