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There comes a point at which your hygiene becomes less your problem and more everyone else's:

My old school nurse never seemed to wash - instead she wrapped herself in crepe bandages from the first aid kits. The smell was beyond pungent. If you got ill at school, it was better to suffer than try and explain symptoms whilst only breathing out.

When she was eventually 'let go',they had to strip the wallpaper in her office to get rid of the lingering odour.

How scuzzy have you got? Or, failing that, how bad have people you know got?

(, Thu 22 Mar 2007, 12:40)
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I have done environmental sampling work on landfill sites
The smell can be really quite strong and often picks up on clothes etc.

One particular day I had to sample the liquid out of the bottom of the site. This contains all manner of chemical nasties, but some really turn your stomach (even when you are used to it). It was a hot day but parts of the site were still muddy and by the time I had finished, the site was shut up, so all grimy and sweaty I jump in the van and head home.

I get a call from a friend to say that another friend has been taken to hospital and did I want to visit. I thought this was a good idea as the hospital was on the way home and i could get to visit before dinner time.

I got to the hospital and washed my hands and face, but I had forgoten how bad I smelled. I go and visit my friend and must have been there 1/4 before a nurse came over and asked me to leave. I said that I had only just got there and that there was another half hour of visting. She politely said that the smell had caused one of the other patients to vomit and others were complaining.

I was mortified and left as quick as I could. When my friend came out, she said that the smell had lingered all night and hardly anyone had eaten that night.
(, Tue 27 Mar 2007, 15:54, Reply)

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