After my first two days working as a nurse assistant on a med-surg unit, I got very sick with what seems to me to be gastroenteritis ---my symptoms included: diarrhea, vomiting, chills, fever, aching joints (to where I wanted to jerk them constantly), aches and pains all over, headache, light and sound sensitivity, weakness (going to the bathroom, much less the kitchen was a major event). Sometimes my joints tingled.
At first, I thought it was the flu, but so far I have had no upper respiratory involvement. My chest hurts (and has the whole time)...
Anyway, I think I got it as I was cleaning up many folks' diarrhea and vomit with these shower like devices just above the toilets. I think I must have aerosolized some of the microbes with the shower device and absorbed them into my mucous membranes. I had been dumping the majority of the contents, but after seeing my trainer add water to the contents and then dumping it, I started doing that, too.
I cleaned the pans just as I was shown. I was also told that I had great hand hygiene (I wash and disinfect constantly). I didn't see anyone wearing a mask to block aerosolized microbes. I wonder if I might do that without seeming odd. Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
This is one of the sickest I have ever been in my life. It ranks up there with the time I had e-coli. Very bad. Exhausting. I sure hope that I can avoid getting sick in the future from something like this.