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Mom's A Nurse, But Even She Missed These Symptoms When Her Daughter Got Sick

One mom, who also happens to be a nurse, is trying to raise the alarm and warn other parents about tick bites. Her 7-year-old daughter started feeling ill, but the mother missed some dangerous signs that turned out to be Lyme disease. Reported cases of the disease have been steadily rising, so the mother warns other parents to check for ticks. She also warns that the most typical symptom – a red bullseye rash – isn’t the only warning sign.

Most parents know that the red bullseye rash is a sure sign that a tick might have transmitted Lyme disease; however, some parents fail to realize that not all children get the telltale rash. There may be other, more subtle warning signs that go undetected or are harder to diagnose. Nurse Natalie Walsh didn’t see the bullseye, so Lyme disease was the farthest thing from her mind.

Her daughter Natasha woke up one morning complaining of a headache. The West Virginia mother had a look at her daughter, didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, found her temperature to be normal, and chalked it up to a normal headache.

Hours later, things had gone downhill rather quickly. Natasha’s temperature began rising and peaked at 104 degrees. She got to the point at which she couldn’t walk without help or feed herself. Her mother also found a strange mark on her daughter’s temple under the hairline.

"I rechecked her head because she kept complaining and found a quarter-size lump on the right side of her head that by 4 p.m. had become the ugliest looking wound I have ever seen," Walsh wrote in a Facebook account of the ordeal.

Walsh brought Natasha to a doctor, and the doctor suspected that the child had been bitten by a spider. They were sent home, but things continued to progress. "Within hours, the wound looked even worse had a white and red ring around it the fever was unstoppable. She screamed in pain nonstop because she was unable to move her head, neck, or even walk," wrote Walsh.

"She was dizzy, confused, her knees were swollen and painful, and I drove her to [the hospital] a mess scared to death because I never saw anything like this in 13 years of nursing."

At the emergency room, a team of experts, including infectious disease specialists, examined Natasha to try and figure out what was wrong. According to Walsh, “Everyone scratched their heads just like me.”

"Everyone wanted a picture of the bite because it was definitely not something they had seen before," she added.

They gave Natasha antibiotics and fluids, but nothing seemed to be improving the situation. Finally, one health expert figured out that it was a tick bite, not a spider bite, and that Natasha had contracted Lyme disease.

"While it was not a typical presentation of a bullseye bite and her symptoms were a little off, she has Lyme Disease," the relieved mother reported. "She got her first does of cefuroxime late last night and thank god this morning is the first time in days I've seen her walk by herself eat, drink, and is talking my ear off again about everything."

Doctors expect Natasha to make a full recovery, but Walsh wants to spread the word to other parents: “Lyme disease is on the rise and the type Natasha has attacked her nervous system. I just ask to please take precautions to prevent ticks with your children and yourself. I never saw a tick on Natasha so even if you don't see one, check their skin for bites and know this is something in our local area ... Hoping she beats all of it soon and we never have to deal with this "monster" (Natasha's name for this) again!”

Source: Yahoo
Photo: Natalie Renee/Facebook

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