Both girls have tapeworms.
As they say in the sitcom world: . . . and hilarity ensues.
Well, at least their bizarre food intake levels make sense now. For a while there, I half-expected Sally Struthers to walk into my kitchen one night, turn to the camera and plead, "Won't you spend just a few extra dollars and feed them just a little bit more?" I mean, these two eat like their lives depend on it, and now we know they were eating for themselves and maybe a dozen or two inside friends.
Bad days to follow with giant pills, but these too shall pass--literally.
Had to go with the gag pic; the real stuff is just too godawfully gross.
So, to sum up, when we got them they had: 1) bronchitis 2) ear infections 3) giardia 4) hepatitis A, and 4) tapeworms.
And people wonder why your average kid in Africa might not summon up all the mental strength required to score as high as their northern brethren on IQ tests. Well, if you spent that much of your body's energy every day fighting that array of stuff, you'd have less power to your brain too. It's as simple as that.
I have to tell you, these are two tough little kids.