This is what happens when people at work don’t wash their hands…

It’s been drilled into our heads since transplant day – the number one thing you can do to prevent germs from spreading is hand washing. Hand wash often and hand wash regularly. I can’t tell you how much more soap we go through in the McYong household now than BT (before transplant). However, the stats on hand washing are pretty icky, and last week at work, we learned just how bad it can get. Some kind of norovirus bug swept through the newsroom – accompanied by the usual “explosive incidents”, as I am politely calling the vomiting and diarrhea – and knocked more than two dozen people off sick. Aaron got it, then of course Addison got sick. When it’s 1am and you are on your hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor after your toddler’s “explosive incident”, it’s good times. Love the smell of bleach!

It’s been six days now and the Princess is still lethargic, not eating much and just not her usual self. We had to avoid spending too much time with her cousin Luca in his last few days before heading home to Hong Kong so we didn’t get him sick. Plus Aaron’s parents – Grandma and Grandpa – were in town so we had to be extra careful not to get them sick too. We haven’t had to go in to the hospital, which is good, but we have been consulting with her doctors via phone and email. Most people get over the norovirus in 24-48 hours, but when you have an immune-compromised child those “normal” recovery times go out the window. Come on people…WASH YOUR HANDS!!!


Elaine, Aaron and Addison

4 thoughts on “This is what happens when people at work don’t wash their hands…

  1. Amen to this post Elaine… I constantly harp at people about the importance of hand washing… having been a Nurse over 36 years I know what happens when you don’t… sorry this has hit your family…. get well Princess Addie ❤
    p.s. The smell of bleach sets off a Pavlovian response in me… hate it after so many years of working in hospitals 😦

  2. Nasty people….!!!!! Sad that Luca and Addison did not get to play together as much as we’d have liked, but, better to be safe than sorry! Lst thhing we wanted to deal with is some unexpected “explosions” on the airplane! HAHA! Hope she starts feeling better soon!!! We miss you guys!

  3. something so simple that can be done to reduce risk…and stop to spread of these brutal and devatating viruses for our immuno-suppressed loved ones!
    It was one of these viruses that landed our then 4year old on life support for weeks in 2009!
    Glad to hear you three were able to crawl through the experience with out being admitted to hospital!

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