Having a Guinea worm erupt from your skin is like David Cronenberg directing your pimple:
"The first time I saw it in person, it was horrifying ... I was asked to bring gauze, and I saw him moaning in pain. He was shouting something with six inches of a worm coming out of his foot, and I asked what he was saying. My doctor's translator said, 'He says it's on fire.'"
That's a common description of the pain, too. And it lasts a lot longer than your average foot-fire. We're talking over a month, in some cases. The pain can make work and school impossible for weeks at a time.
Yeah, school kids. Because of course it's even more terrible than you initially thought.
"That first person was a farmer, and he had to stop working. Farming is really labor intensive out there, and every step he walked was like stepping on glass."
And not in a fun way, like that one Annie Lennox song; in a horrible and tragic way, like every other Annie Lennox song.