Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I've got another crazy rant that I just can't keep to myself, but before I get into it, let me resolve my last epic rant. I did discover the identity of the individual eating cookies in the public bathrooms at the ATC. It was a fellow patient who was also suffering from steroids induced diabetes. She was sneaking sweets in the bathroom so that her mom would be none the wiser. Crafty, but gross.

Sadly, my newest rant also involves the bathroom. Those individuals that come into close contact with me on a daily basis have been equipped with the rules regarding my health. The rules run the gamut from avoiding contact if you've been exposed to a sick person, to making sure you clean up after yourself. I understand that what generally happens in the bathroom can be a sensitive topic for people. I certainly wouldn't want anyone confronting me publicly about my habits, and yet I'm about to post a little anecdote about it for the world to see.

Without going into too much detail, I discovered that someone that I come into regular contact with doesn't wash their hands after shall we say "eliminating". Sincerely worried about my health, I confronted the person and they confirmed my suspicions. The reason I was given was that urine was sterile. I was and am gobsmacked.

I know that urine is "virtually" sterile which isn't the same thing as being absolutely sterile, so please hold all comments in that regard. Also, just consider human physiology and all that can be implied from the juxtaposition of certain elements.

I restrained myself from screaming in horror and frustration and essentially gave another human being a lecture about potty do's and don't's. I sincerely thought that I wouldn't be having that conversation until Chris and I adopted a child. I also never thought that I'd be having that conversation with someone who was old enough to vote.

So, with all of that being said, I'm seriously considering sewing myself a holster so that I can carry my giant can of lysol around with me on a daily basis. If my immune system was normal, I'd be laughing all of this off. Since it's not, I'm a little bit angry and frustrated. To put it in perspective, I've been handling a lot of the same things as this person for a few months now and am surprised that I haven't ended up in the hospital with an infection. I'll be wound up about this for a few days, but I'll do my best not to blog about it anymore.


Susan Carrier & said...

The Lysol reminds me of a rant of my former sister-in-law. When she was pregnant with first child, she and my brother moved in temporarily with our parents.

My mom would be waiting outside the bathroom door with a can of Lysol every time my S-I-L did her business.

"I felt like telling your mom that pregnancy isn't contagious."

Anonymous said...

gross, gross, the Hutch they told me 99% of animals were far cleaner than humans, After being a germaphobe and watching everyone's handwashing, lack of handwashing, reasons and rationals for not covering their mouth into their sleeves while coughing, and overall horrible personal caare- I agree.

Stay away. My key chain has a bottle of purrell on it. It makes me feel safe.


You are not alone in your quest to stay healthy,

Anonymous said...


Sickness or no sickness ~ washing your heads is covered in Growing Up 101. It truly amazes me that people actually have the NERVE to walk out without washing their hands! Totally disgusting. Glad to see you are feeling good. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for the rant! It made me laugh and realize I am not alone.
Love to You! Sharon & Will

Anonymous said...

Ann ~ that should have read washing your "HANDS" is covered in Growing Up 101. However, if they don't wash their HANDS . . . who says they wash their Head! LOL

Sharon & Will :)

Terri said...

Ewwww! Sure urine (from a healthy person) is sterile, until it comes in contact with the environment, where it becomes a growth media! Sorry I couldn't hold that comment.

Wiley said...

As I last remember it, urine contains a significant amount of nitrogen in the form of ammonia. Nitrogen is a fertilizer. Our little buggie and germie friends will use all that nitrogen to grow and grow. Therefore they shoudl be washed off, even for people who have normal immune systems. As a guy who was raised in a family of women, I was taught to wash at a very early age, even having been raise on a beef cattle farm. Straighten that peson out and buy a large bottle of Purell Hand Sanitizer.

Anonymous said...

I had a similar problem after my auto transplant with a relative who would argue with me when I asked her to wash her hands after entering my home or holding her dog etc. It made me so mad and hurt that she wouldn't just do that for me and jeez is it such an awful thing to ask someone to do? You'd think you were asking them to take a bath in lysol. Similarly I had nurses while in the transplant unit that did unsanitary things. They at least should know better. This is one of my biggest pet peeves now. If they all only understood how scary it is for us. Feeling for you Ann! I'm glad you spoke up to her and I hope she is gracious enough to respond well.

Anonymous said...

People not washing their hands is a major pet peeve of mine too! Even if someone thinks urine is clean stuff (which it is not), you still have to touch the TOILET to flush it! And that alone is gross!

Lee said...

I think we all learned a valuable lesson today.

Okay, I don't know what the lesson is, but I appreciated the mind-blowingly awesome story.

Rooster said...


You should not have to live in that kind of fear when you are at home. I hope they realize how dangerous it is for you & they love & care enough for you to change their ways, at a minimum until you get moved into your new place. Becarefule & keep the antiseptics close!!


nicole_rc said...

Hi Ann and Chris, Im just dropping by from the LLS board and wanted to see how you were. Hope all is well, nicole