Barry Rittmans reply to personal hygiene

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From:Gayle Callis <>
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Thank you!  Your reply has made my day, I am still chuckling, at the 
"Honey, I have noticed ----!" comment.  I will have to be more diplomatic
on the home scene when my hubby comes home after a garlic binge at the
local eating establishment, departmental guest entertaining.     

We have several people who work in research labs with odiferous problem,
but they are post docs and some techs in research areas and their bosses
are reluctant to say anything. So we walk around holding our breath or
avoiding them.   How about the ones who never cover their mouths during a
chronic yuck it up cough!  One lady DVM came unglued and threatened bodily
harm if he ever did it again, he complied!  I think she had a big needle in
her hand at the time!

If it is really bad and nothing works, wear a face mask and put a tiny drop
of tincture of benzoine (or your favorite cologne) inside the mask, my
daughter said this is an old MD trick to eliminate your own gag reflex when
you have violently ill patients.  Then if they ask you why you wear it,
tell them it is a defense against "fume warfare".  This could be the final
solution, and they should get the hint IF your supervisor doesn't help you
out and all else fails.  
Have a great weekend everyone!  

Gayle Callis
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University
Bozeman MT 59717-3610
406 994-4705
406 994-4303

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