Friday, February 27, 2009

Head Lice, Yikes!!

I haven't posted anything in a while, so I decided to catch everyone up on life in our household!

About 2 1/2 weeks ago, Miss Thing had been complaining about her head itching. Since she's in school, I did check her head, but all I found were a few flakes--just a dry scalp--or so I thought!! I helped her wash her hair w/ dandruff shampoo, but she kept itching. Finally, on a Friday, we had no school, so we tossed around the idea of going to the zoo. I decided to put her hair in ponytails--cute for pictures--and to my horror, I saw something move in her hair. It was definitely a little critter!
As a child, my family never had any head lice experience, so I didn't really know what I was doing or what I was looking for--apparently, those "flakes" I thought I saw were actually little nits. So, we skipped the zoo, Hubby took about 17 loads of laundry to the laundromat (every single piece of bedding, clothing, etc we could find), vacuumed and cleaned the entire house and furniture, and we treated Miss Thing! The rest of the family also had the joy of treating our heads--didn't want to take any chances! I think we calculated that we spent around 7 hours on the laundry, cleaning, and head treatments!So, I informed her school and her teacher, and the plan was to work on it over the weekend! I took her to an "health professional" the following Tuesday, and she was checked and declared "lice free." I guess all of our efforts and "nit picking" were not in vain.
I was a bit insane and went a little crazy on the house keeping for the following week--It was the cleanest our home had been in a while. Here's what Big Brother had to say about our Lice adventure!

Our sentiments, too! Hopefully, we've seen the last of these nasty critters!! What a mess!