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Jalita Lauren Gaddy Prayers for Jalita Lauren

This all started out with what I thought was a bad headache.  A "weird" bad headache. I had it for several days in the same spot for days and it would not go away and it would not get better even though I was taking over the counter medication around the clock. Finally, I decided to go the emergency room one morning when the pain had gotten pretty bad and I felt pretty sure this was not just a "normal" headache anymore. 


I went to the local ER and after some waiting and a visit from the doctor he told me that I had Trigeminal neuralgia and that I needed to see a neurologist as soon as I could. I Googled that diagnosis  (like any good patient would do) and I didn't really see how it fit my symptoms but I am not the doctor. I didn't have the money to see the doctor at this time so I was hoping and praying it would just go away. Daily it would hurt so badly. I literally would cry myself to sleep and could barely touch my h ad to the pillow as it brought so much pain! 


A few days after the first ER visit I noticed swelling at the top of my forhead on the right side. It was right where the pain was. It was barely noticeable at first but it gradually increased little by little as did the pain. 


I finally had enough money to go to the neurologist. I made an appointment and went to see the Doctor. After the exam he really didn't know what was going on but he wanted to do some blood work and he said we needed to get a CT scan but I told him that I had no insurance and that I could not afford to pay for one right now. I asked him to please do whatever he could do for me without the CT scan. He said he would order the blood work and go from there. I told him how bad it was getting and asked him what to do if it got worse. He said to go strait to the ER if it got any worse at all. 


The next morning I was getting ready for work and I was nauseated I could barely function. My pain level was through the roof (a 10 on the pain scale) and the swelling was worse than ever. There was no way that I could go to work. I remember what my neurologist said and I went straight to the ER. 


I got there and got checked in. They triaged me and checked my symptoms and ordered a CT scan right away and some blood work. It was during this visit and from this CT scan that they found the lesion. It all seemed surreal to me. The doctor pulling up the scan to look at it in front of me and then me seeing my own skull flash on screen with a hole in it!!! My skull was not perfect and round. It was defective. It had a lesion. I did not just have a headache. I was sick!!!



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