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Sat, Oct 19 7:28am · Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others in Caregivers

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.

Sun, Sep 8 5:38pm · Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others in Caregivers

Thank you, Becky. I have another query: we stopped most contact with our grandchildren last winter. They are all in school and they are efficient vectors of disease. Our grandchildren all live nearby and use our swimming pool. We have a sort of utility room that they use to store towels and change clothes. My question is: since that room is connected to the rest of the house via the heating/cooling ductwork, is it safe for my wife to have the grandkids use that room? The concern is that airborne germs could travel through the ductwork.

Sun, Sep 8 1:29pm · Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others in Caregivers

Thanks, Colleen, and to all the other helpful replies. My wife was discharged yesterday and we are now at the Residence Inn next to the hospital for the next two weeks, after which our next challenge will be living at home. I would like to ask anyone with pets how they deal with that. We have two young Australian Shepherds. They play vigorously in the back yard, where there is grass but also al lot of dirt and they can raise quite a dust cloud when they romp around the yard. I wonder what I can do to clean them up when they come inside?

Wed, Aug 28 7:07am · Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others in Caregivers

I forgot to reply that it was an autologous transplant.

Wed, Aug 28 7:06am · Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others in Caregivers

My wife got back her stem cells last Friday. Since then she has been feeling pretty poorly – lack of appetite, diarrhea, nausea.

Mon, Aug 26 5:53pm · Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others in Caregivers

Yes, thanks. She has AL amyloidosis. She got her stem cells back Friday. When she is discharged (ca. 9/6), we will be staying in the hotel next to the hospital for two weeks. Then we will return to Tucson. I'm having our AC/heating ductwork cleaned this week to try to improve the hygienic condition of our house. I would like to hear any suggestions that may help when we come back.

Sun, Aug 25 8:42am · Protecting patient from getting infections from me & others in Caregivers

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?

Sun, Aug 25 8:29am · How long have you been sober? in Addiction & Recovery

I've been sober 20 years but I find that a much more important question is to ask myself every day "What are you doing to stay sober today?"