Thursday, October 25, 2012

Psychological Components of Lice

The other day I had a call from a mother who was convinced her family had lice. I grabbed my stuff and headed over to one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Toronto. I was greeted by a lovely lady and her two small children. A quick check and comb out revealed that the children were lice free. When the kids don't have it the parents won't have it either! But the mother said she could feel them crawling on her scalp and on her shoulders. Well when people report these symptoms I almost always know that it is psychological case of lice! So I checked the mother and she was all clear too. So I asked her to show me what she was finding that made her think she had lice. Upstairs to the bathroom we went and she pointed out a lot of dandruff! With people turning on their heating systems I think some peoples scalps are more dandruffy! While we were doing this she starting telling me about what was going on with school and I got a clear picture as to why she had a case of "lice on the brain". This mother had been volunteering in her childrens class on the day of the lice checks! She had helped the children undo their pigtails and then braided kids hair back up. Then she was talking to others about lice - her daughters class hadn't found any cases but every other class had at least one case. She was definitely on the alert at that point! Then her kids had attended birthday parties where lice had been present. All of sudden her head was started to feel itchy! And she became more aware of her children touching their heads. And then to see the white things in her hair and she was convinced that her family was crawling with the critters! I was glad to be there to combat her fears and let her know that her family was lice free! She also now has the greatest tool to detect lice - the Terminator Nit Free Comb! Which I think is great. If you ever get lice on the brain you can just comb your hair and have a quick diagnosis. If you have lice the comb will give you evidence if you don't the comb will be clear and you can take a deep breath and ask your brain to stop playing tricks on you! Hope you are enjoying a lice free day! Toronto Lice Lady

Monday, October 1, 2012

Its good to be friends with a lice lady!

Boy you sure can get busy with life. Its been a while since I blogged but there have been lots of stories that I need to tell! One evening I was reading to my kids and heard a knock at my front door. Who could that be at 9pm? Well I checked my door and there was one of my good friends with a terrified look on her face. She had just discovered lice on her daughters head! Well what could I do but invite them in and get to work! The funniest part was that I was at my friends house the day before for dinner. And its always my dream to spot someone with lice while I'm out and about. While waiting in line at grocery stores or amusement parks I run my gaze over everyones head. Never found anything but I look. So there I was at my friends house completely oblivious that there turned out to be FIVE cases of lice also at the party! As soon as I confirmed the lice case we had to call our other friend and soon my house was a lice party! Trying to keep my kids in bed while their friends were downstairs getting their hair combed. We were up til 1130pm taking care of everyone. I was glad that I could be there for my friends in their time of need. And next time a kid tells you their head is itchy don't tell then it must be mosquitoe bites! Come see the Toronto Lice Lady! LOL