Once upon a time, dealing with head lice was the last thing on my mind. I had not had it since I was a young child, nor had I had to tackle it with my children. We were busily dealing with home renovations after a sewage backup, searching for a lost cat, and looking for new jobs when our heads began to itch. Initially, I thought maybe my shampoo was bothering me or I had some other skin problem. I tried new shampoos for sensitive scalps, essential oils, allergy pills and nothing would alleviate the itch. I was miserable. I did have my husband look through my hair to see if he could see anything, but lice are sneaky and tiny, so nothing was found. Reluctantly, I went away for a girls scrapbooking weekend and continued to itch.
The next morning, I finally scratched something tiny out of my hair. With my reading glasses and bright sunlight from the window, I could just make out a tiny bug. I was mortified. I called my husband and told him I thought I had lice and he said he suspected our 12-year-old daughter did as well. With so many other things going on, it seemed like an overwhelming problem to add and I wanted to break down and cry. I certainly did not want to share my news with the other women on the trip. I feared if I shared with anyone else I was with they would make me leave or shun me. Head lice have a bad reputation. I had cooties and no one else would want them. I needed a plan!!
Even though I lived with lice for three to four weeks before I knew I had it, I could not sleep once I knew it was there. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I had a lice removal specialist come to my house Sunday night. I couldn't wait another night to start getting rid of the tiny bugs. My husband took our 12-year-old daughter to a lice removal salon and they treated her and informed him about the misconceptions about lice. Super deep cleaning was not necessary. I did not have to ruin my pillow by putting it in the washer. I only needed to change the pillowcases. Our pets were safe. There was so much I did not know!
After my daughter and I had our hair treated, we drove around the neighborhood and found our lost cat. Things began “looking up.’ My husband and I began to talk about how a lice removal service was needed closer to where we live. He, being the entrepreneur, began to get excited about making this business our own. I completed The Shepherd Institute’s program of training and certification. Spending a week under Katie Shepherd was a great learning experience and has given me the knowledge and skills necessary to help others. We are looking forward to helping others lives to begin “looking up” after their experience with lice.