Monday, May 30, 2011

Roundworms

re-post

Roundworms live in the intestines of dogs and cats. They pass their eggs into the feces. These tiny eggs can survive in the soil for months.

You might not see any dog or cat plop on the ground on which you walk, but potentially you are picking up Roundworm eggs on your shoes.

If you allow shoes in your house, Roundworm eggs may be introduced onto the same floor on which your children play. It just takes your child one mouth to hand contact for her to become infected. Potentially she could develope lung problems as a result of infection.

Just take your shoes off and ask others to do the same. It's not rocket science.

35 comments:

Zandra Ling said...

Although now living in the UK I am from Sweeden where shoes off in the house is completely normal and common.

Also, during the winter at least a lot of people (both women and men) work in their stockinged or socked feet rather than bothering with shoes for when they remove their ourdoor boots.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for visiting.

How are you finding the UK regarding shoe removal?

Zandra Ling said...

It's Ok, but nowhere near as common as it is in Sweden - I am sorry but i have'nt had a chance to look at all of your blog, what is your opinion about the UK.

To me it feels odd wearing shoes indoors having become so used to not doing so.

Matthew Celestis said...

It is becoming very common for people to remove their shoes, but it is still necessary to ask people who don't.

Sandro said...

Dear Zandra,
It isn't only Avgust Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman that I always admire Swedish culture for, but also the wise rule of shore removal. I think, your practice of shoes off at homes can positIvely influence people around you in the UK.

Zandra Ling said...

Thanks for the kind replies.

It seems much less common in the UK (both homes and workplaces). Maybr it is because the weather is nicer as well as being a cultural thing.

Matthew Celestis said...

We do get a lot of wet weather though.

Part of it is the British politeness and conservatism. British people may be more reserved about asking people to take their shoes off (which is essential to having a real shoes-off policy). Americans who want to keep their homes shoe free are more likely to be blunt about it.

Isn't that right, Bob (assuming he is reading)?

Anonymous said...

Yes I know what you mean but even in the wet weather I had to ask peolple to remove their shoes or boots in my apartment whereas in Sweden they would do it automaticaly.

Also, men seem particularrly reluctant, and it seems very rare in workplaces here.

Matthew Celestis said...

Well done for having the courage to ask. A lot of British people are a bit too timid about that. There is nothing polite about being too afraid to make your wishes known.

A lot of people do remove their shoes in offices, though the fact that so many of them feel the need to tell us all about it on the comments of this blog suggests it is not quite accepted as normal.

Zandra Ling said...

Thank you - I did'nrt realise about the office thing. Will Ifind refernce to it in the comments?

I have'nt really come across it in the UK.

Matthew Celestis said...

Funnily enough, I am in my socks in the office right now.

Have a look at some of the comment threads on this blog. You will find a few people announcing that somebody in their office goes shoeless every day as though they have never seen such a thing before.

Not that such comments are unwelcome. I have seen people taking their shoes off in most of the offices I have worked in, though most people don't do this.

Zandra Ling said...

Thats great - nice to see a guy who is confident enough to work in socks.

Do you always do it?

My ex-boyfriend in Sweden always wore smart suits to work, but just worked in his socks.

Matthew Celestis said...

I usually remove them in the office if I am wearing socks.

I frequently wear flip flops in the office. I sometimes take those off and go barefoot, but less often.

Bob said...

Yes Matthew, we in the States are willing to ask visitors to de-shoe upon entering. Other than the incident I wrote about a few months ago I have never had anyone refuse.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for joining in, Bob.

Julie said...

Hi,

Great to see someone wears flip flops to work.

I work in a bank and am not supposed to, but no one has complained.

As I work behind the counter invariably I slip them off and go barefoot.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for visiting, Julie.

What do you think about removing shoes in homes?

richyrich said...

On the topic of shoe removal at work. I've said about a colleague I had many years ago who used to do it regularly. I won't bore everyone else by going into the details again but you'll be able to find it if you go through past postings on here. As far as other people are concerned, I do see people shoeless at work from time to time but it's not that common in the UK, I'm sure that lots more would do it if they felt that it was acceptable behaviour. Maybe as shoe removal in homes becomes more acceptable it'll become more common in workplaces too.
I fairly recently had a lady representative from a company visiting me in my home. She was wearing a smart business suit and high heeled shoes. When she came in through my front door, I was in my socks and my shoes were left ona mat right by the entrance. At first the lady just wiped her feet on my doormat and I was thinking that she hadn't sensed that she was expected to take off her shoes. I was then wondering if I ought to ask her directly but before doing that I just looked pointedly at her feet and then shifted my eyes towards my shoes that were left at the door and she then said:
"I'll take off my shoes" at which point she slipped them off ansds left them next to mine. I then replied:
"I hope you don't mind, it's just that I've got light coloured carpets" and she then said that she didn't mind at all and that she completely understood. She then came into my living room and stayed in her stockinged feet throughout the visit and it all went very well

richyrich said...

I've said here before that I have a cleaning lady who comes in regularly and that she always takes off her shoes as soon as she comes in. Actually she did it without being asked from the first time that she came and that was a major consideration in my decision to employ her rather than any of the other people who came along.

I was talking to her the other day and she said then that she always took off her shoes at the homes of people she cleaned for, even if they don't ask her to do it and even if they themselves don't take their shoes off at home. Good for her for setting such a good example!

Matthew Celestis said...

You see, the eye thing does work sometimes.

Julie said...

Absolutely we are always sholess at home.

It's work that can be a bit more tricky, but as I said no one has complained.

Flip flops are so much nicer to wear and as I'm on a fairly tight budget cheaper.

Bob said...

I had a similar experience to Richyrich today. I received a call from our insurance agent who asked to come by to insure that our home was properly insured. During our conversation she asked questions about the home. After I described it to her she said that it sounded really nice and that as such she would take her shoes off when she came so as to not mar the floors with her shoes. I had not yet mentioned anything about our no shoes policy.
As an aside the woman who cleans our home is accompanied by three other ladies all of whom leave their shoes at the door.
So it is becoming quite a common practice in the US to de-shoe upon entering a home

Sandro said...

Julie, what about other people's homes, please?

Narmina said...

Nobody removes shoes in the company I work for, and the management would unlikely be happy if they saw anyone do ; yet I've been working alone in my office (it's a separate structure in the compound) for a few months due to circumstances, and enjoying shoeless privacy :)
In fact, the cleaning lady had asked me to be "protective" of floors so that she wouldn't need to clean the office as often as she has to clean the other offices. She just meant wiping shoes on a dormat, but I said I always did it, and it was obviously not enough. She was apparently happy when I said I would take my shoes off. So have I been doing :)

Matthew Celestis said...

Narmina, good for you.

Thanks for visiting.

This blog is all about having a no-shoes rule in the home. What do you think about that?

Julie said...

Hi Sandro,

Yes I go shoeless in other peoples homes.

Basically, I try as much as possible to go barefoot in the simmer and in tights feet in the winter.

Narmina said...

In my.country, Azerbaijan, shoes off at own and others' homes is one of the basic etiquette rules.

Sandro said...

Thank you for the feedback, Julie; do you remove your shoes at other people's homes only for comfort or any other reasons?

Matthew Celestis said...

Narmina, please forgive me, are you the friend of Sandro's who commented not that long ago?

Narmina said...

I'm Leyla's friend, who once posted here and had introduced me to Sandro and your original blog)
Frankly, at first I found it strange that people here write so much about the shoe-free rule, almost total and subconscious for visiting homes in my culture, but then I realized it may be important to promote it in the UK, the rule is quite new for )
So your efforts to advocate this wise rule are worth the highest appreciation!

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks, Narmina.

Sneakerman said...
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Sneakerman said...

(posted again due to edit)

I do not remove my shoes when indoors, I do however have seperate pairs for walking the dog, work and long walks. I have sneakers on in the house pretty much as soon as I get out of bed. I love the way they feel and slippers just do not come close in comfort. I also do not enfoce or have a shoes off policy so guest, providing that they do not have manky feet can wear what they like.

I am not a bad guest tho, I will often ask my hosts if I should remove my shoes if I see that they do not have theirs on and are in slippers. Although I will remove them it still feels like i'm giving up something and feel a bit naked in my socks. lol

I do not come across shoes off rules often at all although my parents used to constantly enforce this rule which is probably why i'm now always in my sneakers.

However reading this and many other topics on the subject I have decided to at least give my sneakers a rest and I type this as I sit in my slippers while visiting my mothers home. :) It feels weird being without my Nikes. Almost do feel naked.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts!

Anonymous said...

thanks for share.