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<p>I work part time in a student legal services office.  I give advice to students who have gotten into trouble with the law.  Recently, probably because of the weather, there have been three very sick students who have had an appointment with me and then at some point during the appointment made statements like "I just found out right before I came here I have strep throat" or "I have mono right now"  I would be less concerned if it was a cold or flu, but mono and strep are terrifying to me right now. </p>
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<p>I spoke to the Director about trying to screen sick students to her (she's not pregnant<span><img alt="shy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span>) but she thinks we wouldn't be able to ask students.  I don't know what to do.  Should I be worried?  I just feel so first trimester run down and morning sick that I was crying in my office because a girl with mono was coughing and touching everything before she told me she had mono.  Then she looked affronted when I moved away from her, but I think it is so rude to keep an appointment when you have mono.  Anyway, this is really rambly, but I'm so scared to get something terrible that would require medicine that I can't take (or wouldn't take because of baby). </p>
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<p>Does anyone have any ideas?  Should I just chill out?  I would be unhappy about these visits if I weren't pregnant (b/c of ds and generally I don't like being sick) but I am really unhappy because I know that my immunse system isn't up to its normal prepregnancy awesomeness <span><img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="width:19px;height:24px;"></span></p>
 

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<p>You could try posting a nice little notice about germ awareness/if you have a cold reschedule type thing outside your offices. Otherwise you may just have to hang there. I work in a prison so I come into contact with EVERYTHING on a daily basis. Last week was lice (I let the orderlies do the room clean up lol) and a girl with pneumonia. They tried to put me on hospital duty with an inmate with chicken pox, but my friend traded rooms with me so I didn't have to sit in with her. I instead ended up with the inmate that I'm pretty sure had MRSA from a spider bite *sigh* Its a never ending battle. Just be cognizant of what they touch or cough on and spray things down when they leave and keep your normal regimen of washing your hands etc.</p>
 

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<p>Wow, I would feel annoyed, scared, and unsure too!</p>
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<p>You might be able to compromise with your boss by putting a sign on your door asking germ carriers to be aware that you are a baby carrier and please be courteous about not spreading them to you (or something like that).  You could have a sanitizing alcohol hand pump, tissues, etc. where a person could make use of them before entering your office and then they would know to be aware, not sneeze in your face, etc.  Then you could use bleach (or tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract) wipes on surfaces of your office afterwords.</p>
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<p>You might try taking lots of vit. D3, probiotics, and moderate amounts of C (large amounts can cause contractions) to boost your immune system.  I am really learning how probiotics can make all the difference in how your body handles the germs that come our way.  Also, I was just reading about how an essential oil diffuser can make all the difference in keeping air and surfaces free from germs (Beeyoutiful has a great bargain on one this month).  You also might try an air purifier running in your office.  There also might be some homeopathics to try.</p>
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<p>FWIW, my midwife doesn't exactly believe in the germ theory and that when exposed to germs, you get things, but says that our wave lengths have to be sync with the sickness.  I didn't follow her completely, obviously, but calming your spirit and not living in fear and expectation of something bad, might help too.</p>
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<p>Anyway, that's a little bit of what popped into my head.  If it were me, I would really go all out of the D3, probiotics, and try to get an infuser.  HTH!</p>
 

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<p>I'm a bit of a germ-a-phobe anyway, but that would freak me out.  If you can't ask (per your boss), I would go buy a massive container of hand sanitizer, a bunch of kleenex boxes, and I would print out that same sign you see at all medical places about covering your cough and how to do it properly.  I can't IMAGINE that wouldn't be ok considering you see those signs everywhere.  Then, I would make sure and not sit close to any of them...don't discriminate.  :)</p>
 

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<p>Isn't it your right to wear a mask?  Is this a school setting, if so they are not allowed in the building with mono or strep until a certain point past contagious or they are sent home.  At least that is how it is in CT.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Buddhamom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284124/would-this-upset-you-or-am-i-being-too-anxious-for-no-real-reason#post_16100172"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Isn't it your right to wear a mask?  Is this a school setting, if so they are not allowed in the building with mono or strep until a certain point past contagious or they are sent home.  At least that is how it is in CT.</p>
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<p>My husband is a chef and is immunocomprimised due to a blood clotting disorder that resulted in having his spleen taken out. When everyone at work was sick and they were demanding he not stay home in spite of a doctor's note saying he needed to during this period of recovery, he showed up wearing a mask and gloves and they immediately sent him back because it was "scaring the workers".  ;)</p>
 

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<p>I would just be super diligent about hand washing and keep some sanitizing wipes in the office so that you can wipe surfaces down after a sick student leaves.  I'd keep some extra distance between myself and whoever I was dealing with...  maybe move their chair so it's further away from your desk?  And I'd be sure to take your vitamins to keep your immune system up.</p>
 

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<p>Hey, I work in a hospital and understand your worries.  However, unless they manage to sneeze/cough into your mouth (gross!) you should be fine with washing hands and maybe wiping down their side of your desk.  Usually respiratory stuff is spread on hands or surfaces.  When I'm not at work I'm not a big fan of hand sanitizer, but at work, all the time - gel or foam has ben shown to be better then washing, even.  Also, I think they make some kind of disinfectant wipes you could use...</p>
 

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<p>Hand sanitizer for you, bleach wipes for your office.  And gloves so you don't get bleach all over your hands.  That should take care of it. </p>
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<p>I work in a hospital; plenty of pregnant health professionals work around very sick and very contagious patients all the time.  Just wash or sanitize your hands and keep them off your face.  I promise that those students (and others) with mono and strep have also contaminated a million other things you might touch:  doorknobs at the school, grocery carts, etc. etc.  </p>
 

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<p>Thank you all!  I love the idea of a diffuser in my office.  I actually feel much better about things today.  I think I was having a really bad day (hormonal pregnant day).  I am also going to go the sign route. I in general am appalled at the care these college aged people take of themselves!  Maybe I was just as bad and I am misremembering, but the girl who had mono had gotten a underage citation and public drunkenness citation and was treated for alcohol overdose and she had mono!  And her argument was that she wasn't a danger to herself!  I was so shocked at her, I couldn't imagine having mono and getting drunk!  </p>
 
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