This week, I got the email I’ve been dreading since E’s first day of daycare/preschool 2 1/2 years ago …
We have had a couple of children at the school with lice. We have already checked all of the children who are at school today. However, you should check your child daily for two weeks to be certain they don’t have it. (especially if your family has older school age children.) We will be periodically checking here again as well.
They checked E’s head and said all appears to be good but that we need to keep checking because of lice eggs. Gross, gross, gross.
But that’s not even the worst part. This item from the list of tips is:
CLEAN HOUSE: to ensure a thorough job, wash or dry-clean your child’s clothes, bed sheets, combs and brushes; put toys and unwashables in plastic bags for at least 2 weeks; and vacuum.
So in other words, I need to just plastic wrap my entire house. Put toys and unwashables in plastic bags for two weeks? Seriously?!? That’s our entire house.
I did what any other self-respecting mother would do … I started whining on Twitter. And like always, it came through like a champ:
There are some wise words in there. So instead of the glorious, relatively plans-free weekend full of crisp, fall air and bright sunshine that I saw stretching out before me, I’ll now be arm-deep in tree tea oil, Nix and load after load (after load) of laundry.
As I try to picture putting things in plastic bags, for some God-awful reason, this image keeps popping into my head:
But I know who could really help me thoroughly cover a house in plastic wrap.
Side note: I really, really, really miss Dexter. The fact that the new season is on right now is torture. But we have an annual family tradition where we watch the most recent season every Christmas when my mom comes to town. There’s nothing like celebrating the birth of Christ with a little vigilante butchering, huh?
Anyway, back to the bugs. Ever since I got the email, I can’t stop scratching my own head. And this morning, when E. climbed into bed with me, I had one thought when she was snuggling under the covers with me — bugs are jumping from her head to my head at this very moment.
So what do I need to do about this? Should I not freak out since so far, she appears to be safe? And how the hell am I supposed to find these bugs in her tangled mess of blond hair? One of the teachers told me they look like dandruff that won’t brush out of hair (they stick to the strands). Ugh, so gross.
I think I’m going to go with Jen’s suggestion above and pick up some tea tree oil today and start spraying it like it’s Fabreeze on everything.
What else should I do right away besides washing every item of clothing that she touched this week, including sheets?
And finally, will you still read my blog if my baby has bugs? We promise to not share them!