this looks like a place I belong ... I know I have looked at this thread before, but I'm not sure if I replied to it. I haven't been around much so far. But anyway ...
Before I forget ...
I just wanted to jump in about the lice. I'm pretty sure you can get rid of them without resorting to head-shaving or mayo, I'll tell you what I did & it worked, and believe me, if I can do it - anyone
can do it.
So actually, we had two rounds of it, several years apart. The first time I got totally freaked out, b/c my babysitter wouldn't take my kids after school (not wanting her kids to catch it, which I could totally relate!) and also they could not go to school (although the school didn't look as closely, my babysitter was paranoid due to having had it happen w/her kids before). But I had to go to work. It took like two months to get rid of them. I was using poison shampoos and furniture treatment, left & right (this was a long time ago before I knew any better) I put all the stuffed animals in the garage in big plastic bags, washed all the bedding in hot water and hot dryer every night, eventually took all the clothes and washed them too and put all but a few outfits in plastic bags in the garage, and finally I actually hired someone to take away all my upholstered furniture to the dump because the lice wouldn't go away and I was desperate. I'm not sure if that worked or if it was a coincidence.
More recently, it happened again. Got the call from dd's friend's mom - friend had very recently slept over. Turned out 2 of my kids had them and the other one, soon to follow. Cosleeping with my little guy, I ended up with them too. Briefly I panicked and used the poison shampoo from the pharmacy on dd, but then I saw live lice crawling around in her head after the treatment, they didn't even look sick! (OK - the not looking sick part is a little joke - but people don't always know when I'm joking even IRL so I thought I'd mention it in case) So I came to my senses and got flea combs, one for each person in the family, at the pet supply store. Then every day, just comb, comb, comb, with a cup of water nearby so you have someplace to put the lice & their eggs when they get stuck in the comb, which they will. I used a straight pin to push them out from the comb & into the cup of water. You need a decent light to be able to see the comb well enough to get the eggs off b/c they are little & hard to see.
The first time combing is the worst (the most time consuming, you get the most lice the first time - I guess because every other time you do it, you just did it yesterday) and as for the one who doesn't like having her hair combed, I think you might be able to do it gently while she sleeps, depending ... it worked well with my son, who was very much against having me comb when awake. You can probably do it for yourself too, I managed with a shoulder injury. I didn't even wash the pillow cases every day. Just kept up with the combing every day, until you realize there are no more lice to get, and a little longer to be sure. I hear you can prevent them by putting tea tree oil in the hair, but I never remember to do this, so I can't say for sure.
Got to run, I will come back & say hello again though.