Yep, it is certain. If you have never experienced lice infestation, you have not lived a full life.
Four years ago Diva had lice. Not the oh look there is a nit on her hair, lice; but rather the oh my EFFING God there are bugs on my kids head, lice! She had started a new daycare and this daycare had a pool. So when she started complaining that she was itchy I looked at her head saw nothing and blamed it on the chlorine her body wasn't used to. A week later I took her to the doctors and they saw nothing. Three days later there were bugs crawling on my 6 year old's head! Disgusting looking, will not die, egg laying bugs on my kids head. So I did what every well-intentioned mother did and had a nervous breakdown right on the spot.
Seriously, we spent hundreds of dollars on over the counter remedies. We tried the all natural crap remedies. I put more toxic waste on my child's head than any human should see in a lifetime. I vacuumed, sprayed, washed, dried, and detoxed my entire house - twice a day! I spent over an hour every day inspecting one inch square sections of Diva's head for eggs and such. We both would cry. I really didn't think I was gonna make it. Everyone gave me advice - from mayonaise to tea tree oil to olive oil - they only kill the bug. It was taxing on both of us. Then finally I called the doctors and told them that I cannot stop the lice, they gave me a prescription for the best known remedy for head lice there is.
The clouds parted, I heard the angels sing and I praised God for giving humans the knowledge to make the wonderful, lovely, and awfully smelly - Ovide. This stuff is alcohol, some sort of a terpentine mixture and pine tree oil. It can take paint off the walls I bet. It cost $169 without insurance. But guess what - it is the only thing that worked in actually melting those dasterdly eggs. Folks, if you miss an egg it will be a bug and I swear those bugs start laying eggs the minute they hatch (not true I know) and so on and so on and so on and so on...you get the picture.
So, when I received a phone call today from one of Diva's BFF's mom telling me that they found lice bugs (yep plural) on their daughter I instantly snapped back to 4 years ago and felt the blood rush out of my body. Then I find out the Diva's BFF #2 just found bugs (again plural) on her head after receiving the same phone call from BFF#1. I checked Diva - she does not have the bugs - but she did have some eggs which means there could be baby bugs I cannot see but she isn't itchy.
I by-passed the entire scenario from my flashback and called Walgreens Pharmacy and their Take Care Clinic. Do you have Ovide, how much will it cost me? Can you write me a prescription today? I am melting lice eggs on Diva as she sleeps.
What is upsetting me though is that the schools keep this info hush hush. There needs to be a note sent home to all parents that a child has lice please inspect your kids and take the proper action. Wouldn't that be more helpful than letting more and more kids get it? BFF #1 says there are 2 girls she knows in the 5th grade with lice. What the! I should have been informed, the BFF's should have been informed.
I'm still scratching. Eeeeewwww!