I was a healthy active person who played netball and football. I am a 35-year-old mother to an eight-year-old, so I am always up and about and have never had any health issues prior to the vaccine.
My husband and I were skeptical about getting the vaccine, but because of the mandates around me and how much it affected my usual life, I decided to get it. Without it I couldn’t take my son to swimming lessons or attend his end of year school presentation. Basically, I just wanted to be there for my son.
On October 17th, 2021, I got the Pfizer vaccine. I had a sore arm as usual for the day and didn’t get any symptoms until a week later. I was making lunch and I felt a sharp pain in my chest. I had Panadol and Nurofen laying around which I took, but the pain didn’t subside within the hour, so I called my husband.
It started coming on very quickly from that point, and I was experiencing tremors and seizure-like episodes which would last around ten seconds at a time, three to four times per day. To this day I still have not been able to get on top of them, with night-time being the worst.
My husband took me up to the Lake Cargelligo Hospital where they did an ECG, but it came back normal. I was then rushed off to Griffith Hospital so they could do an ultrasound. I was there overnight.
I told them I was having a reaction to the vaccine but they didn’t want to hear about it, and they wouldn’t give me an ultrasound either. They gave me Panadeine Forte, Nurofen and morphine but none of it helped with the pain and racing heart-beat. I kept pleading with them to help me with the pain, but they kept on responding that they were too busy. From what I could see they didn’t look busy at all that night.
I was in there for 24 hours, but they kicked me out still in pain the next day because they said they needed the bed. I went home and put up with the pain for the next three days. I returned to my GP and she gave me a referral to see a cardiologist to get an MRI on my brain. The MRI came back normal and the cardiologist told me I was making this all up and it was just in my head, even though I was telling him how much pain I was in. By the way, this was a 9-out-of-10 pain.
I was starting to feel pretty defeated at this stage. I returned to my GP (who I have to say was outstanding compared to all the other professionals), and she referred me to see a neurologist at the end of December. I’m still waiting to see that doctor to this day.
For the next month I had to put up with the sharp chest pains and shaking daily. I have been petrified not knowing where this is all leading, to the point of being forced to face my own mortality. I have been pretty much bedridden for the entire time, and my husband has been left to do most things on his own.
I can’t do anything for longer than five minutes without needing to stop and catch my breath. I shake in my sleep and have constant headaches that make me feel like I’m dizzy drunk. I’ve been back to the hospital numerous times but no one will acknowledge me, or help me figure out what’s going on.