“Sanitation or Insanity”

I’m not a germaphobe, but I do wash my hands more frequently than I used to.  After handling kitty litter, when handling dirty laundry, after using the restroom; after all the usual things a person washes their hands for.  Things are dirty and germy, you never know.

I remember when the swine flu swept the nation.  It was all over the news.  I remember hearing something about a bird flu, but that may have just been a coworker from my past running her mouth in conversation with someone else.  I hear about all kinds of things.  Then, remember the H1N1 virus or vaccine that everyone was fearful of.  It swept the nation like swine flu, if not more so.  Now we have a new flu virus sweeping the nation once more, but it’s not been given a name yet.  Would that be because scientists have not been able to pinpoint it?

Watching the news this morning, a another child died from the virus.  I think an autopsy is being done to pinpoint the cause of his death.  Depending on what comes back on the autopsy, the information could be helpful in finding an antidote.

It’s really scary to think about.  Something as simple as the flu–a high temperature, upset stomach and vomiting, chills, and feeling achy all over–could be it.  I don’t want to think about it.  I makes my heart race and all I can see are nightmarish images, like something out of a Stephen King novel.  Worried thoughts.  That’s why I’m taking extra precautions.  I’m fortunate enough to be able to work from home by participating in an online schooling program with my daughter, and I don’t go out often.  However, I still wash my hands frequently, use hand-sanitizer after the little things, and clean and disinfect whenever and where ever possible.  Is there such thing as being too careful?

My mom’s a nurse, so she helps me feel more at ease because she believes in sanitation even more than I do.  She’s doubly as protecting, but it doesn’t stop that prickly feeling on the back of your neck, or the itchy feeling in your brain, when you can’t let those worrying mental pictures go.  I’m constantly asking myself, am I doing enough to keep my family and myself safe from this flu?

I’m doing all that I can.  Take care of yourselves during this cold and flu season.


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