When she was as comfortable as possible, the treatment began. Krissy was shy about other residents seeing her as she had to wash the treatment out of her hair. Staff were on alert and signaled when the coast was clear to discreetly use a private bathroom. Krissy sat quite content for the entire treatment. Like being at any hairdressing salon; we talked when she felt like it and we had silence when she felt like it. The relationship building was easy, fun and we got the task done. It is safe to say we were more acquainted after that afternoon.
A week later I joined another youth worker to check her hair and ensure the treatment had worked and it had. To say one of my favorite days as a youth worker at Covenant House was dealing with head lice is a comical one but sometimes a particular circumstance can lead to a special bond forming.
Shared by Jean, Youth Worker