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Wednesday

The Extreme Germophobe

A friend just said that that dealing with MRSA has turned me into an extreme GERMAPHOBE! My response to this accusation was that I don't actually have germophobia which is condition that causes a person who is so obsessed with bacteria to sanitize their hourly but I do turn on water faucets with my elbow so I suppose one could call me a pseudo-germaphobe according to the definitions I've found in the dictionary.

The reason for her inaccurate remark was that I told her that I would never consider owning a jetted tub because unsanitary bathrooms are not an option for me. Cleaning and sanitizing a normal bathtub after two family members who have MRSA staph infections is quite challenging enough without having to worry about bacteria hiding deep within dark holes.

And don't tell me that this is not an issue because I once flipped the switch in a whirlpool bath at a luxurious bed and breakfast inn only to find black moldy flakes floating in my bath water. This was before I became the extreme germophobe that I am today or it probably would have cause a fainting spell.

Where I once lived for a soak in a Jacuzzi, I know know that without going the extra mile to disinfect it, a jetted tub is a haven for mold and bacteria. Those warm, damp pipes are a virtual playground for stuff that scares me silly.
A well maintained hot tub has enough chemicals to beat back the bacteria but bathtubs don't.

I learned how to clean a jetted tub in our previous home out of necessity but I truly never trusted it and while many say the way to do it is easy and inexpensive; I found that performing the procedure which involved Cascade dishwashing powder and bleach after each and every bath to be time consuming and to cost money that I didn't have to spend at the time not to mention that I find unnecessarily dumping more chemicals into the environment reprehensible.

Being the extreme germophobe and frugal mom that I have to be, please forgive me if whenever I see a jetted tub I look at it as extra work and a breeding ground for bacteria. I'm sorry if that rains on anyone's parade but when you are talking about avoiding contaminating yourselves and your kids with MRSA that could be life threatening whirlpool bathtubs are simply not worth it.
Oh yeah, and there's no way in hell that I would ever take a bath in a B&B, motel or even a 5 star hotel EVER!

And even when taking a shower I practice the following advice that my grandmother lived by way before staph came into my life:


An optimist cleans the bathtub after her bath.
A pessimist cleans the bathtub before her bath.
A lady cleans the bath tub both before and after her bath.

I hope that next time you visit that I have something more uplifting to talk about in the way of Family Recipes, Babies and Parenting Issues rather than ranting about that the reasons that I should not be classified as an extreme germophobe because I am told that dealing with a germaphobe is not fun... now imagine that!

4 comments:

Bill Leonard said...

Hi

I am so glad that there are folks out there that really know the truth about the bacteria content of jetted tubs.

We have developed an environmentally bio cleaner that, after initially getting the tub to a safe state, is a real inexpensive way to keep your children and you safe while bathing in jetted tubs.

Contact me at your leisure, Bill Leonard, wfleonard@saxnenterprises.net

naomi said...

hello! I came across your blog as I was doing some research on MRSA. My 19-month-old daughter was diagnosed with MRSA, just a few days after she turned 1 yr. She just recently had another outbreak and it really hurts me that she has to go thru this. I didn't find until today that MRSA can be deadly and now I'm freaked out. You mentioned that your children have MRSA. How long have they had it, if you don't mind me asking. What do you to treat it? As well as what other precautions do you take? How do you deal with it?

Anonymous said...

I have also become a germophobe due to an ordeal with MRSA. Dealing with this infection was such a nightmare! I felt at times like I was contaminated and I didn't even have it.

My husband and one of my daughters had it but every time any of us got a mosquito bite or a pimple, it was terrifying.

Anonymous said...

Keeping a little one healthy and safe in this ever-changing world with a new super bug announced everyday can be a challenge.

We parents are constantly bombarded with conflicting information in the news regarding food safety and the effects of chemical exposure on baby’s long term health until we don't know what's the truth and worse yet, how much is covered up and kept hidden!