Makes Me Sad...

  1. ... to see a 16 year old with a wig on due to lice.

    I just want to cry. Friday I sent a Little Darling home with the 2nd worst cast of an infestation of lice I have ever seen. She had attempted to treat her hair herself so she would not stress mom out. States she got treatment medication for lice from a friend and treated her hair herself. She also had colored her hair the night before to try to kill what the medication did not kill. There was dead lice all over her head. She even had live ones. Some strands had 4-5 eggs on them. I helped her the best I could waiting on mom. Mom was not aware and I told her what the student told me. Mom came picked her up and was told she would need to be with her when she came back to school on Monday.

    She walks in today and my first thought was "Great! They did get them all out and recolored her hair." Then it dawned on me she was wearing a WIG!!! They "Shaved" her hair off. She had long hair, too.

    I usually try to hide my emotions, but today I was not able to. She asked me if I was going to cry. It didn't help when she looked like she was about to cry. Her mom was here and said that was the only thing they could do to treat. LD said she posted to social media that she went to get her hair cut in neighboring town an they messed it up to try to explain why she was wearing a wig.

    Gave student a pep talk to try to help her cope, but she is one of my quiet LD's and on the fringe. Her good friend was to be with her today to help her, but the friend is testing and since she was late and would walk into a class that already started she opted to go back home and come in normal time tomorrow. I am worried about her being bullied and made fun of. I have notified the counselor and Admin.
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   WineRN
    That makes me tear up just reading that. Poor LD!
  4. by   SaltineQueen
    That makes me sad and angry! That poor girl. Only thing, my a$$.
  5. by   ruby_jane
    You have such a good heart. WOW! Poor sweet girl.
  6. by   MHDNURSE
    Terrible. Kills me that Mom couldn't take a few hours out of her weekend to help her. No idea what the home situation is, and I ma likely making assumptions mom is around and has time but just makes me really sad.
  7. by   GdBSN
    This breaks my heart This poor girl. I hope she has a lot of close friends around her to help support her through this.
  8. by   OldDude
    sad...
  9. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Ugh, that is heart breaking. Especially at that age. Ugh. If mom only knew the damage she was doing.
  10. by   MrsNurse08
    Yep! I had a dad cut his daughter's hair real short. Smh. It's very sad....
  11. by   scuba nurse
    Oh that happened to a first grader of mine, she was the CUTEST little girl, but had HORRIBLE lice, they couldn't seem to get rid of it, so they shaved her head. But didn't get her a wig. She was still an adorable child, but bald...so sad. I told the parents they didnt have to do that, but they insisted.
  12. by   NutmeggeRN
    Ughh just ughhh
  13. by   nmr79
    That hurts my heart. Poor kiddo.
  14. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Quote from scuba nurse
    Oh that happened to a first grader of mine, she was the CUTEST little girl, but had HORRIBLE lice, they couldn't seem to get rid of it, so they shaved her head. But didn't get her a wig. She was still an adorable child, but bald...so sad. I told the parents they didnt have to do that, but they insisted.
    I had a kiddo with persistent lice. Staff had told me that the previous year dad had shaved her cute little head and she was beyond bullied for it. So when the dad picked her up and said he was shaving her head, I said "That is NOT a solution, do NOT shave her head!" Did I overstep, yes. He's dad, he can do whatever he wants. Would I do it again? Absolutely.

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