Today I was doing chair massage in a major office place. Everything was going along fine but we were doing like 5 mins per person at their desk because there were literally hundreds of employees in this location.
So I'm zooming along and giving chair massage to one young lady when at the time of almost being finished, she begins telling me about this fungus she had. She goes on to describe it and thinking it was some type of athletes foot she started out thinking it was no big deal. Then, she kicks into another gear and begins to tell me that she went to the doctor a week ago and was diagnosed with "scabies". Of course her story has been contradicted a few times today between myself and a couple of others involved. So we are not totally sure what the true story is which is making it difficult to know what to expect.
If you do a search on scabies, you will see it is a mite that burrows under the skin and lays eggs, which if it goes undetected will develop an area that itches. It is high contaigious but symptoms do not appear for at least 2 weeks.
So now, I'm sitting here wondering if I got this or not. After finding out that she had this, I immediately washed my arms, hands. But the office asked me to leave as a precaution and they asked her to leave the premises as well. Tomorrow I get to go to their company doctor to be checked out (oh joyful time). And hopefully although symptoms wouldn't show up by that time, I will have some answers.
My business is massage therapy and so until this is cleared up, I can not ethically work on anyone. My ethical oath is "do no harm". And I wouldn't want to spread this if I have it. But I don't know what all of this means and maybe in a day, it will be ok and I will be over the "worry" part. However, I don't want to even think about my income being interrupted and I surely hope this is not the case. Right now, I've got a chair massage event on Saturday that is on hold until I find out what is going on.
So right now, it is a wait and see and try not to worry point. The treatment doesn't bother me, it is just the "not knowing" and the potential lost income that exists.
Tomorrow I will know more and I will let you know the outcome.