Friday, February 20, 2009


Well I did it! I dodged a bullet today!! I guess it's one of the hazards of working in a school....head lice, that is. Every year or so there seems to be an outbreak and this was the "lucky" year! We all heaved a sigh of relief yesterday when our class room seemed unscathed but this morning it was our turn to be screened by the nurses. The kids were all checked before the bus came for bowling and one of our students was sure enough infested! Naturally it was a student whose new hat had been placed on each of our heads earlier this week - YIKES!!! There wasn't time for the nurse to check staff before bowling so I was worked up to a pretty good panic, complete with itchy head, by the time we returned to school. (Did someone say pineapple?)

I nearly ran to the nurses room when we returned to school. I guess the nurses drew straws to see who would get stuck with me - well, my hair actually! It took a nurse and an assistant about 15 minutes to search my hair for bugs......I was ready to throw up! Every time there was a pause I was convinced they'd found a nest! My palms were sweating and I was hyper ventilating. And I was trying to figure out who would actually have the task of raking through my hair for the hours long job if they did indeed find bugs (probably someone with a grudge!) and that maybe I should just buzz it all off and trying to decide what my other options were when the nurse proclaimed me bug free!

I'm sure there'll be a next time - maybe not for lice - but for today, I dodged this bullet!!!


April said...

YAY! I remember having head lice as a kid. YUCK. I have a LOT of hair, but it's all stick straight, thank goodness! Glad you dodged the bullet! :)

Julie said...

Um, well, maybe my kids won't come over tonight. What if there are eggs that haven't hatched yet sitting in your hair?! Lice might almost be worse than Kawasaki's.