Thursday, October 12, 2006

How do you *not* pass it on?

Wendy now has the cold thingie I'm just now getting over. Yuck! This germ passing thing is really a bummer. How do you *NOT* pass on your germs/sicknesses to the people you live with?!?!?! (Especially the pregnant woman!)

We really did go out of our way to be careful to be as free from germ-swapping as possible...really. I barely hugged Wendy for days while I was feeling the worst. Hand-washing, not drinking after each other...you know...all the things you're supposed to do...and STILL, she's got it! It really is a huge downer. She's not only dealing with all the pregnancy nausea, but now she's all stopped up with a sinus cold. It sucks...

I feel so bad and guilty about her getting it that I've asked her about a zillion times if I can do anything for her and have apologized at least two zillion times for infecting her. I think at this point, she just wants me to shut up already (OK..I will)!

So, the question is this: is it really possible to not infect your family members when you bring home some yucky cold or flu or whatever? I know my sister's kids have tended to bring home bugs they caught from kids at school and it seems that when one kid brings something home, everyone in the family ends up with it before it's over. I'm already dreading the day we send our little one off to daycare/kindergarten/school and she comes home with the plague-of-the-week to share with us. But...I suppose we can't live in a bubble (well, I guess we could, but what fun would that be?) so I'll just have to deal with whatever comes.

But don't you ever wish there was some big germ-killing sanitizer machine thingie you could pass through when you come home? You've seen those viral decontamination spray units they show in movies when there are horrible virus cells in quarantine and people go in and out of the "safe" room to study them, right? Well, why doesn't somebody invent one for home use (or office use or school use)? That way, whenever you leave (and/or enter) a place, you simply go through a decontamination spray down and come out on the other side germ-free!

Ah...one can dream....

Stay healthy out there!

- Karen

[11w,3d]

6 comments:

nursevest said...

When you're pregnant your immune system isn't up to par, the baby sucks all the life from you. If Wendy wasn't pregnant, she might not have caught it if she had enough antibodies to fight it off. Make sure you (Karen) get a flu shot so you don't get that and give it to Wendy. I don't think she can get one in the first trimester, but ask the doc. They should be giving them now. Hope you all get to feeling better soon, I am sending happy strong antibodies your way.

Stacey said...

So sorry to hear that Wendy caught the nasty bug.

I actually had a cold a little while ago. As nursevest says, your immune system is weaker in pregnancy. I rarely get sick and even when Angele gets horribly sick, I normally don't catch it. I think my immune system is pretty good--perhaps from fighting off so many viruses when I was younger. :-P

Holly said...

it's true, when a woman is pregnant, her immune system is down and even if you walk around with Lysol disinfectant, the odds are that, yes, she will get it.
lois got my cold a few weeks ago and i felt really bad.
and she will be going for a flu shot shortly.

revrose said...

Sorry,you got sick, baby. It's not Karen's fault. You can use steam with eucalyptus essential oil in a personal steamer or in a pan of boiling water with a towel on top (remember Crocodile Dundee) to help open up the sinuses safely. Lavender essential oil in water in a sprayer is a good surface disinfectant without all the chemicals of Lysol. There is actually a company that makes lavender surface wipes. Your organic grocery might have them. Medical advice from MOM

Traci said...

Sometimes we get sick in spite of the precautionary measures. This whole pregnancy thing throws lots of stuff out of whack too! I'm glad you're feeling better Karen and sorry Wendy isn't. Sending get well vibes across the river!

Recovering Straight Girl said...

Drink lot's of Emergency and take lots of vitamins, sometimes you just can't help it.