I work in aged care. I’ve always been a healthy go-getter person and illness has very rarely knocked me around. I’ve had some serious problems (due to hospital negligence) in the past and recovered very quickly.
Work asked us to get the vaccine they told us that it would become mandatory and we wouldn’t have a choice. It was early in the Australian roll-out and we were told that the AstraZeneca vaccine had bad side effects and we should have the Pfizer vaccine while it was available. Twelve residents had refused it, so it was offered to staff. With people in pretty pink vests, we walked around all day getting the facility done. Everyone seemed fine (we were doing obs every hour). Extra shifts were given out to accommodate this. So, in good faith twelve of us lined up for our vaccination. How bad could it be? We had literally just watched 190 people get vaccinated with NO adverse effects!
First Pfizer vaccine: I went home after staff sitting together for half an hour to watch each other for symptoms of a bad reaction. We were all fine then but that night I could not warm up for the life of me. The next few days my arm was really sore at the site. I took no time off work and all seemed well.
On the 24th of March 2021 we had our vaccination. I worked half an hour after mine and everything seemed fine. My arm didn’t even hurt this time. The next day I was so tired I nearly fell asleep driving to work. We had no staff, everyone was sick. Everyone EXCEPT our elderly. I took the next two days off as my head was pounding. My GP ended up sending me for a scan as he believed I’d had a minor stroke. Nothing showed up on the scan. Six weeks after my second vaccination I still hadn’t shown any sign of getting better. I was tired, I picked up EVERYTHING but COVID.
My head was still constantly throbbing and now my heart had started doing palpitations. I went to my GP. He put me on a monitor and said nothing was wrong. Three trips to the hospital they still “couldn’t find anything wrong”. I thought I was going to die of a massive heart attack. A week after my last hospital visit, (we are now twelve weeks post vaccination) and I was at the Uni and we were playing with our new heart monitor and hooking up to each other to run a trace. When we set the machine up to my chest, ankles and wrists it became erratic. Our clinical teacher (a nurse from our cardiology ward) informed me I should attend ED in our local hospital immediately and she was convinced a heart attack was impending.
I went straight up to the hospital and told them my heart was pumping erratically and I couldn’t breathe. They put me onto the observation machine and my heart rate (resting) was 150 bpm. It’s supposed to sit on 60 to 80. They set up a drip straight away and rushed me into resuscitation. They set up a variety of machines, convinced also that I was having a heart attack. They asked me if I had been vaccinated and I told them I had. They immediately stopped panicking. I started panicking. It was like they were going to let me die now they knew.
They took me to short stay where I was placed into a cubicle much like the ones others have described in different hospitals. They ran more blood tests. The only thing that looked amiss was, my D-dimer was sky high. Meaning that I had a blood clot somewhere. After several more scans they forgot about my heart feeling like it was exploding and concentrated on the clot that they couldn’t find. They treated me for that and sent me home.
It took months to discover that I actually have inflammation around the heart and it now beats on average at 120 bpm. The hospital has altered my criteria so it doesn’t send the machines beeping every five minutes. My immune system is now compromised, my heart is playing up, I’m waiting for it to just stop one day.
I’ve just quit my job. I’ve had so much time off since my vaccination and now they’re asking that we have a booster. I’m honestly too scared to. So I quit.