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Safely Social, Part 3

January 13, 2012 By: kajay Category: Best Practices, Safely Social

How do I avoid transmitting this disease to others without giving up a social life? Obviously compromises are in order. Here are the ones I have made, and they seem to be working for me because I have been sick with this disease for a while with no known transmission to others. So far we have covered social life, family, handshakes, hugs, and towels. Today we will cover camouflaging clothing, workspaces, keyboards, and vacuuming.

NOTE: Since I originally published this article, my mom grew very ill and I had to be with her at times of greater shedding, times I would normally remain home, work on my computer job, and stay away from others. One of my brothers also spent a lot of time with our mother and just before she died she finally admitted that the “age spots” on her arm came and went, and might be lesions. F-zymes quickly got rid of the lesions. When she made the decision to stop chemo in order to regain some quality of life for her remaining time, she also opted out of enzymatic therapy. Now my brother has started having lesions. The only plus is that they got it after Gordon developed the f-zymes. Does this invalidate the procedures in this article? NO. The procedures worked for a very long time, and did so as long as I was able to¬†control my circumstances to some degree.¬†They continue to work. Stuff happens, because we cannot control everything, but we can control A LOT.

Camouflage Clothing

When I am having a “sheddy” day, I go only where I have to. Seems cyclic, probably due to treatments. Some days I don’t see a single fleck on my clothes. On days when I am shedding heavily, I wear busy prints to hide it, and I roll with my lint roller frequently whenever I get a second alone (I keep one on my desk). When I am alone at home and want to remove what I shed throughout the day to reduce transmission from one part of my body to another, I wear white or black. No prints or muddy midtones. They show up as white on black, and as blue on white (sometimes pink or orange).

Workspace and Keyboard

If I have to submit a help desk ticket, before I do it, I go get the vacuum cleaner my boss bought me because I mentioned I had “allergies” and I vacuum my workspace thoroughly INCLUDING MY KEYBOARD. To clean my keyboard well between the keys, I use a table knife and pull it between the keys. Everyone just thinks I am a clean freak. I encourage that thought! That gets any debris that has fallen between the keys. Then I take the back, duller edge of the knife and use it to push a disinfectant cloth between the keys. Many people who get this get it from keyboards, so I am especially careful about them. I also vacuum the mouse and mouse pad thoroughly. And then I run the lint roller over my chair and vacuum any crevices I can’t reach. I spend no more than 5 minutes (my boss’s limit, isn’t that dumb?) and get it all done. I have it down. Then I put in my help desk ticket and can be as confident as is possible that I will not transmit this to our IT folks.

Vacuuming

As far as vacuuming, once I have my entire home clean clean, I can maintain daily by vacuuming about a yard diameter circle – 3 feet – with my chair at the center. I do vacuum my bedroom more often, but I don’t have to put as much effort into the between days. For thorough vacuuming, I go once a week. If I had children crawling on the floor, I would vacuum the areas they like to crawl and where I spend time, daily, or I would remove myself and spend time away from them (tough decision).
Thanks for reading this series of articles about how to avoid transmitting this horrid disease to others. That you read it all says that you care about others enough to make the extra effort to protect them–without compromising your own anonymity.

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