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My View: Confessions of a germaphobe

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:30 pm

“Quit being a such a germaphobe, Elizabeth!”

I cannot begin to count the number of times someone has said this to me as I set about to do something rational. OK, so I don’t share makeup because I don’t want to get conjunctivitis. I don’t share food or drink for fear that someone else’s illness may enter my system. I wear flip-flops to the pool to avoid athlete’s foot. I wash my hands frequently to avoid sickness. And I shower every day because I don’t want to smell or have greasy hair. Be it a common cold or foot fungus, I simply do not want to become sick. This all makes perfect sense to me, so why doesn’t anyone else understand it?

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