Tuesday, September 18, 2007

So Far

Katy and I have done about twenty-five loads of laundry in the past four days. We had some unexpected visitors arrive with Qavah; lice. Last Friday night just before sending Qavah home with Julie, I took Qavah’s hair out of the little bun that had been in it since the day we got her, and lurking in that nice cozy place were lice. Julie stopped at Wal-mart and bought a product to help with that but it didn’t phase those lice. The next day there were even more lice than before the treatment. I had worked several hours on the nits but the day after that, there were even more. Then a quick inspection of Katy’s head and mine revealed the unthinkable! After our treatment, Katy and I have been lice-free for two days now. I have been washing, boiling, ironing, cleaning, vacuuming, and trying all kinds of online recipes for ridding Qavah of this problem. A few days ago we cut Qavah’s hair shorter, but finally Paul said, “Qavah, I think it is time to get rid of your hair!” She is adorable with or without hair. And now she is definitely “without” hair. We see her doctor tomorrow and will discuss the infestation. We have never experienced lice before, and I hope this will be the last of them.

In other news, Katy was able to join us for dinner tonight and her grandparents were here for a harp lesson and dinner. The Imuran is helping Katy make it to the next Remicade treatment. Although her pain level is high especially during and after a meal, her inflammation, reflux, hives, and electrolytes are much better controlled. We are so thankful for that. When Katy started experiencing the first signs of needing a treatment I thought, “This will be a long seven days!” But with pain medication and all the laundry keeping us busy, the time has gone quickly.

My title, “So Far,” means that ten years ago I would have really stressed out over the lice. I have come so far. It is a lot of work, but it isn’t life threatening. It is an inconvenience, but I’m eventually going to win. HPS has some miserable health issues associated with it, but because of it I have learned to look at everything else with less dread. I was talking to a builder recently with a very strong southern accent. I was telling him about the complication of trying to work on our air conditioning unit in the attic. He suggested a couple of ways to get into the attic to access the unit and suddenly said, “You ain’t gotta worry about that. It ain’t nothin’ but a thang.” As soon as he said it I liked it! While I am after the microscopic enemy in our home I’ve really been able to say, “It ain’t nothin’ but a thang.”

Comments:
  1. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Good luck with the battle against those little lice!!! I remember when I was very small I picked them up at school - I remember it because of all the horrible things my mom made me bathe in….HA! Katy, I was checking in because I was starting to worry that maybe something was up since I hadn’t seen you around online in a bit. I know several others struggle with this last week before the Remicade, but I’m glad the Imuran is helping…you go girl! I check in when I can - things are really, really hectic these days and I’m not able to do as much as usual. I have a feeling it will be that way for a few months.

  2. Anne Poler Says:

    I’m reminded of another famous case of lice which turned out to be a blessing: the little critters kept the Nazi officers out of the womens’ barracks where Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom were free to hold Bible studies with the other women. They learned to give thanks in all things–even lice! I know you’ll be glad when that situation is over, but I’m glad they’ve provided a bit of a distraction from Katy’s pain. Looking forward to hearing that the next Remicade treatment is providing relief. In the meantime, I’ll be praying for all of you.
    Love,
    Anne

  3. Jes Says:

    Ahh LICE….I think everyone has a story….my sister got them when I was in college and I went home for the weekend and managed to pick the little suckers up….It was terrible to go back and have to deal with it at school…with all of my roommates knowing and judging…But I smile to think of ’so far’ because it’s so true…As a mom - I’ve been puked on, pooped on, bitten, and licked (probably all in the same day)…and that just is off the top of my head. The lice really don’t seem as bad anymore!

    Hang in there with the laundry - it’s no fun but you will win! :)
    We love ya’ll!
    Jes

  4. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dawn,

    That is so true!!! It is just a thang indeed!!!! Oh man, LICE!!! YUCK!!! I remember when my daughter Holly got them. Being visually impaired and Tommy working 2 jobs, it took us FOREVER to get rid of them. We finally cut off all of Holly’s long hair, gave her a boy’s cut, and contacted the doc about something used to treat, and pardon the abrasiveness of this, used to treat crabs!!!! The pediatrician didn’t want todo it at first, but I explained that I was legally blind, and the whole saga, and he finally gave in, and boy was I glad. If you have any stuffed animals, you need to put those in airtight garbage bags, and either throw them away or leave them I think a couple of weeks. I personally threw everything that was a toy that couldn’t be washed away. And I am so sorry for you having todeal with this. But as they say, “And this to shall pass”
    Take care
    Karen Tillman

  5. LInda Burk Says:

    HI..welcome to our world.. the second grade at my school has lice too…and it is in a vrey neighborhood..every year someone brings lice to school…and it spreads VERY fast……..I remember lice with my girls…and they had very long thick hair..yes we got rid of it…but what a mess…and soooo time consuming……….hopefully the worse is behind you…….what a fun story you will tell next year about Qava’s first September…………are you babysitting your grandaughter regularly now? Julianna is expecting a baby girl in Feb. The baby’s name is Cecilia Lynn,,(CeCe Lynn after Jackie Lynn). Maggie is busy planning the baby shower for early Nov. I love ths stories you tell . where is the photo page? Katy mentioned more photos on the photo page…we will have a warm weekend..so I, too, am between seasons with my clothes, Katie. I hope Monday is a great day for all.
    Love, Linda

  6. LInda Burk Says:

    HI..welcome to our world.. the second grade at my school has lice too…and it is in a vrey neighborhood..every year someone brings lice to school…and it spreads VERY fast……..I remember lice with my girls…and they had very long thick hair..yes we got rid of it…but what a mess…and soooo time consuming……….hopefully the worse is behind you…….what a fun story you will tell next year about Qava’s first September…………are you babysitting your grandaughter regularly now? Julianna is expecting a baby girl in Feb. The baby’s name is Cecilia Lynn,,(CeCe Lynn after Jackie Lynn). Maggie is busy planning the baby shower for early Nov. I love ths stories you tell . where is the photo page? Katy mentioned more photos on the photo page…we will have a warm weekend..so I, too, am between seasons with my clothes, Katie. I hope Monday is a great day for all.
    Love, Linda

  7. Sara Says:

    Sorry to hear about the lice. James had lice once. No one else got them though. I remember cleaning everything and putting all the toys in garbage bags after I sprayed them with the insecticide. I left them in for about two weeks. That did the trick. My mother had lice as a little girl. She got it from her cousin. Back then they got rid of lice by pouring kerosene on their heads. I don’t imagine you will try that one! We will be praying for all of this to be taken care of quickly. We also continue to lift Katy up to the Lord for strength and healing. We love you dearly.
    Sara

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