One day a couple of weeks ago, I took my usual route into the ER and I encountered a smell....
It really started before I even got to the ER itself. Whew what is that?!!
Now as an ER nurse, I am used to bad smells - GI bleeds, dirty feet, that homeless odor, alcohol and cigarettes, etc. But this smell topped them all.
As I walked into the ER it only got worse. It literally smelled like a sewer. The thing is, it was the sewer. It seems one of the pipes that drained sewage was having a problem and was backed up or something. This went on for a couple of hours, The whole ER smelled like a sewer.
Did we close down or anything? Of course not. We carried on, feeling queezy and our eyes smarting. The thing is the smell was the worst in triage. It was a "welcome to hood rat hospital, yes that smell is sewage. If you aren't nauseated now, you will be..." situation.