In preparation for Ace coming home, I have to figure out how to politely but firmly tell people to not come to my house if they've been sick, and to wash their hands before touching my baby.
Thinking about a sign on my door.
"We have a preemie. Wash your hands before touching him, or I will put your hands into boiling water. And if you come to my house sick, or have been sick recently, I'll make you wish you were dead."
Now, I know all moms are probably anti-germ CRAZY. I, however, am not crazy. My baby's immune system is nowhere near what it should be. He has the potential to get incredibly ill if he comes into contact with people who have been sick. I'm talking hospitalization. You see, preemies are prone to the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. It's like the flu in adults, but much more severe for preemies. I was told that RSV can stay on a surface for nearly 6 minutes, whereas the flu virus can live for much less time. If people do not wash their hands frequently around him, or at least put on antibacterial gel, he WILL get sick. If there are sick people around him, he WILL get sick.
Now, some of you may tell me to be firm, because my relationships with people are nowhere near as important as Ace's health. Duh. That doesn't make bossing my 80-something-year-old grandma around any easier. That's why I want to put a sign on my door. It's just passive aggressive enough.
3 days ago