My name is Kelly, I’m 22 years old and I’m a full-time mum. I was living a very active, healthy lifestyle and I had absolutely no health problems at all. I was in perfect health, I had a perfect pregnancy and all my vitals were perfect only 10 months ago.
I didn’t want to get the COVID vaccine. It was just a gut feeling and I have held off longer than most people. I was unaware of the injuries for the most part. I was coming out of my full-time mother role to go back to work and my choices were very limited in what I could do as I’m trained in healthcare. I needed two vaccines to work, and my mother and sister, who also are in the field, told me I was overthinking and I had nothing to worry about. So I unfortunately decided to ignore my intuition and I got the Pfizer vaccine on 11th July 2022 in my left arm.
I felt nothing immediately. An hour later my body felt achy and extremely fatigued, I had no strength in my body to pick up my daughter and my left arm became very sore. For the rest of the day and the next day I was bed ridden and I rested. I was told by the in-laws that this was a normal reaction to getting the vaccine.
Over the next few days my symptoms subsided and life was back to normal for the next week and a half, until I woke up one morning feeling very dizzy and out of breath. I tried to stay calm and told my partner, who also told me to stay calm. The symptoms got slightly better throughout the day. Over the next few days, I experienced the same thing, but it didn’t really get to the point I felt like it was an emergency.
It was now a couple weeks experiencing moderate symptoms of fatigue, breathlessness and weakness. At this stage I still thought that it wasn’t serious and it would pass. However, it was Saturday pizza night, I sat down for dinner and suddenly my heart started to beat out of my chest! I thought I was having a heart attack. My throat felt like it was closing over and I was struggling to get a breath in. The pain felt like it was a deep stabbing, like a knife was going in and twisting around the middle of my chest. I was on the floor in shock, gasping to breathe. My partner quickly made the call to 000.
The ambulance arrived within five minutes. When they arrived, they did ECG which showed irregularities and my lips were turning blue. They put me in the ambulance and took me straight to the hospital with lights and sirens on. I was in excruciating pain, so I can’t remember all the details, but my partner told the ambulance officer I had the vaccine only recently and the paramedics kept looking at each other. They were referring things to us as if it was the vaccine that was the cause. My partner had the indication that they knew 110% that this was from the COVID vaccine.
When I arrived at the hospital they put me straight into a room and took my bloods. They sent me off for a chest X-ray. While they were getting the results I had expressed my concerns that this was from the vaccine, I had heard of people having pericarditis, and they told me straight up that it was all in my head and I’m just an anxious mother. I sternly denied their accusation and told them that I am a happy mother and my life is great and that this has been happening ever since I got the COVID vaccine, I know my body! They responded saying “It’s nothing to do with the vaccine”. The results came back all clear and I was discharged straight away. They actually told me to hurry up and get out.
It’s now been four or five weeks since I was in hospital and I haven’t returned since. I have still been experiencing chest pain, difficulty breathing, cotton mouth, extreme fatigue when I’m sitting down doing nothing and weakness in my body. My quality of life has been at an all-time low and my mental health is starting to suffer greatly. Just last Sunday I experienced my second heart attack-like episode. It wasn’t as bad but it was bad enough that I should have been in hospital, but because of my last experience and the massive cost of the ambulance, I just decided to try and deal with it on my own. I’m currently on no medication and I have no diagnosis, my symptoms are worsening and I have no one yet who can help me.
Now that I’m in this position people continue to treat me as if this is all in my head. They tell me I have anxiety and I do have anxiety now, but the only reason I have anxiety is because I feel very alone and I don’t know what is happening to me.