Monday, January 16, 2012

Missionary Monday--Worms

Real life missions...

Do you want to a deep, dark secret about the Lockhart household? 

I'm only telling you this because I know you'll understand that things are different where we live in Brazil and be sympathetic... remember it's not America.  


We have Worms  *just pretend I whispered that*

I know, I know it's embarrassing, but I read on the internet that one in four kids in the whole world have worms.  That's a lot!  So we're not so uncommon, right.

Don't ask me how I found out.  You don't want to know.  I'm not certain that *I* have them, but everyone else does.  I'd rather not know if I do or not.

We're all taking some medicine to get rid of them, and we only have five more days left.  We are also working on extreme sanitation in the Lockhart household.

1.  Never put your fingers in your mouth.
2.  ...or your nose.
3.  Hand washing at EVERY opportunity.
4.  Always wear shoes outside. (I wear flip flops from the time I get out of bed in the morning until I go to bed at night.  I just can't get the floors quite clean enough!)
5.  ...and you can just imagine the other rules (not quite appropriate for this blog ) we have had to lay down with our semi-brazilian two year old, four year old, and six year old...

How did we get them?

That's tough to tell.  Since they are probably so rampant amongst children they could have simply come from shaking a little girl or boys hand and not washing our hands right away.  It also could have come from something we ate that was contaminated... you never know.

The pharmacist labeled it as a vicious cycle.  You can get rid of the worms, but the eggs are more difficult to get rid of.  You must keep everything clean, keep hands washed after using the bathroom, etc. in order to keep the cycle from continuing and keep those eggs from getting in places they do not belong.

If you are just curious you can Google "pinworms" and find out more than you probably wanted to know.  

So I know it's been a long time since I've blogged, and I'll try to catch everyone up more on Lockhart news soon!

(The original idea for Missionary Monday {along with the cute button} came from this blog which I enjoy reading and recommend.)


  1. wow, what a topic to welcome back to blogging with! ;)

    We had them as kids (being around too many animals/dogs/cats that hadn't been de-wormed) but thankfully usually the medicine treats them pretty quickly.

    we always ate pumpkin seeds to naturally rid them. We ate them cooked, toasted, and salted (sort of like sesame seeds) - they don't taste bad either. don't know if you can find those there.

  2. So happy to see that blog button being used! Sometimes I don't get my "Missionary Monday" finished until Tuesday, so I can't use the button that week! Ha!

    A few people have had worms in our church recently. I've tried to discreetly point out who they are to our children so that they will just smile at them from afar for a little while. :-)

    Definitely one of those things that seems to happen more often on the mission field. Hope you all get well soon, friend!

  3. Ya'll have had more than your fair share of adventures haven't you? Hope everybody gets better soon!

  4. Groan...Oh Esther, I am so sorry :( That's just terrible! Hope you can get rid of them soon ;(