The last couple weeks have been extremely long and stressful for me. I’m writing this post to educate those out there about a very rare disease called rat bite fever or Streptobacillus moniliformis. Some might think that rats are very cute and cuddly and can even help you become a better chef.
But this is not the case. As adorable as Disney and Pixar have made their rats appear in Ratatouille, their fever is not. This past Wednesday my niece came down with Rat Bite Fever. Her fever lasted for 3 days and she could not walk. The disease gets into the blood stream and stiffens the joints which makes it hurt when you move your legs, arms and neck. On Saturday she was admitted to the hospital and it took the doctors two days to diagnose this fatal disease. I cannot say the same for this family which took the doctors a month to diagnose their child. Through our prayers they were able to diagnose it as Rat Bite Fever. This disease is extremely rare as there are only around 200 reported cases of it in North America, but it is becoming more and more common with families owning pet rats. There has been a ton of prayer to help heal my beautiful niece. She is still in the healing stages as she can only move her left arm and left leg without pain. I saw her today and was filled with so much joy just to see her move her arm and leg up and down. All I want for Christmas this year is to see my niece healthy again. In my mind children always come before anything that can harm them in any way. If you have animals that are harming your kids and carry a deadly disease, get rid of them. It’s not worth it to lose your child over an animal or rodent. If you don’t have children and love animals or rodents, knock yourself out, literally, like this guy did.
I am so thankful for the prayers from around the world for my niece. Through your prayers she is healing and I’m hoping that she will become healthy enough to attend Thanksgiving this year. I am thankful for the doctors and nurses who are tending to her and helping her get better. God bless all of you.