The Germaphobe and the Achoo Factor

Hanky panky nothing. If I talk to one more person with a cold and cough, I may start giving out cough drops as hostess gifts. It’s this time of year that I become a germaphobe. Any way you slice it, sneezing in public is messy and noisy, yet it cannot be helped. In...

Doctor’s Office Etiquette: While You Wait

We all know that doctors are often unable to meet their appointment times. The waiting room is called that for a reason. But you can make the wait more pleasant for yourself and others by following a few guidelines. • Don’t sprawl out on the furniture as if you’re in...

Surgery: What to Expect in the Hospital

For a forty-something female (ok, I turned 50 this week), I would bet that I’ve had more nonelective surgeries than most people my age. It’s funny, though—surgery does not scare me. It never has. I have always loved my doctors, and I regard general anesthesia as a...

Belly Etiquette: To Touch or Not to Touch?

Pregnant women are beautiful, but pregnancy is also very personal. No one can help but be amazed by the miracle of a pregnant woman’s body, and in our society today, women often seem to want to show off am expanding belly (a far cry from the old days, when women tried...

Disability Etiquette: Think Ability, Not Disability

Are you worried about being “politically correct” when talking to someone with a disability? Are you afraid you might inadvertently offend a disabled person? If so, you are not alone. Disability is a broad term. It can mean a physical condition, a mental condition or...