Social media is used for many things, some people like to share their daily life, others share photos, some people post music, videos, etc. Social media it is also good to share important messages and to warn or raise awareness about things that are happening.
In today´s story if it wasn´t for a post published on Facebook, life would be very different for little Liam…
When Karen McGregor noticed her 2 year-old son Liam had a strange rash spreading across his body she got worried.
Days before she discovered the rash in her son´s skin, she had seen a post on Facebook about a girl who was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by ticks. People affected by it can experience flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle soreness, fever and tiredness. If it is not treated on time it can cause more serious problems that can affect the nervous system, joints and the heart.
Her son had the same kind of rash as the girl on the Facebook post so she decided to call her doctor to get an urgent appointment.
The day after she shared this image and wrote:
PLEASE READ (and share): I am so grateful for the post similar to this one that I saw three days ago… a post that potentially has saved my sons life, or at least saved him from a life very different from the one he lives and loves right now. He isn’t even two years old yet!
“ Yesterday I noticed a spot on his temple that looked a lot like a bullseye – the bullseye I had seen in a post about a little girl who was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I phoned our doctor as soon as they opened yesterday and got him in quickly. Within a few hours, more and more of these bullseye spots were showing up on his face, legs, and arms. We were given antibiotics to treat for Lyme disease and we are hoping we caught it in time!! The doctor had never seen this before in a child so young…
We ended up at McMaster Children’s Hospital this morning for a second opinion because we really didn’t want to mess around with something like Lyme disease, and let me tell you – the staff at MAC are nothing short of world class! They were amazing with us! Two doctors looked at him and confirmed that it is indeed Lyme disease. The stage of rash indicates it must have been from a tick bite he would have received 3-4 weeks ago (we never even saw a tick…). The funny thing is that because my son had been on antibiotics for 24 hours, the spots with the bullseye marking didn’t look as bad as they did yesterday. It took the pictures I had taken with my phone, as well as the doctor seeing a brand new spot pop up while we were there to confirm what they were looking at. One of these amazing doctors even looked me straight in the eye and said – it’s scary for a mom to hear all this… are you okay?”
I encourage everyone to watch for these spots!! They look just a bullseye and had it not been for the post I read, I would never have known it was something more than a simple rash caused by being the long grass! Take a picture with your phone if you see one of these spots on yourself or your family – you might need it to show a doctor down the road what you saw. ”
About Lyme disease
Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. The infection can cause, for example, meningitis, arthritis and, in the worst cases, paralysis. However, if you remove the tick immediately, chances are, you won’t get infected, writes the Center for Disease Control in the United States.
The first sign of Lyme disease is usually a bulls-eye shaped rash called an erythema migrans (EM) rash. It usually takes one to four weeks after the bite to appear and can grow to 12 inches (30 cm) across. The skin might feel warm to the touch, but it won’t be itchy or painful.
According to the CDC, these are also common symptoms of Lyme disease:
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
With Summer quickly approaching, tick season is now upon us. Be sure to keep a close eye on your children and always check them for ticks after they play outdoors especially in high grass. Ensure that they always wear clothes that cover their bodies while out in nature. Long-sleeved shirts or sweater, long pants and shoes, and socks will suffice.
Her post has been shared and liked by thousands of people! That post she saw literally changed her son´s life. This is a good example of how social media should be used to help each other.