A Year Ago Today Our World Took a Terrible Turn

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On Sunday August 10, 2014, Mandy had multiple episodes of back and neck pain. We thought it was muscle strain from the hard week of marching band camp, carrying around her saxophone.  Later that night though, Mandy also complained of burning sensations and started having numbness in her lower body.  We took her to the ER at LRMC however the physicians there felt there was nothing medically wrong with her.  They told us she was just having an anxiety attack and prescribed anxiety meds.  After 2 failed attempts to have her stand and walk before they could discharge her (they lifted her off gurney only to have her fall to the floor), the decision was made to send her by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa during the early morning hours of Monday August 11th.

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