“I’ve got to start my detox procedures,” she says the minute we get into the room.
She proceeds to pull out the Lysol Disinfectant Wipes and goes to town.
The T.V. remote. Check!
The telephone. Check!
The alarm clock. Check!
All door handles. Check, check, check!
Toilet handle. Check!
Light switches. Check, check, check, check!
Next comes the phone call to the front desk. “Hello, how are you today?” She’s always so nice and pleasant to them. Wait till they hear what she’s got to say next! “I have a list of things I need from housekeeping, please.”
Depending on how long the stay, the numbers requested will vary. The items asked for are always the same.
Extra pillow cases (to put on top of the existing cases)
Extra sheets (to put on top of the bed, once the bed spread and blanket are taken off)
Extra bath towels (there are just never enough)
Her procedures are complete. Germs are eradicated. Exterminated. Destroyed.
Why such complicated and painstaking procedures, you ask?
What may not cause trouble for one person can cause a whole heap of it for Kathy. The slightest bacteria can get in through a paper cut on her finger and BAM! Infection. From there her lymphedema kicks into high gear and her right arm swells up like a balloon and turns a bright cherry red.
Cue the “procedures”, which are meant to try and avoid all of these troubles in any hotel room in any city or state…..
“This would annoy some people”, she says to me.
Not me. I expect it. I document it. I would worry if it didn’t happen.
I hope it works.