Claire

I’m a 35-year-old mum from Tasmania. Prior to having the COVID vaccination I was fit and healthy with no underlying health conditions. A couple of days before I received the vaccine my teenager and I went for a run together and I was surprised and pleased that I comfortably ran 4km after quite a hiatus from running. 

Ironically, I choose to get the Pfizer vaccine in the hope of offering my middle boy some protection from COVID-19. He’s a twin but his sister was stillborn. Two years after they were born he came down with the flu, got pneumonia and ended up in ICU. He almost died. With our borders opening soon and no vaccines available for children I hoped that by having it myself I might offer him some protection. I say this was ironic because in fact,  due to fatigue and sickness that resulted, it left me unable to be the parent I wanted to be for my three boys. 

On the 18th October 2021 I lined up at a big pop-up clinic and had my first and only vaccination. Going in I felt like I was making a mistake. Every day I regret not listening to my gut. Things seemed fine at first. I sat for fifteen minutes after I had it then headed home, prepared dinner and got the kids off to bed. I went to sleep myself but in the middle of the night I awoke to my heart beating out of my chest. I was dizzy and felt nauseous. I had a massive feeling of doom and stabbing chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. This had never happened to me previously. It happened twice that night. I wrote it off as some weird new form of anxiety that I had never experienced before. 

Two days later it happened again. My fingers suddenly went cold and a tingly rush coursed up my arms into my chest. Chest pain, tachycardia, nausea, and dizziness followed. I called the TGA and reported my symptoms. I also made an appointment with my doctor. The nausea and fatigue became constant symptoms. Driving to the doctor I had another episode. The worst yet. I turned the car off the road, picked my children up and stumbled into emergency. I was sure I was having a heart attack. My heart rate eventually came

down and they couldn’t find anything obvious, though the nurse said she had seen a few people come in with the same issue. The doctor ordered a holter monitor. I wore it for 48 hours but did not have an episode during this time. She said it had picked up an ‘extra beat’ and offered me beta blockers. 

For the following few months I struggled with everyday tasks. Some days I could hardly stand up. My legs often felt weak, I was constantly nauseous and completely lost my appetite. I lost a lot of weight. My heart rate was much higher than pre-vaccination.  I also had chest pain, terrible insomnia and brain fog. 

About four months on I seemed to be improving slightly. Then suddenly, out of the blue, all my symptoms came back. Two more trips to ER, ten doctors and a cardiologist later and still no answers. I’m mostly housebound. Not having the energy to be a fun, active mum is truly devastating to me. I’m also terrified about what the future holds. I feel like I’ve suddenly aged 20 years. I miss my health terribly and often feel that I didn’t appreciate it enough.  

I’m currently taking an antihistamine and sticking to a strict low histamine diet. I’ve cut out all caffeine, sugar and processed food. I take vitamin C, magnesium, NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) and Blackseed oil. I intend trying red light therapy and hopefully HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy). I take things day by day and try to rest as much as possible. I have found great solace in the online community of the vaccine-injured. There are many of us across the world and we are a great support to one another in a climate of medical gaslighting. 

Thanks for letting me share my story 

I’m a 35-year-old mum from Tasmania. Prior to having the COVID vaccination I was fit and healthy with no underlying health conditions. A couple of days before I received the vaccine my teenager and I went for a run together and I was surprised and pleased that I comfortably ran 4km after quite a hiatus from running. 

Ironically, I choose to get the Pfizer vaccine in the hope of offering my middle boy some protection from COVID-19. He’s a twin but his sister was stillborn. Two years after they were born he came down with the flu, got pneumonia and ended up in ICU. He almost died. With our borders opening soon and no vaccines available for children I hoped that by having it myself I might offer him some protection. I say this was ironic because in fact,  due to fatigue and sickness that resulted, it left me unable to be the parent I wanted to be for my three boys. 

On the 18th October 2021 I lined up at a big pop-up clinic and had my first and only vaccination. Going in I felt like I was making a mistake. Every day I regret not listening to my gut. Things seemed fine at first. I sat for fifteen minutes after I had it then headed home, prepared dinner and got the kids off to bed. I went to sleep myself but in the middle of the night I awoke to my heart beating out of my chest. I was dizzy and felt nauseous. I had a massive feeling of doom and stabbing chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. This had never happened to me previously. It happened twice that night. I wrote it off as some weird new form of anxiety that I had never experienced before. 

Two days later it happened again. My fingers suddenly went cold and a tingly rush coursed up my arms into my chest. Chest pain, tachycardia, nausea, and dizziness followed. I called the TGA and reported my symptoms. I also made an appointment with my doctor. The nausea and fatigue became constant symptoms. Driving to the doctor I had another episode. The worst yet. I turned the car off the road, picked my children up and stumbled into emergency. I was sure I was having a heart attack. My heart rate eventually came

down and they couldn’t find anything obvious, though the nurse said she had seen a few people come in with the same issue. The doctor ordered a holter monitor. I wore it for 48 hours but did not have an episode during this time. She said it had picked up an ‘extra beat’ and offered me beta blockers. 

For the following few months I struggled with everyday tasks. Some days I could hardly stand up. My legs often felt weak, I was constantly nauseous and completely lost my appetite. I lost a lot of weight. My heart rate was much higher than pre-vaccination.  I also had chest pain, terrible insomnia and brain fog. 

About four months on I seemed to be improving slightly. Then suddenly, out of the blue, all my symptoms came back. Two more trips to ER, ten doctors and a cardiologist later and still no answers. I’m mostly housebound. Not having the energy to be a fun, active mum is truly devastating to me. I’m also terrified about what the future holds. I feel like I’ve suddenly aged 20 years. I miss my health terribly and often feel that I didn’t appreciate it enough.  

I’m currently taking an antihistamine and sticking to a strict low histamine diet. I’ve cut out all caffeine, sugar and processed food. I take vitamin C, magnesium, NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) and Blackseed oil. I intend trying red light therapy and hopefully HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy). I take things day by day and try to rest as much as possible. I have found great solace in the online community of the vaccine-injured. There are many of us across the world and we are a great support to one another in a climate of medical gaslighting. 

Thanks for letting me share my story 

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