I visited a friend in he hospital who had a drainage tube in his lung, well it fell out and the smell was so terrible I threw up. I have enlisted in the navy as a corpsman and I want to know if it is normal to have that feeling. I got used to the smell after three minutes but I want to make sure it won't happen too often while I'm working.
The vomit reflex is pretty common when exposed to a foul odor. I never thought my life would come to this: watch one of those TV shows where they find dead bodies and such and they put some magic goo under the nostrils and suddenly things don't bother them too much; all it is is Vics vapour rub or mentholated petroleum jelly. It would probably pass as not being "paraphernalia", in your locker.
I remember when I worked as a nurse's aid in high school.
My first time to empty a gomco (container that held the drainage) made me start retching...
Not to mention bedpans, etc.
Once my brain adapted to the odor, I went from puking to just being grossed out. Lol..
The equipment has totally changed to where it is almost all self-contained and disposable.
The answer above is excellent. We would put Vicks in our nostrils. In the 70's (before paramedics were the norm) the ambulance drivers would have to bring corpses in to the ER to be pronounced dead. I'm not using the word patients because they may have been dead several days !
The sense of smell is amazing. Aromatherapy is very popular because the scent of cinnamon, as an example, brings back memories of early childhood very vividly. It stirs up feelings of being young as if you were back in time.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true with what you are describing... Lol.
Reading your question made me re-live that moment !
However, I don't have any memories of all the gamcos I emptied after my first.
Best wishes in your new adventure and thank you for your service.
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