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Things I Loathe #4 (in no apparent order)

December 13th, 2007 · 3 Comments

I loathe shaking hands. Sometimes it can’t be avoided, like when I am dealing with a customer or at an interview. In those instances I bite the bullet and do it. But I really hate it. Hands are germy. People sneeze in them and cough in them and wipe their noses and they touch used tissues, etc. Not everybody washes their hands regularly. A lot of people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom. And check out this other stat in that article: almost three-quarters of people say they wash hands after changing a diaper. That means that more than one in four do not. Yuck!

Whenever I go see my doctor, he shakes my hand and that always really bothers me. He is surrounded by sick people and shaking everybody’s hands and touching god knows what else. Does he wash his hands constantly? I have never seen him actually wash his hands. But I always shake his hand because it would be rude to rebuff his outstretched hand. When I took my friend to the hospital and we were in pre-surgery, the doctor and the anesthesiologist both shook my hand. Ugh! It’s a great way to spread germs. I hightailed it outta there and washed my hands right away.

Do I sound like a germaphobe? Maybe. But don’t get mad at me if we meet and I don’t want to shake your hand. I will leave you hanging. Especially now, in cold and flu season. You’ve been warned.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unspeakable // Dec 13, 2007 at 10:37 pm


  • 2 SwitchMe // Dec 17, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Thank you!

    I felt like a freak about this, like I was the only person who did NOT like to shake hands. But I can’t stand it. I work in IT and look at those keyboards – might as well get in your time machine and head to Europe circa 1340!

    I’ll confess to being a somewhat obsessive hand washer. Sheesh, can ya blame us? All those cooties!!!!

  • 3 Carolsea // Nov 19, 2008 at 12:30 am

    I carry little bottles of hand sanitizer everywhere I go.

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