I don’t consider myself a germophobe by any means. But I do try to be careful and take special precautions this time of year, during cold and flu season.
Does anyone else have reservations about going out in public this time of year? I sure do. I’m always careful to wash my hands frequently and I do get a flu shot most years and I try to avoid crowds at all costs. My husband rolls his eyes at me when I go to the grocery store because you can bet that yes, I AM going to stop at the cart sanitizing wipe stand. He never does. I wipe the handle of the cart, the seat (where mothers are known to put snotty-nosed babies with leaky diapers), and then I wipe my hands with a fresh wipe.
When I was in the ER two weeks ago, I had about an hour and 15 minute wait. For this hospital, that’s not really all that long of a wait unless you’re in excruciating pain from a kidney stone. I looked around the waiting room, and there were some sick, sick folks. Some looked like they might not make it. Many were lying down covered up with their coats. Many were pale and coughing and sneezing. Several had plastic emesis pans by their sides. I wanted to just sorta put myself into a germ-free bubble.
The nurse who called me to the back after my hour and 15 minute wait apologized profusely and told me they had just been absolutely slammed with flu cases. He told me of all his many years as a nurse, it was definitely the worse flu season he had ever seen. My doctor told me the next night that it has been a bad flu season. I was told that most of the people getting sick from the flu had taken the flu shot but it’s only about 15% effective this year. Bummer.
The past few times I’ve been out, I haven’t seen any wipes in the grocery store I most often use. The whole station is gone. What? It makes no sense why they would do away with the disinfectant stations during the peak of cold and flu season? And then I went to Walmart and their station was gone too??? I guess my husband will really roll his eyes when I bring my own cart disinfectant wipes to the grocery store next trip. But that’s what I plan to do ’cause I sure don’t plan on getting the flu on top of a kidney stone. Someone would have to shoot me.