I think it started when I was going through my cancer treatment. I had to work full time in a hospital while I was getting poison that killed my immune system. Needless to say I was a little concerned. My oncologist said it was ok as long as I didn't have to work with the very sick patients who had the most bugs. I was lucky to have had a supervisor that made sure of just that. That was 8 years ago.
Then I started watching Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay and my fear of germs took a bad turn. I was riveted watching each episode and getting way grossed out each time. I started thinking too much about what goes on in the restaurants I frequent. I started to not want to go out to eat, and if I did I was super particular about where and even then would practically all but inspect everything on my plate as well as the plate itself and of course the silverware. Unfortunately we eat home alot more but that has saved us some dough so I guess it is not all bad.
Now when I go to my OT job I obsessively use purell. I wear scrubs which go right into the laundry the second I get home. And then the rest of me goes in the shower. Things I never did years ago when I first started my OT work. I don't know which is worse...the me then or the me now. I have a little purell bottle that goes everywhere with me. I run through that stuff like mad. After I use the carts at the grocery store, after I ride the train or subway in the city, and don't even ask how I handle the public bathroom situation. My husband just laughs at how obsessive I am with it. I think I have gone way overboard or have I?
Anyone else willing to admit to being a germaphobe? How do you handle yourself in potentially germy situations? Do you leave the house with your trusty bottle of purell like moi? Do you ever wonder what goes on back in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? Did you worry more during your treatments because of a shitty immune system?