Friday, May 1, 2009
Germ Free Zone
At this point, with our long-awaited discharge only four days away, I'm totally paranoid about germs. I've declared Eric's room a germ free zone. I don't hesitate to insist that everyone wash their hands before entering. I'd put Eric in reverse isolation, if I could. The last thing we need is for Eric to get an infection of any kind. We want to go home! The hospital here is on high alert, with the recent death and all the hype about swine flu. I've heard the ER is a madhouse. Parents with children with any little cough or fever are pouring in to rule out this latest news sensation. They're talking of setting up triage in a parking lot outside the ER, if need be. A number of kids have been admitted to this floor with isolation signs on the doors, hence my paranoia. Staff members are flocking to employee health to get their personal high filter masks fitted. I want to envelope Eric in a giant bubble. Remember that famous unfortunate immuno-compromised boy who lived in a bubble back in the 70s? That was right here at TCH. Anyway, we need protection for four more days. Then we're HOME free.