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    Quote Originally Posted by ShrinkingViolet View Post
    Cricketeen, it probably is just dead skin sloughing off and will take some time to come off. It's possible some of it is Betadine stained; I really hope the solution wasn't left on. As Marleybone stated, it's very irritating to the skin. Don't try to vigorously remove the "scales," as you will irritate the skin further. You can soak it in the tub daily, gently wash the area with a mild soap, and then apply a moisturizing lotion. The stuff should eventually come off, much like sunburn peeling. Too much soaking and scrubbing will not make it come off any sooner, only further irritate it. Time will be your friend, here.

    Maybe try some baby oil or vaseline??? It might help remove what's on it and will help moisterize his skin too.


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    ON ANOTHER NOTE:

    We are VERY EXCITED. We signed up to be friendship sponsors to foreign students at Furman University. Basically we just meet the 2 students we are paired with and we have them over for dinner a couple times a month, take them with us when we go to stuff (like apple picking or the fall festival), invite them to church events, basically just make friends with them and hang out with them occasionally. These are students that are a long way from home and family and want to have families here to do things with and get more of the "American" experience than they get in the Dorms. Many stay here for the holidays, so they want to experience American Thanksgiving and Christmas, they say they even don't mind helping out doing chores and stuff. Anyway, its going to be fun I think. We get to meet college age kids from other cultures and help them and learn from them too.

    The seminar I went too, one woman said that the student they were paired with for 4 years, when she went home and got married, her family sent airline tickets and paid hotel accomdations so they could come to her wedding.
    Not that we are doing it for a free trip, but it was nice to hear that you can make connections that run deep.

    The seminar spokesman said that there are 500,000 foreign students in the US and that many of these people go back to their countries and become leaders in business and government and he recited several heads of state and big business that studied in the US.

    I just think its exciting to meet someone from another culture and share our culture and make friends with them and help be a surrogate family.
    They will still live in the dorm and go to school, but they will became a part of our family and we will get to do stuff with them and show them our country and our customs that they may not get living exclusively in the dorms.

    They are calling back this afternoon to tell us when and where we get to meet our students and what countries they are from.

    I'll let you know. I think this is going to be a wonderful experience.
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    Oh, In my former house our great-room had hardwood floors that were not sealed, they were waxed. If water got on them it would leech out some of the stain and leave a spot - so no shoes ever touched that floor. Workers who came never took off their shoes - them I didn't mind telling to take off the &^*( work boots, but sometimes they'd get by me, the sneaky devils.
    Where I live now, every workman who has come in my house has automatically put on those little blue shoe covers like what is worn in surgery.

    Dog yak. Ugh. We play the same scenario in my house! Now sometimes he just goes to the door, barfs and we don't find it until hours later. But then at least it's not on the carpet. And I hate when he just stands there and watches me clean it up. I can't explain why, but I feel like a little doggie servant.
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    Up here in the great white north, there's a bed company called Sleep Country Canada and their delivery men bring little cloth booties to put on over their shoes when delivering into people's houses. That's a great idea because work people really shouldn't have to take their shoes off while on the job - that could lead to all sorts of possible liability trouble if a bookcase falls on their foot or they step on a tack that's hiding in the nap of a rug. Actually, thinking about that right now, that same sort of trouble could result from something like that happening to a guest in one's home, people being the litigious lot they are these days.

    My policy in other people's houses is - I ask. My preference is to leave my footwear on (I have foot trouble), but I'll go with their household flow.

    ETA: Just read your post, cricketeen. Apparently that bootie thing is the way things are done now. Good for them.
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    I know the origins of "Shoes OFF!" came from growing up on a farm and living in the country. Grandpa knew that if he didn't hit the mud room first, he was going to be hit...with a dish towel to the rump, for dragging the barn scrapings onto Grandma's clean linoleum floor. Once you have all those years of training to take off your shoes, you just do it out of habit.

    What I've noticed now happening, though, is my clients spending small and LARGE fortunes on their floors: from marble to mahogany to very pricey oriental rugs embroidered in silk. Now, they don't want anyone and I mean ANYONE ruining the $$$$ floor that they've had installed. Each of these family's has a Kid's Room, that is carpeted and has some strange spongy material on the floor, but other than that, every one walks around with slippers or shoes like Croc's that have never been outdoors. And none of these people have pets, by the way, so there's no barfing or urping or fur.
    Still crazy, after all these shears

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    Thanks Violet and Rosiedog! I was just kidding about scrubbing it. It looks like tender skin under the gator scales. I'm just perplexed as to why it is sticking to my pan so stubbornly. Guess I'll just be vacuuming a little more often for a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lambikins View Post
    there's no barfing or urping or fur.
    They must have really boring parties, then .

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    myrosiedog, Mudah, doxie, Lois: Thanks for the tips! I am a very, bad liar. And these are very intelligent enquiring neighbors. Many do have home businesses. The next question would be what home business do you have?

    I also look too young to be retired and honestly don't want them to think I have a lot of money or time available as they like to volunteer big-time in the community. I really can't afford to socialize with these people outside of mini-chats over the fence and doubt that they'd invite lil-ol-me to dinner.

    When I say I'm not working at the moment, they wonder what I'm looking for. The province is Booming. It's weird if you can't find a job. If I say I'm thinking of going back to school, they need to know more. You can read their thoughts on their foreheads.

    Actually, I find that most people don't really understand long term illness, particularly mental illness and CFS. It's just frustrating is all. And I'm sensitive about it.

    But thank you all for trying to help me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskitty View Post
    myrosiedog, Mudah, doxie, Lois: Thanks for the tips! I am a very, bad liar. And these are very intelligent enquiring neighbors. Many do have home businesses. The next question would be what home business do you have?

    I also look too young to be retired and honestly don't want them to think I have a lot of money or time available as they like to volunteer big-time in the community. I really can't afford to socialize with these people outside of mini-chats over the fence and doubt that they'd invite lil-ol-me to dinner.

    When I say I'm not working at the moment, they wonder what I'm looking for. The province is Booming. It's weird if you can't find a job. If I say I'm thinking of going back to school, they need to know more. You can read their thoughts on their foreheads.

    Actually, I find that most people don't really understand long term illness, particularly mental illness and CFS. It's just frustrating is all. And I'm sensitive about it.

    But thank you all for trying to help me out.

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    cricketeen: I hope your son's leg heals well and you can buy yourself a nice new pot!

    I understand more than you know Miss Kitty. I have Fibromyalgia and Interstitial cystitis. Both auto immune diseases. I have been out of work for 3 years and people do ask and I just say: I am not currently working and if they press, then I do say: I've been seriously ill and am slowly recovering. If they ask more and I don't feel like going into it, I just say: It's kind of personal, or I don't really like talking about it. If they press after that, then they are just rude.

    I don't look ill either, but neither do a lot of people that deal with chronic diseases. Be honest, but be short and sweet and don't allow them the time to barge into it. Deflect their questions with questions of your own aout them, their houses, their gardens, their animals. People LOVE to talk about themselves and if you can turn the questions around to them, they will get off the subject of what you do or don't do.

    Or use humor to deflect them: say I am a domestic goddess waiting on a fabulous god to come save me, or I won the lottery and am living in hiding so my family doesn't come sponge off me! and laugh. Humor usually works.

    Or the best yet: I'm on sabbatical while I research and write my thesis on domestic house cat behavior. Tell them your kitties are your test subjects!
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog View Post
    I have a friend with some kind of foot problem and her podiatrist told her that 1) she needs to wear good, supportive shoes ALL THE TIME
    and that 2) not to go barefoot as that is the worst thing for the feet, that she needs to wear the orthopedic brace that goes in her shoe even at home to alleviate the problem. I can't remember exactly what the problem is, but its in her heel.

    I have that too - plantar fasciitis - it's before a heel spur. It hurts like HELL. I have to wear shoes all of the time - in fact, my husband told me to thank my podiatrist for the lovely outfits in the morning (you know, nightshirt and sneakers )

    However, as uncomfortable as it would be, if I were in someones home and they had a no shoes policy, I would take them off - no questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketeen View Post
    They must have really boring parties, then .

    (I crack myself up, sometimes)
    hee hee!

    I remember being at a party once and one guest got incensed when the host asked him to take off his shoes. (I think it was one of those really slushy winters and the carpet was very light colored). Well, this guest looked at the woman standing near the host--an Asian-American woman--and screamed at her and said, "When you come to our country, you should adapt to our customs. We don't take our shoes off indoors."

    OK, the hysterical/mortifying thing is--it wasn't this woman's house, she was a guest just like everyone else. (And later she told us she wears shoes in her house!) The host and his wife were both white. I believe the host escorted the guest out of the house and sent him on his way. (In retrospect, I wonder if that was such a good idea 'cause I'm pretty sure the guy was drunk upon arrival.) To this day, I have no idea why this guy was invited. I mean it'd be one to to be forced to interact with him at work, but why invite him into your home?

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