How do you deal with being around sick people (when you have a suppressed immune system)?

How do you deal with being around sick people (when you have a suppressed immune system)?

I'm so curious to know how those of us with suppressed immune systems deal with people around us who are sick (like your coworkers, significant others, etc.).

For some background, a few of my colleagues and I went out to lunch today, and only after we had been at lunch for a bit did I find out that one of them has pneumonia. She said she's on antibiotics and isn't contagious, but immediately my mind went into "evacuation… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Just like most aspects of dealing with RA....It’s a balancing act...

posted about 1 month ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I also feel very upset when I find out that my coworkers are sick and end up coming and breathing over my desk. But I also don’t say anything right away I tried to let them know that I’m on happy that they are there because I have to auto immune diseases and I get very sick and I can die so if they are sick please stay away. I laughed afterwards so it seems like a joke but I’m pretty sure they know I’m serious

posted about 1 month ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I hear your anxiety and we need to be careful, but I choose to socialize. If we eat well, exercise as well as take our meds, I don't worry alot. Be thoughtful but don't over think these situations. Anxiety effects me more than a luncheon... best wishes.

posted about 1 month ago
A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member. Ya, ur kinda stuck at ur age still being a productive working member of society. I’m retired, so i now have total control of my movements...though with RA, that’s just deciding what side of the sofa I’ll be on for Season 9 binge watching of The Walking Dead.
PS..I do hope my joking about my RA does not offend u (or anyone)...I’ve just learned that laughing about my non-curable condition sure beat crying over it...for me anyway, so hopefully for a few others too.

edited, originally posted about 1 month ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes. I clean everything with the wipes especially door knobs light switched and cabinet and fridge handles. And I use a lot of hand sanitizer. In my house and in my truck.

posted about 1 month ago
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