Washing your hands can save your life!

Everybody has done it.  You’re running late to get back to work from your lunch break, your in a hurry to finish cooking dinner so you can rest, or you’re just plain lazy;  you didn’t even think or worry about washing your hands after you used the restroom, chopped up that juicy steak, or sneezed in your hand.  It’s a tale told many times, but did you know that by skipping the one simple step of washing your hands, you could be contaminating yourself and others with Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), Salmonella, or Myobacterium Tuberculosis?

E. Coli

E. Coli

Though only three diseases have been mentioned in this blog, millions upon millions of diseases are transferred through hand-mouth contact and can be prevented by simply washing your hands!

Everyone should know to wash your hands after everytime you use the restroom.  But there are many other times that are neglected when it is important to wash your hands.  DId you ever think to wash your hands after using the pen you signed in with at the doctor’s office?  Not many people think about this, but how many contaminated hands have touched that pen?  Not only have the people today touched it, but the people from yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that too.  That’s a lot of germs just lingering on one little ink pen.

I’m not asking peole to be OCD about washing their hands, because there’s no need to run off to a sink everytime you touch something you think might be contaminated.  There are many things you can do to prevent your hands from even being contaminated.  When you sneeze or cough use your elbow to cover your mouth; you don’t touch many things with your elbow and you don’t really use your elbow for much else, so put it to use!  Then there’s always hand sanitizer.  It would be a very good idea for everyone to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them.  It saves a lot of trouble from having to run and wash your hands.  Hand sanitizer has been proven to be just as effective as washing your hands.

Now that I’ve given a few examples of why handwashing is important and when you should wash your hands, can you think of any other times in your daily routine when handwashing could protect you from being contaminated with millions of little germs?  Write them in the comments!


Health Topics

I have decided to dedicated a section of my blog to current health issues and information.  This section will contain original works by me based on reasearch from journals and health articles pertaining to current health events.  Stay tuned for a new health blog every week!

Good dreams that are forgotten (random thoughts)

Man, that was such a great dream…if only I could remember it!  I don’t know how many people this has happened to, but it seems to happen to me often enough.  I was woken up on Monday from an after-turkey-nap by my cousin who thought it would be funny to jump on top of me (mind you, he is somewhere in his mid 20’s and isn’t a scrawny guy).  Needless to say, I was very upset because I was interrupted from having an AMAZING dream.  When I told my cousing this, I felt like the biggest idiot because I had no evidence to back this up, for I had forgotten the dream completely.  Then I began to think…and think…and think.  What on earth was that dream about?  Then I began to wonder…what if it wasn’t even that great of a dream.  What if I was just sleeping so well, that when I was awoken I felt like the sleep was so good that I associated it with a good dream.  Who knows…but I need not let these things consume my thoughts so much…but I couldn’t help to wonder.  Has this happened to you?  If so, tell me about it in the comments and include your thoughts about why you think it was a good dream or not.  Because maybe it wasn’t even a good dream at all?

The New Blogger

I guess introductions are in order.  You may or may not be able to tell from my blog name that my name is Christine.  Apparently wordpress won’t allow you to use uppercase letters in your username, hence my username ended up being nursextine instead of NurseXtine.  Alright, enough about that, now onto business!  This is my first blog ever!  I have never written a blog and am kind of nervous about the whole thing, but I have confidence that I will be able to conquer some aspects of it.  I really don’t even know what I’m going to blog about at this point, but I will definitely come up with something.  So stick around so you can follow my journey into becoming an advanced blogger!