A lady came into the office for an interview last week. She refused to sign in because she would have to "touch the pen" everyone else has used when they signed in. She actually told our receptionist she should use hand sanitizer to clean the pen. After that she refused to sit down in the lobby because she didn't want to catch germs, or spread any of her own. Seriously. She had to do a drug test - a pee in the cup drug test - and insisted I sanitized the toilet with a Clorox wipe before and after she used it. When she walked out of the bathroom after washing her hands she held them up as if she was a surgeon trying not to break the sterile field. Why do people do this?
I have come to realize that it is either one extreme or the other with people. Either you have the person who pees all over the seat, the floor and half the wall and leaves the toilet unflushed or you have the person who will take a bladder infection over having to pee in a public restroom. Either you have the mother who makes her kid use so much hand sanitizer that if the kid would suck their thumb they would get drunk from it, or you have the mother that let's her kid who hacks and coughs with snot coming out of their nose walk around everywhere touching everything and wiping their little boogers all over. Where are the normal people? Where are the people who just live and if they get a cold or their kid gets sick they deal with it like normal human beings? I don't understand the logic behind this type of behavior? Either side of it.
We are teaching our children to become germophobes and causing behaviors like obsessive compulsive disorder. Then we wonder why our kids are all so messed up. My daughter has a friend (12 years old) and for as long as I can remember this little girl has incessantly washed her hands until they were raw, red and chapped because she is so freaked out about germs. This little girl has refused to eat in a restaurant because she saw the waiter scratch his head before taking the order. She is obsessed with hand sanitizer. It's very, very sad. Her mom is also obsessed with germs. It's just not natural. Do you ever notice that these types of people are always sick too?
I believe in proper hygiene and hand washing, but come on. There is a point when this becomes obsessive. Personally, I don't like shaking people's hands. Not because of germs but because when their hand is all sweaty it kind of grosses me out. I, however, have no problems doing the drug tests at work which requires me to dump other people's urine from one container to another. I also get great joy out of stabbing people with needles when I do their TB tests and flu shots. But I digress.
You are going to get germs. You are going to get sick. Yes, you can prevent certain illnesses or lessen the frequency of them by using common sense and just washing your hands normally every now and then. But if your body never gets sick and interacts with a germ you will never build up an immunity to anything. Think about it!
I saw a commercial for this new product out now - perfect for the germophobic generation. It's an automatic soap dispenser for your home. Because it will prevent you from having to touch those nasty, germy soap dispenser. Um, your hands are dirty, you push down on the thing, get soap and wash your hands. Then your hands are clean. I'm not understanding the need to not touch the soap dispenser here. You are washing your hands AFTER you touch it. What's the problem??
My Mom recently told me about this lady she knew who was a freak about germs. They got into some discussion about washing their hands and what if you only had a dirty bar of soap and cold water or just plain hot water to use. This lady said that she would rather wash her hands in hot water with NO soap than use cold water and a dirty bar of soap. It's soap, the dirt would wash off when you got it wet.
I know a lady who is so freaked out by germs that she refuses to put her hand into a bag of chips if someone else put there hand in and grabbed some. But she won't hesitate to hug you and she is a very close talker. Come on people, if you are going to be a germophobe at least be a smart one.
Did you know that your desk at work has more germs on it than a public toilet seat? Did you know your cell phone probably has more germs than your desk at work? Did you know that I carry my cell phone with me EVERYWHERE - even to the bathroom? I lay it on my desk at work. I sit it on the sink in the bathroom. I toss it on the couch beside me when I'm flopped down doing nothing. I sit it in the door handle of the car when I drive. Did you know I'm so NOT freaked out about germs that I'd totally lick my cell phone right now and not even think a thing about it? GASP!! And did you know I would NOT die from doing this? True story!
This has been another rendition of Jenni's Soap Box! Thanks for tuning in.
I hope I don't drop half my followers because they are freaked out about germs.