piece of cloth from Van's underwear was crawling alive with lice. It had
been a year ago since we had become infested with Super-resistant
hair-lice but now, here, before me - were hundreds of them.
from memory, these seemed so much more aggressive and active than any I
had seen before. Mol turned to me: "If she has any on her body, the
bath will not have killed them", he said. His eyes showed deep concern.
"You'd better go and check, Larry, while I take a look through the rest
of her clothes".
was still out for the count as I gently slipped back the sheets. She was
burning up with fever. As I scanned her skin with my 8x magnifier, the
heat coming from her body was a tangible thing. It was like putting your
hand over a flame!
beginning to think she was clean of lice until I remembered how they needed
hair to cling to. Vanessa has almost perfect skin with very fine wisps
of hair, except for under her arms, her head, and...
pubic hair was crawling with the little bleeders! I
could see them, clear as daylight, scrabbling excitely over each other
in a race to get to the best feeding spots. Some were big. I could see
them even without the magnifier - pumped up - gorged on her blood!
some of her hair from all four places where hair was abundant and took
them into Mol at the microscope.
from the expression on my face what I had found.
is she?", he asked. "Is her temperature still high?"
as I gave him the hair samples.
call a Doctor, Larry. Maybe she's got something more serious than a few
hair lice, especially if she's been sleeping rough these last few nights?"
I was worried sick but me and Van rarely got involved with the system.
We prefer to sort out our own problems. Mol knew this.
see how she is in the morning", I told him, as we proceeded to look at
the samples under the scope.
know what we were looking for. I guess we were just driven on by our natural
curiousity and our passion and understanding that if you want to solve
a problem, any problem, get out your microscope and look at the issues
There's something else here!" Mol exclaimed.
bent over the scope to take a look!
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