Do you remember Merthiolate?
Boo got an ouch yesterday. He prefers Neosporin, which doesn't hurt, over Iodine, which does. I told him we didn't need to use Iodine on his particular kind of ouch (blood blister,) but maybe we should use Bactine, to make the hurt go away.
When we were little, we didn't have Bactine, which has been around since the 50's. My parents were firm believers that it had to HURT for the medicine to work. They just didn't trust anything that didn't hurt; it couldn't possibly kill those nasty germs.
I did the old person thing of saying to Boo, "When I was your age, we didn't have all these choices and we only had MERTHIOLATE," and went on to tell him the gruesome story of this childhood torture device.
In writing this post, I did some research.
So. Did you notice the name Mercurochrome? Did you ever notice the similarity to the word MERCURY? Mercurochrome is the trademark for merbromin. The molecular formula, for those of you interested, is
C20H8Br2HgNa2O6. Notice the Hg right in the middle there? Do you remember your periodical table from high school chemistry? Yup. Hg = MERCURY.
So I looked up Merthiolate. It's the trade name for thimerosol. Got that? THIMEROSOL. The controvertial preservative in vaccines? That is a mercury compound, too: C9H9HgNaO2S
Not only did it HURT LIKE HELL, we were being POISONED!!
So the punch line is, after I told Boo how much Merthiolate hurt, he said, "Mom, mom, it shouldn't be called Merthiolate. It should be called HURT-thiolate."