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I carry disease! I enjoy opera! [Apr. 30th, 2005|02:50 am]
[mood |lousy]

At least half of ratbert's line is currently true for me: I have lice. Found out yeterday.
The thing about it is, the actual lice aren't so bad. They really don't hurt that much, certainly not in contrast to the comb needed to extract them. But knowing that they're there causes my scalp to itch a lot. It also changes how I interact with people: I don't wander into lounges or other people's rooms anymore. I have to be careful about what I'm wearing, although I'm not sure why I'm worried about that because that only stops reinfestation, and I haven't stopped the first one yet. Feel guilty for going out in public, and that I have to tell people that I've got 'em. And know that people are freaking out. It's a very different feeling from being sick: here I feel like I didn't do enough to prevent them, and know I have to work extra hard to get them out. Maybe because if I just sit they eat my brain forever. Myabe because this sor of thing spreading isn't assumed the way it is for most diseases around here: lice aren't transmitted by air, after all.
Tried a licekilling shampoo from the pharmacy last night. Definitely didn't work. Now finding things from the internet that I hope will help.
I have also cut my hair. Much shorter than I ever wanted it to be again. Right about shoulder length, which isn't quite enough to pull back. But it definitely makes using a nit comb easier.
Fortunately, I sort of have the time to do all the work it takes. And Zee has been incredibly helpful: if not for her I still wouldn't know I had them. I just hope she doesn't get them, because that would be a terrible reward for some truly remarkable acts of friendship.

[User Picture]From: abmann
2005-04-30 06:25 am (UTC)
Lice sucks hard. My freshman year Gretchen got lice from soe one at the Paradise and managed to give them to me.

Make sure you spray down your bedding adn any car headrests you may have leaned against. She kept re-infesting her self because of her car seat. To be safe, I'd say wash every fabric you own ever day or two.

I remember using the shampoo stuff. I was sitting in the shower room in Blaisdell letting it work in. Apparently it's so noxious that the little bastards were literally jumping off my head into my lap. I had two that did that and got smushed. :)
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[User Picture]From: gentlest_sin
2005-04-30 09:18 am (UTC)
Heh. "lousy." Good choice of words

My sister had lice awhile ago. I was lucky not to get them, but I know enough about how it goes that they don't freak me out.
The best suggestion I have is also the worst. The qucikest way to kill them is to saturate your head with crisco. I'm serious--grease smothers them. it also takes weeks to get out of your hair. However, I don't think that's a very exciting option for you, right at the end of the year, saying goodbye to people, enjoying the last few moments of `04-`05. But if yuo're desperate, it does work.
Sorry about all that :( I hope the lice decide you taste icky and want to leave you alone soon.
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[User Picture]From: chuzhuzhe
2005-04-30 11:42 am (UTC)
I admit to being a little freaked out, but I realize its just my latent hypochondriac trying to get out, and I've been fighting her for years. :) I think you've been really responsible and awesome about the whole thing. Its definitely not your fault you have them, and I hope they go away soon.
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[User Picture]From: lady_fox
2005-04-30 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ugh to the yuck. I'm sorry. I've had lice before, and it sucked. Good luck with everything. It's a pain. *hug*
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[User Picture]From: phoenix_snake
2005-05-02 11:20 am (UTC)
dito everyone else
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