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When Lice Shampoo #1 doesn't work, we treat Siena's hair with Listerine based on a friend's recommendation on Facebook. 500mg Motilium, She stinks of mouthwash for days, but I am perversely excited to comb out a bunch of dead baby lice (nymphs would be the technical term) after the treatment. Discount Motilium, These bugs are too young to have laid eggs, and I don't see any nits. I begin to dare to hope that we are breaking the cycle and getting past this Time of Awfulness.
The next day I find four adult lice in my own hair.
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The combing sessions continue to take a toll on my relationship with Siena. When I'm not terrorizing her with the nit comb, I'm constantly yelling at her to keep her hair in a ponytail, does she want to give us all lice again for Pete's sake, Motilium india, and things like that. Her already teenager-ish attitude gets even sassier, just as my patience levels hit rock bottom. Motilium uk, We need a mediator just to get through conversations like "What kind of cereal do you want for breakfast?" but of course, I resent Matt for trying to mediate and do my best to make him regret stepping in.
A much-needed weekend restores much of my sanity and Siena and I plan a girls' day. We head out for brunch, school shopping, a haircut for her (thinking we just might have eradicated the lice; if not, at least a trim will make the combing easier) and a movie, Discount Motilium. We're both excited as we agree on croissants and orange juice to start our day, then are immediately thrown into conflict when she resists my choice of bakery, 20mg Motilium. I consider giving up on the whole plan and just going home to do more laundry. Instead, I manage to convince her that this particular award-winning bakery knows what they're doing when it comes to breakfast, 10mg Motilium, then we get to the front of the line and learn they're out of orange juice. I bring her lemonade to the table and she immediately launches a tirade about how she knew this was a bad idea, she knew we should have gone somewhere else, etc. Discount Motilium, Things improve when her cinnamon roll is delicious and I gently suggest she get over the bad mood or we can go home. Somehow, Motilium paypal, I find the deeply-hidden reserve of patience to say this nicely, rather than as a snarled threat, and she stops grousing. Motilium coupon, *****
We're happily chatting, Siena enthusiastically explaining something to me in her highly-detailed way (look at the length of this post; I wonder where she gets it...) when an older woman stops by our table on her way out:
"I just want to tell you how much joy it gives me to see you two together. It's beautiful."
I thank her, surprised, and after she leaves Siena asks if we know her, 50mg Motilium.
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On the way to her haircut, 100mg Motilium, Siena tells me she wants to cut her hair to just past her shoulders. My length.
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After successfully finding all billion items on her school supply list, we head to the movie theater. Motilium mexico, I've heard good things about Brave but don't know much about the plot. I am surprised to find it's a mother-daughter story of conflict and forgiveness, of two stubborn people finding a way to love each other and accept each other's differences. I am even more surprised when Siena climbs into my lap during a particularly scary bear scene. She's eight, fiercely independent, and tough as nails. She loves to brag about how various Harry Potter scenes are "NOT scary AT ALL" to her, Discount Motilium. It's been years since she wanted to sit on my lap or even hold my hand during a movie. I wrap my arms around her and squeeze tightly, as much for myself as for her.
The movie ends and we continue to sit in the dark theater. She leans back into my shoulder, nestles her head against mine, and stretches her legs out to the empty seat in front of us. I have a fleeting vision of previously undetected lice crawling out of her hair and into mine -- is all my obsessive cleaning, combing, and overreacting about to be undone by a re-infestation. As quickly as the thought enters my mind, I answer it. I don't care.
We sit like that until the credits are over, then she slings my purse over her shoulder and we hold hands as we leave the theater.
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