I’m not trying to incite obsessive compulsive disorder. Really, I’m not. I just know that many of us young adult cancer patients have immune systems that are as weak as twigs in a hurricane, and we are looking for new ways to avoid the latest plague. I’d like to share with you my most recent discovery in germ elimination.
After nursing my husband through a rather horrific bout of the stomach flu, I got crafty with a new technique for hosing down the germs in our apartment.
1. Get a bottle of spray cleanser
2. Remove the spray trigger and attached tube
3. Run and squirt water through it to flush out cleanser
4. Screw it into a bottle of rubbing alcohol
5. Open windows
6. Go crazy spraying down door knobs, faucet handles, toilet handles, cell phones, keyboards, and any other surface that can stand up to the task.
For some cancer survivors, the down side of alcohol fumigation may be the smell, which for many can trigger a PTSD response flooding the mind with images of blood draws and sending your gag reflex into a tizzy. On the other hand, perhaps you can look at this as not just an approach to cleaning, but also a method of systematic desensitization. For me, the smell of alcohol wins over the fear of catching the flu. This winter when sneezing, coughing friends leave my house after a dinner party, dishes are not the first thing I will be doing.