As I'm lying there with a drip, the nurse comes up to me with a rolling computer and starts asking me medical history information in between chats about how her moisturizer isn't working while showing me her hands right in my face. She then starts touching me and talking very closely - totally not scared of whatever it is I had. I asked, "Did you get your flu shot?" She said, "No, I opted out of that. We have the option to not take it." So here she is, touching me and talking to me as if I'm healthy -- or assuming that I am --- all the while not protected herself. I asked, "How do you keep safe from all these germs?" She said she prays. Then the doctor comes in after taking blood tests and tells me that the virus I had is not contagious. It is probably E.Coli or something I ate that gave me this stomach bug. She was explaining that most of the contagious ones, like the Norovirus (and other viruses I couldn't pronounce) need to be cleaned with bleach only. Nothing else will kill the virus. In fact, don't use the restroom after someone with the Norovirus has gone. The particles left in the bathroom (airborne) will get you sick. They are little spores that travel in the air and onto surfaces that aren't killed right away. Again, the only thing that kills them is bleach. So while we're all grabbing antibacterial wipes for our shopping carts and hoping for the best, we're literally screwed.
So now, knowing that I have just a stomach bug from something I ate, I can now panic over the fact that I have been in a place that has the Norovirus and the new and improved flu.
Stay out of the ER!
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