On the advice of many, I have decided that maybe some of my adventures with lice might add a little humor, a little advice, and a little relief from this wonderful little "condition."
First, let me introduce myself. I am known as "The Lice Lady." I actually became the Lice Lady a little over 4 years ago when we caught lice and there was NO ONE to help me. Sure I had friends who said, "Throw out everything." But let's face it folks. Many of us don't have thousands to spend on outfitting our homes.
I am normally a very even tempered person (my kids and husband may state otherwise) . But the night I found lice you wouldn't have recognized me. I was that crazy person who screamed, threw a temper tantrum, and broke all speed limits to go get the chemicals hoping that napalm was sold in her local CVS store. I don't think even the cops would have stopped me that night. Of course it didn't help matters that my daughter had to be in Beaumont the next morning for a tibial spine fracture repair. Oh yes and my son was sleeping at my best friend's house, who incidentally, was pregnant with her 4th child. I am such a nice friend! Of course my son was riddled with them as well. Oh did I mention that I found it when I pulled bugs out of my own head? I had been telling my son for days that he was imagining he had lice. No wonder to this day he never trusts anything I say! Then again, he is a teenager.
I did everything I could to get those things out of my house. I got really familiar with my vacuum cleaner and all its attachments. My dogs were grateful that I didn't shave them bald although some days I still contemplate it due to the dog hair. My washing machine did eventually have to be replaced. Something about trying to wash many pillows with an agitator that sent it off kilter too many times to count and yes I actually blew a fuse (yes, we still have some fuses in my house). I didn't have to torch the curtains, although I still think about doing that sometimes to the ones in my family room.
My kids and husband managed to survive the ordeal too. My son isn't exactly geeked at his mother being the Lice Lady. But my daughter thinks it's cool because she gets all kinds of playdates and also manages to score mother's helper gigs. My husband just usually shakes his head when it comes to my little enterprise. I think he figures it's a phase. Or maybe he hopes it will be. All I know is that I love what I do!
Thanks for letting me write.
Next time: Seriously the story of how I got my name with a few little fun stories thrown in.