I am a friend of Cindy Gaston (pictured) and about 9/16, she began feeling very fatigued, had to call in to work. For several days, she fought increasingly severe joint pain, nausea, vomiting and an unrelenting headache! Cindy began running a fever and was constantly sweating! After going through the weekend not being able to eat or hold down any food or liquid, Cindy decided she’d better call her Doctor. On Tuesday, her doctor, fearing a COVID infection sent her directly to the ER, where they tested her (after hours of her sitting there). She was negative for COVID and so began the search for what was causing her malaise!! After diagnosing pneumonia by x-ray (that you could not hear by stethoscope or for which she had NO symptoms), and doing an ELG that showed some strange irregularities, it was decided that Cindy needed to be transferred to a hospital that had isolation beds suited to treating whatever she might have! (I had taken her to Westover Hills-closest and most convenient ER) She was transferred at 9 pm, by ambulance to downtown Baptist Hospital!!
Eventually, and by process of elimination, a diagnosis of “RICKETSIA” was made, by the very thorough doctors of Baptist hospital!! Apparently, due to Cindy always having her hands in dirt, it gives these little fleas and ticks and little varmits like that, chances to bite, and leave a potentially deadly bacteria under your skin!! It caused sepsis in her and had the doctors not treated it with the CORRECT antibiotic, Cindy could’ve died!! So, 6 days of IV antibiotics, discharge orders to go home and REST for anotherwhole week AFTER RELEASE from the hospital, and a job that provides NO SICKPAY does NOT make for an easy going of it!!! Please give what you can to help out!! I know a lot of people are suffering right now but if we could just dig deep into our hearts to help our fellow man in each other’s times of need...
Anything helps!!! Thank you in advance!!!
- Jamie Graham
- Sandra Geisewite
- Travis Taylor