Janine G

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My very first reaction to the introduction of the COVID vaccine in the media was, ‘That’s a hard NO from me!’ I based this on three factors.  When I was about 10 years old I had the Gardasil vaccine.  When I was 21 irregular pre-cancerous cells were found in my cervix.  Fortunately they were caught early, but they needed to be removed.  A friend from high school experienced an auto-immune disorder and drastic hair loss after a vaccination he had. Unfortunately, I cannot recall which one it was.  And I have another friend who as a child, experienced such a serious reaction to the hepatitis vaccine, that she nearly died.

I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as an adult.  Four years ago I had my thyroid gland removed as it presented with a non-cancerous tumour, and I have also suffered from scarlet fever on a number of occasions since a bout of strep throat. So, I have had a few health challenges, but nothing that compares to my life since the COVID vaccine mandate.

Driving big mining trucks for many years had been a great job for me. However, to keep working and to start a new contract in a higher role, I had very little choice but to succumb to the industry mandate.  My new employment contract required me to have two vaccinations, and as I support myself financially and have no one else to fall back on, I felt like I had no choice.

I had my first Pfizer vaccine on October 9th, 2021.  Immediately afterwards I had a very sore arm, and the next morning I had joint pain and head pressure which turned into headaches and extreme fatigue for a few days.

On 30th October when my second dose was due, I told the doctor what had happened to me, and that I was very concerned about having another dose. I explained to him that the pain in my joints had been so severe, it had made me cry. But he just said, ‘If the first one didn’t kill you, then the second one won’t!’ So under duress, I had the second vaccination.

This time my symptoms were the same, but worse.  I had foolishly thought that if I had the second dose in my non-dominant arm, maybe it would not affect me so much. But I was wrong.  The pain, headaches and fatigue were relentless. It felt like hot knives were being driven in all of my joints, but specifically hands and shoulders.  This went on for a number of weeks.

Then the booster was mandated.   The General Manager visited our site to meet with us in a group setting to discuss the mandates.  I asked him what would happen if someone was to become sick permanently from this next vaccination. His answer was very wishy-washy and to the effect of, ‘If you need to take sick leave, then you can’.  He was only talking short term.

On February  21st, 2022 I had my third Pfizer vaccination.  I was completely bedridden for four days. The joint and head pain was unbelievable. I could not lift myself out of bed.

Later in the week I had to return to work and when I had the routine test for COVID at my worksite, I tested positive!  I was immediately put into isolation. Initially this was a bit of a relief as I still felt so fatigued after the booster.  But after a few days of being completely forbidden to leave the 3 x 4 donga, no internet reception, and being supplied with a very limited amount of food, I began to struggle mentally.  I felt completely abandoned, frightened and very panicked. So, I kicked up a fuss about my circumstances. The ESOs on site forced me to take Valium.  They threatened to send me to Port Headland Hospital to be detained if I refused to take it.  I was desperately scared and could not see any way out of my situation.

A few days later I was flown to Perth Hospital by the RFDS and admitted into a COVID isolation unit.  The staff there were kind and let me go home within 24 hours, despite still testing positive.  It appeared the staff felt really sorry for me as they could see I had been traumatised at the mine site.

I continued to test positive for a number of weeks.  During this time I developed more peculiar symptoms — significant hair loss, a drastic iron deficiency and brain fog was starting to bother me, as well as intermittent tachycardia. I was unable to digest food properly and would regularly vomit and feel nauseous.  I visited my local surgery over and again during the next six months, complaining of fatigue, pain, nausea and vomiting. But every doctor I saw would run tests that came up with nothing significant.  I was prescribed anti-depressants for my pain, fatigue and general mental health.  I was referred to an infectious diseases specialist as it was thought I might have fibromyalgia. At that appointment the doctor said he didn’t believe in fibromyalgia and instead he tested me for Cushing’s syndrome and MS, among other ailments. Nothing of significance showed up.

I saw a counsellor who recommended a different medical practice where I finally saw a doctor who took me seriously. Yet again my blood tests were inconclusive, but I was referred to a rheumatologist.  He diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) along with a hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) which is likely genetic, but which has been exacerbated by the vaccines.  One of the characteristics of fibromyalgia is dysautonomia which is also common with POTS.  In my case it affects my ability to regulate my body temperature and digest my food.  And sometimes I get ‘hungry’ for air as I can’t breathe properly.  These conditions have no cure.  I am to take Panadol and ibuprofen if required.

During all this time I was able to work sporadically in a role where I am based off-site. But I was unable to do anything else, to the point that some days I would have to sleep in my car in the driveway after returning home before I had the energy to go into the house. 

To add to all of this, I have had a cold or flu at least once a month since that third vaccination.  My immune system must be so compromised that I am unable to fight off anything.

It was not until I began to see a naturopath in early 2023 while I was waiting for my rheumatology appointment to be scheduled, (a very long wait), that I began to see an improvement in my health.  I take high dose magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins, and Orthoplex MagGI Restore for my gut.  These seem to have helped.

My mental health has continued to plague me during this time, and I could tell that my ability to regulate my emotions was off the charts.  I continued to seek help as I had always been affected by stimuli such as noisy environments, bright lights and scratchy fabric.  However, my tolerance to these things was just lost.  I could no longer work, shop, or be around people without it causing me huge anxiety. In August 2023 I was diagnosed with Level 2 autism.  I recognise that I have always had these issues, but I’ve lost my ability to cope with them.  

My financial circumstances do not allow me to stop working, however the autism diagnosis has allowed me to get some help around the house through NDIS. The expenses incurred for all the doctors and specialists’ visits have taken most of my savings. My job is now office-based, rather than on the mine site. However it’s a constant battle for me to keep my job, as HR keep asking for medical certificates showing proof of my ability to work.  I am able to provide these, but it’s tedious and expensive to keep doing it.  I have to constantly prove I am well enough to work.

I worked long hours driving trucks in the mines for years, but to progress my career into a more computer based technical role I needed to have the vaccines. But the vaccines have ruined my health to the point that working full time is proving really challenging.  And I have to keep on proving I am well enough to work, but realistically it is taking its toll on my body.  

It’s amazing how one thing can change the whole trajectory of your life! And I didn’t have a choice.

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My very first reaction to the introduction of the COVID vaccine in the media was, ‘That’s a hard NO from me!’ I based this on three factors.  When I was about 10 years old I had the Gardasil vaccine.  When I was 21 irregular pre-cancerous cells were found in my cervix.  Fortunately they were caught early, but they needed to be removed.  A friend from high school experienced an auto-immune disorder and drastic hair loss after a vaccination he had. Unfortunately, I cannot recall which one it was.  And I have another friend who as a child, experienced such a serious reaction to the hepatitis vaccine, that she nearly died.

I was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as an adult.  Four years ago I had my thyroid gland removed as it presented with a non-cancerous tumour, and I have also suffered from scarlet fever on a number of occasions since a bout of strep throat. So, I have had a few health challenges, but nothing that compares to my life since the COVID vaccine mandate.

Driving big mining trucks for many years had been a great job for me. However, to keep working and to start a new contract in a higher role, I had very little choice but to succumb to the industry mandate.  My new employment contract required me to have two vaccinations, and as I support myself financially and have no one else to fall back on, I felt like I had no choice.

I had my first Pfizer vaccine on October 9th, 2021.  Immediately afterwards I had a very sore arm, and the next morning I had joint pain and head pressure which turned into headaches and extreme fatigue for a few days.

On 30th October when my second dose was due, I told the doctor what had happened to me, and that I was very concerned about having another dose. I explained to him that the pain in my joints had been so severe, it had made me cry. But he just said, ‘If the first one didn’t kill you, then the second one won’t!’ So under duress, I had the second vaccination.

This time my symptoms were the same, but worse.  I had foolishly thought that if I had the second dose in my non-dominant arm, maybe it would not affect me so much. But I was wrong.  The pain, headaches and fatigue were relentless. It felt like hot knives were being driven in all of my joints, but specifically hands and shoulders.  This went on for a number of weeks.

Then the booster was mandated.   The General Manager visited our site to meet with us in a group setting to discuss the mandates.  I asked him what would happen if someone was to become sick permanently from this next vaccination. His answer was very wishy-washy and to the effect of, ‘If you need to take sick leave, then you can’.  He was only talking short term.

On February  21st, 2022 I had my third Pfizer vaccination.  I was completely bedridden for four days. The joint and head pain was unbelievable. I could not lift myself out of bed.

Later in the week I had to return to work and when I had the routine test for COVID at my worksite, I tested positive!  I was immediately put into isolation. Initially this was a bit of a relief as I still felt so fatigued after the booster.  But after a few days of being completely forbidden to leave the 3 x 4 donga, no internet reception, and being supplied with a very limited amount of food, I began to struggle mentally.  I felt completely abandoned, frightened and very panicked. So, I kicked up a fuss about my circumstances. The ESOs on site forced me to take Valium.  They threatened to send me to Port Headland Hospital to be detained if I refused to take it.  I was desperately scared and could not see any way out of my situation.

A few days later I was flown to Perth Hospital by the RFDS and admitted into a COVID isolation unit.  The staff there were kind and let me go home within 24 hours, despite still testing positive.  It appeared the staff felt really sorry for me as they could see I had been traumatised at the mine site.

I continued to test positive for a number of weeks.  During this time I developed more peculiar symptoms — significant hair loss, a drastic iron deficiency and brain fog was starting to bother me, as well as intermittent tachycardia. I was unable to digest food properly and would regularly vomit and feel nauseous.  I visited my local surgery over and again during the next six months, complaining of fatigue, pain, nausea and vomiting. But every doctor I saw would run tests that came up with nothing significant.  I was prescribed anti-depressants for my pain, fatigue and general mental health.  I was referred to an infectious diseases specialist as it was thought I might have fibromyalgia. At that appointment the doctor said he didn’t believe in fibromyalgia and instead he tested me for Cushing’s syndrome and MS, among other ailments. Nothing of significance showed up.

I saw a counsellor who recommended a different medical practice where I finally saw a doctor who took me seriously. Yet again my blood tests were inconclusive, but I was referred to a rheumatologist.  He diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) along with a hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) which is likely genetic, but which has been exacerbated by the vaccines.  One of the characteristics of fibromyalgia is dysautonomia which is also common with POTS.  In my case it affects my ability to regulate my body temperature and digest my food.  And sometimes I get ‘hungry’ for air as I can’t breathe properly.  These conditions have no cure.  I am to take Panadol and ibuprofen if required.

During all this time I was able to work sporadically in a role where I am based off-site. But I was unable to do anything else, to the point that some days I would have to sleep in my car in the driveway after returning home before I had the energy to go into the house. 

To add to all of this, I have had a cold or flu at least once a month since that third vaccination.  My immune system must be so compromised that I am unable to fight off anything.

It was not until I began to see a naturopath in early 2023 while I was waiting for my rheumatology appointment to be scheduled, (a very long wait), that I began to see an improvement in my health.  I take high dose magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins, and Orthoplex MagGI Restore for my gut.  These seem to have helped.

My mental health has continued to plague me during this time, and I could tell that my ability to regulate my emotions was off the charts.  I continued to seek help as I had always been affected by stimuli such as noisy environments, bright lights and scratchy fabric.  However, my tolerance to these things was just lost.  I could no longer work, shop, or be around people without it causing me huge anxiety. In August 2023 I was diagnosed with Level 2 autism.  I recognise that I have always had these issues, but I’ve lost my ability to cope with them.  

My financial circumstances do not allow me to stop working, however the autism diagnosis has allowed me to get some help around the house through NDIS. The expenses incurred for all the doctors and specialists’ visits have taken most of my savings. My job is now office-based, rather than on the mine site. However it’s a constant battle for me to keep my job, as HR keep asking for medical certificates showing proof of my ability to work.  I am able to provide these, but it’s tedious and expensive to keep doing it.  I have to constantly prove I am well enough to work.

I worked long hours driving trucks in the mines for years, but to progress my career into a more computer based technical role I needed to have the vaccines. But the vaccines have ruined my health to the point that working full time is proving really challenging.  And I have to keep on proving I am well enough to work, but realistically it is taking its toll on my body.  

It’s amazing how one thing can change the whole trajectory of your life! And I didn’t have a choice.

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