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    Daneka asked a questionBreast Cancer

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      TXHills

      If your white blood cell counts are normal, your immunity level probably is, too. However, your body may still be healling from your treatments, even a year or more after they have ended. Getting plenty of rest, gentle, regular activity and healthy foods will all help your body continue to heal itself and help you fight off those darned germs. You may just have not been exposed yet to the germs that are currently going around, and so are more susceptible to them. Best to you.

      over 5 years ago
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      Your body can still be in recovery mode and that makes you more likely to pick up germs. Plus, preschool classrooms are just full of germs all the time. I was a preschool teacher for 15 years and even before cancer, every germ that came around, I got sick from.
      Use hand sanitizer as much as you can, try to stay away from kids that are coughing (even though we know no child would ever be brought to school sick, lol), always wash your hands before eating, eat healthy and get enough rest. And always wash your hands when you come in from going to the store, going to work, or any time you feel the need to.
      I remember a kid in my class that had been brought to the school with the stomach flu. I had to clean her up, and then wait with her in the hallway for her mom to get to the school. Eventually mom got there, after she finished her shopping to take the kid home. This was the Thursday before Mother's day. Guess who was so sick that Saturday night and couldn't enjoy Mother's Day? And then I was forbidden to say anything to the parent about how sick I was.
      Use hand sanitizer! Best wishes in the situation you are in.

      over 5 years ago
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      Nonnie917

      I'm with banditwalker and RNSusan, have wipes at your desk and be sure to wash your hands as often as possible. That person is very inconsiderate to come to work sick and expose everyone else to her germs. If she doesn't have any sick or vacation days, then the least she could do is wear a mask. If it were me, I would be wearing a mask. I don't care what people would say about it either, but once you explain to them that the person who sits near you has a bad cold and you can't afford to get it after all you have been through, then maybe that person will hear it through the grapevine and do something herself. She is rude to be exposing all her co-workers. Good luck.

      about 6 years ago
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      I'm really tired of hearing "I can't afford to stay home" which actually translates to "I'm more important than you." or "My needs trump your needs." which is actually the fault of the degradation our whole society has suffered.

      This is no different than people smoking in an enclosed area. If you don't like it (and who would?), speak up, buy a mask for the sick person and give THEM gloves and a mask and a light lecture. I'm very tired of living in a world where sickness is more common than health.

      Such behavior is so rude it borders on criminal.

      During a hospital visit, about a year back, the intake worker had a cold. I backed away some from her and requested a different clerk. She gave me the expected "apology" in that she had kids and couldn't afford to stay home. She said that all the clerks were sick so I might as well deal with her. I took out my cell phone and dialed the doctor's office and explained to the nurse that I was cancelling the appointment and told her where I was and why I was cancelling. She asked me to wait a few minutes. She came out and collected me herself, bypassing the sneezing intake clerk.

      Ask your boss about policy, if needs be. The Supremely Ridiculous Court just made a ruling that opens up all sorts of new legal queries about who is responsible for a sick worker and the different types of sick.

      Or just do what you believe is best to protect yourself. You need a super and stronger than normal immune system because, if you recall, your immune system recently needed doctorly help and going back to that will be zero fun.

      Best wishes

      about 6 years ago
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      barbdee

      The first year after finishing up a year of treatment, I was super, super careful to not be near anyone I knew to be sick. The second year just ended & while I am a nutcase using wipes, it has become slightly less worrisome. I did have a full blown allergy attack this spring, which hadn't happened in at least 30 years! I think I lost all my pollen protection with the chemo! There is nothing worse than sick co-workers! I would say something to the supervisor & asked to be moved. Healing wishes, Barb

      about 6 years ago
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