Not Even My Bed is Safe

I hope you have read The Laundry Incident.  Then you will appreciate that this next occurrence is only hours later.

I finally climbed in bed at 3:30am.  I should have been peacefully at rest in this safest of places.  A few hours later I awake.  Although daylight is present, it is the middle of the night for me.  I turn over and adjust the covers.  I’m groggy, so I am not careful how I do this.  I fling the bedspread to one side and the corner snaps back and hits my hand.  Not again!  This happens approximately three or four times a year.  That isn’t often, but when it does it is hell.

As I explained in the above mentioned account, there is no way to sanitize a mattress, so the corners of the sheet and bedspread that touch the mattress are not clean.  So what does this mean for me?  It means a major interruption of my sleep.  I have to get out of bed and wash up!  The hand, which the corner of the bedspread manages to hit every time with uncanny precision, has to have rubbing alcohol and liquid soap poured over it at least five times before I can start my regular wash.  But oops!  I accidentally bump my other hand shortly into the process, so I have to switch to two-hand contaminated mode.  Forget the liquid soap.  I have to take my bar soap and gradually work my way up the outside of the alcohol bottle, grabbing a little higher each time I lather up.  I am also lathering up higher on my arm each time till I am far above the elbow.

Eventually I am satisfied that I am clean again.  I learned long ago to line the counter around the basin with washcloths to prevent splashing because that would undo all my hard work.  And work it is!  I’ve been out of bed a good twenty to twenty-five minutes.  In all I lose about an hour of sleep.

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I am a female in my early 40's who has been dealing with OCD since age 10 and a fear of germs since 14.
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One Response to Not Even My Bed is Safe

  1. Odin says:

    I have a suggestion and a question.
    Suggestion: if you get a contaminated hand during the night, perhaps you can find a way to cover it up securely while you sleep, then wash it in the morning. I reckon it’s better to wake up 30 minutes early than to spend 30 minutes doing it in the middle of the night.
    When this happens to me, if it’s a full hand disaster I put a glove on the contaminated hand and then wrap round the offending hand (and entire forearm) many times with clingfilm (i.e. food wrap) to keep it well and truly under wraps. A little care is required to do this right, but it works. If it’s not the full hand, but a point on a finger, I wrap duct tape round the finger a few times and then glove the hand for the night, with a wrap of clingfilm just to keep it in place. You can cut the fingers off the gloves for the clean fingers so your hand doesn’t sweat so much.
    Question: lining the basin with washcloths to prevent splashing – does that work? What’s the trick? Splashes are one of the banes of my existence and a way to prevent them would be a revelation!

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