I’m 54 as of yesterday. I was totally healthy before the vaccine, except for the odd migraine and needing to care for my kidneys from a faulty valve since birth – my mum took thalidomide. I had no kidney issues because I’m vegetarian, drink lots of water and adopt a natural approach to my health.
My first and only Pfizer vaccine was on the 24 of August. During the 15 minute wait time after my vaccine, the lady asked if I was okay. I told her I thought I was okay, but I felt a bit tingly. As I handed her my card, I noticed my hands were red, swollen and my veins were huge. I asked if this was normal and she called the nurse. They made me sit down for about 10 minutes and told me to breathe. They were closing for the day and told me to go home as it was probably anxiety.
I went home, took a Panadol because my head was pounding, and went straight to bed. I woke up at 2am and I was bright red, itching and swollen all over. I called the COVID line and they put me through to 13 HEALTH. They asked some questions but because I was breathing okay, I was told to see my own doctor within 12 hours. I went to see my doctor as soon as they opened, and he said I had an allergic reaction to the vaccine and gave me Phenergan.
I slept for the next 2 days. The itching and swelling subsided a little, but the burning continued. I went to see my doctor another three times over the next few days. I had swollen lymph nodes, had a burning sensation, and my 27-year-old caesarean scar became swollen and painful. I also had kidney pain, which felt to me like they were shutting down. My doctor ordered blood tests and nothing else, saying my symptoms were just allergies. I’ve never had allergies in my life. My blood tests results showed my vitamins had been wiped out, and he gave me a script for 5000IUD of vitamin D.
On the 4th of September, I went to the hospital emergency with chest pain, a numb left arm, and my kidneys were struggling. When asked if I was allergic to anything, I said I was allergic to penicillin and Pfizer. They left me sitting in the waiting room for three and a half hours. The Phenergan was making it hard to sit up, so I went to the desk to say I needed to lie down. I was told there were eight people ahead of me, plus whoever else came in. When I said I would just go home, they said, “But you might be having a heart attack.” I said, “I doubt you would have left me sitting here this long if that’s what you thought.”
After numerous doctor’s appointments, calls to 13 HEALTH and being treated badly, I gave up. It got to the stage where I’d just go to bed when my chest hurt and hope I didn’t wake up. It normally passed.
On the 11th of September my chest pain didn’t subside so I went to the minor injuries clinic and asked to have my blood pressure checked. When they asked why, I said I was having chest pain that normally passes, but it was persistent that particular day. They took me straight through and did an ECG and troponin test. This was the first doctor that treated me like a person and it turned out her nephew had a similar reaction to me. She gave me a bit of hope I might feel better in about three months. I’ve been seeing her since.
My first doctor of 15 years didn’t report my reaction until I asked him to explain in writing why my reaction occurred. Then he reported it.
My new doctor organised an echocardiogram and other tests. She matched my ECG with my first blood test results and said I previously had pericarditis but it had settled, with no permanent damage. The echocardiogram was good.
It’s now been four months since I had the vaccine. I’m still tired but I’m working. My workplace has been amazing. I still have inflammation flare ups, ongoing swelling on my left leg and lymph nodes, brain fog, blurred vision and a crunching in my ear.
Mostly, I’m using natural health practices to address the inflammation. I’m on the waiting list to see a cardiologist, and now they are looking at the possibility of diabetes and inflammation markers for cancer.
They have admitted my symptoms are from the Pfizer vaccine because my health history was previously perfect. I visit the doctor once a year for a vitamin check because I’m vegetarian. I’ve never had the flu vaccine. I’ve been prescribed antibiotics twice in 14 years for kidney infections. I couldn’t take them because they made me feel worse and I fixed the issue myself with herbal medicine.
I was walking roughly 5km every morning until the day of the vaccine. I would walk up very steep hills and now I’m puffed walking up stairs.
I took the vaccine so I could visit my parents in Victoria in case they needed me. The financial burden of getting well is just an added insult because people are still being forced to take the vaccine when the evidence was clear well before I was vaccinated.
Now, the vaccine taskforce, Queensland Health, and the immunologist said I must have the second vaccine and a booster!! They said I can check into the hospital to have it in case of an anaphylactic reaction. They believe I may stop breathing next time because the second Pfizer vaccine can be worse. I still have trouble reconciling in my mind that it would even be suggested to me!
It feels like they don’t even think of me as a human being – they don’t consider I’m someone’s mother, daughter, sister and friend. I told the immunologist I would rather not be here than go through this again. I know that sounds ridiculous, but honestly, I just can’t make it through another vaccine dose. It’s destroyed my life.
Her response was, “That’s your choice, Tania.” I walked out, leaving her with some choice words to think about.
I’m not holding out any more hope for the cardiologist. I’m just going through the motions now and hoping the people responsible for this will be tried and convicted because the research I’ve done since this happened is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It’s a deliberate force with no care for human life. It’s callous, cruel and soul destroying.