Despite the efforts of our physician Katie is still ill. The fever returned shortly after her antibiotics were finished and has yet to leave. After a discussion we decided to run some more tests which revealed that she has a staph infection in her throat.
I’m not sure if the staph infection lowered her immunity so that she got the recurring case of strep or if the reverse is true. All I care about right now is restoring my daughter to health.
To avoid becoming infected myself I have placed paper towels by the sink for drying our hands; I would prefer to continue using cloth but there is a danger that I could become infected if I accidentally use a cloth she has used. I have also switched to antibacterial soap for the short term. I much prefer this overcaution to the continuing sickness that has plagued my daughter.
Neither bath nor kitchen towels will be reused until Katie has recovered; I considered having separate towels for each of us but I don’t want to risk Katie being reinfected by her own towel as she recovers. The extra laundry load will be worth it if it helps her to recover.
Considering that I’ve managed to avoid getting ill thus far I may be going overboard but I’m not in the mood to take chances. I believe that the microfiber has done its job of catching bacteria on our dishes and surfaces and credit it with helping to protect my health so far but I want this stuff gone. I just wish that I could protect Katie when she is at school or her father’s house.
Do you take extra precautions when there is illness in your home? What do you do? Please share your stories in the comments below.