What Freaks You Out? - page 32

Okay, people. It's time for a nice, fun, light-hearted discussion to blow off some steam. WHAT FREAKS YOU OUT? What bodily fluid can't you STAND? What wound gives you the absolute WILLIES? ... Read More

    Originally posted by Furball
    He blew a couple times and out popped a dead cockroach!!!
    No kidding? How would you not feel that crawl up there?

  2. by   Goofball
    Originally posted by Furball
    NH pt admitted the other night. His left nostril made a whistling noise. I asked him to blow his nose because there was obviously a build up of "matter" up there. He blew a couple times and out popped a dead cockroach!!! Almost hurled....
    Must have been good eatin's up there! But what
    doe "NH" mean?
  3. by   RN-PA
    NH = Nursing Home
  4. by   Goofball
    I got a young R/O MI pt from ER end-shift yesterday. I was rummy from lack of sleep over the past 5 days. I kept having to move his hands from his chest -he kept tangling his EKg leads in his fingers (too obese to fit in the gowns we had on hand, and didn't want to wear one anyway)and entangling his hands in the IV lines (on nitro, heparin, cardizem drips, I was focusing on trying to keep adjusting and resetting alarms). I also had to keep moving his feet/legs back onto the bed. I noticed his hands and feet had a pale yellow-orange stain on them, like they had recently been painted with a light coat of betadyne. I asked him what procedures the ER had been doing that his hands and legs/feet were that color. He said, "Oh,that's from the diarrhea I've had for the last 2 weeks; I havent been able to take a shower yet." That's when I noticed he was a bit jaundiced, and that the bilirubin poopstains and other crud were all up under his long fingernails and toenails too; The day I don't smell and recognize poop, and even worse, didn't have gloves on several times that I touched him, I know my brains were too scrambled to be working!
  5. by   Goofball
    little asian man found down at home, E.R. reported suctioning maggots out of nose and NGTube and Et Tube. I was almost sick myself seeing it; until his family came in and reported he had eaten a huge bowl of rice just before coding at home.
  6. by   Kayzee
    We had a lady with LE OA. well when the day nurse went to change her dressing the wound was full of magots. I used to hate doing that treatment because you had to check carefully to make sure they weren't back!
  7. by   stevierae
    The smell of death is the only thing that freaks me out. It happens so soon after a death, too. I could never be a homicide cop. I have dealt with gas gangrene and plaster casts that were filled with thousands of maggots that turned a tiny skin abrasion into putrifying rotten meat--still not as bad as the immediate smell of death, or the color changes a dead body rapidly undergoes, or---probably worst of all--the eerie feeling that there is a ghost or spirit in the room.

    One question--what is c-diff?
  8. by   Gator,SN
    I worked in sterile processing for 5 years and any time we had a bowel obstruction, that would make me quesy. We hand washed each and every instrument with very hot water....about the time that I was rinsing the yankauer suction, a nice steamy blast of stench would come up into my nose.....EEEW! Also, snot and slime covered tonsilectomy instruments......My all time favorite was chunks of bone left in the pan after a hip replacement. Anyone ever seen acetabular reamers?? Sort of like large hand held cheese graters for bone!
    Now that I am working as a CNA on a Med/Surg floor, I have to say that Respiratory secretions of ANY kind are gross, but for me it is the SOUND of all that nastiness being suctioned!!! I also hate it when I disconnect the NG tube and the pump tries in vain to capture that last little bit stuck in the tube!!!!! Slurp, slurp!!!!! EEW!
    I still have no stomach for the smell of a new colostomy. It is so strong and it lingers for hours!
  9. by   Gator,SN
    I know that there are many things in this field that can gross you out, and my hat is off to the Respiratory Therapists and the job that they do. I think that I will appreciate the lab technicians a bit more after reading these posts because as disgusting as it is sometimes to collect all those specimens, imagine having to deal with them after the lid has been on for a while.....YUCK!!!!
  10. by   misti_z
    We had a poor little man one night. I wasn't his nurse, so I don't know the whole story, but he had CA and had to have his right eye enucleated and also most of his left forehead removed--he is several years post op. Anyway he had a skin graft over his right eye socket over his nose and across his left forehead. I went in there in the middle of the night to stop a beeping IMED, I about $hit in my pants. I had no clue about how his face looked Well needless to say that freaked me out, I thought I would have nightmares. He was/is a pleasant man--he coded a few nights later...he was still on a vent last I heard. Bless his heart.
  11. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by stevierae

    One question--what is c-diff?
    clostridium difficile .... in overgrowth causes pseudomembranous enterocolitis....usually triggered by recent antibiotic usage.... the diarrhea has a particular look and smell that is hard to describe...but once ya know it, ya don't forget...
  12. by   leslie_23

    I am Leslie. I am a brand new nursing student -- my classes start on August 26th. I am very excited.

    I have a gross story to add...

    I worked as a technician for an eye surgeon. One day, he was doing an evisceration (removal of eyeball -- everything). I was still too new to scrub in for that particular procedure, but I was allowed to observe. This particular patient was not under general anesthesia, but was instead given some medication to help him to relax while the surgical site was totally numbed and of course draped. Anyway, I watched as the doctor removed the eyeball and the contents of the "socket". The entire OR was very quiet -- no one was talking when suddenly the patient, who was totally covered in a drape said, "Hey, Doc -- have you started cutting yet?" The doctor replied, "Yes, I'm just finishing-up." We all just looked at each other, and I nearly gagged because this guy was talking and I was looking at his former eyeball...it was a very surreal moment.

    Also, at this same job working as a technician, I was responsible for doing basic eye exams. I called a large, female patient into the examination room, and as soon as she came through the waiting room door, I smelled the unmistakable smell of "female odor". I was trying to say, "Mrs. So and So, how are you today?" But, I couldn't. I began dry-heaving and wretching as I was trying to get the words out! I was so embarrassed! We could not even close the exam room door because the smell was so pungent. After the woman left, I had to scrub down and disinfect the entire examination room, and there was STILL a horrible, gagging, pungent, penetrating, so-bad-you-could-almost-taste-it ODOR. I can truly say that I have never in my life smelled anything that awful.

    Anyway, that's my gross-out story, and it still doesn't compare to some of yours!

    By the way....I've been sitting here for oh, say, more than an hour reading all of these disgusting posts! LOL! What does that say about me?? LOL!!

  13. by   adrienurse
    Warning: Do not read this if you have a weak stomach!!!
    Back when I was a teenager and still living at home with my parents, I had a cat that used to hunt a lot. He used to get worms pretty bad and we treated it every few months with a pill. Anyway (I'm gagging just thinking about this) he threw up on the floor once when I was the only one home and it was this massive pile of tape worms. They were huge. I'll never forget having to clean them up. I have never seen anything so discusting since, even as a nurse.