Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I am Not a Germaphobe
There have been several events lately that have made me wonder, Am I actually a Germaphobe? I wash my hands before I eat. If I'm in a place where that's not possible, I use Purell. I wash my hands after I blow my nose, sneeze, or use the restroom. When I cook, I'm even more compulsive. I wash my hands before I start cooking, after answering the phone, after looking up something on the computer, or after assisting the kids with something. If people are going to be eating my cooking, I want to make sure they don't get any of my germs. Does that make me a Germaphobe?
On occasion, I find myself in a handicapped restroom stall that has its own sink. When I use the sink, I'm always worried that someone in the restroom will think I didn't wash my hands. So if I have Baby Girl with me, I will say to her (for everyone else's benefit), "We already washed our hands in the stall. We don't have to do it again." I just want to make sure they all know.
I was with a friend in a restroom recently. After using the bathroom, she turned on the water, quickly rinsed off her hands, and left. That's better, I guess, but it still bothered me that she didn't use soap.
So you tell me. Am I the odd one? Am I a Germaphobe? It seems to me like I am no longer the norm because I wash my hands often.