Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our Unwelcome Visitors have been Destroyed

I'm sorry. You might think it a bit harsh, but we had to kill our recent intruders. They were not welcome and had to go! Immediately! Sometimes extreme measures are necessary. Who were these visitors? Lice!
One of our staff workers woke up in the middle of the night to find something biting the back of her head. After doing a quick comb through, she discovered an evil, little, squirming louse. Yuck. So this morning, the female staff members promptly did lice checks. But no of the little demon's family could be found! Whew. However, we hadn't checked our Kurdish families yet.
The rest of our day proceeded, and we planned to check all the kids early in the afternoon. That didn't happen. By the time we got around to it, it was probably 4 or 5 o'clock. We sat all four of the kids down and started going through their hair. Immediately we began finding little nits.  Their heads had tons and tons of little lice eggs. We even found a couple live adult ones. Gross!
We sent someone to the store and got lice spray to put on all their hair. For the next three hours, we de-liced all the kids' and mothers' hair and put their sheets in pails of boiling water. It was a lot of work and I'm not sure we had all the mothers convinced that it was necessary. But hopefully that will take care of it. Tomorrow, everything else they have touched will be sprayed down- couches, vans, etc.
Verena and I were in charge of most of the de-licing. After we finished with the families, we decided we should probably do our own hair. We checked it this morning, but after a full day of playing with the kids and getting the lice out of their hair... better to be safe than sorry! So we went through with the same spray and cleaned our hair. We never found anything, but I'm glad we did it anyway. I will sleep much better tonight knowing my hair and bed are lice free!

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