Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others

Posted by raanderson @raanderson, Sun, Aug 25 8:42am

As a caregiver I’m concerned about bringing germs home when my wife is discharged from the hospital. I regularly attend several public meetings per week where there may be from 20 to 100 people. How safe is this? Should I avoid public meetings?

My husband has had two ASCT at Mayo, and had also had years of chemo. His bone marrow is very tired and we try to protect him in every way we can. That being said we had a little dog for years and we kept her bathed and healthy and there were never any issues. The children should be fine as long as they are well, just be mindful once they go back to school they are building immune systems by being exposed to many things. Making sure they are not coming directly from school, and don’t have signs of illness, my own policy is they have to be vaccinated but that is another discussion altogether. I also ask them to wash their hands well. Finding a balance that protects without being isolated requires a lot of thought, and there might be mishaps but there is no point to going through treatments if living stops. We had one major mishap and because my husbands bone marrow is so tired, it became serious, but we got through it. Make sure you have a good local doctor on board to help if you need it, and enjoy the life you get together as a result of these treatments. My husband masks up and goes to the high school foootball games, the ffa dinners, and any other events crowded with people. I make sure I keep hand sanitizer in his jacket pocket, and our cars and my purse, etc, etc, etc.

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If you go out of your house to eat, take your own utensils, be they plastic or not. That way you can be assured your silverware is clean. Take a straw to use for drinks, or bring your own. Don't feel like it is strange to be masked up. I do that many times in the flu/illness seasons. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
Ginger

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@raanderson I’m just wondering if you have figured out how to have the grandchildren over to your pool? I’m sure that both you and your wife will be glad to seem them after your stay at Mayo!

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I had to protect my mom from infection. I had clear rules: sick stay away, when I came home from work I shower immediately, I kept hand sanitizer by the front door until they wash their hands and outside shoes off in the house or shoes covers. Then after everyone left, Lysol.

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@becsbuddy

@raanderson I’m just wondering if you have figured out how to have the grandchildren over to your pool? I’m sure that both you and your wife will be glad to seem them after your stay at Mayo!

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Yes, the kids and grandkids have come over to swim although I think we are just about past swimming season now. We have just kept the kids reasonably far away from my wife. She has a cold right now but is slowly recovering from her chemotherapy. We continue to take the health precautions we learned at Mayo and we are grateful for the tips we have received here.

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@raanderson

Yes, the kids and grandkids have come over to swim although I think we are just about past swimming season now. We have just kept the kids reasonably far away from my wife. She has a cold right now but is slowly recovering from her chemotherapy. We continue to take the health precautions we learned at Mayo and we are grateful for the tips we have received here.

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Did everyone get their flu shots this season too, @raanderson?

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Sure did …As soon as it was out and let my heart transplant nurse coordinator know. All set for the season. Here's to a healthy fall and winter!

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@raanderson

Yes, the kids and grandkids have come over to swim although I think we are just about past swimming season now. We have just kept the kids reasonably far away from my wife. She has a cold right now but is slowly recovering from her chemotherapy. We continue to take the health precautions we learned at Mayo and we are grateful for the tips we have received here.

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I’m so happy to hear that everything has gone well so far @raanderson ! Just make sure everyone gets a flu shot!

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@colleenyoung

Did everyone get their flu shots this season too, @raanderson?

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@colleenyoung Got mine 3 weeks ago
Ginger

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