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Update on girl with lice
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KellyGa    Posted 09-09-2003 at 06:04:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if y'all remember. but some of you do. I had a little girl always wanting to play with Shelby down the road. Problem was she had lice continuously. Didn't know how to handle it, her mom is crazy, her dad in jail, and she stays with her grandaddy, who looks to be 70, which by the way is now also taking care of Brandy's (thats the gilrs name) little sister, who is almost 2. That poor man is taking on a lot, but what choice does he have I guess.
Well, anyway I had the yard sale again this past weekend, an of course she was around. She is a sweet sweet girl. So, she wanted to come in the house, and so I let her, and another friend of Shelbys. Later, ( I know I should have done this before I let her in, but it just happened) I decided to just take the bull by the horns and talk to her. She is 10 by the way.
The other friend went home, and I sent Shelby t my room to go play online, or a game or something, because I didn't think it was appropriate to talk to her in front of others, it might embarrass her. So, I didn't go into all the falderall of how I knew aou it, and all that. I just askd her right out, dd she have lice right now? She said she didn't think so. I told her I wasn't trying to upset her or embarrass her, but could I plese just check her head and see for myself for sure. She sid sure, so we went to the bathroom, and I looked thouroughly. I didn't see anything. So, we are in the clear. I proceeded to ask her who she was getting it from all the time. Well, she says all the hispanics at her school always have them. That poor girl. Supposedly the school checks their heads, sometimes. I found out that your not supposed to use that lice shampoo all the time, but he HAS to every weekend, just to be sure she doesn't have it. I guess it would be pointless to wait until your infested, might as well go ahead, your gonna have to use it anyway. So, seeing that she didn't have any, and her hair always looks so ratty, I told her to go on home that evening and wash it like always, and come back in the morning and I would french braid her hair for her. It is amazing how excited such a simple interaction with a "mom" figure will make a girl who is deprived of that female interaction. So the next morning she was saying her Pop was gonna trim her hair, but his hands shake real bad. OH NO, I said, and went and got my hairdresser scissors. I trimmed her hair up nice for her, and gave her to nice french braids on each side of her head, and he was just a happy as a pig in mud. I was glad to have made her feel better about herself.
So, that is the story. She HAS to go to school, so she HAS to use the lice treatment every weekend. No way out of it.


Jimbob    Posted 09-10-2003 at 19:23:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad to hear the good news. I never forgot that story- poor little thing.


Sid    Posted 09-09-2003 at 21:09:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is my opinion that you have done more good than a dozen beuracrats. Way to go Kelly, I know this is a gal thing but I heard that regular shampooing followed by using a blow drier does good on helping with head lice is this even a possibility in this situaton?


Maggie/TX    Posted 09-09-2003 at 21:31:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, Sid, I heard the same thing about blow dryers. I heard that lice don't like dry heat, therefore the blow dryers are good for lice control, as well as using an automatic clothes dryer (set on high heat) on linens and pillows, etc.
You know, that gives me an idea for Kelly. They have blow dryers now for less than $10. Maybe that would be a good present for this little girl? She could use it to style her little sister's hair and maybe even grandpa will let her dry his hair with it.


June    Posted 09-09-2003 at 12:53:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good job, Kelly! Your story made me smile, as there were good women from outside my family in my life, too, when I was a child. They influenced me tremendously and taught me so much.

Is there a way you can either teach this child, or find a qualified person to teach her about avoiding reinfestation? If she avoids sharing combs, brushes, hair ornaments, caps, coats, etc., at school, she should remain free of lice. How about her grandpa? Could he have become infested and not know it? Ten is old enough to learn how to avoid catching these pests again. She may or may not be catching them at school, and learning how to avoid catching them is her best tool.

Someone has to stop her grandpa from using the lice shampoo on this child on a weekly basis. The shampoo is a powerful pesticide and will be harmful to her young, growing body, as well as her sister's. Maybe education is the key here. If there isn't a school nurse available, how about a county health nurse or any local nurse who would be willing to work with the family on a one to one basis? I haven't followed this story regularly, so you may already have tried these methods. I suspect this young girl welcomes any attention you could spare, and asking her if you can inspect her hair and scalp will not offend her. Learn yourself, and teach her as best you can. You're already showing her love.


Maggie/TX    Posted 09-09-2003 at 08:42:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, you did GREAT! You handled that just right and it makes me happy that you gave that little girl the extra 'female' attention that she so badly needs. :)


Ron,Ar    Posted 09-09-2003 at 07:42:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
You did good!!!


Annie in KY    Posted 09-09-2003 at 07:03:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
That little girl crossed my mind occassionally after hearing your story. So glad you made a difference in her life. Keep it up!


Sorry about    Posted 09-09-2003 at 06:39:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
the bad spelling. My keyboard doesn't always type what I put into it. Don't type hard enough or something. But anyway, it wouldn't go back so I could correct my words, so I just posted like it was.


Ain't it great.....    Posted 09-09-2003 at 06:32:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
when you can bring a smile to a child's face? You did good Kelly....God Bless! Clipper :^)


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