Lice Lice Baby....
Dunala lun duna lunda! Lice Lice Baby!
Whatttt? I grew up in the 90's okay! As I promised this is the story of our unfortunate run in with lice.
Lets back track a little bit weeks ago I was super sick with that Hulk related illnesses (aka autoimmune) and an infection of some sort. Also I was still recovering from withdrawal from meds my doctor was taking me off of. So I ended up going to urgent care because I was throwing up so much and just felt like absolute crud. So I trudge along into urgent care and the doctor on duty wouldn't even get close to me because apparently I was super contagious. He took one look and my tonsils mentioned my fever and symptoms and said I needed to be on bedrest. "Sweet!" I thought "I can just relax and work on feeling better for the next three days."
Yeah that didn't exactly happen...
I wake up the next morning, woohoo I'm alive on a Saturday, but my head is itching... Maybe it's meds making my scalp dry.... Yeah not so much, as I itched something fell out of my hair.
"Hmm that's odd, what the heck is that?!?!"
Before this I had never experienced lice so my first thought was when walking Coco the dog I picked up this little friend and he just got stuck in my long hair. I've never seen lice before this. Then James comes over and he is itching his head and I see something in his ear! "Ummmm what's that?!" And that's when it hit me. Instant reaction= I'm going to throw up and then shave my head!
I call Jen, she comes home from work I check her too and sure enough guess who else has satans babies in her hair? So we started brainstorming: How the heck did we get this! What do we do? Oh my gosh are we going to die? (Okay maybe not quite so dramatic but you get the point.) We both then start googling how to get rid of lice and of course articles of "super lice" pop up. Panic mode actually sets in. Neither of us had had lice before and it's not like we really had a support system or family close enough or who would be willing to come and help us out. We then posted on Facebook to see if anyone had any ideas, Rid and mayo were pretty much the only two things our friends advised us on.
Naturally I decided we all needed hair masks! Mayo, tea tree oil and conditioner, I thought it was brilliant! Not so much, according to the CDC some lice can live with out air for 12 hours.... It just made my hair greesy and itch more!
So we move onto the next thing! The Cvs version of rid! We shampoo our hair with the pesticide shampoo(cry face, all I could think of was poison going into my pores.) Naturally I didn't read the directions because I'm smart that way... How you use this shampoo is you put it on dry hair and let it sit in your hair for ten minutes to make sure the suckers die... I however used it like regular shampoo (typical Meg... I actually made this mistake twice unfortunately.)
We start combing through our hair with the little comb the package came with and we were still finding live evil buggers as well as eggs. By this time I feel like crud and I just wanna curl up in a ball and die because my Immune system is still acting up... So instead I chopped off 8 inches of my hair. I went from hair down to my booty to hair up to my shoulders. Insanity at its finest!
After this wonderful lapse in judgement we then decide coconut oil was a fantastic idea. So we smother our hair in coconut oil until it is soaking wet. And me being me found a study by Utah University stating that lice does not like extreme heat or cold... Of course I HAD to blow dry my hair for an hour straight! I realize now how ridiculous this idea was but thats why you love me.
Next we tried this stuff called Licefree. It's a spray and it helps stun the lice as well as make it easy to get rid of the eggs, plus it's pesticide free so it won't harm your body. This actually helped tremendously, even more than vinegar when it came to getting rid of the nits. It does have a smell to it but its not super bad, just not amazing. Still we kept combing and combing and more of the lice kept popping up! We washed everything in the house twice, litterally everything! we were starting to feel hopeless. "Lets plan on homeschooling James and never go out into public again!" - Another one of my grand ideas.
Thank goodness James' Grandma called Jen to ask about taking him for the weekend. She's the hero of this story. She and her daughter came over and helped us create a plan on how to get rid of them. We then got actual Rid shampoo, pesticide spray for the couches and everything in the room, she brought us a way better lice comb with the bristles really close together, we froze all our hair accessories, quarantined all the laundry purses and backpacks, sprayed the car with the nasty pesticides, continued to do coconut oil hair masks with the blow dryer. Bought more lice free spray, a ton of alcohol to help get rid of the eggs, and this nifty lice zapper! We literally combed through our hair at least 3 times a day using different methods. I know kinda overkill but it actually worked. We are still trying to get the laundry washed, you can only imagine the amount of laundry we use in a week. I'm breaking out like crazy from all the coconut oil we used. But the evil buggers are out of this house at least, and we have a little more peace in out household... as much as you can get with a 5 year old boy with lots of energy.
Also totally not bitter or anything but I never got my bed rest -___-