I understand my immune system will be very poor. I don't know how long it will take for that to happen. One of my questions is I have a parrot, and I wonder if she could make me sick. I cleaned her cage today but work gloves. I guess I'm asking what things do I need to do to protect myself from getting sick. Part of me feels like I'm running scared because I take care of my elderly parents, and if I'm sick I can't go near them because one bad cold or flu could kill them. I live downstairs in a big house. Upstairs there's four bedrooms and different people live in those rooms. The kitchen is shared, that scares me because not everyone is clean. I haven't had a cold or flu for at least a year and a half. How sick will I get/how often.