World, You Deserve A Little EXTRA

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Christy R. Underwood

Christy R. Underwood

Just a regular chick who figured out how to heal from many chronic illnesses who wants to inspire you to do the same.

World, You Deserve A Little EXTRA

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We All Deserve A Little EXTRA!

I want to send out virtual hugs and share my positivity and light with you! 

We have been through hell, to put it lightly, and I feel a little “extra” is in order!

What “EXTRA” am I talking about??? Well, let’s dive into some extra ways to protect yourself from ANY viral threat that may come our way.

We Should All Be Thinking About Bus Pants

Sheldon Cooper was definitely “EXTRA” when it came to being a bonafide germaphobe. However, I think we are all turning into Sheldon-grade germaphobes.

So, what are “bus pants”? Let Sheldon tell you himself!

 

Basically, bus pants are a pair of pants that you wear over or in lieu of the pants you’re going to wear that day. Sheldon wore them to keep public germs out of his personal spaces.

Not too silly to think about today, is it?

Please allow me to explain how I have translated Sheldon’s bus pants into our home and how you can do the same.

Dude’s business is deemed “essential” because his small appliance store sells cleaning products, antimicrobial wipes, and air purifiers. Of course, there are many other things in that store.

That means that he is going to work every day to greet the public to be of service.

When he arrives home EVERY EVENING, I make him take his shoes off at the front door, strip down, not touch anything, AND hit the shower, directly after arriving home. Do not pass go, kiss the wife & furries, or collect NADA! SHOWER!

While he showers, I use some reusable cleaning gloves, that I also wash after each use, and put his clothes that he wore into the washing machine, immediately.

I don’t want whatever he has touched or rubbed up against to transfer to our home surfaces.

“Delivery!!!”

Most of us are either getting groceries, supplies, or food deliveries during this time.

The issue that we can run into is that viruses (CoVid for example) can live on plastic for up to 72 hours. It can live up to 24 hours on cardboard boxes.

I have seen a few statements saying that we are unlikely to get CoVid from our Amazon boxes. However, a little EXTRA precaution never hurt anyone.

What I like to do is leave the delivery at the front door area, then begin dealing with it a little at a time.

I take the items out of any outside packaging and put it into the trash can that I bring right to the front door to make the process easier.

As I begin opening packages, I wear some latex-free cleaning gloves that I have designated for deliveries. These gloves are thoroughly washed between uses.

If it is a food item that is in a bag or package, I have begun taking them out of the original packaging and putting the food into mason jars or Ziplock bags.

If it is in a cardboard box, I remove it from the box and I put the box into our garage for Dude to take to his job’s recycle bin.

We have ordered takeout food as well. So, we remove it from the outer bag and containers and put the food on our plates/bowls. We also make sure that we don’t use the plastic utensils or napkins that they include.

For MANY years, I worked in the restaurant/bar industry and people are less likely to sneeze or cough around the food and more likely to around the take-away bags/utensils/napkins area.

However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen some terrible behavior coming from restaurant employees.

Side note: please know that the article referenced above was written in 2013. 

While you accept delivered packages, you may want to incorporate these safety measures:

  • wear protective gloves to accept the packages
  • keep the packages at the front or back door (wherever you get your deliveries) to minimize where they are allowed into your home
  • in a glass spray bottle, kept by the delivery door in your home, add in undiluted 3% hydrogen peroxide to spray on packages or to sanitize the delivery area. Just remember that hydrogen peroxide can discolor fabrics so be mindful of carpet or your clothes when using it. After you spray the package or surface that needs to be disinfected, you will want it to sit for at least 60 seconds. Hydrogen peroxide is non-corrosive, so it can be used on any surfaces like metal, granite, tile, and even hardwood floors.
  • wear a protective apron to keep the packages from touching your clothes, and wash after each use.

Keep Those Claws Short!

Are you someone who likes longer nails for self-beautification? I get it. I used to be at the nail salon twice per month for paws & claws.

A little Christory is that I took cosmetology at San Jac College in the Houston area…MANY MANY years ago.

In cosmetology, you not only learn to do hair…you do facials, manicures, and pedicures. What was exceedingly difficult for me was cleaning out from under people’s fingernails and toenails.

So many bacterial or viral threats can be hiding in our nails. That means we can keep them short AND use a fingernail scrubber 1-2 times a day to keep our exposure to CoVid (or any other viral threat) minimal.

Jewelry

When I was infected with 2 superbugs, several years ago, I began reading up on how superbugs are transmitted.

Jewelry being worn by caregivers, nurses, doctors, techs, CNA’s…anyone taking care of anyone else, has the potential to pick up harmful germs.

In this article, 1 in 5 rings tested positive for contamination. They even found high levels of MRSA & VRE.

If you are providing care for ANYONE, it’s best to leave the jewelry in the jewelry box. 

Blinging out should be done for your personal life.

Shoes

When we wear shoes outside of our homes, no doubt they step in plenty of germs.

So, leaving them outside, washing them with soap and water, wiping them down with alcohol, or spraying them with alcohol should be practiced.

I have ONE pair of shoes that I am wearing outside nowadays and they get sprayed down, washed in the washing machine once a week, and they are not worn inside my house.

We don’t need parking lot germs in our homes. That is just me keeping it real with you.

Being a chronic illness warrior for so many years made me establish a no-shoes in home wearing policy.

Sorry…not sorry that if you are a guest in MY home, you will not be allowed to wear your shoes inside.

Here is a funny bit by Sebastian Maniscalco about no-shoes homes. I bet Sebastian feels differently about this TODAY! LOL

In Closing

Most of the world was not prepared for CoVid. If truth be told, I was only half-prepared.

However, I feel that this has been the most tragic lesson in the importance of human hygiene, cleanliness, and preparedness.

We also can’t operate under the assumption that viral threats are done after quarantine is over.

Being vigilant about your personal hygiene and how we care for others will forever be at the forefront of our minds from now on, I feel.

Next week, on Saturday, April 11th, I will be sharing a 3-part mini-series about real solutions, just like the ones that are provided in this article, to help safeguard your health, home, and finances for the future.

This video series is for you if:

1) your health was not in optimal shape when CoVid unleashed on our world

2) you weren’t sure about what would effectively clean your home for viral threats or weren’t stocked with appropriate anti-viral solutions to clean your home with

3) your financial health was impacted by quarantine

So, if you fall into ANY of those 3 categories, you won’t want to miss out on how to prepare for your future.

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