Where’s That Pen Been?

Well before being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, I was always a bit of a germaphobe, and now even more so, although my wife let’s me know when I am not being careful enough. Treatment for sarcoidosis is basically an almost complete suppression of the immune system, and as a result, we sarkies need to be extremely careful of getting sick.

One of the most easily spread illnesses is the common cold and the flu virus, simply because people in general do not practice good hygiene. I cringe when I see some things that people do  without even thinking. Long before people were terrified with the H1N1 virus, my wife and I carried around personal sized bottles of Purell, which sometimes got curious looks. Now everyone has them.

When you go to the doctor’s office and you sign in or use the provided pen to sign your credit card slip, just how many people before you used that pen? Of those people, how many washed their hands after going to the bathroom, or took a really good scratch of their crotch or butt, or decided to thoroughly check their nose for foreign objects with their fingers before coming in and did not wash their hands? Never thought of that eh?

The Derringer Wallet Pen Fits Neatly Into A Man's Wallet

Yesterday, at the chiropractor’s office I saw a woman using one of those public pens to fill out her forms, and was sucking on the end of it. She had a huge cold sore. Now I seriously have to remember to start walking with my pen. When I had a Palm PDA device, it had a little stylus with a built in pen which I always used instead of the public pens. Now I have a Blackberry, and there is no built in pen. There are pens designed to fit in a man’s wallet, made by a company called Derringer, and it fittingly is called the Derringer Wallet Pen. I ordered two last night. If you are interested, they are $7.95 each and can be found at The Writting Pen Store.

The next time you go anywhere and use that pen that is provided for you, just think for a second about just where that pen has been!

Composed by Basil Rene using WordPress for Blackberry®

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Basil, I trust this is not the Sarkies you mean?


    dave and hazel


    1. Basil Rene says:

      Interesting. Never heard from them, and they are now far from my town. Small world. And, no, I am not a member of that band. 🙂


  2. Carol Wong says:

    I agree. I like to use the pen that I keep in my purse. It is so odd that doctor’s offices keep the pens out for signing in.
    In the old days, the receptionist marked off who came in. Healthier?


    1. Basil Rene says:

      Nurses these days are too lazy to do anything. If they had their way, we would take our own pressure and temperature. I guess the receptionists don’t want to touch those pens either!


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