Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Politically Incorrect

Ok, I probably should not be posting all of this. But it is my life and my rant and the chips are just going to have to fall as they may.

At the end of last year Jessie came home from school with head lice. Eeuw. But we dealt with it. As some of you know, she is 4-1/2 and has never had her hair cut. I have not had my hair cut since she was born and it is between my waist and my butt. She passed them to me. Eeeuw. We dealt. I nitpicked until my fingers bled. Literally. But we got over it. It took through January, but we got.over.it. (Though my head is itching again just thinking about it.)

I just came from the school and, oh joy, now they have pinworms going around! What the hell is it with the south?!? When it was announced that there were pinworms in one of the classes many parents piped up with really grotendous stories of how their parents had to deal with them... I never had lice, I never had pinworms, I never had cooties of *any* kind! Is it because I grew up in Montana and life there is just too harsh to pass around all this s*it?

Now I have the joy of looking at my child's butt in the middle of the night with a flashlight... and that is just the beginning. I am opening a bottle of lovely California red right now and drowning my sorrows in AJB Super Tuscan 2002 and 'The Princess Bride' on dvd (J's pick for a treat as D is out of town and she misses her Daddy) .

7 comments:

Forestcats said...

HUGE HUGS...

The lice thing is very common. The one girl that got it in Jr High got the damn name Bugs and it STUCK.

Besides pin worms the south is known for hook worms, walking in bare feet is a common way they spread.

IMHO sloven parenting is the reason these spread repeatedly.

Bill Paley said...

Poor kiddo.

No, such things happen occasionally here, too.

Jodi said...

I grew up in the South and never had either. I work with kids in L.A. though and yeah, those things are everyone. As an adult, I've caught ringworm from kids many times.

Brenda Griffith said...

Ringworm?!? Now I have to worry about ringworm?!? Yikes!

Barbara Muth said...

Okay. I grew up in the south. Well sort of. Most of my growing up was in Daytona Beach and Gainsville Florida with a few intervening years up north. I ran barefoot everywhere. I played in the dirt. I bit my nails. Never got lice or pinworms (though one of my sisters did). It's all gross, but it could be worse. We didn't have scorpions or rats or rattlesnakes. (Okay there is an occassional renegade alligator, but I never encountered one of them!)

One of these days we have to have a few glasses of wine and then I'll tell you all the yucky stories from my years living in South America....


ringworms and pinworms and lice! Oh my!

Bill Paley said...

When I worked in a summer camp in North Carolina, there was an increased risk of impetigo, too.

Feel free to worry.

Brenda Griffith said...

Oh good, a new one that I have never even HEARD of before. Maybe the CDC has a nice webpage on impetigo too (they have a pretty good one pinworms and the Harvard School of Public Health has a good one on lice). Again I have to ask, what did people do before the internet?