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?