Yesterday I had to take my youngest daughter (can I still call her a baby now that she’s just over a year?) to the Jewish General Hospital. No big deal, it was just a regular check-up and immunization but our family practice is located in the hospital. However, with the outbreak of the gastro virus, I was a little concerned about germs flying around. I’m not usually not even close to a germaphobe, but everyone in our family is still recovering from a nasty cold and I don’t want anyone to be sick at Christmas. Kids are notorious for touching stuff and then putting their fingers in their mouths.
I guess everyone is taking extra precautions now because I noticed that all over the hospital they have new hand sanitizer dispensers. I know they used to have a few scattered randomly about but they were everywhere – you couldn’t go more than ten feet without seeing another one. My oldest daughter, four, often grumbles about washing her hands at home but she must have cleaned her hands at every available pump she passed. She was disappointed when one was empty but we were right near the elevators and they actually had FOUR pumps, one next to each elevator door.
Like I said, I’m not a germaphobe and think that over sanitizing with anti-bacterial everything is more harmful than helpful but in the cold and flu (and gastro!) season, I was grateful to know that the chances of bringing home some new bug to make us miserable were lessened due to the hospital’s extra vigilance!