I have this friend, let’s call her K. K comes to my house a lot. This is fine, until it’s not. K has been banished from my house for the last 2 weeks and into the foreseeable future.
A few weeks ago, I was in the car with K and her two children. The youngest shows me a bug she’s just pulled out of her hair. This is not just any bug. It is the biggest louse I have ever seen.
She then throws it on the floor of the car. I look at K and tell her that the bug I just saw meant her child had lice. K says that her daughter has been telling her she’s had bugs in her hair for a week. That’s right, a week.
K goes home to treat her house and kids.
I go home and wash everything I own and do treatment on me and my son, as K and her children have been in my house almost every day during this week of K’s daughter pulling bugs out of her hair, and lice spread quickly to anything they come into contact with. My son and I do not have anything in our heads, thank goodness. Order is restored.
Two weeks pass.
It happens again. I clean my entire house again. I am pissed. My husband is pissed.
We tell them that until they are parasite-free they are not allowed to come back to our house. We feel as if this is common sense. We feel that they should have warned us about this issue before stepping foot into our house. It is our house, our decision, whether or not we allow them to bring parasites into our home.
They are mad. They think we’re being extreme. They have been dropping their kids off at other people’s houses to play/spend the night, and they continue to have people over to their house to play/spend the night.
It pisses me off that I’ve had to clean my house from top to bottom twice because K is so nonchalant about bringing her bug-infested children into my home. I understand that our bodies are made in a way that exposure to germs can help boost our immune systems, but I do not think there is anything useful about sharing parasites.
I have read that it takes 1-2 weeks for a louse to hatch and mature. Therefore, K and her family are not allowed back into our house until it has been at least 2 weeks since they have seen the last nit. A few days ago, she told me that there were still a couple of nits pulled out of her child’s hair in the last couple of days.
Do you think my husband and I have lost our minds to be so extreme about this issue?