This morning our youngest daughter came to me JUUUUUUUUUUST as we were getting ready to load up the bus for school and said, “Mom, my head’s itchy, can you look at it?” ugh. dread. despair. fingers crossed. holding breath. I poked, prodded and separated hair and just as I thought she was free and clear (aside from a super angry red neck), I saw it. a nit. ARGGHGHGHGHHGHGHGHGHGHG. Sure enough, separated a few more strands and a couple more. No school for you, my pet.
Are you itching yet?
Texted my my co-worker and boss that my presence was TBD, dropped the other kids (nit free) off at their respective schools and was Wal-mart bound for the RID products. Not awkward at all at checkout. Nope. Not. at. all.
Thankfully, the Hubs was working from home today and was able to get the beds stripped and laundry started. Lo, you never saw so much linen, pillows and regular dirty laundry (while we’re at it) in yo life!!! Seriously.
Sprayed EVERY last item of furniture in the house with the spray, toxic I am sure, but you know if I had a blow torch that would have been fine, too. Sometimes you just have to work with what you have. Spray it is.
Got the little one doused down in leav- in shampoo for 10 minutes and went ahead and did myself, too…because just say the word and I itch. I did lay down with her last night after her performance. On her pillow. So yeah…lather me yesterday.
We rinsed and gel producted up and began the process. Now, if you’ve never had the absolute luxury of picking nits from hair, I’m here with your PSA, a few pics for reference and to tell you….settle in….it’s not a quick ride and it purely sucks. Just ask my mom, she helped me with this the last time, about 10 years ago. Wasn’t any fun then either.
Nit picking. Tiny. Tedious. Frustrating little effers. Good times. After about 30-40 minutes, several nits, and TWO, TWO!!!!!!! Live louse. EWWWWWW!!!! We re-applied, set the timer, applied gel and began the process. Again. No more louse, a handful of nits. Much better. (and I’ve checked and re-checked several more times today, finally down to ZERO!)
And lastly, because I didn’t want to be doing laundry until Saturday, the little diva and I hit the local laundromat for the pillows and comforters………AFTER hitting the bank for some quarters. You know what? WHO can afford a laundromat??? 3 washers and 3 dryers and about an hour and $30 later, we were out of there. Finished the rest of the basic laundry at home at about 6:30 p.m. Like I said, it sucks. So consider this your PSA just in case you ever are in this predicament…..
Here’s a few photos, because you never know what you might need to know what you are looking for.
I’m going to bed.
Oh the joy! The former school nurse must offer advice! Make sure you retreat in 9-10 days. No matter what the label says, none of the OTC products kill the nits. If one hatches tonight, it won’t be mature for nearly 2 weeks so a re-treatment on day 9-10 will kill any that hatch before they can lay more eggs. Happy scratching!!!
I miss you!
Dude. I have yet to have the honor as a mom, but I remember well having it as a kid. Uuuuugh. Hope you are all lice-free.
Oh Lordy… I remember those fun times too well!! Poor you & Sarah…hope all the little suckers are gone! Xoxo
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