Kim O’K

Prior to getting the COVID vaccination I was loving life and was very busy in my job helping to provide meals for the elderly. I was busy, fit, and active with lots of dog walks, bush walking, boating, and visits to the beach.

The only health issue that I suffered was from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) which causes symptoms of anaphylaxis including allergic symptoms such as hives, swelling, low blood pressure or difficulty breathing. With the help of my GP, this was largely under control, and I was able to live a very normal life.

My GP gave me a lifetime exemption from the COVID vaccination based on this condition as he felt certain that the vaccine would cause me to have a dangerous anaphylactic reaction. In any case, even without the exemption letter, I was unwilling to get vaccinated as I thought the whole process was too rushed and I was suspicious of the government’s push for everyone to get it.

My employer was insisting that all staff must be double vaccinated as a minimum. For a period of time, they permitted me to work from home where I was able to easily carry out 98% of my role, but they made it clear that they were not happy with that arrangement.

I gave them a copy of my exemption letter which spelt out why I could not have the vaccination but they refused to accept it. They maintained that I must get my first injection by October 2021 and have my second one booked for a month later.

When I explained that I had been able to work very productively from home over recent months, they replied that I had had it too good for too long and must now comply. They said it was a board decision and that it was not negotiable. Failure to comply would result in the loss of my job.

I reluctantly fronted up for the first vaccination on the 26th of October 2021. I showed the staff at the vaccine hub my exemption letter and told them that I suffered from anaphylaxis, but they were undeterred and went ahead. I knew that the doctor’s clinic was only about 100 metres from the vaccination hub, so I thought, ‘At least there is a doctor not too far away”.

As soon as the vaccine entered my body, I could instantly feel the drug coursing through my body. A terrible tingling sensation started in my lips, tongue, nose and throat and I started coughing. From my past experience of anaphylaxis, I knew that these symptoms were the forewarning of a serious attack. In addition, I experienced a sudden crushing / stabbing pain in my chest.

They took me out the back to monitor me, but it quickly became apparent that my symptoms were more serious than they were equipped to handle. They called the nearby medical clinic, and the doctor literally came running up the road to see me. When he arrived, he said he needed to get me back to his clinic where he had the appropriate equipment to treat me, so he walked me up the road to get there. I have very little memory of that trip as I was so unwell.

Once we arrived at the clinic, the doctor gave me a shot of adrenalin and checked my oxygenation which was down to 80%. He noted that my arms were now covered in a huge red rash and that my hands were blue. The doctor called an ambulance who arrived twenty minutes later. They gave me two adrenalin shots and put me on an ECG. They immediately noted that the left frontal branch of my heart was not firing properly.

I arrived via the ambulance at the Bega Hospital where I was admitted to the emergency department. By this time, the anaphylaxis symptoms were subsiding due to the adrenalin shots, but I still felt terrible. The hospital staff monitored me for two hours then sent me home.

The next day I was completely wiped out and over the following days I suffered extreme fatigue, dizziness, and vertigo. Four days later, I developed major stabbing pains in my chest, so my husband drove me to hospital. They checked me over and declared that it was not a heart attack and again sent me home within two hours.

Over ensuing weeks I had multiple more hospital visits with essentially the same symptoms and the same outcome. No treatment, monitored for an hour or two then sent home. Extremely frustrating!

Meanwhile, my debilitating symptoms continued. These included:

  • severe chest pains
  • acute dizziness
  • overwhelming fatigue
  • memory issues / forgetfulness / brain fog / confusion / short-term memory loss
  • a whole-body inflammatory state
  • debilitating headaches
  • severe anxiety
  • angry skin rashes
  • inflamed eyes
  • constant breathlessness

My GP asked me to start taking Vitamin C and D, iron, zinc, cromolyn and later, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). In the meantime, he reported my jab reaction to ATAGI who accepted his submission and issued me with another official lifetime COVID vaccine exemption letter.

My employer at this stage was continuing to push me to get a second vaccination despite having full knowledge of my vaccine-related injury. Feeling under pressure and extremely coerced, I fronted up at the Bega hospital for a second vaccination despite my terror at what could potentially occur.

When I arrived, I showed them my original GP exemption as well as my ATAGI exemption and they point blank refused to give me the vaccination. I was with a lovely nurse in her office for an hour or so discussing everything and as she got up to briefly leave, she quietly said, “If you have your phone, feel free to take a photo of my screen while I am away. It may help you”.

Of course, I did exactly that. She even gave me a note with her details and invited me to call her at any time for support if needed. This generous act restored a small amount of my faith in humanity. The doctor at the hospital then gave me a third exemption letter to back up the existing two from my GP and ATAGI.

I submitted all three exemption letters to my employer who remained steadfast in their refusal to honour them. They insisted that I get the second vaccination, but I simply could not.

In mid-November, while working from home, I got a call from my boss who instructed me to stop work immediately as I was being sacked for non-compliance. He then asked me to pack up my laptop and paperwork and leave them out in my driveway for someone to come and collect. They would not even come to my door to get them.

Over the next year I started regularly seeing a psychologist. I was having terrible dreams, broken sleep, panic attacks, severe anxiety and I suffered from hyper-vigilance. I also had difficulty breathing and had pretty much turned into a recluse. He diagnosed me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

All the while, the severe chest pains continued. I finally saw a cardiologist in early 2022.

This cardiologist was a ridiculous man who upon seeing my ECG’s and other results, declared that there was nothing wrong with my heart and that my only issue was that I was slightly overweight. He spent the entire consultation explaining how he lost weight himself and recommending a diet. He also said that I should definitely get the second vaccination and that if I did not, COVID would likely kill me.

I left his office frustrated and angry and asked my GP to refer me to another cardiologist.

It took a long while to get an appointment, but I eventually saw another cardiologist who looked at my previous ECG and then organised a dye cast MRI. When the results came through, he immediately diagnosed myocarditis / pericarditis and said that there was permanent scarring on my heart. He said that the left bundle branch of my heart was completely blocked and unable to be repaired. He went on to say that my life expectancy was effectively halved due to this injury.

He wrote a letter explaining his diagnosis but initially did not attribute it to the vaccine. A later follow-up with him saw this happily amended to say that the injury was related to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The cardiologist also recommended that I get a lung capacity test as my lungs could be affected by the other issues, but I have not had that done yet.

During this time, I also did a sleep study at the behest of my solicitor and GP because my sleep was so poor and it was having an impact on my day-to-day life. This study showed that I was suffering from sleep apnoea. While doing the sleep study, I developed a sniffle, so the hospital forced me to do a COVID test. I did not want to have this as I have a deviated septum and did not want anything up my nose. They did it anyway and declared that I had COVID, which I was highly sceptical about. My symptoms merely felt like a cold or mild flu and I was certainly not very ill with it at all.

I was then referred to an immunologist who was an awful man. He did not believe that I had MCAS and also denied that I had experienced an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine. He said that I really should get the second vaccination. I will not see him again as he was so awful and dismissive of everything.

Recently during a bout of extreme dizziness, I fell down some stairs and fractured a bone in my thoracic area. This just added to my overall woes.

I am still experiencing all the same symptoms, but am now on a healthy diet, getting regular massage, taking health supplements, seeing a naturopath, and using castor oil poultices to good effect. I have also cut out any negative people in my life.

The official written diagnoses I have been given include:

  • myocarditis / pericarditis (certified in writing by a cardiologist)
  • postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • PTSD
  • anaphylactic reaction to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • pituitary axis dysfunction
  • sleep apnoea

Throughout all of this, I have launched a WorkCover claim and have engaged a solicitor to try and get some justice and financial recompense. This has been a very trying endeavour.

When I first called WorkCover they accepted my claim. They did not however, accept the claim on the basis of the vaccine injury but rather on the mental health aspect of this saga.

It took over a year to engage a suitable solicitor, but I now have a good legal firm behind me.

WorkCover will not accept my claim for myocarditis as they say it is ‘too expensive’. The solicitor however, has urged me to keep pushing them as he knows that this is just one of their standard deflection techniques.

WorkCover sent me to an independent medical examiner (IME) who, after examining me and reviewing all my results, wrote that I have no capacity for work at all. When WorkCover got the letter from the IME, they would not accept it and continued to push for me to get onto a return-to-work program. My GP however refuses point blank to issue a capacity certificate and so the battle goes on. WorkCover also want me to see an independent cardiologist, so this has been booked and I await his findings in due course.

The irony of all this is that my employer forced me to get this vaccine under threat of losing my job and now, due to this, I am unable to work at all in any capacity. All I want now is to get some recompense for my injuries as I am struggling to cope financially as well as from a day-to-day health perspective. My life expectancy has been effectively halved and my quality of life has been diminished beyond comprehension.

I now just want to move into our recently purchased, smaller home to raise chickens and grow vegies and live a simple but healthy life. I want everyone else to know that these vaccine injuries are all too real and I look forward to hopefully establishing more relationships with similarly affected people so that we can all help each other through these difficulties.

Prior to getting the COVID vaccination I was loving life and was very busy in my job helping to provide meals for the elderly. I was busy, fit, and active with lots of dog walks, bush walking, boating, and visits to the beach.

The only health issue that I suffered was from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) which causes symptoms of anaphylaxis including allergic symptoms such as hives, swelling, low blood pressure or difficulty breathing. With the help of my GP, this was largely under control, and I was able to live a very normal life.

My GP gave me a lifetime exemption from the COVID vaccination based on this condition as he felt certain that the vaccine would cause me to have a dangerous anaphylactic reaction. In any case, even without the exemption letter, I was unwilling to get vaccinated as I thought the whole process was too rushed and I was suspicious of the government’s push for everyone to get it.

My employer was insisting that all staff must be double vaccinated as a minimum. For a period of time, they permitted me to work from home where I was able to easily carry out 98% of my role, but they made it clear that they were not happy with that arrangement.

I gave them a copy of my exemption letter which spelt out why I could not have the vaccination but they refused to accept it. They maintained that I must get my first injection by October 2021 and have my second one booked for a month later.

When I explained that I had been able to work very productively from home over recent months, they replied that I had had it too good for too long and must now comply. They said it was a board decision and that it was not negotiable. Failure to comply would result in the loss of my job.

I reluctantly fronted up for the first vaccination on the 26th of October 2021. I showed the staff at the vaccine hub my exemption letter and told them that I suffered from anaphylaxis, but they were undeterred and went ahead. I knew that the doctor’s clinic was only about 100 metres from the vaccination hub, so I thought, ‘At least there is a doctor not too far away”.

As soon as the vaccine entered my body, I could instantly feel the drug coursing through my body. A terrible tingling sensation started in my lips, tongue, nose and throat and I started coughing. From my past experience of anaphylaxis, I knew that these symptoms were the forewarning of a serious attack. In addition, I experienced a sudden crushing / stabbing pain in my chest.

They took me out the back to monitor me, but it quickly became apparent that my symptoms were more serious than they were equipped to handle. They called the nearby medical clinic, and the doctor literally came running up the road to see me. When he arrived, he said he needed to get me back to his clinic where he had the appropriate equipment to treat me, so he walked me up the road to get there. I have very little memory of that trip as I was so unwell.

Once we arrived at the clinic, the doctor gave me a shot of adrenalin and checked my oxygenation which was down to 80%. He noted that my arms were now covered in a huge red rash and that my hands were blue. The doctor called an ambulance who arrived twenty minutes later. They gave me two adrenalin shots and put me on an ECG. They immediately noted that the left frontal branch of my heart was not firing properly.

I arrived via the ambulance at the Bega Hospital where I was admitted to the emergency department. By this time, the anaphylaxis symptoms were subsiding due to the adrenalin shots, but I still felt terrible. The hospital staff monitored me for two hours then sent me home.

The next day I was completely wiped out and over the following days I suffered extreme fatigue, dizziness, and vertigo. Four days later, I developed major stabbing pains in my chest, so my husband drove me to hospital. They checked me over and declared that it was not a heart attack and again sent me home within two hours.

Over ensuing weeks I had multiple more hospital visits with essentially the same symptoms and the same outcome. No treatment, monitored for an hour or two then sent home. Extremely frustrating!

Meanwhile, my debilitating symptoms continued. These included:

  • severe chest pains
  • acute dizziness
  • overwhelming fatigue
  • memory issues / forgetfulness / brain fog / confusion / short-term memory loss
  • a whole-body inflammatory state
  • debilitating headaches
  • severe anxiety
  • angry skin rashes
  • inflamed eyes
  • constant breathlessness

My GP asked me to start taking Vitamin C and D, iron, zinc, cromolyn and later, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). In the meantime, he reported my jab reaction to ATAGI who accepted his submission and issued me with another official lifetime COVID vaccine exemption letter.

My employer at this stage was continuing to push me to get a second vaccination despite having full knowledge of my vaccine-related injury. Feeling under pressure and extremely coerced, I fronted up at the Bega hospital for a second vaccination despite my terror at what could potentially occur.

When I arrived, I showed them my original GP exemption as well as my ATAGI exemption and they point blank refused to give me the vaccination. I was with a lovely nurse in her office for an hour or so discussing everything and as she got up to briefly leave, she quietly said, “If you have your phone, feel free to take a photo of my screen while I am away. It may help you”.

Of course, I did exactly that. She even gave me a note with her details and invited me to call her at any time for support if needed. This generous act restored a small amount of my faith in humanity. The doctor at the hospital then gave me a third exemption letter to back up the existing two from my GP and ATAGI.

I submitted all three exemption letters to my employer who remained steadfast in their refusal to honour them. They insisted that I get the second vaccination, but I simply could not.

In mid-November, while working from home, I got a call from my boss who instructed me to stop work immediately as I was being sacked for non-compliance. He then asked me to pack up my laptop and paperwork and leave them out in my driveway for someone to come and collect. They would not even come to my door to get them.

Over the next year I started regularly seeing a psychologist. I was having terrible dreams, broken sleep, panic attacks, severe anxiety and I suffered from hyper-vigilance. I also had difficulty breathing and had pretty much turned into a recluse. He diagnosed me with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

All the while, the severe chest pains continued. I finally saw a cardiologist in early 2022.

This cardiologist was a ridiculous man who upon seeing my ECG’s and other results, declared that there was nothing wrong with my heart and that my only issue was that I was slightly overweight. He spent the entire consultation explaining how he lost weight himself and recommending a diet. He also said that I should definitely get the second vaccination and that if I did not, COVID would likely kill me.

I left his office frustrated and angry and asked my GP to refer me to another cardiologist.

It took a long while to get an appointment, but I eventually saw another cardiologist who looked at my previous ECG and then organised a dye cast MRI. When the results came through, he immediately diagnosed myocarditis / pericarditis and said that there was permanent scarring on my heart. He said that the left bundle branch of my heart was completely blocked and unable to be repaired. He went on to say that my life expectancy was effectively halved due to this injury.

He wrote a letter explaining his diagnosis but initially did not attribute it to the vaccine. A later follow-up with him saw this happily amended to say that the injury was related to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The cardiologist also recommended that I get a lung capacity test as my lungs could be affected by the other issues, but I have not had that done yet.

During this time, I also did a sleep study at the behest of my solicitor and GP because my sleep was so poor and it was having an impact on my day-to-day life. This study showed that I was suffering from sleep apnoea. While doing the sleep study, I developed a sniffle, so the hospital forced me to do a COVID test. I did not want to have this as I have a deviated septum and did not want anything up my nose. They did it anyway and declared that I had COVID, which I was highly sceptical about. My symptoms merely felt like a cold or mild flu and I was certainly not very ill with it at all.

I was then referred to an immunologist who was an awful man. He did not believe that I had MCAS and also denied that I had experienced an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine. He said that I really should get the second vaccination. I will not see him again as he was so awful and dismissive of everything.

Recently during a bout of extreme dizziness, I fell down some stairs and fractured a bone in my thoracic area. This just added to my overall woes.

I am still experiencing all the same symptoms, but am now on a healthy diet, getting regular massage, taking health supplements, seeing a naturopath, and using castor oil poultices to good effect. I have also cut out any negative people in my life.

The official written diagnoses I have been given include:

  • myocarditis / pericarditis (certified in writing by a cardiologist)
  • postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • PTSD
  • anaphylactic reaction to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • pituitary axis dysfunction
  • sleep apnoea

Throughout all of this, I have launched a WorkCover claim and have engaged a solicitor to try and get some justice and financial recompense. This has been a very trying endeavour.

When I first called WorkCover they accepted my claim. They did not however, accept the claim on the basis of the vaccine injury but rather on the mental health aspect of this saga.

It took over a year to engage a suitable solicitor, but I now have a good legal firm behind me.

WorkCover will not accept my claim for myocarditis as they say it is ‘too expensive’. The solicitor however, has urged me to keep pushing them as he knows that this is just one of their standard deflection techniques.

WorkCover sent me to an independent medical examiner (IME) who, after examining me and reviewing all my results, wrote that I have no capacity for work at all. When WorkCover got the letter from the IME, they would not accept it and continued to push for me to get onto a return-to-work program. My GP however refuses point blank to issue a capacity certificate and so the battle goes on. WorkCover also want me to see an independent cardiologist, so this has been booked and I await his findings in due course.

The irony of all this is that my employer forced me to get this vaccine under threat of losing my job and now, due to this, I am unable to work at all in any capacity. All I want now is to get some recompense for my injuries as I am struggling to cope financially as well as from a day-to-day health perspective. My life expectancy has been effectively halved and my quality of life has been diminished beyond comprehension.

I now just want to move into our recently purchased, smaller home to raise chickens and grow vegies and live a simple but healthy life. I want everyone else to know that these vaccine injuries are all too real and I look forward to hopefully establishing more relationships with similarly affected people so that we can all help each other through these difficulties.

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