Germ phobia strikes even people who should know better - page 2

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Someone who was very worried of being "exposed to things" at work posted recently; there were several follow-up posts on being afraid of things outside the hospital, not wanting to touch the shopping carts or the doors in public... Read More


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    Ah the voice of reason. I am a germaphobe at work, but nowhere else and I'm not dead yet. I also rarely get ill, and if I do it lasts for a day or two. Coincidence? I think not. When I was a kid a climbed trees, dug holes, and played in streams. I observed the 5 second rule and my parents had the common sense to teach me when that rule doesn't apply. I was homeschooled and many people said I would get sick more frequently when I went to college, but nothing really changed. I am all for washing hands, but there is a difference between pathogenic bacteria and the normal (unavoidable) flora of day to day life.
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    Gosh, I used to be a germ freak to the fullest. I'm talking cleaning everything with PURE bleach. I have calmed down a lot with the whole germ thing. I have major anxiety about vomiting, but I am dealing with it much better then I did in the past. Now I eat without washing, kiss the dog, don't hover over the toilet seat, all kinds of germy stuff and I don't get freaked. I used to load myself down with Vit C but never really noticed a real benefit from it. I have since stopped and still get the same amount of colds that I used to. Can't really escape germs because they are all around us! Somethings I just can't deal with. The guy blowing his snot in the rag and then wiping the table?! Good Lord I think I may have passed out. Food dropping on the floor is nasty also!
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    There are also studies that indicate that pets cause allergies and asthma in children. I took care of a baby that lived in a place with a filthy dog. It stank like sewage- never washed, not once, thick matted nasty fur, etc., literally. I had to hold my breath when it walked past me. That little baby had a runny nose every day for over a year, and a chronic cough that started at age 2 months, with a pneumonia at age one year, and a gradually worsening wheezing in his poor little lungs. Clearly, he had developed asthma. I used to perform postural drainage on the poor little thing while he watched cartoons- it calmed him down, big time, and it really helped, temporarily.

    This reminds me of a funny: Walking into a house, a friend said: "You can't tell I have a cat, can you? I buy that new type of litter." Sure- I could only already smell the cat from outside, with the door closed. But I said:"You have a CAT? Wow. Who would have KNOWN!"

    Humans did not evolve living in close contact with animals.

    Cleanliness is next to godliness...
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    My son came home with a note from preschool about an outbreak of scarlet fever. Things like germy kids bother me, especially when it comes to exposing my own kids. I could never be a peds nurse, god bless people that can.
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    Quote from carsm3
    Gosh, I used to be a germ freak to the fullest. I'm talking cleaning everything with PURE bleach. I have calmed down a lot with the whole germ thing. I have major anxiety about vomiting, but I am dealing with it much better then I did in the past. Now I eat without washing, kiss the dog,
    OK, then I won't tell you where I saw a dog's mouth today on my way to the gym. Or what that dog's mouth was eating. I won't.
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    Am I the only one out here or are there others who also remember when Universal Precautions was developed it was for the protection of STAFF against pts' possible blood-borne pathogens. Everything is gloves today! I wish I had the forethought to buy stock years ago in glove manufacturers!!!
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    Oh I know they are DISGUSTING! When he licks his behind I try to stay clear for awhile. I don't buy it that dogs mouths are cleaner than humans. They lick their privates for crying out loud! I guess my love for the little guy just outweighs how disgusting he is.
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    lovinlife11, kids are precious but gosh they are like little viruses scurrying around! I used to be a preschool teacher. Room full of 2 year olds all picking noses, sneezing, licking toys, and sometimes each other lol. I guess that's why we try and teach hand hygiene at an early age. Either way, unless things are cleaned properly and very frequently there is bound to be a cold or tummy bug running around somewhere in a daycare!
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    I love the people that freak out about handwashing after using a public toilet. So you wash your hands, then stick them under the hand dryer. Which has just sucked up all the bathroom germs, heated them up, and now blown them back onto your hands. Not just the ones from the toilet paper and the stall door. The ones from off the floor, where a toilet overflowed. Sucked up, HEATED UP, and blown straight onto your hands.
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    Quote from carsm3
    Oh I know they are DISGUSTING! When he licks his behind I try to stay clear for awhile. I don't buy it that dogs mouths are cleaner than humans. They lick their privates for crying out loud! I guess my love for the little guy just outweighs how disgusting he is.
    Licking privates is not what I meant to infer- eating feces, yes. What amount of time needs to pass after that, before a dog licks your face? I don't care to know. The reason it's illegal, usually, not to clean up after a dog (versus a horse) is that dog feces spread disease that affects humans. Kiss and lick away~ xoxoxo
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