What do you do when….

you go to either the hospital or the doctor's office so you can avoid either getting sick or having an asthma flare? What precautions do you take and what do you do after you return home?


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  • Melissa G

    we avoid the pediatrician's office during "flu season" unless the kids are really sick. No well appts during that time.

    When we have to go to the hospital for procedures/surgeries and appts, we wash our hands as often as possible and we shower and change our clothes when we get home. 

  • LK

    Good advice, Melissa.  We also don't schedule appointments during "flu season" if at all possible.  

    I also, DH never seems to have surgeries and such, shower before any surgical procedures and sometimes, depending on the procedure, they have requested that I use anti-bacterial soap.  The at the earliest opportunity when I get home I change clothes and shower.  Sometimes it is necessary to keep a surgical area dry for 24-48 hours or more so in those cases I keep that area dry.

    Since out children are grown and out of the house, for my part I don't go near a hospital or doctor's office if I am ill.  Well, of course unless I am the one needing medical attention.  

  • K8sMom2002

    In any doc's office or hospital, I have a strict, no-touching-north-of-the-chin rule. And we wash our hands before we leave and when we get to our next destination. If I don't have access to soap and water, I make do with hand sanitizer (the unscented kind!) and find a bathroom ASAP.

    Other things:

    • I bring my own reading material, so no reading magazines in the lobby. No touching ANYTHING in the lobby if I can help it.
    • I keep my purse in my lap
    • I try to keep at least one empty seat between us and everyone else.
    • If the waiting room is super full, I've asked the receptionist if I can wait in my car or outside the lobby. I explain that I/we have asthma, and that viral infections are a trigger. 
    • If anything that I can live without lands on the floor, the floor keeps it.  If it is something vital, it gets washed/sanitized or at least wiped down with alcohol or hand sanitizer.
    • I take my clothes off and put them DIRECTLY in the dirty clothes when I get home. If the doctor's staff says everyone's chief complaint is either stomach bug or upper respiratory infection, I also take a shower.

    I learned these tricks when I was in and out of doctor's offices for my job — they're based on what doc's staff members have told me they do (the shower immediately upon getting home) and what I have seen ( on what I've seen gracing a doctor's office floor!) Whether it was me being lucky or my strategies above, I got sick very rarely while I had my previous job. It was only after I left and didn't use those precautions in a school nurse's office that I got a whamdoozler of a case of pneumonia. #neveragain

  • dory2005

    I wear a mask if I go to the dr during flu season, and I also don't touch anything and use my hand sanitizer. I also try to avoid getting near people.

    There were several days at school last year that I wore a mask because our school nurse told me too. (We ended up closing school for a week due to flu.) I still ended up with pneumonia, but at least I avoided the flu!  

  • Melissa G

    We will have some unavoidable dr's appt coming up….uugghh. There are already a ton of "bugs" going around. Bekah knows not to touch anything, she will use her wheelchair and use her wheelchair gloves and wash/sanitize her hands as much as possible. 

    I really dislike this time of year. 

  • LK
    Melissa G posted:

    I really dislike this time of year. 

    I'm with you on that, Melissa!!  Hope all the germs stay far away from you and Bekah for her Drs' appointments.

  • Melissa G

    There are several nasty viruses going around our area right now. One in particular is mimicking strep, throat is very sore, comes with a high fever and it is lasting seven plus days. So far we have dodged it. We have been washing our hands and using hand sanitizer. 

    I was hoping the "flu/cold/virus" season wouldn't start so soon. 

  • Melissa G

    Unfortunately we are headed to the children's hospital next week. I have tried very hard to go to the satellite offices since those are more for specialists and not "sick" appts. But alas we must go…I am having Bekah wear a mask. I wish we didn't have to go to the radiology dept, but we need to check the placement on Bekah's port. 

    How are you avoiding the virus/bugs going around while going to the dr's?

  • Pljohns

    UGH-we just had a patient walk in here with her daughter and 20 min into the appointment-and after the daughter had been all over the clinic-my PT ask her what she was doing out of school-she has the FLU!!!  Are you kidding me???  WHO would bring their child-with a confirmed case of the flu-out in public-we have a pregnant PT working here part time, MANY elderly patients and me-ARG

  • Shea

    Ugh PLJohns that is tough. My dpctors office has a sign on the door about if you are sick or coughing they have masks and to please put one on in the waiting room. Ive seen them at other doctors offices too. 

  • Wheezy Me

    Melissa, I hope Bekah's hospital appointment goes well and that none of you catches anything. Get well!

    Lynn, I hear you… that is frustrating. Keep in mind, though, that many people confuse influenza virus with common cold/other viruses (in both directions). You can be around someone who has symptoms, and no one knows if it's influenza or another one. You have to avoid catching it that way or the other…

    When I'm around ill people, I wear a mask around those that clearly cough/sneeze etc, or try to keep away from them. I wash my hands often. And hope for the best.

  • Pljohns

    I wouldn't be so frustrated if she hadn't said she took her daughter to the doctor and she tested positive for flu-if she's too sick to go to school, she's too sick to be here.

  • Wheezy Me
    Pljohns posted:

    I wouldn't be so frustrated if she hadn't said she took her daughter to the doctor and she tested positive for flu-if she's too sick to go to school, she's too sick to be here.

    Who needed the appointment? The mother or the girl?

  • LK

    Oh, wow, Lynn!!  That is just not good for everyone there nor for the daughter!  What was that mother thinking!!  Evidently she isn't.  

  • Melissa G

    Lynn, I agree! I get so aggravated when I hear so and so couldn't go to school but they are out shopping, at the mall etc. Especially confirmed cases of the flu! 

  • Dar007

    I work in an ER and I can’t get away from it. Tonight I got coughed on and sneezed on by at least six people. When I first started, I would try to stay as far back from the patients as possible, but now I am used to it. The worst is when they spit on you! But I try to wash my hands as much as I can. Being in these places are pretty bad when it is flu and cold season. Try not to touch anything and use hand sanitizer when you can. 

  • Melissa G

    Bekah and I ended up having to go to the Children's hospital yesterday instead of next Wednesday. We washed our hands a lot and used hand sanitizer every chance we got. We also changed our clothes as soon as we got home.