Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

One Order Of Sanitizer To Go Please

Last week, some family members and I were dining at a really good local (not a chain) restaurant. While waiting for our food, I noticed something that I had never seen in a restaurant before. Hand sanitizer. A big bottle. On every single table. Either the owner/manager seriously struggles with contamination issues (which makes me really sad), or the government's public health campaign of "Wash your hands or you (or someone else) will die!" has finally reached its peak.

Whatever the reason, hand sanitizer is like kryptonite to anyone in recovery from contamination OCD, so I always stay far, far away from it.

18 comments:

  1. I am seeing this more and more as well in public places. Even in my church. Hugs to Monique.

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    1. Yes, they have them in my church too, JBR. Believe me, they stuck out like red blaring lights when I first noticed them. I try to ignore them. Hugs to JBR!

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  2. I guess I can see the benefit of it--if people don't wash their hands before eating, but I don't like hand sanitizer b/c it encourages superbugs.

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    1. Ah, that's a great point, Kristina. Yes, I think I've heard that about anti-bacterial hand soap as well. When it comes down to it, there's nothing like good old-fashioned water and soap.

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  3. I have to admit, I'm a big time hand sanitizer user. I'd love that restaurant :)

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    1. Ha ha yep - there would have been a time when I would have loved that restaurant too! It probably would have been a favorite. Plus the food is really good.

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  4. At my workplace all winter we've had these huge posters all over about germs and washing our hands so we won't get the flu. It's really quite weird. I had to laugh when the guy who put them up was out for a week with the flu.

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    1. Ugh the posters! I know what you mean, I've seen them everywhere too. I'm tired of feeling like I'm killing the whole world if I don't douse myself in sanitizer.

      Bummer about your coworker. I guess that proves that using sanitizer maybe isn't as effective as we are led to believe?

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  5. I heard so much from people when I used hand sanitizer all the time. I don't use it anymore, partly because of what they said, but mainly because my hands were so dry and cracked they bled. Good ole milk and honey soap and water for me now!

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    1. That's the kind of hand soap I like too. It's very soothing and moisturizing. I also find that hand sanitizer is drying to my skin too.

      Hey - it's great to see you back in the blogosphere, Cara!

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  6. This is the first I have heard of this in a restaurant. I always see them in my area in hospitals and clinics, which would be expected. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. It was definitely a first for me too, Linda. I sure hope it's not a growing trend.

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  7. I guess I have a different view of it, a public health perspective. This is the former health educator speaking! :-) We can spread germs with our hands and our coughs and sneezes. Keeping our hands clean is important to our own health and others' health. I know that OCD blows this out of proportion--believe me, I know. Contamination OCD was a BIG problem for me, and still hangs around. But that doesn't negate the fact that it's important to practice good hygiene. It doesn't mean we won't get sick. But it can cut down on it. It also doesn't mean we're responsible for the health of everyone around us. (OCD really buys into that idea). But it's just a good habit to try not to spread germs. I've never seen hand sanitizer in restaurants. That's a new one for me. But where my mother lives (an assisted living home) there's a hand sanitizer dispenser outside the dining room.

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    1. Oh I definitely agree with you, Tina. I'm a big proponent of some basic hygiene, like washing my hands after using the restroom or before preparing food. But, oh those sanitizer bottles just taunt me and hurl their little barbs at me! It's funny, when I see them I feel like I'm facing the enemy. he he Its silly, I know.

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  8. I see hand sanitizer in stores, all public places like the airport, doctor's waiting rooms, you name it. Never heard of it in a restaurant though. I often wonder how it affects those with OCD, so thanks for letting me know, Sunny! I guess you could look at it as good exposures????

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    1. You know, that's a good point, Janet. Perhaps I could just look at them and allow myself to feel the anxiety and just deal with it. Funny, I never thought of that.

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  9. I would have seen the bottle of hand sanitizer as being contaminated because whoever used it before me, in a public place, must have felt their hands were contaminated if they used it so I would not want to touch it. And having it sit there on the table would have bothered me. I am weird like that. When i was into sanitizing, I hardly ever used the gel sanitizer bottle for my own personal use, I used the individual wrapped wet wipes. Obviously I put a lot of thought into all that at one time. Now I avoid all sanitizers because I don't want to get back into that scene again. I always wash my hands after the restroom, before cooking, etc. but I stay clear of wet wipes because I fear I am one wet wipe away from going down the wrong road again.

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    1. Oh I don't think you're weird at all! I feel the same way about sink faucets. I hate touching them after I wash my hands because I figure that everyone's hands were dirty when they turned them on. But I usually force myself to touch a faucet to shut it off because I know I need to do it for my own good. But still, yuck!

      Ha ha ha I love that!! "one wet wipe away from going down the wrong road again!" That's great! And I totally agree with you. That's how I feel about a lot of stuff with OCD. I'm just so afraid I can fall down that rabbit hole again and it really scares me.

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