Kyle and I have gotten in this conversation four times over the past week. I think I'm stumped on any additional justifications for my side of the disagreement, so I'm hoping to throw this out to you in *hopes* that you will agree with me. Any votes for Kyle's side shall not comment. (Just joking. sort of.)


Onto the disagreement: SCRUBS.
No, not these ones:


I'm talking about DIRTY, UNSANITARY, SOAKED IN SOMEONE ELSE's LIQUIDS = SCRUBS.

Sure, I think Kyle looks pretty darn hot in them, but that doesn't mean I would like him to still be wearing them around the house once he arrives home from work. Let's get our minds out of the gutter, I'm not saying I want him strutting around naked either, but that is neither here nor there.

The issue is cleanliness...or lack thereof. If you enter our house from our garage, the laundry room is immediately to the right. My suggestion was for him to put them into a separate laundry basket when he comes in. Currently, they find their way in heaps on the floor throughout our bedroom and bathroom. It totally grosses me out thinking about what lingering bacteria could be on those. Especially when he was on colorectal. Just sayin'.

Now, just to be fair, I'll share Kyle's case. Since the majority of the time a doctor wears scrubs, they are either in the OR (aka extremely sanitary and nothing would ever touch the scrubs since you are completely covered up) or wearing a white coat. Thus, it is no different than any other job. Actually, the white coat and dress clothes are probably less sanitary than scrubs, and I have no issue with those. (Until he brought up that point, at which I replied that I now I have an issue with all of his work clothes) Sure, he has a point. Valid? That's debatable.

Solution: Kyle could strip naked in the laundry room before he enters the house.
Reality: This will never happen. (And it's a bit mean of me to request something like that. Not to mention if we had guests, things would get weird quickly)
2nd Solution: Separate laundry basket in our bedroom for his work clothes.
Reality: I'm working on having him put them in a basket instead of beside it on the floor. Just picture me with kitchen tongs going around picking up the the scrubs.

Am I over-reacting? Is it really that big of deal that a strangers poo could be on our carpet?
There is just something about the scrubs that gross me out way more than dress clothes. Maybe it's the idea that they should be dirty considering their appointed name.

Help me us out, people.
We need some solutions. (and I will admit, that solution may be me getting over the idea that it is disgusting)








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  1. My mother-in-law puts her scrubs in a seperate laundry basket, along with her white coat. She doesn't touch Hannah or anyone else if we are visiting and she comes in. I think just a seperate basket in your bedroom would be sufficient. I wouldn't want him sitting on the furniture...I agree, it's just yucky (regardless of actual cleanliness)

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    1. Thanks Keri! Good point about not touching Hannah either. Better to get in good habits now rather then to attempt to change them when kids come along!

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  2. Living with an immunocompromised person, I could definitely be better at this but I at minimum take the scrubs off promptly and put them in the hamper which is shared with all clothes. We put bleach in with nearly every load (scrubs or no) - he's had C-diff, etc and I probably bring home other bugs too. I totally agree that the lab coat is probably the worst! Along with shoes... don't let him wear shoes through your place! Gross. Also, you could put clean workout/lounge clothes in the laundry room for him to change into when he takes the scrubs off. While you are probably healthy enough to not get sick from most of what would come home on his scrubs, etc, it doesn't hurt to be clean about it all!

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    1. I like the idea of putting clean clothes in the laundry room too, that'd be helpful! I'd like to think my immune system has improved from Kyle, but you never know ;)

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  3. We have this conversation about once a week, not kidding. Nothing changes. Sigh... Yesterday, I put about 15-20 pairs of clean scrubs in his dresser and collected the rest (easily another 30 pairs) into a bag for him to bring back to the hospital. It was getting ridiculous. This way, he will have to wash them more often and there are less yucky scrubs lingering around our house. Not a total solution, but getting there.

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  4. I personally have done both. I have stripped in the garage, put the scrubs directly into the washing machine and put on a robe to go directly to the shower. And I have worn my clothes around my house after a shift. It depended on what I did that day. When I had babies and took care of RSV kids I did the first one, also during flu season in clinic. But some days I just wasn't around anything worse than what is at the mall and I don't change after the mall unless I have a new outfit that I want to show off. So my opinion is that you are both right, depending on his day. Now, having said that, I totally understand the idea that they seem like they should be dirty. You don't know where they have been. I think shoes off and work clothes (scrubs or otherwise) in the regular hamper should be enough for normal days.

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    1. Thanks Nataline, it's helpful hearing from the side who is in the hospital all day long. It's true, sometimes it really is no worse than the mall! Makes me feel like I need to walk around in a bubble sometimes!

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  5. Here's how we handle the nasty scrubs problem... My Doc H wears slacks, shirt and tie to the hospital. There he either puts on his white coat (if he's seeing patients in the clinic) or changes into scrubs. When he's done with his day, he dumps the scrubs at the hospital and changes back into his regular clothes.
    I was grossed out by the potential germs he was bringing into the house. MRSA is NOT sexy. I wrote a post about it: http://www.yourdoctorswife.com/2012/04/germy-scrubs-and-white-coats.html
    and also addressed the issue here: http://www.yourdoctorswife.com/2012/09/im-emma-blog-star.html
    Good luck!!! :)

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    1. Emma, you'll appreciate this: Kyle came home in dress clothes yesterday after being in the OR all day. Making progress! I always have a since of guilt about having him stay at the hospital even longer in order to change though.

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  6. Totally on your side with this one... we are still in the "if only you would use the laundry basket" stage! Good luck!!

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    1. hahaha I feel like "if only you would use the laundry basket" is a general statement about men & marriage ;)

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  7. For me, it is all about what I did that day. Sometimes, after a night of call around things not infectious and no body fluids (rare, but they exist) I wear my scrubs home and wash them myself (the hospital laundry soap is gross). Other days, I wear my normal clothes to work change and then change back... Especially on OR days or if something nasty got on them. Even with my normal clothes, they can be covered in all kinds of lucky stuff by the end of the day. If I was just doing the usual stuff with no contact with body fluids to my clothes and nothing nasty is going around, I often don't change when I get home (fact: I hate changing clothes), but if there is anything else, I change.
    My husband thought it was appalling at first. But then, he is an elementary school teacher and some days I am pretty sure he was exposed to more germs and body fluids than I am.
    I found your blog from the Medical Mondays link-up! I look forward to reading more!

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    1. Hi Trisha! Glad you linked up with MM! I look forward to reading your blog too :) PS. You're right, your hubby probably does have it worse than you some days. I always wonder what the line is between everyday germs, paranoia and safety?!

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  8. Or have your husband change into clean scrubs before he comes home. Mine does that quite frequently. He changes out of icky ones at the hospital, puts on cleans ones and comes home then back to the hospital in the am - repeat. I haven't washed scrubs in years... I hope that is a perk that follows us when this is all over!

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    1. This is a GREAT idea! I need to mention this to the hubs

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  9. STRIP NAKED, KYLE!!

    (I think this is the type of comment Griffin was referring to in his best man speech about me at your wedding?!)

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    1. hahhahaha this is DEFINITELY what Griffin was talking about!

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  10. Luckily M hates wearing scrubs in the house but if he develops any bad habits we will have a laundry basket at the top of the basement steps and I'll hang up a pair of sweats and a hoodie to change into. Used scrubs are nasty!!

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