I am a CNA right now in a nursing home and I feel like I have come down with this virus most likely from where I work. I have worked the night shift 3 times this week and had a real lack of sleep today (had 1 hour of sleep) before going to another job. I am up now at 4am sick to my stomach. It has been bothering me for at least 10 hours now and I threw up once. I also have a low grade fever of 99. I have not thrown up since I was in middle school, maybe earlier! (I'm 27). I read the norovirus can come on within 12 hours of exposure and last night I was involved in cleaning up after a patient for 35 mins bc there was SO much poop! I think the CNA before me didn't put the brief on right bc she was wearing a catheter. I also was involved in emptying a colostomy bag and the smell was quite extensive as she is a big lady.
I wash my hands constantly and never touch my face! Is it possible to have gotten the virus from these exposures? If so how can it be avoided? I was very careful and had triple gloves. My hands never came into contact with it. I also though I read it does not travel through air. I am a new CNa and am going to be studying nursing. I don't want to be coming down with something every week I work. Any suggestions?
Ugh I had the norovirus several years ago...got it from a pt. Lost about 10lbs in 3 days. It was awful and I got my boyfriend sick too. I felt so bad! I almost went to the hospital because I couldn't keep and liquid down for 3 days and wasn't urinating a whole lot :/.
Last edit by limaRN on Mar 17, '13