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Every time i click this thread i get more and more amazed.

Feralnostalgia - interesting commentary - i really did ponder how one gets the idea in their mind to have relations with a stoma...

herecomestrouble - that's why i ALWAYS wash the produce i buy. I get grossed out if i catch someone sneaking a grape in the store... eww... and i am one of those of the mindset that the would does not necessarily need to be a sterile place and it's okay to play in the dirt or eat an occasional mudpie.

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ozoneranger specializes in pulmonary, ortho, cardio.

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I walked into a room to do my assessment, the woman, who had been lucid the night before, reached for my hand, I thought "how sweet, she wants to reconnect, we had such a good night last night."

Nope.

She took my hand, looked me in the eyes, and smeared a great big crusty, green booger on the back of my hand.

She never said a word, just smiled at me....

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I walked into a room to do my assessment, the woman, who had been lucid the night before, reached for my hand, I thought "how sweet, she wants to reconnect, we had such a good night last night."

Nope.

She took my hand, looked me in the eyes, and smeared a great big crusty, green booger on the back of my hand.

She never said a word, just smiled at me....

did you feel connected?

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ozoneranger specializes in pulmonary, ortho, cardio.

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Yes, we shared such a special moment.

Then I stepped out in to the hall, booger on hand, & my fellow nurse walked up to the cart to get something. I must have had an odd expression on my face, she looked at me like "uh, oh.."

I held my hand up......her eyes got huge......her jaw dropped....

she asked 'is that what I think it is?"

I answered "yes"

She "Where did it come from?"

Me "A gift from Mrs. B in room 4115."

She "Did she get me anything?"

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jesa specializes in ED.

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I am just starting out, but during my preceptorship in my last semester I had a great experience in the ED, a woman came in a couple weeks after giving birth who had an abscess on her labia. she was in HUGE amounts of pain, couldn't walk because it was so swollen. the PA asked if I wanted to come in and help him drain it so we went in and he took a 10cc syringe and sucked about 5cc of pus and blood out of it all the while saying "it does have a particular odor. can you smell it? can you SMELL it?" I'm like "...yeah...I can smell it..." then he lances it and squeezes more pus out and puts a drain in it. poor girl!

after we left the room the PA was all excited. he kept talking about how he hasn't had an abcess drainage as satisfying as that in a long while.

another pt came in from a SNF. he was in his 90s, double amputee, several abdominal surgeries, completely incoherent. the guy came in with Cdiff. we couldn't get an IV in so ended up putting one in his jugular (why don't people have DNR on these pts?) but the worst part was when I went to change him I saw his catheter. it had been in so long that it had split through the head of his penis, which was competely dissected under the catheter and just hanging on by a small piece of skin on the top. even the shaft of the penis had a permenant groove where the catheter had been lying. luckily he didn't survive the night.

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catshowlady specializes in ICU.

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another pt came in from a SNF. he was in his 90s, double amputee, several abdominal surgeries, completely incoherent. the guy came in with Cdiff. we couldn't get an IV in so ended up putting one in his jugular (why don't people have DNR on these pts?) but the worst part was when I went to change him I saw his catheter. it had been in so long that it had split through the head of his penis, which was competely dissected under the catheter and just hanging on by a small piece of skin on the top. even the shaft of the penis had a permenant groove where the catheter had been lying. luckily he didn't survive the night.

:bluecry1::eek::eek:

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teysmith specializes in NA.

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MORE! MORE! MORE!!!:yeah:

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I had a pt who was mostly A&O, but had some periods of confusion. I was preparing her medications at bedside when I looked over to find her laying to one side and a large, dark stain in the bed. "I think I'm dirty", she said. Pt had not been incontinent the previous nights I had her. Looking closely, it was dark, watery stool with lots of small, black specks. Almost like coffee ground stool. I leave the room, find a tech to help me clean her up, and as we re-enter the room we find the pt sucking the coffee ground-like stool out of her gown. :barf01:

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teysmith specializes in NA.

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I had a pt who was mostly A&O, but had some periods of confusion. I was preparing her medications at bedside when I looked over to find her laying to one side and a large, dark stain in the bed. "I think I'm dirty", she said. Pt had not been incontinent the previous nights I had her. Looking closely, it was dark, watery stool with lots of small, black specks. Almost like coffee ground stool. I leave the room, find a tech to help me clean her up, and as we re-enter the room we find the pt sucking the coffee ground-like stool out of her gown. :barf01:

Oh My Freaking Goodness!!!! tell me your kidding right? Gross!!! was she all there??

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This happened to me. One day I was at a restaurant and had a salad with tiny shrimp on it. Later that day I developed a terrible migraine with vomiting. Unable to get the smell of vomitus out of my nasal cavity hours later, I borrowed my husband's nasal irrigation kit. A shrimp was trapped in my nasal cavity...

Now, I tend to irrigate my sinuses every time I have an episode of violent n/v. I haven't found any more food, but it clears out the smell.

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Oozing infected diabetic ulcers from the buttocks to the ankles with black wet eschar, yellow slough and yellow-green pus, to both legs. The only good skin she had on her legs was on her kneecaps and the soles of her feet. According to the pt, it started out as blisters that she popped, then she took long hot baths to soak out the infection. Her inner thighs were macerated from urinary incontinence, because she was no longer able to get ambulate.

She also presented with SIRS, ARF, CHF, MRSA, acute pulmonary edema, of course uncontrolled diabetes, and AFIB with RVR.

I remember admitting her, and I started measuring each area, then after discussing it with the MD, Plastic surgeon on call, charge nurse, nurse supervisor, we just treated each leg as a separate wound. The wound care nurse took pictures the next day, which is good, the family was upset with our care as Mom was not recovering fast enough for their tastes and teetering on sepsis.

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Coccyx ulcer on a 600lb pt. She was living at home with her kids with one RN coming in once aweek. She hadn't been turned in a year!!!!! It stunk so bad. We had to pack it with over 11 abd pads q4h. Yes she died from septecimia> Yes we puked. And yes the kids were charged with negligent homicide (where was the nursing home app?) Such a sad story

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