This article teaches about the social problems with head-lice, or at least one aspect of it... the creatures themselves... and offers both help and some startling facts about coping with and eradicating infestations.
It is based on a true incident to myself and my partner. Presentation of the facts alone would produce a clinical article without showing the real effect an infestation causes on intimate social relationships, I have therefore reconstructed the real-life event in an unusual way to capture the difficulties caused by being invaded by this parasite... and to show that lice do not make choices about living on clean or unclean people: anyone can get them no matter how much time is spent on hygiene and health. I have used artistic licence to entertain, whilst hopefully teaching, and to bring you into full contact with the incident and the emotions it provoked.
I do not believe science or microscopy should
be clinically isolated from cause and effect to our social standing. In
mixing drama, which is - after all, part of our daily lives - with the
study of things affecting us from the micro world, I have used imagery
which may prove unsuitable for very young people not yet conversant with
adult life. There is nothing here in this article which is pornographic
or unduly violent, and the ratings with RSAC indicate most pages to be
fairly acceptable to most audiences, but there are images and content here
best understood by mature minds. I therefore suggest this article
is best seen by adults, or by non-adults with parental consent and accompaniment.
If it were a film, I would mark is as PG. I have created these pages in
good faith to entertain and to educate about a growing problem which affects
many lives... and to demonstrate you don't always have to keep such things
quiet for fear of human ignorance and prejudice.
my kind regards,