By Dana Garrett-Estrada, LIceDoctors Technician
So… like most moms, I keep pretty busy. You know, typical-type stuff - husband, children, work, home - all the activities that make life fulfilling, and at the same time, stressful and exhausting. Sometimes it seems as though my mind is running a million miles a minute with no single place to land and the Mom-guilt overrides all other productive thinking. Those moments are pretty normal... right?
Let me step back a little bit to let you in on what’s going on in my head right now. An average Day-In-The-Life-Of would include getting up pretty early, letting the dog outside after a good belly rub, turning on the coffee pot, waking up the children to get ready for school, turning on the shower, selecting my clothes, and proceeding with the process of getting ready for work. Out the door before 7:00 a.m. is a good day, kids in tow, and off to work and school we go. I spend a crazy-busy day teaching in a classroom full of kiddos; attending meetings in the middle of the day and after school, rushing from one to the next and then back to the classroom. The work day ends, and I rush through traffic to pick up my older daughter. Then I run any errands, make dinner, clean up, grade papers, maybe watch some television, etc. I hope you’re following me through my day.
If I miss a beat at home, with my own small-ish world, it’s forgivable. Isn’t it? (Oh, did I add in that I also work for LiceDoctors in the evenings and weekends?) So, well, I missed a beat just recently. My own daughter showed up with a full-blown case of head lice.
You would think that a mom, a teacher, a woman whose had head lice herself throughout the years growing up in South Texas, AND a LiceDoctors technician would be on constant guard for the nasty buggers and notice them at home. Well, I didn’t… not until it was the worst case I’ve ever encountered - EVER!
She and I are standing at the bathroom mirror together one evening getting ready for bed. I look over at her to say something, and I can literally see a head-full of nits and even several live bugs crawling through her beautiful long, brown locks. I have to say, I freak out! I’m not calm; I’m not even quiet or gentle.
I just say quite loudly, “Oh my gosh! You have head lice!”
Without even waiting for any sort of response, I start picking through her hair and pulling sticky little nits down the strands and out of her pretty bug-ridden hair. I even have an opportunity to remove two live bugs from her hair, between my thumb and forefinger, and wash them down the sink. The mom-guilt rears its ugly head!
As my teen daughter would say, “Scandalous!”
Regardless, like any mom would do, all else in the world drops to the bottom of the priority list, and I immediately move her into better lighting and sit her down, knowing we will now be spending our evening using the trusted LiceDoctors protocol of treating and removing head lice, first on her head and then moving to the rest of the family. Thankfully, somehow, magically, no one else had nits or bugs, and this was simply that which cannot be explained. But, I was so grateful anyway, and we continued to use the follow-up treatment, ensuring the household was lice-free.
Currently, I am looking forward to our summer break and being able to spend time with my family, running around crazily from one activity to another. I love these days, even though they continue to be hectic and exhausting and, yes, sometimes even stressful. I’m continuing to try and find the balance between work, activities, and family. I keep hearing about this amazing pot at the end of the rainbow called balance. I hope someone out there has and is finding it, this magical utopian “balance.” I, for one, continue this journey, and have seen first hand that anyone can get head lice, anyone can have a horrendous case of head lice, even the daughter of a lice technician!
If you live the Aurora area and find that your child has head lice, heed the words of lice technician, Dana: anyone can have lice. Dana had the expertise to eradicate an infestation based on years of experience. If you find lice in your family, call LiceDoctors at 720-292-1991 for professional help in the privacy of your own home.