Give me puke, poop, blood, or guts...I can handle it. But I HATE to suction and mucus (shudders) gives me the heebyjeebys!!!!
Now, some tricks of the trade...Vicks! That stuff is the bomb!!! Just rub alittle under and around your nose and you're good to go! I once had to clean up a lady that had C-diff diarrhea. (any of yall had that pleasure?)
Yuck, that stuff smells like rotton fruit...or something akin to it, anyways, after about my 4th trip to clean her up in 2 hours, I was like "I gotta have something to mask this smell." I rummaged around in my bag and used my Vicks that I had from the week before when I had a sinus infection.
I was so proud of my quick wit, until I started sharing my newfound knowledge with the "older" nurses at work, they were like, "Uh, yeah, we thought everyone knew the Vick's trick." :roll Sigh, oh well!
So, for now on, I always have Vick's in my bag!!!!!