I hate to break my long blogging silence with something so strange, but when I need a reality check, who better than my best blogging friends to give me a broad spectrum of opinion? Here's the question:
I organized a big reception at work last week. It was attended by various presenters and guests for a conference the next day, and also by the head of my entire organization, the person to whom everyone at my location answers. (Identifying details are being obscured for reasons that will become obvious.) There was a whole lot of hand-shaking, schmoozing, and networking going on.
About halfway through the reception, the head of my organization came up and asked in a whisper if I had any Purell, "Because my hands are just filthy from all these people." I didn't, not being too concerned with everyday germs. I noticed she then circulated around the room whispering to other people, and I assume it was to ask the same question.
A little bit later, it was Photo Op time. I was getting ready to take the picture and this same person had what I thought was a tag sticking out of her jacket. I asked if I could turn it inside her jacket, and she said, "Oh, that's my heating patch." There was some more milling around, I ended up being in the picture, and someone else took the shot.
At the end of the evening, I was starting the clean-up by collecting used plates and glasses from the high-top tables, and I picked up what I thought was a cocktail napkin. But it was especially squishy when I crumpled it up and when I looked down, there in my hand was the heating patch!
Even I was grossed out by--without any warning--picking up someone's used medical supply!
And really, who takes off a heating patch in the middle of a party and puts it on one of the tables?!
This strikes me as very unusual behavior from someone who is the leader of a major organization and has a high concern for cleanliness. Please tell me if I'm overreacting.