Perhaps one of the greatest inventions for someone like me is the Lysol wipe. I know that with these I get to carry out my routines, or compulsions if you will. Without them, I’m not really sure what I would do. Honestly, I would probably just use the spray Lysol on everything 😉 I love these wipes because they don’t leave yucky spots on everything like the spray 🙂
Everyday when I get to work my routine looks something like this:
- Clock in
- Set my bag down on the far corner of my desk
- Clear my desk of paper, pens, etc.
- Open the second drawer of my desk and pull out the Lysol wipes
- Take out one, perhaps two wipes if needed, and wipe down EVERYTHING (e.g. keyboard, mouse, desktop, chair arms, pens, edge of desk)
- Go to the restroom and wash my hands once if I’m lucky, twice if I’m stressed, and three times if I’m REALLY anxious (i.e. someone is “sick”)
- Get back to my desk, use some hand sanitizer
- Finally, turn on my computer and start working
As you can imagine, this all gets VERY tiresome and it takes me awhile to get going in the morning simply because of this disinfectant routine. I feel that I can’t start the day without doing this. The thought of potential contamination is just too overwhelming and I can’t feel comfortable working without wiping everything down thoroughly. I’ve tried to not do it, but the thought eventually creeps in and I do it anyway, so I figured I might as well do it right away in the morning before any patients call.
Last week Friday I went through this routine and finally started my computer. Thanks to one of Windows’ lovely updates, my computer was stuck on the login screen for fifteen minutes. I was panicking because it wasn’t working and my job relies about 95% on using a computer. After about 20 minutes of waiting, I turned on the computer at a desk of a woman who works only part time. She’s a clean person and I didn’t really mind the idea of using her computer on a day that she wouldn’t be in. Besides, I desperately needed to start work. Anyway, I turn her computer on and that stupid thought crosses my mind, “what if she was sick and didn’t know it the last time she worked?” I hurried over to my desk, pulled out another wipe, and “disinfected” everything on her desk, particularly the keyboard. Thanks to a show I once watched, I heard that this is dirtier than a public toilet. FYI, I say “thanks” sarcastically. In cases like this, I’d rather live in ignorance. Luckily, my computer finally came back on after about an hour of using my coworker’s computer. It was a relief, to say the least.
I use these wonderful things at home too. I wipe down all door handles, the remote controls, knobs, handles, keyboards, my cell phone, switches, and basically any horizontal surface. In addition to having my house arranged, I feel that disinfecting helps me to be able to relax in the evening.
I’m sure others with OCD know what I’m talking about when I say I don’t feel that I can relax until this is finished. 😉
Well, enough about Lysol wipes!
As always, thanks for reading 🙂