A few months ago I referenced briefly how this past summer I developed an ulcer on my hip. At the time I was unsure how it happened, but in the months since I’ve connected the dots and figured out why I ended up with a bullet sized hole in my hip.
The TL;DR-I don’t read directions on things I buy that I assume I know how to clean.
So today I decided to pass along my knowledge so what happened to me doesn’t happen to you.
So, for the entire story, we have to go back to last fall. That was when Chad asked me to find something that we could put down on the bottom of the inside of the tub so he wouldn’t slip and fall in the shower. The first attempt was small stick on grippy strips that Riley immediately pulled up.
Solution #2 was a squishy tub mat from Walmart.
That seemed to stand up against our youngest cat’s claws and teeth.
But there seemed to be a problem.
I wanted to get into the habit of cleaning more in the bathroom, so at least once a week, I cleaned the bathtub and tub mat in the way I’ve always cleaned them-by spraying bathroom cleaner onto it and scrubbing it down with a scrub brush.
It seemed though that the more I scrubbed it, the dirtier it appeared. I couldn’t figure it out, so I tried to wipe it down with another cleaner-no change.
Around the same time I developed a weird red mark on my hip…..That turned into an ulcer.
Months later the question of how this even happened still baffled me. So I went to the free clinic in town and got it cultured. And it came back a week later positive for TWO types of bacteria.
Yep. Overachiever over here. Go me!
After my ulcer was cultured, I went out and bought another tub mat to replace the weirdly dirty looking one we had.
I found one that I was excited to try because it was a micro-fiber one that could be put in the WASHER! How cool! I also noticed it looks suspiciously like the one we had at home. So we bought it and brought it home and I inspected both and gasped!
Ladies and gentlemen, apparently, MICRO FIBER TUB MATS CAN’T BE SCRUBBED WITH A CLEANING BRUSH AND CLEANER!! Apparently what I had been doing for months with our old mat was actually introducing bacteria deep into the mat and that is how my ulcer formed!
Knowledge is power, kids. Hopefully this story will help you not get an infectious ulcer on your hip.