• Sister is sick. How do I make sure I don't get sick?

    Asked by ddkk3 on Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Sister is sick. How do I make sure I don't get sick?

    I'm on chemo (just finished my second cycle yesterday) and now my sister (whom I live with) is sick! She has it all, a 102 fever, sniffles, runny nose, cough, and fatigue. I am washing my hands frequently but I'm still scared of catching anything. Any tips or ideas to deal with this situation?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Stay away from her to the extent you can, at least be in different rooms for the most part. Don't share food, utensils, plats, glasses, etc. Use sanitizer or bleach on common surfaces.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      The only thing I would add to nancjac answer is - make sure your sister doesn't prepare or serve your food and that she (and you) wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often. Also don't share toiletries such as hand cream, body lotion, etc.

      DH had a very bad cold with a fever, etc - and I managed to stay ok, so it is a bit difficult but doable.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear ddkk3,

      I would go to your doc (PCP). Sounds like Sis has the flu and see if you can take a prophylactic dose of Tamoxifen. I know a bit from experience. I had Cellulitis for which I was hospitalized (I'm a BC patient) and I contracted the flu while I was in the hospital. They had to keep me for about 5 extra days because I was running a high fever but they put me on Tamoxifen, my fiance went to his PCP and got on a prophylactic dose and all the floor nurses were on prophylactic doses as well (you can be on them for weeks if necessary, but you won't need to be because it's only your sister). nancyjac and SueRae1 are right aboout food prep and hand sanitizer, etc. If you have a dishwasher, use it-it sterilizes!! Also, get some surgical gloves for you to handle trash and surgical masks in case you have to go near her for any reason). Make sure you have Lysol or the equivalent around!

      Btw, Tamoxifen really does an amazing job of shortening the duration of the flu. Instead of 10 days of misery, it was only 4-5. Pretty big difference, especially on top of cancer and an infection!...;)

      Take care,

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I think you meant to suggest Tamiflu and not Tamoxifen.

      over 4 years ago
    • Smaug's Avatar

      Dear ddkk3,

      Carm is absolutely correct, I meant Tamiflu, not Tamoxifen!! Too many meds, too little time!!...;) Sorry about that. Tamiflu, however is a great drug for shortening the duration of the flu!!

      Thank you Carm, as always.


      over 4 years ago

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