De-Worming...

Someone commented on my prior post regarding the Pig Po, which made me realize I hadn't shared another disturbing, but mostly funny story about India.

Some time back, Sally developed a terrible rash on her hand. The rash started innocently enough, a few bumps between her fingers, but soon spread across her palm. Before long, her entire hand felt like a basketball & was bright red. Needless to say, at this point - we paid our first visit to an Indian doctor.

Taking advice from our friends over at www.ourdelhistruggle.com, we visited a doctor in Hauz Khas. His office was inside his sprawling home, in a quiet upscale residential community. Upon entering his home, we were greeted with an 8 foot high tiger pelt, complete with taxidermied head on the wall. Immediately, we knew were were in for a fun visit!

The doctor was GREAT! He was extremely helpful, understanding & quickly diagnosed the hand rash as a food allergy of some sort. He gave us a prescription recommendation for us & we talked for a bit about his children - both of whom are now in US. Thinking we were done with our visit, we started to pack up, when he asked us a question that nearly put us into a fit of giggles.

When was the last time you de-wormed yourselves?

We took the pills, and seem to be worm free. I've asked around and it seems a common thing for children to take these pills to keep them free of worms. I can only assume we were encouraged to take them as we would be particularly susceptible to food borne parasites given our recent introduction to India. From what I can tell, we are now worm free & will probably take another dose in 6 months time.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...can you let me know what tablets you took so i can get my self worm free as well!

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Damn, Dhiraj never mentioned it to us!
-Jenny

Silent Melody said...

Just came across you rblog recently..It's a great read..I have always wondered about how expats feel about India and now I have some kind of idea...

deewane said...

ZOMG (insert high-pitched squeal here) I totally know what neighbourhood you are talking about coz I live there! Or used to anyway before I moved to the States. But my folks are still there. Funny!

Prachi said...

Well... I still take de-worming pills once in a while, so I guess it's not something only for children. Hhhmm.. funny, I never even thought about it!