Archive for June, 2012


I don’t know why, but I decided to put a movie on for background noise whilst I cleaned/did chores/did things that needed to be done but I always get sucked into watching it for a little bit, which turns into a long bit and then I need to keep watching the whole drama again.

This time it’s 1 Litre of Tears 1リットルの涙


I think I’ve mentioned it before in my blog somewhere, but it’s a true story and it’s very sad! You’ll shed at least 1 litre of tears!!
But in relation to that, I wanted to write about my own current “sickness”. I’ve had it for about 2 months now, maybe 2.5 months… And it has pretty much worn away my patience. I’m not sure where I got it from, but I think it’s around the time I went to Thailand or Okinawa. Anyway, I was infected with scabies. ヒゼンダニ. At first I wasn’t sure what these small pustule like things were, and thought that it was an allergic reaction as my fellow teachers had said that they had also had similar things in the past to allergic reactions from certain plants.

But it didn’t get better, so I went to a doctor and he looked at me for about 3 seconds and told me I had heat rash. I couldn’t believe that he could diagnose me within 3 seconds, but I was un-prepared to explain or say anything, so I received the anti-itch cream he prescribed and left. I even went back after 2 weeks because it didn’t get better, in fact it seemed to have gotten slightly worse, I was waking up during the night due to itchiness, I felt ashamed to let people see my skin, it was terrible, but he looked at my skin for about 3 seconds again and told me that it was definitely heat rash and it’ll take time to heal.

I didn’t know what to do, so I put up with the itch and went on a holiday to Singapore and the Philippines as I had bought the tickets about half a year ago. I know those 2 countries are hot, but I didn’t want to waste an opportunity like that so I went. Even though it was torture for my skin, it was super itchy and looked super fugly, I was able to survive because I didn’t know anyone there.

Anyway, I came back to Japan, and in desperation, I asked my friends for a good doctor that they could recommend. I went to Izumiootsu to see a Doctor Mochida (泉大津の持田先生) and he finally diagnosed me with scabies. Not that I was happy to hear that I had scabies, but at least I had a name for the disease and could start to get it properly treated.

I saw the doctor today, which has been for the 5 week in a row now and looks like things are starting to get better.

I suppose the point of this blog is to appreciate everything you have and can do. Just like the main character from the drama 1 Litre of Tears, when you have a sickness for a long time, that’s when you truly appreciate everything you had before. I’m lucky that what I have is treatable, and I definitely can’t wait until I can go to sleep without waking up due to itchiness, I can walk around and not be scared in case someone sees my skin.

This is something that I definitely don’t want to experience again. If you think you might have scabies, it starts with red spots, maybe some small pustules/blister like “water” under the skin, itchiness, etc, go ask a doctor for a check up. The sooner you start treatment, the better.