Alteration in body image R/T nose cracking and falling off face

  1. I am FOS (full of snot) and I will either suffocate or perform a self amputation in the next 12 hours. Either way, a lot of Kleenex will be involved. Help me fellow nurses, with interventions to maintain my oxygenation and sanity. I've tried;

    blowing
    dabbing
    dripping (causes nasal diaper rash, not recommended)
    letting all gather and horking (gross)
    Vicks
    humidifier
    hot shower
    hot drinks
    stolen broth from MS
    cool fan
    alcohol (the drinking type)
    Tylenol
    Motrin
    Zithromax 2 tabs po (left over, and expired)
    movies
    working (patients don't like it when you sneeze on them)
    calling out sick
    hot compresses
    whining
    calling Mom

    Currently taking suggestions. Anything that allows me to breathe through my nose for 5 minutes or more will get honorable mention. I'll also send you a free used Kleenex so you too can pass on the germs and gross out your family and coworkers. SASE required.
    Last edit by canoehead on Apr 11, '07
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  2. 50 Comments

  3. by   Crocuta
    It doesn't look like you've tried shoving a Yankauer up each nostril on high intermittent suction.
  4. by   ertravelrn
    personally, I would go back to the alcohol and wake up when the cold was over
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    My family cureall:
    Saline nasal spray to open passage
    **Expectorant/Mucolytic: OTC Mucinex tablets is 12 hr guiafenesin (Robitussin)**
    also comes in DM forrm (+ dextromethophin)
    Mucolytic: Progresso Chicken Noodle soup
    A+D ointment to sooth skin

    Care package on its way!
  6. by   canoehead
    Errr....I forgot...also tried cough syrup with codeine. Man, that is good stuff. I slept the sleep of the innocent and woke up in a pool of my own drool and mucus. Conclusion- cough syrup probably works better when you don't have a cold. Apparently the drug seekers were right all along.

    RE the Yankauer? My secretary wouldn't follow me around with the portable suction all night, but I did try charting with tissues up my nose to conserve Kleenex. FYI you can't have a decent professional consultation with tissue tampons. You'll spend all your time explaining the value of nursing innovation, and critical thinking skills. No one where I work has any of either.

    Currently typing with diaper rash cream on my nose, so add that to the list. Karen, I will try the chicken broth, good idea.
    Last edit by canoehead on Apr 11, '07
  7. by   casi
    Cold/wet air always seems to open up my nasal passages and at least relieve some of the dripping. If it's warm outside stick your head in the freezer for a few moments.

    Claritin D 24hr is my ultimate life saver
  8. by   Indy
    You also haven't tried squirting warm (tepid) saline up your nose with either a 10cc oral syringe or a bulb syringe. That works, even if it is gross.
  9. by   canoehead
    Quote from casi
    If it's warm outside stick your head in the freezer for a few moments.
    You're trying to kill me aren't you.
  10. by   RNsRWe
    I'm LOL reading this thread!! I wish I had something to have you try, but you've tried about anything I've either done myself or heard about! If you do find the answer, and it works on peds, I have a young child I'd like to work some magic on. Man, that kid can snot out the best of 'em.

    At this point, you have my deepest sympathies.
  11. by   ICRN2008
    Quote from Crocuta
    It doesn't look like you've tried shoving a Yankauer up each nostril on high intermittent suction.
    OMG that's really funny
  12. by   canoehead
    I was so interested in surfing that I dropped a used Kleenex into my cup of tea. I took a sip and ended up with a tiny piece of Kleenex stuck to my tonsil. You can't cough off something that small and tenacious. I finally rinsed it off with water, but damn near had to go to the ER for help.
  13. by   Indy
    LOL. It's good to see you have a sense of humor about this... or maybe it just sounds funny to me, I dunno. I about peed my pants laughing, imagining trying to talk to some of our cardiologists with tissues hanging out of the nose...

    I've been there; when I was little my nickname was Booger. Though the last few years it doesn't get as stuffy in the drippy nasty way, the airway itself is clear but there's a bowling ball stuck up in the far reaches of the sinuses where no one but a suction catheter, or warm saline, can get to it. And no, I haven't tried the yankauer. I think that might actually make me puke.

    One other thing; drinking plenty of water will help a little in that it's supposed to thin out the secretions. Or that's what I keep telling my pneumonia patients.
  14. by   canoehead
    Indy, like a big clog that won't come out, it just rolls around in there.

    Last edit by canoehead on Apr 11, '07

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