I’m a 43 year old mother of 2 teenagers. For the last eight years I had been working as a kinder educator. I like to be active by doing yoga, going to the gym and being active with my kids. Before getting the COVID vaccination I was perfectly healthy.
I have always had all my required vaccinations, however this one was different. I felt there were too many inconsistencies and not enough safety data. I researched as much as I could and felt I was making an informed decision on what was best for my health personally. I was not prepared to have the vaccination with the information I had about how risky it could be. Therefore I was placed on unpaid leave from work due to the mandates. I held off as long as I could but I needed to get back to work and the only way I could was by getting the vaccination. I decided I would detox my body a few days before the vaccination and I would continue to detox any heavy metals and toxins 4-6 weeks after.
My appointment was on 26th of December, 2021 and I was getting the Pfizer vaccine. I had come to terms with the fact there was no way around it for me. I was devastated that
it had come to this and that I had to do something against my will and risk my health. I just wanted to get it over and done with, not think about it anymore and I just hoped for the best.
All seemed okay until that night. During the night I felt pins and needles in my left arm and hand. I thought I had been sleeping on top of my arm and I had caused it, so I didn’t think much of it. However, the next day I soon realised that it wasn’t me. The pins and needles then started in my right arm and hand and then both my legs and feet became affected, as well as having cold and hot sensations in these areas. What was to follow was six weeks of different pains and at times, scary symptoms.
I have experienced things in my body that I’ve never felt before, from the top of my head down to my toes. I had pin prick pains and crawling feelings, as well as what felt like bubbles under my skin. I experienced spasms in different places and at times my entire body twitched. I had muscle stiffness and joint pain. I had days where I had so much pain in my legs that it hurt to walk. I started feeling heart palpitations, pressure and small stabbing pains in my chest. I also had pressure in my head, stabbing pain in my temple, ringing in my ear and brain fog, I found myself forgetting things. My whole body felt weak and fatigued and it felt like my body had aged.
After the first week I booked an appointment with my doctor who I’d been seeing for almost 20 years. She was so dismissive of me I was shocked. I explained everything to her and all she could say was that my symptoms were odd and rare and that it was anxiety. I knew for me personally it wasn’t anxiety. I told her that I knew my body and could recognise that what I was feeling wasn’t right. She had the audacity to say not to think about it and just forget about it. She used herself as an example saying she had her vaccinations and she was fine. To be honest I’m sick of hearing this. If you are fine after getting it then you are blessed. But people shouldn’t be so insensitive or ignorant as to use themselves as an example. She did absolutely nothing to help and there was no duty of care. All she said was to keep an eye on the chest pain.
I considered going to the hospital, especially because I was concerned about the chest pains. However a few people had said I would probably be wasting my time and end up getting the same response. A week later I went back to a different GP. He at least took my concerns seriously. He found my heart rate was elevated and he ordered an ECG, bloods and an ultrasound. All my tests came back normal which of course is what you want. However, the GP could not explain any of the symptoms and said that it was a ‘normal’ reaction. He told me to keep an eye on the chest pain and go straight to the hospital if it got worse.
I dealt with all these symptoms daily. I went back to the GP for my chest as I was still concerned. I had an x-ray done and that came back normal. Still no explanation for my
chest pains and my ongoing symptoms, so this doctor also referred to it as probably being anxiety. Once again I explained to this doctor it was not anxiety and that what was happening to my body was not normal. I’ve noticed in other stories on this page that a lot of people are getting this same response from doctors. I’m starting to think that some doctors want people to think they do have anxiety. The more you tell someone something the more they start to believe it and to me that is a scary thought.
At this point I have been concerned about doing any exercise for fear of elevating my heart rate. I’ve seen people mentioning that once they start exercising that the chest pain increases. For six weeks getting up in the morning was difficult, my body would ache and it took me a little while getting out of bed before I felt okay. My arms and hands would become painful and I was experiencing pins and needles as well as weakness. I also noticed my hands were not steady at times and I experienced stabbing pain where I got the vaccine. My legs continued to hurt and I was still experiencing some spasms and the ringing in my ear. Exhaustion would overcome me on some days.
Over the weeks I developed new symptoms. My eye began twitching and I had cramps in my rib cage. I also noticed some bruises on my body and started experiencing light headedness and dizziness. I also noticed when speaking I would muddle my words up.
Now seven weeks on, I’m still dealing with some symptoms but I feel like I have finally turned a corner. With the help of my naturopath I’ve continued to detox to help my body recover and heal. I’m being treated holistically which would never happen with a doctor. I honestly feel that detoxing has stopped my symptoms from escalating and is helping me a great deal in my recovery.
As there are no guarantees as to what will happen if I was to get the second vaccination I did not get it. Due to this I did not meet the deadline set by my employer and I was terminated from my job.
For such a long time I have had to remain silent on this topic because of different circumstances. However, it is now time for me to speak up. I felt it was important to share my story because everyone needs to know these reactions and injuries are happening to us. Especially those who are in denial and those who continue to insult people who are going through these traumatic events. We should not be punished for prioritising our health or questioning what is happening. These stories are cold hard facts and we are now seeing consistency in what is happening. I want the narrative to change, I want the greater public to know that these cases are in fact not rare.
It’s not fair that this is happening to so many people and no one is being held accountable. I want everyone on this page to know that they are not alone. For anyone who has suffered injuries or reactions or know someone who has, I wish you nothing but the best in your healing.