Friday, August 21, 2009

It's Cootie Season!!

Okay, so I am a bit of a germophobic. I don't stress out about germs. Thinking about germs does not keep me up at night. I don't have a hand washing OCD....well some might find that debatable...

I'm just a little picky about certain things.

I admit that I do wash my hands....a lot. I admit that the second I get in the car after shopping, I grab my hand sanitizer. I admit that I don't like touching the salt and pepper shakers in our lunch room at work. I admit that sometimes my hands just feel "dirty" and I have to wash them. I admit that I push doors open with my shoulder whenever possible or I pull my sleeve over my hand to open a door if necessary. I admit that I don't eat leftover food in our lunchroom at work because I don't know how long it sat out the day before. I admit that I don't like touching money....dirty, dirty money!

I am not like this at home where I know who touches things or where I know how long food sits out. Hey, I'm just trying to stay healthy and in all honesty, I rarely get colds and the flu. (knocks on wood).

I do not get flu shots or tetanus boosters. If I were an unhealthy adult with a compromised immune system, I might consider a flu shot, but a tetanus booster? Not a chance. Could I end up regretting my decision one day? Maybe, but I doubt it.

At the school where I work, we just put up posters and handed out hundreds of flyers about how to stop the spread of the flu. Nothing earth shattering...just common sense stuff like wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze and stay home if you are kidding!!

I have a feeling we are all going to get very tired of hearing about H1N1 (swine flu) this flu season. I realize hundreds of people have died from it, but what about the tens of thousands that die from the regular flu every year....why has that never freaked us out?

Sometimes I wonder if it isn't just a way for the pharmaceutical companies to make more money...

I will continue my germophobic hand washing ways and keep my fingers crossed that every one else washes theirs too!

Shoo you cootie bugs....shoo!!


Joanna Jenkins said...

I am totally getting every flu shot known to mankind this year!!!!

And washing my hands A LOT.


Lanyardlady said...

Makes me shudder to think about all the little nasties out there.

Angela said...

you totally would not believe how many times a day I wash my hands! I also do the paper towel or shirt sleeve to open the door thing.

This is how I was my hands at work: I wash them, get a paper towel (water still running), turn off faucet with paper towel (because a dirty hand turned the faucet on to begin with -right?) Use paper towel to get out of the door...chunk paper towel in open garbage so I will not have to touch a lid...then I go to my counter and squirt hand sanitizer in my hand. I am a little OCD.

Oh and I will not sit in a seat if it is still warm from someone's butt. It grosses me out.

And pot luck? Forget about it! I do not eat food from other people's kitchens unless I have been to their house. Thats why I can't order food off of Etsy (as delish as it looks)

Tins and Treasures said...

We talked about the flu vaccine at teacher inservice today too. Have a great weekend. ~Natalie

Elise said...

Hello, just leaving you a comment as I've so enjoyed looking around your site and reading your lovely posts. Great pictures too !

Thank so much for sharing them and I hope you have a fab weekend (well, the rest of it anyway...)!

Best wishes to you

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