Mark

Before 2021, I was extremely fit and healthy having run ten marathons and several half marathons. I trained regularly and led a full and happy life.

The only health issue I had was back in August 2019 when I suffered from mitral valve regurgitation, (also known as a heart murmur). I had a successful heart valve replacement and they prescribed colchicine. I recovered well from the surgery and my heart murmur issue was resolved.

I was quite unconcerned about getting the COVID vaccine as I had not heard of any ill effects and in the spirit of ‘doing the right thing by my work colleagues’, I arranged to have my first vaccination before it was even mandated. My wife tried to talk me out of it as she had many concerns based on the experimental nature of the vaccine. However, she acknowledged that I was entitled to my own free will in this decision and I subsequently booked it in.

I had my first AstraZeneca vaccination on the 31st of March 2021 and initially felt no ill effects.

Roughly ten weeks later, in June, I returned from a training run and suddenly found that I could not feel my hands, and I was having trouble speaking. I called out to my wife who immediately saw that I was ashen faced and noted that my speech was rapidly becoming unintelligible. Guessing that I was having a stroke, I asked her to get me some aspirin and call an ambulance. The paramedics confirmed an ischemic stroke and took me to hospital where I stayed for three nights.

The hospital stated that I had suffered both a blood clot in my brain as well as a separate brain bleed. They said it was highly unusual to suffer these two separate issues simultaneously. They were not sure why this had happened but suspected a possible arrhythmia. In order to verify this, they suggested having a loop recorder fitted. A loop recorder or ILR is a heart recording device that is implanted in the body underneath the chest skin. It is used to remotely monitor hidden rhythms that can cause strokes, among other things. This fitting was scheduled for September 2021.

After being discharged from hospital, I was unable to work for six weeks. Aside from a short period where I noticed mild cognitive and speech impacts, my life returned to normal within three months. I had been advised to hold off getting my second vaccination due to the stroke, so thought I would wait until after I had my ILR fitted.

A short while prior to meeting with the cardiologist for my ILR fitting, I started getting very strong chest pains. I was waking up clutching my chest in terrible pain which terrified both me and my wife. As I knew I had the upcoming cardiologist appointment, I did not book in to see anyone else and waited to speak to him. I suspected I had pericarditis and commenced taking colchicine as I knew that was the drug that would most likely be prescribed.

In September I had my ILR fitted and asked the cardiologist about my chest pain. He confirmed I had pericarditis, as suspected, and also confirmed that taking colchicine was the appropriate treatment.

I have fortunately recovered from the pericarditis although I do still get occasional chest pains. My ILR has been in place now for two years and there has been no arrhythmia detected, so the doctors are none the wiser about what caused my initial stroke and brain bleed.

I asked the cardiologist if either my stroke or the pericarditis could have been caused by the vaccine, but he dismissed this idea out of hand. I had also previously asked that question when in the hospital and was given the same answer. Nevertheless, my wife and I were both highly suspicious as the coincidence of it all just seemed to be too great.

Despite the issues I had experienced, I lined up for my second AstraZeneca vaccination on the 4th of November 2021. I initially wanted to switch to Pfizer as it was not known for causing strokes or pericarditis at that stage. I was told however that I could not swap drug brand without approval, so I just went with AstraZeneca. My motivation for getting this second vaccine was because I wanted to go back to the UK to see my elderly parents.

The only issue I suffered after the second vaccination was a weird, one-off, muscle twitching episode in my chest where the ILR is located. There was no pain, just a weird pulsating sensation which was also visible externally. This happened immediately after the vaccination and has not occurred since. I also developed frozen shoulder which is another known side effect of the mRNA vaccine. I had to have a hydrodilatation procedure (an infusion of saline and cortisone into the shoulder joint) to resolve this.

I went to the UK in February 2022 to see my parents and unfortunately came back with a dose of COVID. It was a fairly mild dose and I coped easily without any major issues.

I am fortunate to have made a full recovery from my health issues and, aside from occasional minor chest pains, I am well and enjoying life to the same extent as I did prior to my vaccinations. I am even back running again. However, I will not be getting any further vaccinations even if my job is under threat, as I believe they are causing much harm in the community.

In many ways, I was quite fortunate that the issues I experienced have been resolved and I hope that nothing further occurs as time goes on.

It is important to tell these injury stories, because even though in my case, I have no conclusive proof that the vaccine caused my health issues, my common sense tells me otherwise. For that reason, I hope that sharing my story may assist someone else who has also been told that their issues are unrelated to the COVID vaccine.

Before 2021, I was extremely fit and healthy having run ten marathons and several half marathons. I trained regularly and led a full and happy life.

The only health issue I had was back in August 2019 when I suffered from mitral valve regurgitation, (also known as a heart murmur). I had a successful heart valve replacement and they prescribed colchicine. I recovered well from the surgery and my heart murmur issue was resolved.

I was quite unconcerned about getting the COVID vaccine as I had not heard of any ill effects and in the spirit of ‘doing the right thing by my work colleagues’, I arranged to have my first vaccination before it was even mandated. My wife tried to talk me out of it as she had many concerns based on the experimental nature of the vaccine. However, she acknowledged that I was entitled to my own free will in this decision and I subsequently booked it in.

I had my first AstraZeneca vaccination on the 31st of March 2021 and initially felt no ill effects.

Roughly ten weeks later, in June, I returned from a training run and suddenly found that I could not feel my hands, and I was having trouble speaking. I called out to my wife who immediately saw that I was ashen faced and noted that my speech was rapidly becoming unintelligible. Guessing that I was having a stroke, I asked her to get me some aspirin and call an ambulance. The paramedics confirmed an ischemic stroke and took me to hospital where I stayed for three nights.

The hospital stated that I had suffered both a blood clot in my brain as well as a separate brain bleed. They said it was highly unusual to suffer these two separate issues simultaneously. They were not sure why this had happened but suspected a possible arrhythmia. In order to verify this, they suggested having a loop recorder fitted. A loop recorder or ILR is a heart recording device that is implanted in the body underneath the chest skin. It is used to remotely monitor hidden rhythms that can cause strokes, among other things. This fitting was scheduled for September 2021.

After being discharged from hospital, I was unable to work for six weeks. Aside from a short period where I noticed mild cognitive and speech impacts, my life returned to normal within three months. I had been advised to hold off getting my second vaccination due to the stroke, so thought I would wait until after I had my ILR fitted.

A short while prior to meeting with the cardiologist for my ILR fitting, I started getting very strong chest pains. I was waking up clutching my chest in terrible pain which terrified both me and my wife. As I knew I had the upcoming cardiologist appointment, I did not book in to see anyone else and waited to speak to him. I suspected I had pericarditis and commenced taking colchicine as I knew that was the drug that would most likely be prescribed.

In September I had my ILR fitted and asked the cardiologist about my chest pain. He confirmed I had pericarditis, as suspected, and also confirmed that taking colchicine was the appropriate treatment.

I have fortunately recovered from the pericarditis although I do still get occasional chest pains. My ILR has been in place now for two years and there has been no arrhythmia detected, so the doctors are none the wiser about what caused my initial stroke and brain bleed.

I asked the cardiologist if either my stroke or the pericarditis could have been caused by the vaccine, but he dismissed this idea out of hand. I had also previously asked that question when in the hospital and was given the same answer. Nevertheless, my wife and I were both highly suspicious as the coincidence of it all just seemed to be too great.

Despite the issues I had experienced, I lined up for my second AstraZeneca vaccination on the 4th of November 2021. I initially wanted to switch to Pfizer as it was not known for causing strokes or pericarditis at that stage. I was told however that I could not swap drug brand without approval, so I just went with AstraZeneca. My motivation for getting this second vaccine was because I wanted to go back to the UK to see my elderly parents.

The only issue I suffered after the second vaccination was a weird, one-off, muscle twitching episode in my chest where the ILR is located. There was no pain, just a weird pulsating sensation which was also visible externally. This happened immediately after the vaccination and has not occurred since. I also developed frozen shoulder which is another known side effect of the mRNA vaccine. I had to have a hydrodilatation procedure (an infusion of saline and cortisone into the shoulder joint) to resolve this.

I went to the UK in February 2022 to see my parents and unfortunately came back with a dose of COVID. It was a fairly mild dose and I coped easily without any major issues.

I am fortunate to have made a full recovery from my health issues and, aside from occasional minor chest pains, I am well and enjoying life to the same extent as I did prior to my vaccinations. I am even back running again. However, I will not be getting any further vaccinations even if my job is under threat, as I believe they are causing much harm in the community.

In many ways, I was quite fortunate that the issues I experienced have been resolved and I hope that nothing further occurs as time goes on.

It is important to tell these injury stories, because even though in my case, I have no conclusive proof that the vaccine caused my health issues, my common sense tells me otherwise. For that reason, I hope that sharing my story may assist someone else who has also been told that their issues are unrelated to the COVID vaccine.

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