WHERE'S BEST TO LIVE IN NZ AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW: PART 5!

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AngryBeaver Tue 27-Nov-12 09:01:29

Look at us Chatty Cathy's!
Justa oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<breathes>ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
(I'm not sure grin)

justaboutchilledout Tue 27-Nov-12 09:11:00

grin Oh dear. Well, a good way to check is - when you pulled them out of the hair, 20 min after applying the lotion, were they all dead/not moving?

justaboutchilledout Tue 27-Nov-12 09:11:32

(can't believe we are having this conversation at the beginning of a thread, it will put every potential emigrant off forever)

AngryBeaver Tue 27-Nov-12 09:14:32

grin
I don't know if they were dead 20 minutes after! I washed the filthy little fuckers down the sink saying "DIE you filthy little fucker DIE!"
Does that help?
grin

justaboutchilledout Tue 27-Nov-12 09:18:59

grin Give it a few days, see what turns up...

AngryBeaver Tue 27-Nov-12 09:25:41

It had better be vodka!

thelittlestkiwi Tue 27-Nov-12 09:33:52

Checking in.....

AB- I've been told it's inevitable here..... So far DD has avoided them but they are rife at nursery. They have banned shared hats this year.

Are they always black? I've never seen one but am always worried.

justaboutchilledout Tue 27-Nov-12 09:34:14

LOL.

Seriously, don't worry. Whatever shampoo you used, you have probably got rid of all or almost all of the hatched ones by wetcombing.
Now what you do is wetcomb again in 48 hours, then again 48 hours later, then again....you get the picture. For some time.
That way you catch the little bastards as they hatch, before they can lay more eggs, and you break the cycle. We found the suffocation stuff was helpful - can't remember the exact one we used.

OR you can do what most of my friends do here, they wetcomb once a week and gradually reduce the number as it were, but this approach is a bit laidback, and lots of cross-infection risks across the family.

We actually bought one of the electric combs - this helps quite a bit cos you can do the kids' heads when they are dry - but it only catches the bigger little bastards so you have to live with the idea of small little ones hatching and not being caught immediately.

HTH.

vvviola Tue 27-Nov-12 09:36:23

shudder

I've been itching since I heard they were back in DD1's classroom. She appears to be fine.

We have a great kids shampoo that contains natural repellent - but it's nearly all gone. When I asked in the chemist about it, the lady looked at me in complete awe and said "wow, that's a great idea. We don't have that". I might have to add it to the list of stuff I get people to bring over for me grin

DH is trying to get me to go to the doc in the morning for my shoulder, whether it's worse or not. I'm unconvinced as I'm not sure they can say much other than take painkillers, which I'm already doing. Although maybe they (or somebody more knowledgeable than I) can tell me how I managed to hurt my ear...

justaboutchilledout Tue 27-Nov-12 09:37:32

DH is right.

Go and see a Dr. Then go and get some free physio on your shoulder.

Gosh I am bossy tonight, aren't I?

vvviola Tue 27-Nov-12 09:43:52

You should change your name to justaboutisbossy or more correctly justaboutisright wink

I shall probably do as I'm told. If only because I'm so aware of the tenderness that I know I'm holding stiffly which can't be helping.

But I will admit that I'd feel a bit daft going in for a sore shoulder. You'd never do it in Ireland!

vvviola Tue 27-Nov-12 09:48:38

Oh sod it. This has been bothering me all evening and to save me the humiliation of either posting on the main boards or calling my mother I'm going to ask you lovely sensible people.blush

Both DDs were in the car. Securely strapped into car seats. Both burst out crying on impact. They both seem fine afterwards. DD1 had a small red mark on her shoulder, DD2 was more interested in going walking once she got out of the car. They weren't examined, but the St John's woman did look at them and chat to DD1 when she was talking to me.

There's no chance there could be some hidden injury that we missed, right? I mean, I hurt, but they seem ok.

See why I asked here where you'll all be nice to me. I think the whole thing shook me a bit. blushblushblush

justaboutchilledout Tue 27-Nov-12 09:55:57

Not daft at all.

I think you would see something in the next few hours, pain, discomfort, swelling, unusual sleepiness, if there was a hidden injury.

I am also superimpressed by St John, if they had a look and weren't fussed I would trust them.

vvviola Tue 27-Nov-12 09:59:25

Thanks justa. That's kind of what I thought, but needed confirmation. Good to hear you were impressed with St Johns.

At least DD2's frequent waking will give me plenty of chances to check up on them both overnight grin

frikonastick Tue 27-Nov-12 10:21:36

nits are the devils work!!!!!!!

i am the least squemish person i know. seriously. nothing bothers me.

until nits.

when DD came home from school with them i actually thought i was going to pass out. or throw up. or both.

i had to hand the whole thing over to DH, i cant even do the shampooing and combing oh god i want to throw up just typing about it.

and i make DH check my hair every day now. i literally cant bear the thought.

DH was like, hes been waiting years for me to finally go over the edge, but never would have thought it would be nits that was the final push!!!

i know there is too many exclamation marks on this, but seriously, the horror

frikonastick Tue 27-Nov-12 10:22:13

god sorry vvviola, about your car accident.

bloody nit thing totally threw me off

vvviola Tue 27-Nov-12 10:36:29

Oh frikonastick nits would throw anyone off grin

And it was really more of a car bump than an accident. I'm just a bit of a wimp.

Important note to all potential expats: NZ is lovely. I can assure you most days don't revolve around car bumps & nits. Really. grin

thelittlestkiwi Tue 27-Nov-12 10:39:17

Vvviola - defined Dr. You should probably report it for access just in case. I don't understand how access world though? Anyone ? Be kind to yourself. Car accidents are horrid. I had a close miss a few weeks ago and was totally shaken. So take care.

thelittlestkiwi Tue 27-Nov-12 11:02:02

Acc not access. Doh!

kiwidreamer Tue 27-Nov-12 13:04:47

Sorry to hear about your car bump vvviola that sounds v scary, hope you got off to the Drs... better safe than sorry! Did you hear about that MN Blogger who had terrible terrible back pain for years and it wasn't until another random MNetter connected the dots for her about an accident with a glass shower door that the MN Blogger had the light bulb moment that she might not have a degenerative condition but that the pain was caused by that accident. Anyhoo... better safe than sore!

Nits are just the absolute worst... tho I do remember one year at the beach they had an infestation of flesh burrowy type lice things, they were fecking disgusting and I didn't go to the beach for a loooooooooooong time after that!!!! The Nitty Gritty comb is what all the UK mums rave about, it is designed to get the eggs as well as the live buggers and its about £6 from Amazon, I stashed one in the bathroom drawer before DS even started school. Actually his preschool in a vair nice area had two outbreaks in the year he attended... so ya know... its not just a manky NZ thing wink

And congrats on thread 5 <chink>

Less than four weeks til we fly out now, soooooooooooo excited, lets all pray really really really hard for some sunshine for Xmas / New Years and at least the first half of Jan pleassssssssssssssse!

WhatSheSaid Tue 27-Nov-12 18:46:04

Marking my place.

We've never had nits but I KNOW that by writing that I have condemned us to a massive outbreak of them within the next week.

AngryBeaver Tue 27-Nov-12 19:51:36

Sorry meerkate...in my blind panic, my thread ettiquette totally went out the window! Your conference thingy sounded really cool. A pleb like me would be out of my depth there amid such intellectuals me thinks!
The guy that said that about the bible though,Richard someone wasn't it?Haven't time to go to old thread and check!) sounded like my type of bloke. Not taking everything literally,and being subjective.
My ILS could do with a sermon from him.

Vvviola get yee to the docs I reckon. And yes, agree that bangs are very unnerving indeed. I had a smash (was my fault, shunted back of a taxi at a junction, he appeared to move off and I looked to my right to go after him and accelerated, but he had stalled so I hit him blush) Anyway, I was really upset for ages and kept having slo mo's of the accident and feeling the impact.
(But I am a bit of a pansy! You may be made of sterner stuff!)

So really empathise, hope you and the family are ok. Here,have more thanks

kiwi fingers crossed and squeezed.
And I find a clench always helps
<altogether now>
grin

AngryBeaver Tue 27-Nov-12 19:55:41

etiquette
and frick yes, there is just something about an infestation that sends one wibbly isn't there?? VILE.

meerkate Tue 27-Nov-12 20:23:04

shock announcement coming up...DD has had nits for EIGHTEEN MONTHS shock we have adapted over the months to treating it as a sort of chronic condition that has to be lived with, rather than an acute one!! I lose count of the hours I have spent communing with her little creatures, I really do. Have tried absolutely everything chemical and now just comb away with the old nitty gritty comb and some conditioner, and vaguely control it that way - I just can't imagine managing to rid her of them altogether any more. One day...She has long, fine hair, which I think is the difficulty. She is talking about a radical haircut, so I am keeping my fingers crossed smile

meerkate Tue 27-Nov-12 20:27:05

PS vvviola don't worry about your kids, they sound fine, but I would take them to the docs anyway just for your peace of mind, if you're anxious about it at all, the doctor will totally understand xxx and AB YES richard holloway is great as an antidote to all the terrible nonsense that can be spouted in the name of religion! I plan to read one of his books soon. MAN that conference was depressing though - I am still feeling inadequate several days on, sigh!!

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