we are exposed to the sickest people in our world just as an expected part of the job... despite aseptic techniques, contact isolation and isolation when we know we need it, and our best efforts to wash, wash and wash again.... there is still extreme risk of exposure and contraction of disease in our work environment.
i know i brought home a stomach virus last year! it seems that everyone of our possible flu's came in with typical viral fever, n/v, and just needed 24 hrs to recover! (please doc send them home like the rest of us!!!) i had about 10 shifts with multiple patients like this, but the one i think gave it to me was the one i couldn't get to wake up. she was just being sleepy on last rounds in the morning and i needed to get some blood. i nudged her as i spoke her name.... she finaly woke and breathed thick morning breath right into my face... i was talking and got a mouth full..... gag. :angryfire
thankfully i took care of myself, and isolated a bathroom for only my use and didn't give it to anyone else in my house... i was so proud of myself for that... but was i ever sick!!! there should be compensation for us when we get that kind of job related injury don't you think?
so i want to ask:
are you sick right now? and can you share what your going through?
have you been sick b/c of work and want to share some advice?
(you could get an annonomous log in name if you need to)