We’ve had some stomach problems this week in the community. I gave out little gingerbread cookies with icing on Sunday night, only to have two kids throwing them up. Another little girl came over with horrible cramps and pains, and there was the little boy that threw up all over the community space.
So when Meh Meh Toe came to me saying she had a stomachache, I wasn’t overly concerned. I told her to wait and we’d see. After a couple days of her telling me, I was more concerned. I also noticed that she was always grabbing her side; it wasn’t in the middle, where you get nauseous. It was on her upper side, where you’d get a running cramp.
And having had worms myself and taken the worm medicine (which gives similar pains as it kills the worms…), I started to get an inkling she might have worms. With oh-so-ladylike hand motions, I asked her if when she went to the bathroom she saw little worms in her poo.
She nodded an emphatic yes and pointed to her sister, “Che Na Na, same same!”
She then went on to use more oh-so-ladylike hand motions to inform me that sometimes Che Na Na throws up worms, too!
Oh, lovely. That is a significant worm infestation, and something Pepto-bismol wasn’t going to cure. Poor girls! No wonder their stomachs were hurting!