I am close to 8 months post liver transplant, so not quite a year. I decided to take the semester after my transplant off and to just take online classes. It would have been too much for me to go back to school immediately. Anyways, I am currently at university full-time and I have found it to be very challenging. It's not challenging in the knowledge realm (because I'm only a freshman so I'm just taking general eds at this point) but physically and mentally it can be exhausting.
I love school so I wouldn't want to be anywhere else than where I am right now, because it is such a privilege to go to school. However, some days I don't know how I'm going to be able to finish the day without falling asleep or freaking out from all the germs. I am on really high doses of tacro at this point, so I am far from being at "low-risk of infection". My coordinators did say it was okay to go back to college, just that I should be careful. It is hard though. I am not complaining, I just am having an extremely difficult time balancing my school life, my health-care (you all know what that involves) and my relationships. I find myself thinking obsessively about the germs surrounding me. I am in a whole bunch of pit classes (200 people) so there isn't always much space to move away from sick people. The flu and other yucky bugs are going around like wild-fire here in Wisconsin. A dude behind me coughs on my neck. A girl next to me tries to cover her mouth but some of her sneeze saliva escapes and hits me on the face. I don't want to live in fear; I can't live in fear. Fear is no way of living, I know that. I just have to be careful, but that's hard when I've been through so much. Does anybody have any ways to calm yourself down about the germs.I carry sanitizer around with me everywhere and wash my hands after every class. I'm paranoid about going back to hospital for a bad infection. It hurts me physically when people don't cover their mouths. Of course they don't mean anything by it, but it frustrates me that they don't understand that they could hurt me and others who are immunosuppressed with their germs. I would have a really difficult time asking them to cover their mouth or explaining the situation to them. So I guess my question is, how do you all cope with the germs in a healthy way. Is there way of politely asking a person to cover their mouth?