Natalie Walsh is a nurse and knows a few things about disease and illness. Walsh’s seven-year-old daughter had a headache that quickly turned out to be more than just a headache.
Soon her daughter’s temperature climbed to a dangerous level, and Walsh took her to the hospital.
She is sharing her story with everyone to spread the word about an illness that can sometimes baffle medical professionals – Lyme disease. When Walsh first took her daughter to the hospital, they found a lump on her head everyone thought may be a spider bite.
They treated her for the bite and sent her home. But, it wasn’t a spider bite and the girl’s symptoms got worse. Walsh took her daughter to a different medical facility, and they finally got the Lyme disease diagnosis.
The typical presentation of Lyme disease is a red mark that looks like a bull’s eye – but Walsh’s daughter never had one of those marks.
Walsh is sharing this story to let parents know that they should be persistent and make sure the doctors are being thorough.
Walsh posted a message on social media explaining her daughter symptoms and said she never saw a tick on her daughter – but that doesn’t’ mean you shouldn’t check your child for bites.
Thankfully, Walsh was able to get her daughter to a medical facility with a dedicated staff who figured out the problem! Check out the video below to see what the unusual tick bite looked like.