More youngsters with hygiene problems.
This 19 year old girl Yu, whose father is a popular cosmetic surgeon and her mother, the Deputy Director of a hospital in Shanghai. She stayed with me for 6 month. You would expect the child of 2 great doctors to be a role model when it comes to her personal hygiene. My eyes almost popped out and jaws dropped at what I saw!
Two months after Yu moved in, one day my kaypoh (busybody) maid came running to me, asking me to go to Yu's room. I followed her and she showed me the towel rack where several strips of dirty rags hung from it. I looked puzzled and my amused maid told me, these rags were used by Yu during her monthly period. Huh!?!?
Apparently, Yu tored a towel into strips and every month, when her menses came, she would fold these strips of rags to use as a sanitary pad. At the end of the day, after her nightly bath, she would wash it and air it on the towel rack.
Any one tried washing blood-soaked fabric? The stains stayed and so do the smell. OMG!!! I want to puke as I write this! The sight of the pieces of stained rags fluttering in the breeze made me so sick. I imagined the boys in the house seeing it and curious, unconsciously wandered in to sniff. Noooooo!!!! Yucks.
I waited for Yu to come back from school before gently telling her to get sanitary pads and taught her how to use them. This is the new millenium and yet there are girls in big cities who don't know how to use a sanitary pad. *slap my forehead*
When I told my Mom this incredible tale, she nonchalantly told me when she was in her teens, she used banana leaves. She tored the leaves into strips..... ARRRRGGH! I don't want to hear any more!!!!