Friday, September 09, 2005

Head lice vs. Mommy

Yes, they have invaded our youngest....she has been brave and taken it well, but Mommy is a little freaked out....

A week ago, as I was sweeping dirt under the rug, I thought to myself....

Could I really justify taking a day off work just to clean house and do laundry?

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!!!!!

After discovering a colony of "friends" living on Molly's head, I immediately called in sick and armed myself with lice shampoo, lice gel, lice combs, lice spray, laundry detergent and bleach. My washer and dryer ran all day long. All of the bedsheets, coverings, pillows, stuffed animals, hats, headbands, scrunchies, combs, brushes....anything that was near her head had to be cleaned!!!! I changed the filters in the vacuum, vacuumed, then changed the filters again. Everytime she sat on the couch or chair and got up, I sprayed "the spray". I carry "the spray" with me in the car and use it everytime she gets out. I have sat for hours combing through each strand of her hair looking for eggs, nits and yes, the occasional "live one"....I think they are just about conquered...Another day or two and I think she will be lice-free! I DARE them to come back.....I am now an expert-sharp-shootin-lice-removin'- mama! I can spot a nit from across the room, swoop down on it, remove it, dispose of it and sanitize in seconds flat!

I guess I'll think of something else the next time I'm sweeping dirt under the rug!

7 comments:

SubBlogger said...

Bless your hearts.

Anonymous said...

one of my favorite Arthur episodes is the one about lice. have you seen it?
so how did you discover them? i looked at A & A's heads, but wasn't sure what i was looking for.

karen b said...

the above comment was from me. for some reason it dropped my name when it printed.

Wezie said...

I always wondered if I would really know if they had them or not. Believe me, if they have them you will know! Molly had little red bumps around her ears and the nape of her neck - then there are little white things attached to the hair that you have to scrape off. The tell-tale sign is the little brown bugs crawling around!

JenniferReinsch said...

molly and you will probably now be traumatized for life.

Lindsey said...

I never had lice, but I think every kid got it at ISCC. My mom wouldn't let me share brushes with friends. When I was little, my hair was much like Bekah's, long and thick. Now, it's thinning by the second. So my mom was always freaking out over lice and my hair. I don't know how many false alarms we had and went through the whole hair treatment just in case.

Keith Hollar said...

MearBear got it once when she went to SCS. I remember Michele having to do all of the stuff you described. Not fun.