One of my doctors has done away with magazines in his office. I thought it had to do with germs and all those different people touching the magazines. So naturally while we were chatting, as this doctor is want to do, I asked about the lack of the magazines.
I was prepared for the germ discussion, even the fact that most people now use digital devices to occupy themselves while waiting. Needless to say when my doctor said he was tired of paying for magazines that would be damaged with pages being ripped out of them or for the whole thing to go missing was the real reason why he put a stop to them.
He said that for years he had been paying for people to basically steal from him or destroy his property and he never said a thing. His office manager, at one point, put up a sign telling people the magazines were there for everyone to enjoy so please leave them in the place and condition you found them in. I honestly don’t remember that sign, but since I don’t touch magazines or books in the medical offices, I wouldn’t necessarily have noticed it.
He asked me how often I clean my phone/phone case since that is exposed to the public and when I told him how often (like all the time) he said that it made sense why I asked about the magazines and immediately thought of germs etc.
Was I always like this? I don’t really know. As far as I can remember I was, but I am pretty sure that a good portion of this has become magnified and now seems to just be how I am when in fact it came in with lupus. Not that lupus itself makes you become aware of germs, more or less the medication that you may take to knockdown your immune system makes you more aware.