Gross virus vector: Should I be concerned or just disgusted?
August 2, 2014 6:14 AM Subscribe
I am going into more detail than might be necessary to head off questions...
Last night I stayed in a nice upper-quality chain hotel that no business person or middle class leisure traveler would ever think twice about booking (think luxury lobby, lots of services, in a downtown urban area, not a highway discount chain.) I dropped into bed exhausted and didn't check the sheets first. When I woke up, I discovered large amounts of dried but still fairly recent looking blood in the sheets. (Definitely not old stained/washed, rather flaking, newish rust color, etc.)
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
It was smeared midway down the fitted sheet, AND under the fold of the top sheet that had been folded over the quilt. When I took the whole cover off to check further, I also found a clearance price sticker from an article of clothing that was not mine. So to head off questions: These sheets really had not been changed for my arrival. And: I checked my whole body and I definitely did not bleed. I definitely did not menstruate even a little and I did not have a nose bleed -- with that amount of blood, there would have been some on my face or pillow. Plus the amount of blood *under* the flap of the folded top of the sheet, and the strange clothing tag in the sheets, made it clear these sheets were just mistakenly dirty sheets that were just re-made on the bed.
The manager came up to see for himself, when I called in the morning to complain, and said "I"m just as horrified as you" and comped the room. I do not want anything else from the hotel.
But now I'm kind of freaking out about diseases. I *do* have subtle breaks in skin (not enough to bleed, but bitten cuticles, etc) and do not like the idea of having slept in hotel stranger blood. How worried should I be, **medically** , and what diseases should I be worried about?