AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: January 28, 2013 | COMMENTS: 11 Comments
My mind is a mess of chaos at the moment so I don’t see myself connecting with that deep, introspective place that would allow me to write a post that would motivate any reflective thoughts.
I’m going to tell you a funny little anecdote that will hopefully get you through what tends to be an overwhelming day for most of us!
Lice (I’m sorry. I know you are scratching your head now.)
When the boys were five and three, I got a call from a friend that all three of her kids had lice. She was calling because I had just come from a playdate at her house. Sh*t. So began the disgusting task of hunting for lice on the scalps of my boys. Drew went first. Nothing. Ryan went second. Sh*t. All I remember was a few white little things that I assumed were eggs. (Never seen a lice egg before. So…you know…they were definitely eggs.) It was then that I ordered them both outside (it was July) and grabbed my electric cutting shears. I sat each one of them on top of their Little Tikes ride on truck (I know…not the most stable spot for a cut) and did, what I thought any sane mother would do.
I shaved their heads.
The next day, Ryan had even more nasty white things, and because I didn’t want to get too close to his head (out of fear that one of those eggs would jump onto my head ) I rushed him to my pediatrician, who took one look, and told me that I’d used the wrong shampoo.
Me: What? I used the lice shampoo at the drugstore. I changed his sheets, removed all stuffed animals from his bed and sealed them in garbage bags, vacuumed our entire house and threw out the vacuum bag. I even washed the farking cat in that shampoo. How could he have more eggs?
Doctor: Well, first of all, I’m not sure who told you to shampoo your cat with that stuff. You may want to call your vet after you leave here today. But…anyways…you used the wrong shampoo because your son doesn’t have lice. He has dandruff. Try some Head and Shoulders…and don’t forget to put sunscreen on his scalp, and make him wear a hat….you know…now that he’s bald.
Ohhhhhhh….well color me stupid.
(And the cat was just fine…lice free too!)