When a seemingly normal child suddenly can’t do the simplest thing, something is dreadfully wrong.
But you never know what could happen to save someone’s life; maybe a daughter learns an important lesson in school, thereby saving her mother.
Or maybe a doctor spots something nobody else did…
After getting out of the bath, Amanda Lewis noticed her daughter, Evelyn, couldn’t stand up to put her pajamas on. And she wasn’t trying to be difficult; she simply couldn’t stand.
Thus began a particularly frightening series of events for the family.
“The Oregon mom posted the video to Facebook to warn parents about the frightening event that ensued. She began her post by explaining:
‘Evelyn started acting a little weird last night around bedtime. She didn’t want to stand up after her bath to get into her pajamas.
I helped her and got her in bed. She was a little fussy last night and I ended up sleeping in bed with her all night.
By morning, things had progressed to a noticeable and serious problem:
She could barely walk, or crawl, and could hardly use her arms.’”
After she shared that scary video, little Evelyn was rushed to the hospital.
The doctor examined her and said that in fact, he’d seen seven or eight children exhibiting “identical signs” to the ones Evelyn exhibited.
Then he decided to search the little girl’s body and found what he was looking for in the girl’s hair:
“They looked her over, combed through her hair really well and sure enough found a tick hiding in her hair.
Evelyn was diagnosed with ‘tick paralysis.’”
The American Lyme Disease Foundation says tick paralysis doesn’t often affect humans, but when it does, it’s usually found in children under the age of 10.
Symptoms include fatigue, numbness of the legs, and muscle pain. Paralysis spreads from the lower extremities to the upper, and eventually will affect the face and even the tongue if the tick isn’t removed.
If it progresses, severe complications can include convulsions, respiratory failure and even death.
This is what’s known as a close call, but at least the results are wholly positive. 🙂