|A slightly shaky pic thanks to CD!|
I washed my hands ten times today between getting up and shooing the kids out the door. Not something that I would normally count, but a chance remark got me thinking...
There was an Open Day at Smiley's school recently. It was great to see again just how happy she is and how loved. And I also got to catch up with some of the other parents. I don't see them very often as the school is nine miles away and Smiley travels by special bus with some of her friends. There was all the usual how are yous, how is she/he getting on, and then one of the Mums suddenly said to me out of the blue:
"Do you find that you're always washing your hands?"
A sense of relief that it's not just me...
I'd started to wonder if I had OCD* because I seem to spend half the day washing my hands when the kids are at home. If I did more housework it would be the same when they are in school as well. Friends have recoiled at the sight of my hands in winter when my skin goes red and sore and rough and sometimes splits and bleeds, and my nails are a disgrace. I do my best: every sink has its dedicated pot of handcream, but even so..
The early morning count today involved dashing from nappies to packed lunches to bins to runny noses to breakfasts to toilets to teeth to washing to the front door and back. Last Sunday at one point I was running between the Xbox (CD) the toilet (Smiley) and the chicken (a roast dinner especially for Angel) and washing my hands at each stage!
Do other people do this or is it because I'm a carer? Perhaps it's the same for all mums, especially those responsible for the housework as well. Is it because I am always going from something dirty to something clean? Smiley has to be toileted four-five times a day and her nose is often running. All three children want food and drinks all day and sometimes I have to get it. There's dangerous household cleaners, dirty bins, raw meat, garden waste...most days my hands would come into contact with all of these.
So can I do anything about this. And should I?
*I hope this does not offend anyone who does have OCD