Hey people. Not by any means am I an anti-vaxxer. What I am is someone who was afraid of severe reactions. I never wanted to get the COVID vaccine. I’m self-employed, but a big construction company I subcontract to said I had to get it or I would lose a multi million dollar contract, so I gave in and got it. Here goes:
On 25th October 2021 I was booked in at 5:15pm at Bendigo Health vaccination hub to receive my first Pfizer vaccine. I attended and the vaccine part went well. They then took me out to the front area to wait 15 minutes before I could go.
As soon as I sat down, within a few minutes, I felt light headed, dizzy, lethargic and had a high heart rate. So they put me in a wheel chair and took me out the back, where they hooked me up to a heart rate monitor and BP monitor. They kept me there for around 50 minutes. After that time I felt a little better, so I got up to walk out and that’s when I noticed severe lower back pain, sciatica and the left side of my entire body started to go numb. At that time I thought it was just a normal reaction in such a short time, and luckily I took my mum and dad to the appointment and they were the ones who drove me home. That night the pain in my lower back grew worse and worse. Over the next few days I stared to get heart palpitations and was having trouble breathing and I started coming out with random bruising over my entire body.
On 28th October 2021 I thought enough was enough. I rang and made an appointment to see a doctor who gave me a referral to go straight to the emergency department at St Vincent’s Hospital. I then caught a Uber to St Vincent’s Hospital emergency department. I was triaged and tried to explain the severe side-effects I was experiencing. They then sat me down and kept an eye on me and made me wait two and a half hours.
In the time I was in the waiting room I saw so many people being rushed to the ED with similar symptoms. I was then called up and admitted to SSU, where I had an echo cardiogram, blood tests, vitals taken etc. Everything came back great but they couldn’t understand why my heart rate was jumping from 50 to 100 plus bpm randomly. They told me that it was anxiety and stress, I was adamant that it wasn’t but in the end I gave in and just listened to what they said. The only outcome of this attendance to the emergency department was being diagnosed as having mild myalgias from the vaccine.
For the next 11 days I felt like absolute garbage. I couldn’t breathe properly, I had shortness of breath, chest pains, all body pains, bruising and so forth. I tried to go back to work on 29th October 2021, but I couldn’t work the way I used to. I’m self-employed so this really had a huge impact on my business. I barely worked for the next eleven days.
On 9th November 2021 it got really bad. My entire face went tomato red and I was gasping for air. The headaches were severe all day long on top of all the other side effects I was already suffering from.
I was then taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital ED where I was triaged. I was made to wait three hours and fainted numerous times in the waiting room. Once again I saw numerous people in there advising me of their adverse reactions from the vaccine. I was then admitted to ED SSU, where multiple tests were done:
- Antinuclear Antibody (ANA)
- CCP Antibodies
- DSDNA Antibodies Extractable Nuclear Antigens
- Imaging Tests
- 12 lead ECG Trace
- CT Chest Pulmonary Angiogram (CTPA)
- ECG Trace
- X-ray Chest
They couldn’t find anything except for massive, enlarged lymph nodes in my chest. I was then admitted to see a rheumatologist, pulmonary doctor, respiratory expert and others. They did everything they could to convince me that it wasn’t from the vaccine but, luckily I was able to have an emergency doctor who admitted that it was from the vaccine. So, with that, they put me on prednisolone almost immediately to completely suppress my immune system. The vaccine had sent my immune system into overdrive causing an autoimmune reaction, which made my body attack itself. It was diagnosed as sarcoidosis from the vaccine.
It’s now been approximately 12 weeks since my first vaccine and nothing has improved. I have attended multiple appointments and have countless specialist appointments to attend in the future.
I’m in constant pain, it’s hard to breathe, I get severe sweats, I get constant tremors and spasms all over my body randomly now. It’s taking a huge toll on my business and my personal life. I am no longer able to work. I’ve had to step down from the tools which I hate. I can’t drive the way I used to and I have been told that this is now a lifelong condition.
Prior to all of this, the last 32 years of my life I have been in absolute perfect health and it’s been incredibly hard to come to terms with.
My doctor promised me the vaccine was safe and nothing would happen, but all the medical stuff I’ve dealt with over the last three to four months have been absolutely useless and have done nothing but make me feel segregated and crazy. They tried to blame it on everything else other than the vaccine.
There is absolutely no way I will be getting a second vaccine. I wouldn’t even wish this upon my worst enemy. I feel like my body is slowly dying and I just don’t know what I can do to make myself feel better.
I was able to get a two-month exemption from the rheumatologist in regards to getting the second vaccine, but that has now expired and they are pushing me to get it. My body cannot handle another because it will most likely kill me.
As my appointments over the next three to four months progress I will keep you updated. Please feel free to tag me on your Instagram in the stories as I’m wanting to tell as many people as possible what I am going through first hand. Please share my story far and wide, that is what I want now more than anything. Thank you.