Friday, April 26, 2013

Motherhoods rights of passage: Lice

I'm starting to wonder if there are somethings that are just a right of passage in motherhood. Pregnancy, sleepless nights, having that ugly little green man in my street to slow down traffic. I think I'll start a new hash tag,

This week I encountered another little joyous right of passage in motherhood. LICE. Yep my kid got lice. I discovered the little issue monday morning while bradding Miss C's hair for school. Not sure if what I was seeing was lice I took her to school a little early and asked her teacher to come outside to confirm. Yep it was lice. This lead me on a very education journey I want to share with you because when you have small children ...
It's not IF but WHEN! 

So the story goes on...
After confirming it was intact lice I took to the isles of target to find the best solution. Remember that post about shopping with twins in tow? (Read it here) I'm on my knees reading the RID box when the always perfect  and proper mother from Miss C's classmate see me.
proper mom: "oh Campbell are you not feeling well today?" 
Campbell: "I feel fine just gotta get the bugs out of my hair" 
Proper mom: backs away with her shocked eyes

hummmm I may use this in the future to get people to leave me alone in the store. I have no shame these days. 

On our way home from target with our not cheep RID kit I text Miss C's BFF mother. We were just talking about her battle with lice she a few months. she sent a lot of LOL & LMAO and have funs with that. bitch! 
 Then she called me. She just got the call and her daughter is being sent home from school with lice! She tells me I have to call the lice lady. HUH the who? No way!

Then I get the email from school. The one where they don't name your kid but since you saw Proper Mom at target you know the whole class knows it's your kid that has lice email.

       Good morning parents,

I am writing to inform you that one of our students has head lice. We are doing everything within our power to prevent it's spread within our school. Please remind your child to not share hats, hairbrushes, or headbands, especially at this time. ....
                    Our parent handbook outlines our lice policy:
                    Lupine Lane has a “no lice/no nit” policy. Should lice or nits be detected, the child will be removed 
                    from the classroom and the parent will be called. The parent will be given a copy of our Head Lice 
                    Policy and information on how to treat head lice. When the child returns they must be completely
                    free of lice and nits and submit a physician’s note confirming the child is completely lice/nit free.

A Note to return to school! What! So my little over the counter treatment wont cut it? If you treat it your self you have to have it cleared by your Dr. So pay a $90 sick visit charge and wait two days to get into the Dr which means missing two more days of school. This blows! It was at this point I had Miss C sitting on the floor picking nits with that stupid brush the RID kits gave me and realizing there is no way I can do this and get all the nits before the twins nap is over.

Panic Attack/Mommy melt downs begins

Now here is the great part of the story. Remember I said Miss C's BFF's Mom said to call the Lice Lady? To make this story less confusing I'll call her Ms S. I'm calling Ms S asking for info on this lice lady. She said "just do as I say Amber! Call her now she is coming to my house at 6:30pm get her next appointment "

at 7am the next morning The Fairy Lice Mother shows up at my door.

Thats right Moms, an in home lice removal/treatment! Stacy was amazing! I could never have done what she did! She was so fun, that Miss C just thought it was the best little spa day! She did head checks to clear the babies and I then got started on Miss C.
While Miss C got treatment Stacy educated me on all things lice. I had a LOT of false information and a lot of useless old wives tells as my knowledge base.

Was this cheep? No. BUT worth every penny. It's about $200. They guarantee their services and if you add up the price of a Dr. visit, plus prescription meds or over the counter products and the NIGHTMARE it is to pick thru the hair I would say this service is priceless!  I would never have been able to focus (uninterrupted) to remove all the nits. And I learned nothing, yeah thats right, nothing kills nits, they have to be removed. If not removed you going to have the lice problem all over again in a matter of a week! 

Miss C was lice free and back at school (with a note) by 10am!!!!!
There is some homework to do every night for a week using theses products. Which by the way are wonderful! Miss C's hair tangles very badly and after using these products its silky as can be! 
I love that the products are all natural unlike every thing from the store that smelled like nail polish remover and made her hair stiff as a board! 

Our Fairy Lice Mother will be stopping by on Sunday to check on us again. (2 followup visits are included in the original price!) I hoping to report back to your a lice free family!

For more information or to answer any lice related questions go to The Fairy Lice Mothers website or call Stacy at (512)364-4046. Not in Austin? They have other locations!

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I found you! Look forward to getting to know you as you post... once a month is good. You did say you have wee twins, right? Showering once a month is pretty good... Jane from Nothing By The Book


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