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post #16 of 31
In my 60 years here on Earth, I've never been that sick. Ever. ::knocks on wood::
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post #17 of 31
Leah, seriously you're 60?!? You look much younger!
Tact is telling someone where to go so nicely they can't wait to take the trip!
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post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by Cakeuhlicious

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Originally Posted by leah_s

I work alone and therefore can't be sick. Ever. I just power through. Mind over mater.



You dont find that to have the potential to contaminate your client's food? Germs travel way too rampantly for me to think this is a good idea if you are truly sick, especially if you're ill with something particularly communicable, regardless of how careful you are.



You would be surprise what proper hand washing techniques can accomplish. I've had friends who did vlounteer medical work in Africa. They have come into full blood contact with people with aids. They don't always have time to put on gloves and get elbow deep in aids contmainted blood. They have never gotten a sinlge thing, because they have always used proper hand washing techniques.
post #19 of 31
I had mastitis (breast infection, feels like the flu, plus slamming your boob in the car door) last year and a cake to do. I was covered in sweat and shaking and naseaus, so I popped some percocet left over from my c-section 1 1/2 years earlier (I hate drugs, only take them a few hours after I feel like I could die of pain, in hopes it just goes away by itself!) and crawled into the shower, then got back to my cake! I did have my mom make the bow, it was real ribbon, so no biggie.
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post #20 of 31
Wow Annabakes. I've had mastitis three times and I felt like I was seriously going to die all three times. I'm in awe that you were able to finish your cake. I couldn't even drag myself out of bed to go pee let alone ice and decorate a cake.
post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by LNW

Wow Annabakes. I've had mastitis three times and I felt like I was seriously going to die all three times. I'm in awe that you were able to finish your cake. I couldn't even drag myself out of bed to go pee let alone ice and decorate a cake.



I thought I was going to die too, but I would have wished I was dead if I had ruined their reception! I was late, and I was miserable. I know what you mean about the not wanting to get out of bed to pee. The night before I started crying when I had to pee bad enough to get out of bed and do it. I think I held it for 2 hours! I had already had it baked and frozen, or I don't know what I would have done.
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post #22 of 31
I haven't had to fill an order while sick but I have had to do one with a broken right wrist in plaster! Luckily a) I did have a friend who was very good at following instructions; b) it was a rough textured royal icing covered cake and c0 the flowers were allready made before my accident. It's also very syurprising what you can do left handed if you absolutely have to!
post #23 of 31
Perhaps Leah means that she never gets sick. Perhaps her body just doesn't succumb to illness because her mind says no. I never get sick either. And I'm sure that Leah is too much of a professional cake artist to ever endanger her clients in any way.
No license or insurance. Put lead wires in cakes, never wash hands, cake boards are used cardboard. No contracts cause I can't read or write. No lawyer cause I'm judgment proof. I bake with old mix boxes found behind Walmart. Now about my question
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post #24 of 31
Oh yeah...and I'm 66 years young! It's the strong southern stock that keeps me going tough.
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post #25 of 31
I had a huge wedding that I was catering and doing the cake for. I had a miscarriage and found out at the beginning of the week. I had a D&C on wed. slept 1/2 the day and woke up and got to work. I would try to power through it and get someone who could help with your assistance. In this type of field where you have a skill it's hard to have "sick" days. Especially when you are a part of someone's big day. I would feel horrible if someone did it to me, so I wouldn't do it to them unless I absolutely had to.

Even though people say they do everything themselves, I still think it's good to have friends in the business. I have another cake decorator that I refer business to and vice versa if we are booked and can't take anymore orders and it has brought us both a lot of business. Being a good business person is all about networking.
post #26 of 31
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Originally Posted by Britt-K

I had a huge wedding that I was catering and doing the cake for. I had a miscarriage and found out at the beginning of the week. I had a D&C on wed. slept 1/2 the day and woke up and got to work. I would try to power through it and get someone who could help with your assistance. In this type of field where you have a skill it's hard to have "sick" days. Especially when you are a part of someone's big day. I would feel horrible if someone did it to me, so I wouldn't do it to them unless I absolutely had to........



I am sorry to hear that, you must have been devestated. I miscarried and I can't imagine if I would have had a cake that weekend...Though doing something besides laying in bed crying might have been a little healthier....
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post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by QTCakes1

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Originally Posted by Cakeuhlicious

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Originally Posted by leah_s

I work alone and therefore can't be sick. Ever. I just power through. Mind over mater.



You dont find that to have the potential to contaminate your client's food? Germs travel way too rampantly for me to think this is a good idea if you are truly sick, especially if you're ill with something particularly communicable, regardless of how careful you are.



You would be surprise what proper hand washing techniques can accomplish. I've had friends who did vlounteer medical work in Africa. They have come into full blood contact with people with aids. They don't always have time to put on gloves and get elbow deep in aids contmainted blood. They have never gotten a sinlge thing, because they have always used proper hand washing techniques.



That's a very good point...I think that I rarely get sick because I'm constantly washing my hand while I work. It does make a difference.
post #28 of 31
It does take some of the joy out of cake decorating when you do not feel good. Went to ER Friday, they thought it was a stroke, not..... Went to Doctor Mon, sent to dentist Tues, oral surgery Wed. Contacted client Thursday was waiting for color sample for cake for this Thursday, they assumed I would not be doing the cake. They did bring color sample Sat with a note that this is not the color we want!!!! Well...... my patience my be waving but will do cake, but not sure what color!!!! Geez started with a primary green, then changed to a dull green with gray base, does not want a baby pastel green, brought a neon sample plate which they do not want...... It is for a baby shower for a 9 month old adoption. Maybe I will just do it in blue. HA HA

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post #29 of 31
Yaknow, I had never really thought much about the hand washing. It's just so much a part of my normal routine. One day I thought I'd keep track of ho many times I washed my hands. After counting 80, I got bored with the tracking.
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post #30 of 31
Luckily this hasn't happened to me (yet) but it's really got me thinking now! I did get a nasty stomach bug once - I literally stayed in the bathroom because I couldn't go longer than 5 minutes without getting sick. I ended up in the ER at 1AM getting IV fluids. If I was to have been working on a cake, it would have been impossible. Hopefully this won't be a problem in the future! I like the suggestion to have display cakes made up just in case. Good idea!
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