Monday, April 25, 2011

What is it with me and talking about gross things lately?

I remember it like it was yesterday.

The itching. The pain. The swollen eyes. The gook that crusted your eyes shut at night.

Pink eye. (For any of my Brazilian friends reading, pink eye=conjunctivitis)

Possibly put here on this earth as a form of hell.

And here in Ipatinga it is a RAGING EPIDEMIC. All my students have it. All my co-workers have it. Family members have it. And I am going through hand sanitizer like a hypochondriac in a hospital.

Remember that I mentioned I ride a hospital bus to get to work?

Seriously it's like torture. Every time my eye itches I swear I have pink eye. I refuse to touch my face and every time I forget...I curse myself all the while convincing myself that I have given myself pink eye.

However, so far, so good. Knock on wood. Throw salt over my left shoulder. Four leaf clovers, horse shoes and rabbits feet. WHATEVER. Just please for the love of all that is holy DO NOT give me pink eye.

I know this isn't just in Ipatinga, but is it just as bad everywhere else in Brazil? The states?


.polyana. said...

aaahhh, it's been spreading like wildfire in são paulo too!

nobody knows what it is, but i'm with you on the OCD hand sanitizer!

Gil and Ray said...

I have one thing to say:
Wash hands, Wash hands, Wash hands!
It looks like you are on the right track with the hand sanitizer.
We haven't heard anything about pink eyes going around here in New England.


Meagan said...

Oh my gosh I would be having so many panic attacks, I'm already a hypochondriac that would push me over the edge:( You poor girl, I'm glad you have not gotten it yet!

Amanda said...

So crazy, My husband had it a couple weeks ago and then I got it like a week after he got better. Its crazy because Im crazy about washing my hands and have never gotten it in my life till now.

Amelia said...

Everyone in Ipaba had it before it came to Ipatinga and then when I went to Vitoria everyone there had it too! Aah! I am going through the same thing thinking I have it everytime I feel ANYTHING in my eye!