Or, more than likely, they never completely left.
The good news is we actually got to use that $150 prescription strength highly flammable lice shampoo.
If that could ever be seen from any angle,
other than financial,
as good news.
I kept Ellie home from school because it had to stay on her hair for 8 hours.
It smelled like intense Pine-Sol with a kerosene-like finish.
I swear it incinerated every hair in my nose.
The dog sneezed every time he walked into the same room as Ellie.
I started to light scented candles several times throughout the day and had to stop myself, hearing the cautionary words of our pediatrician to not even let Ellie in a room with a hair dryer running lest she burst into flame.
Ellie pulled out some leftover pizza from the fridge for lunch and I asked her if she wanted me to heat it up in the microwave.
She just took a bite of it cold and shook her head a bit and said,
Oh yeah, right! I kept forgetting the constant
threat of the flammability that was my daughter.
It reminded me of the Andy Griffith episode where Andy and Barney suspect a goat left in their watch has eaten some sticks of dynamite. They tip-toed around the animal worried any little sound or movement would cause, as Barney put it,
And I found 2 nits in McDaniel’s thick, long hair!
I could no longer find the funny.
Not when I caught a glimpse of my reflection wearing the polka dot shower cap.
Or even when I started to sing the “Sloppy Joe’s, Slop-sloppy Joes” part of
"The Lunch Lady" song by Adam Sandler with Chris Farley.
|Hair net-shower cap--same thing,|
this is what I felt like.
And when I can’t find the funny,
I have lost hope.
I was exhausted from the constant
and hair nit-picking.
And flat-out mad that these stupid
lice wouldn’t go away already!
|Julie made this for me and I have it hanging in the living room. I had the weary|
part down pat. But I was struggling with the rejoicing.
It seemed to me at the time that we should at least attempt to take care of things ourselves before running off to the Lice Center which was probably for serious, stubborn, reoccurring cases.
Well, let me tell you:
lice is always serious,
(because it is contagious)
(many are resistant to over-the-counter and prescription treatments)
and unless you get every last nit:
(think Jurassic Park 2, or was it Lost World??, when they thought when they
blew up the island all the dinosaurs died but some of the eggs survived)
Can anyone else hear the sermon in that?!
No, I didn’t either at the time.
I finally came to the end of myself and realized I couldn’t see every nit or get every nit.
Monte left many messages the night before with two different lice centers.
Isn’t it amazing that you can live in a city for 14 years and never know there is not one, but two lice centers in it???
I researched what these lice centers were all about.
One uses this heated vacuum-like machine to literally suck the lice right from your head.
I pictured a lice version of a Flowbee.
|Remember this vacuum hair cutter?|
And couldn’t wait to watch the entire process and ask 4 million questions.
But that center couldn’t get the girls in until late in the day.
Time was crucial!
I had Monte work his sales smooth charm to get us into the other Lice Center within the hour.
(Who incidentally said the whole heated vacuum-like lice version of a Flowbee didn’t work.)
I was really hoping for a quick fix.
Wait. I think I hear another sermon…
It was completely God’s provision we didn’t get into that center or I’d be writing ANOTHER one of these lice posts in two weeks.
And quite frankly,
I have other things to talk about.
You see, hope comes in spite of our circumstances,
not because of them.
|Thank you, Lord!|
We waited in the lobby and watched a little girl walk out with wet French braided hair followed by her mom holding several bottles of spray.
She assessed the hair on the three of us sitting there and said,
We were called back into a room with two hair salon looking chairs. The staff are mostly nurses or of some medical background.
A cute young, enthusiastic gal worked on us. She wore the equivalent of a welding mask but with red laser lights and a magnified lens.
Think of that Predator creature’s night vision in the
Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
I wanted to take a picture but I worried that my flash would
somehow get intensely magnified and burn her poor retinas.
Hey, I was one of those kids that built an eclipse-viewing apparatus out of a shoe box and a mirror to protect my eyes.
I know how these things can work.
Yet, I don’t know how to turn
the flash off on my iPhone.
Cute Young Gal decided that I should get checked out first.
Because 85% of the time a child is infected with lice, the momma ends up with them too.
For the love of Pete.
She sprayed this non-toxic stuff in my hair and started combing through it with a fine-toothed metal comb.
It was so soothing.
I noticed that two walls of the room were covered with pictures kids had drawn.
|I am with you, Claire!|
|I love the “See you never” in the corner.|
|Yes, they are!|
|This comic strip is very informative explaining a sleepover where lice is the uninvited guest. |
Sorry my flash made it hard to read.
|McDaniel pointed out Chasady’s picture. Nothing about lice. Just her|
wearing a “Justan" Bieber t-shirt.
Cute Young Gal found a few nits in my hair!!
But I wore a polka dot shower cap!
(and sang the “Sloppy Joe” part of the “The Lunch Lady” song!)
I was told to leave the non-toxic stuff in my hair for 24 hours.
She also told me I could use the hair dryer in the hallway that had the size and blowing power of the pink and purple Barbie one the girls had when they were toddlers.
I was busy not-drying my hair with it, when Monte walked in.
The Lice Center asks that ALL members of the household come in to get checked.
Four seconds later Monte walked back into the hallway and claimed he was lice free.
What? Just like that?!
He went on to say that he was told lice hate testosterone which is why young boys get it but rarely men.
Then he flexed his muscles and kissed his bicep.
I knew right then that was not the last
I was going to hear about that.
While Cute Young Gal worked through Ellie’s hair, I noticed the room also had a mural.
|Wait. Is that me?|
|Is the louse with the ‘stache smoking?|
A cute little 4-year-old boy walked in with his mom and stood right by Ellie’s chair so she could watch him play Angry Birds. He kept asking her if she saw him beat all the bad guys.
When the staff person asked to help him into the chair, he looked over at Ellie and said he could do it all by himself.
He also let it loudly slip how brave he was being about the whole lice thing.
I waited for him to flex his muscles and kiss his bicep but I guess his testosterone hadn’t kicked in all the way yet.
Ellie had loads of nits and McDaniel had more than a handful too.
Which was WAY more than the "only 2" that I had found in her hair.
They got their hair French braided while a co-worker came in and explained in great detail her favorite television show called, “The Ghost In My Child”.
SPOILER ALERT: Apparently a 2-year-old thought he was the designer of The Titanic and then another toddler started speaking fluent Chinese.
The girls laughed out loud.
The Lice Center was expensive.
But it was done by professionals who knew what they were doing, what they were looking for and could do it quicker and more thoroughly than Monte and I.
Because I thought I had it conquered last time.
But this time, we walked out of there LICE FREE
and the girls got certificates to prove it to school.
We go back this week for a follow up appointment
just to be sure.
And my humor is fully intact.