I’m a 28-year-old female from Perth. Prior to the vaccine I was a healthy fit person, attending the gym three times per week. I’m also a mother to two children who keep me quite busy.
I was never going to get the vaccine but due to the mandates I didn’t think I had any other options. I thought I’d get it over and done with and booked my first Pfizer in for February 4th, 2022.
The day of my appointment I felt nervous, but when I got there I was relatively calm. I was next in line and I felt something was wrong. I wanted to walk out, but eventually I followed through. I was given water and asked to wait fifteen minutes, and I was fine.
The nurse asked if I had a pounding heart after the vaccine and I said no. I left feeling quite at ease that it was done and went to get lunch. I started feeling pretty dizzy, and when I was driving to get lunch I got a tight chest pain which was odd. I was feeling fine the next day, although I had a bit of a sore arm. I just took some Panadol and Nurofen and I was fine.
The third day I woke up and started vomiting non-stop and shaking, then I had diarrhoea. I had this weird brain fog, like I had forgotten everything since the vaccine, and I didn’t feel right. I couldn’t explain it. I was extremely tired, and started getting an intense migraine. My partner had to take my children to school that day. I couldn’t keep fluids down and was shaking again.
That night I went to bed hoping to feel better the next day, but I got up the next morning with heart palpitations, vomiting again and intense chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack as it radiated to my left shoulder. I was sweating, and with this pounding heart I thought I was going to die. I thought, this is it. I started crying.
My partner drove me to hospital where I was taken to the covid pop-up tent and I explained my symptoms following the Pfizer. I was then covid-tested and asked to wait. I didn’t have covid or anything but walked off to vomit, and was told to stay in the tent and they will give me medications. I didn’t feel like I was getting any help so I left. I couldn’t do much, I felt helpless and left sick. I was unsure why I was still sick and having all these symptoms after the vaccine.
For a week I was sick with a pounding heart and uncontrollable shaking in my hands. I then made a doctor’s appointment and got an ECG, which came back fine. I also got a referral to see a cardiologist and get bloods. I explained my symptoms to the doctor who said it could be pericarditis or myocarditis, I’m still waiting on an echo to find out. The doctor said if I didn’t have pericarditis or myocarditis then I couldn’t get an exemption from the second vaccine, and that I’d be fine to get it.
I am still in shock from what I went through for that week. I couldn’t hang the washing, do dishes, or even stand up without feeling dizzy. Driving and cooking dinner was difficult, so I was bedridden for a week. I felt out of breathe a lot. The heart palpitations and random chest pains scared me.
I feel let down, and so much regret after getting the Pfizer vaccine. I’m slowly recovering and the sickness is gone but I’m still suffering from heart palpitations. I feel dismissed from health professionals, and as though there’s no point seeking help anymore. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone. I want to make others aware. I’m also starting to realise my health is more important then being bullied into a vaccine that has so many bad side effects, and to listen to my body. I won’t be getting the second Pfizer vaccine. I really hope I heal from this.