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Do you know conjunctivity? It's an eyes disease, an inflammation that occurs on conjunctiva, that membrane of eye. It's not a serious disease, you just have to avoid sharing towels and so on, keep your eyes and hands clean, use eyewash and sunglasses and eventually call sick for few days. Yeah, it burns a little too, I remember when I had it few years ago.
But here in Rio that's epidemic one more time. Generally it comes during summer, but as just now we had hot days it arrived a little late, and there are several people with that. You can find people with it everywhere. At home I've my father and also my grandma. To her it's worse, because she had that surgery to remove cataract from her right eye last December. We suppose it won't give her any trouble but my mother is pissed off and worried about that. It'd be an horrible irony if after all this time she had any problems on her eye because of it!
And it's said hospitals are starting to refuse people with it, can you imagine that? And eyewashes aren't so easily found on drugstores because everybody's buying them. It seems authorities don't care about it at all, or they'd be doing something to control this situation. They're lucky enough, conjunctivity doesn't kill people, but it's a shame it continues happening. We've it almost every year during summer, I'm sure there's something that can be done to avoid it. It seems we pay lots of taxes and that amount of money doesn't come back to make citizens' lives better.
And do you know another irony? My co-workers are anxious to have that just to call in sick, so they'd love if my father could visit them while he still has it. Bunch of sick guys!!

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fabiopl
May. 4th, 2004 02:07 am (UTC)
I found out that conjunctivitis is popularly known in English as "Pink-eye". I hope you don't catch it -- especially that of the viral variety, which is said to be the worst one.
adrianabr
May. 4th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
I had it once a few years ago. It wasn't soooo bad, my eyes were just burning from time to time, and strong lights disturbed me a lot. But of course I'm not interested in having it again!!
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