Hi there, I’m Suzie. I am currently in active treatment for stage IV adenoid cystic carcinoma (a rare head and neck cancer). I was diagnosed in October 2017 and have been in treatment ever since. Prior to becoming a cancer patient I worked as a nurse in OB/GYN and my husband works in Biotech, supporting the production of immunotherapy medicine.
Now I am doing what I love most – making greeting cards that are a mix of heartfelt, sassy and cancer-specific. Cards are such a meaningful way to appreciate the people we love and the moments that make up our lives. And that’s what we’re all trying to do right? Stay alive and appreciate our moments while we have them.
Link to cards: LittleSueCards.com
I’ve created this checklist below based on my nursing experience and my husband’s expertise, plus standard operating procedures for a biotech facility and airborne precaution PPE protocol. I wanted to share this with the community to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.
*Please consult your physician on any questions on proper procedures. This is not meant to replace any recommendations made by your physician or hospital.
**We do this entire procedure on our back porch. So not in our house. Depending on what people have as an ante-room to their house, whether that’s a garage or porch or even just a foyer, it’s ideal to create a space at an entry point where you do this. Not just while walking all around your house.
***For clarification, the gray mat mentioned is just what we use to put “dirty” items on and once they are sanitized we move them to a green mat (which is just a clean plastic cutting board). This way a clean item is not being set back down on the surface a “dirty item” was.
****People wearing paper masks or n95 masks should not use Lysol to sanitize them. We use that because we have rubber/plastic construction style masks that almost look like gas masks. So we spray the outside of them. But Lysol can degrade the material of paper masks over time. I think fabric is OK to spray.
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