What Freaks You Out? - page 34

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

  1. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    I also remember just before I graduated, I was changing a dressing on a bad arterial foot ulcer. Here I was cleasing the area and these white parts that I just thought maybe necrotic tissue and then I realized they were bone! I was freaking out! All the bones on the top of the person's foot were exposed. My stomach is much better these days -- doesn't even faze me.
    hey..i have a quad with multiple decubs (of his own poor lifestyle)...i am not his case manager, but i am his primary nurse...well, when i am not wearing a cast...lol..anyhoooo...i had seen and touched bare sacrum & coccyx....and untangled the gauze from it too...have seen/touched bare bone too many times to count, but this was a most extreme case...
  2. by   TrdNur
    I really hate sputum, but I think decubitus ulcers bother me more. Another thing right up there at the top of the list for me is peri rectal abcess drainage, I'll choose poop anytime!!!!!!!
  3. by   ruffhouser
    Okay, I give up. I am a newbie. What could cause fecal emesis? How is this possible? Thanks for contributing to my ongoing education. Take care and God Bless.
    When there is lack of intestinal movement, or complete blockage...

    it's gotta come out somewhere

  5. by   OzNurse69
    I can stomach pretty much anything, but one thing really grosses me out. I gave blood the other day, and I nearly vomit every time I do. It's when they've done the venepuncture, and they drape the tubing over your arm while they put the collection bag on the rocker, and you can feel the warm blood flowing out of your arm through the tubing into the bag. Yeeucch!!!! Give me a good colostomy bag anyday!
  6. by   Flo1216
    On my first clinical ever as a freshman, I was giving a bedbath to a 99 year old woman. When we turned her, I saw that her whole uterus was on the bed. I mean the entire thing was OUT, connected only by whatever uteri are connected by. The uterus was all excoriated too and gigantic. She died the next day. I don't like things that prolapse....they gross me out. Also, any kind of rectal/vaginal discharge .Haldol mouth is gross too. I once thought a lady was soiled until I realized it was her breath.And she wouldn't let me clean her mouth. But one of the nastiest was a guy on a trach with pseudomonas. His trach collar hadn't been changed in forever and it was cutting into the back of his neck and green pseudomonas pus was coming out of his neck where the trach collar had sliced into it. It was the single most disgusting thing I had ever seen.
  7. by   Amberkat
    Okay, I have a pretty tough stomach, but the worst thing I've ever smelled came from a empyema. It took Trauma/surg. over 45 minutes of digging in the side of this guys chest with a scalple to get the chest tube in. They said the 'infectious sac' was so hardened it was like cutting through tree bark. When they finally hit the thing, blood and pus FLEW out of it onto the floor. I thought I was going to die right then and there. We knew it was bad because he had "white out" on the whole right side of his Xray, but I never imagined it would be that bad. We drained 2 liters of pus off this guys chest in a matter of 30 minutes. Off course, he proceded to get shocky, but turned out okay. There's nothing worse than that smell of infection bursting loose!!! I went home and took a shower and could smell it all over again when the water hit my hair!!!! YUCK!!!!!
  8. by   knowlegzseekr
    Originally posted by timonrn
    I hate emptying NG cannisters, esp if it is real mucousy or chunky!! And I hate vomit or spit--makes me dry heave!!
    Ditto......and add to that respiratory secretions.:imbar :spin: :uhoh21:
  9. by   Jonty45
    C.diff.. it smells yucky..looks like s*** which of course it is!! and no matter how careful you are it always gets on your shoes!!
  10. by   Nurse Ratched
    Fecal emesis right at the top. Oddly - it coming out the CORRECT end doesn't bother me in the least.

    I saw a green pus-filled abcessed sac explode when someone was having their massively fungal toenails trimmed. That was as close as I've ever come to tossing my cookies on the job.
  11. by   caroladybelle
    When you remove someone's socks and their dried black crunchy toes falls off.

    Pt was A/O, admitted for Pneumonia - I was a new grad - and was doing the admission assessment - I asked the patient - he said that his MD (old country boy) told him that they would eventually fall off - he wasn't the least bit upset about it.

    Even scarier, the admitting MD didn't know a thing about it.
  12. by   shannonRN
    i absolutely hate inserting ng's...especially on that patient that is gagging and coughing (i hate respiratory secretions!). then you get the damn thing in and they pull it out.....here we go again. now i have never had one, so i don't know how "comfortable" they are....and i know that it has to be more uncomfortable for them than me....but i would much rather have it inserted once instead of twice!!!
  13. by   KRVRN
    We found ants on the counter, IV tubing, and bed of a critical micropreemie in the NICU. There was a little bit of TPN fluid dripped on the floor.

    Ther eeww part is that there were a few ants on the BABY! Just made me cringe.