How Wine, Pesticides and Bugs Made Me Part of a Secret Society
By Hilary Reeser
Owner, Lice Clinics of America – Harrisburg
When my daughter brought home lice seven years ago, it was my first introduction to “Satan’s Bugs”. Fortunately, the liquor store happened to be beside the CVS, so I was able to do some one stop shopping for pesticides and wine. I think for every bottle I dumped on her head, a bottle may have been consumed. Don’t judge – I was desperate! Desperate to get the bugs out and to keep my sanity doing it! I was one of those Moms that even though the bottle clearly says not to use it again unless you see bugs (the pesticide, not the wine), I doused her head a second time probably three days later. Then it got worse. There it was. I could see it glistening in the mirror. An egg. IN MY OWN HAIR! Are you kidding me? Little did I know, I was now part of a secret society. The “Moms Who Got Lice From Their Kids Society”.
We are an elite group, and having survived our first infestation, we are wiser. We are the ones that will freak out at the school holiday party when we see kids sharing hats. We wear our tea tree oil spray like a badge of honor. Our rank is determined by how many live bugs we pulled from our own head. We can hold a lice comb in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. We are the 80% of moms who received lice from one of our own children. To all my Sisters in Lice – I salute you!
As the owner of Lice Clinics of America – Harrisburg, I get to meet new members of our secret society every day. They too have tried the OTC treatments, just to find they aren’t working any more. I am glad I have helped so many fellow Moms rid themselves and their households of the pesky critters with our FDA-cleared medical device, the AirAlle’. To all my past and future Mom clients, welcome to the club.