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Excerpt From Seriously’s Book: Achoo, Ack, and Sniffles- Don’t Spread The “Gift” Of Illness

November 30, 2009

I don’t feel well.  I mean it.  I feel like I was run over by a…well, you fill in the blank.

Someone was rude and gave me their gift of sick.  I didn’t want it.  It was not pretty and wrapped in a bow.  It was in an uncovered cough or sneeze.

So, until I am doing better, read an excerpt of my book and don’t get anyone sick, accidentally or on purpose.

-Excerpt from the book You Suck When You’re Rude by Seriously McMillan


Achoo, Ack, and Sniffles: Don’t Spread The “Gift” Of Illness


What you will need:

Hand sanitizer

Disinfectant spray

Loads and loads of tissues



Listed above are the basics of what you should have available if you are out and about with the common cold or the funky flu. It is rude and disrespectful to others to share your “sickies”. No one wants your sickies.


If you are sick, take as many responsible steps so that you don’t pass it on. It is all too easy to give someone the gift of a cold or flu, but it’s up to you to do your diligent best to keep your “sickie” germs all to yourself.


Here are a few ways to keep from giving away your achoo, acks and sniffles:


  • Don’t travel- That’s right. If it’s at all possible, do the world a favor and get better before you decide to romp around the country.


  • Shaking Hands Syndrome: Shaking hands is a gracious way to meet and greet someone, but it’s also a wonderful way to leave a lasting impression. Too bad that “impression” can be a cold or flu for the next week or two. Keep hand sanitizer available and use it if you know you’re sick and do not have a chance to wash your hands after sneezing or coughing into them. You just never know what’s hiding in the handshake you just got or the one you are giving.


  • If you must travel, be on guard! It’s a germ filled battlefield out there, so don’t add to it. I am not saying you should wear a mask over your nose and mouth, but keep your extra tissues handy, especially if you know you are sneezing and snotting. Throw the tissues away immediately. Don’t shove them in your pockets so you can reach right in and squish your hand into the snot soggy tissue. Your sea-foam green snot is now drying on your finger tips just as you are about to shake someone’s hand. I want to hurl at the thought!


  • Fist coughing: The fist cough has been an accepted etiquette practice of coughing in public. You know, you make a fist and cough into it instead of coughing into the air. It is quite a hard habit to free ones self from. Instead, try turning your head away from others when you cough or turn your head to the side while coughing into your shoulder. That fist coughing thing can create a germ haven in your hand.


  • Where should your put your sneezes?: You should put your sneezes into a tissue. Being sick doesn’t mean being stupid. If you know you’re sick, which you do, then you should carry extra tissues and have them available to use quickly.


  • Better Bathrooming: If you are ill, your body will rid itself of that illness in several ways. One of the ways your “sickies” leave your body is through your poo-poo and pee-pee. Giggle if you like, but you had better wash your hands after every bathroom encounter. Do you like sharing your poo and pee with others after wiping and not washing your hands? Well, others don’t like it one bit. If I ever catch you not washing your hands, I shall give you one bruising tongue lashing.


If you see someone who is sick and they sneeze, cough or make their way around contaminating things with their sickie fingers, beware!

Don’t put anything into your mouth or don’t rub your eyes or inside your nose until you have either washed or sanitized your hands. You could self contaminate. I don’t know many people who want to make themselves sick on purpose.


Using good manners, courtesy and etiquette spill over into your actions. So, it is a use of good manners to keep from passing germs to others when you travel.


REPOST: Original post -April 2009


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