Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A word about Piques...

Piques are a pain in my....foot.

They are a little bug that burrows into your foot and lay eggs. It feels like you're walking on a tiny pebble, and it's annoying as hell - and everyone gets them. I tried so hard to only wear tennys and never wear flip flops. I was so scared to touch the ground with my naked foot - for fear of piques.

Last weekend I went to visit a Peace Corps volunteer who lives 2 hours north of Caaguazu in the campo (country) and touched her floor barefoot only twice. Both times to get up to turn her light off before I went to bed. 2ce. And BAM. I got 2 piques. One on each foot. The medical officer will be in the office today, so I'll get her to take them out for me. I will watch how she does it, so I will be able to do it myself from now it. It's just like removing a splinter - so i've heard. Most of my fellow trainees have had one by this time.

Although you remember that story about the girl who was babysitting and thought she had a zit - but it was actually a spider bite that laid eggs and while she was taking a shower the babies burst out of her face? I think that actually happens with pique. But not on your face. One of my fellow trainees let her pique go - and it ended up "bursting". Gross me out.

So after this precious moment on the compu - i'm waiting in line for the doctor. Ugh.

Plus while at the volunteer's site, I was constantly teased about my name. In Spanish, the word "casi" means "almost". So after the tireless jokes (yes - the native people never tired of joking about my name, weight, and my age) I have decided to go by Elizabeth when I become a volunteer. I think it will be alot easier than trying to explain than in English, "casi" isn't a word.

Suerte a mi.

8 comments:

leslie (charlie) said...

ah. "almost" we miss you and your humor. fuck that, age is only an idea in some jerks head. sorry about the bug thing. yeah. gross me out too.

leslie (charlie) said...

ah. "almost" we miss you and your humor. fuck that, age is only an idea in some jerks head. sorry about the bug thing. yeah. gross me out too.

leslie (charlie) said...

okay. okay. i noticed the double entry. so what?

S E E Quine said...

` HORRIFYING!!!!! Well, at least you can remove them from now on, Elizabeth.

` BTW, spiders can't lay eggs in animals - only insects can do that, like botflies!! :D They're really horrible, and they live somewhere in South America. And then there's those little catfish that supposedly swim in your pee-hole if you pee in a river....

Mom said...

You are sure taking the piques very well. Glad you have a middle name that isn't funny. BTW, I have an overdue bill for your storage space. Wasn't Kurt going to handle and take the money from the profit of selling the car?? Let me know, there is a late charge on it.

locomocos said...

hmmm...

don't know about the bill - i thought i had terminated service. i will write kurt and ask him what´s up. for now - can you call the number and see if you can cancel it again?

see quine - uh, where in South America? i wonder if i can avoid them....

lezlie! good to see you on the blogroll!

Deluce said...

Aye carumba! Change your bedtime prayers to "don't let the pique bite"

Anonymous said...

yeah, your taking the foot bug in stride... so to speak. Do you get three towels in the out house? :)

-josh