What Freaks You Out? - page 49
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
Aug 28, '10Occupation: staff nurse From: US ; Joined: Jan '10; Posts: 315; Likes: 510Quote from bandasI'm a Pulm nurse so mucous, loogies...doesn't bother me at all. I can suction a trach with the best of 'em all the while thinking about what's for lunch. But start talking about bugs....maggots, cockroaches, worms...that gives me the heebie jeebies. Only had maggots on a patient once and I nearly passed out. But the wound beds where the maggots had been were amazingly clean, good granulation tissue, no necrosis!
Were the medical maggots? I've heard of maggots being used to help with unstageable decub's and other kind of deep necrotic wounds like that.
And hey, I'll come deal with your bugs and you can come take of of my sputum samples and trach suctioning! I can't even eat after that, let alone THINK about lunch while I'm in the act...
Aug 29, '10Occupation: NICU From: US ; Joined: Sep '08; Posts: 198; Likes: 373I work NICU which is so much better than adults for many reasons...... not the least me which is the gross factor. Of course we do have blood/pus/stool leaking ostomies and infected fishy trachs. And that NEC smell....... But the silly thing that totally gives me the willies is removing an umbilical line. It's just so long and scary. I just want to grab my own belly when I see it coming out. You can't look away! You have to make sure it is intact!!! Lol.
Aug 29, '10Joined: Jan '10; Posts: 275; Likes: 105Quote from HappyBunnyNurseBut the best part is that neonates are lighter and of course the volume of all bodily fluids/secretions is so much less than adults!I work NICU which is so much better than adults for many reasons...... not the least me which is the gross factor. Of course we do have blood/pus/stool leaking ostomies and infected fishy trachs.Last edit by RPN_2012 on Aug 29, '10
Aug 29, '10Joined: Apr '10; Posts: 3,383; Likes: 1,923C.diff. GI bleeds. and MAGGOTS ewww. If I unknowingly have a patient with a wound and are using maggots to help debride that wound, I will freak out!
Sep 3, '10Joined: Aug '10; Posts: 4; Likes: 3this one is probably silly, but feet. The other day I was driving home and was at a red light on this guy on the side walk takes his shoe and sock off and starts scratching off layers of dead, crusty skin off his foot!!!
Sep 3, '10Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 249; Likes: 56Any creepy, crawly bugs like scabies or lice. If they're on my patient, I start feeling the bugs crawling all over me, too.
Sep 3, '10Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 2,475; Likes: 8,793Quote from Fush,LPNOh... my... gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa wd!!!this one is probably silly, but feet. The other day I was driving home and was at a red light on this guy on the side walk takes his shoe and sock off and starts scratching off layers of dead, crusty skin off his foot!!!
I would have passed out.
I hate feet too!
How about when you are showering someone... and they have the brown gunk between their toes.
Sometimes, there is soooo much it!
The texture and color reminds me of stale... um... mushrooms.
So, I call it "mushrooms between the toes".
I'm squirming just thinking about it.
Sep 3, '10Occupation: RN Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Emergency, medical-surgical, ; From: CA ; Joined: Jun '10; Posts: 98; Likes: 54Maggots coming out of diverse orifices and leg ulcers not treated for
a minimum of 5 years!!!
Sep 13, '10Occupation: Student, Residence Life girl wonder Joined: Apr '08; Posts: 25; Likes: 46My thing is bloody poop. C-diff poop I tolerate, I could literally open my hands and let someone barf in them, and I almost even enjoy trach suctioning....but give me a patient with an active GI bleed who has bloody, smelly, liquidy stool...ugggggh. I swear I have to concentrate so hard so the patient can't see my disgusted facial expression.
Sep 13, '10Occupation: Student, Residence Life girl wonder Joined: Apr '08; Posts: 25; Likes: 46Quote from bandasI'm laughing so hard right now I can hardly breathe....I guess this is an instance when you were really thankful to have the isolation gown, no?
And I did have a patient that was NPO except for the big jug of Golytely that she was supposed to be drinking a glass of every 1/2 hour. She also had a horrible food addiction. She got ahold of the jug when I was out of the room and chugged it all. Then proceeded to poop, everywhere in the room. It looked like a murder scene, but with poop instead of blood. She over-flowed the toilet, covered it actually. I threw a towel on the floor to cover a lake of poop to get to the toilet and when I tried to step over the towel, I ended up skidding across the floor on the towel and poop. I went over the the patient and she had it smeared all over her body, and was just sitting in it. By the time I was done I had multiple poopy handprints covering my isolation gown. Needless to say, I didn't eat lunch that day. All my co-workers still laugh about that day.
Gee, now I'm starting to think...just why did I become a nurse?
Dec 7, '10Occupation: hospitalist NP Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in acute care ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '05; Posts: 167; Likes: 50I can usually handle gross things pretty well. However, I did get vagal a couple of times in clinicals...didn't pass out, but felt like I was about to. Once was in RN clinical while watching an intern do his first paracentesis...I thought too much about how painful it must be for the patient, and had to sit down. The other time was, embarrassingly, on the last day of my NP clinical on a hospitalist service. I had been helping the orthopedic resident aspirate a septic elbow and the patient was in obvious pain during the procedure. Same scenario as before, except it was when I stepped out and went into the med room to get something the doctor needed that I felt vagal (so at least my preceptor and the doctor didn't see it...one of the floor nurses did though). Something about watching somebody stick a huge needle deep into a patient seems to bother me if I think about it too much (I'd probably be better if I were the one doing the procedure). Kind of silly and embarrassing.
Dec 12, '10Joined: Nov '10; Posts: 786; Likes: 3,352Definitely a colostomy. Give me any other kind or color of poop but not what comes out of a colostomy!!
Jan 31, '11Occupation: LTC, Med-Surg RN Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in LTC ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '10; Posts: 119; Likes: 184The smell of gangrene. Anything but that, UGH.