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Throughout the whole of 2021 I looked for advice surrounding the safety of the vaccine and learning from friends and families about their experience after taking the vaccine. This whole time I haven’t felt comfortable with the idea of taking something like this in order to protect myself from a virus. With all the information I received I still felt like there was something missing.

After the latest news regarding Kiwis in Australia being locked out of the latest MIQ lottery system, that was the final straw. Hearing that sort of news was a shock. My whole life flashed before my eyes and the only thought I had was, “I’m not going to see my family again! I’m going to be stuck here in Australia and not be able to leave without getting the vaccine”.

Due to the pressure of work and the stress of not being able to see my family, I had no choice but to book myself in for my first vaccine. I can confidently say I was scared s**tless!

On Friday 7th January the attending health professional made me feel like scum because I wasn’t wearing a mask. Even though I told her wearing a mask aggravates my asthma, she still made me sit at the front door away from everyone else who was receiving their vaccine.

I was called in to receive my first Pfizer vaccine and I asked this person, “Can you please tell me whether this is safe and have you experienced anyone having a reaction to the vaccine?” She responded with, “You will be fine”, which, to tell you the truth, made me feel a little bit more comfortable. Moments later everything is done and I’m waiting outside for the required 15mins as per usual.

Within moments I started to feel dizzy. I started sweating to the point where sweat was dripping from my chin onto the floor and my arms were wet as if I had just been swimming, all while I was struggling to string a sentence together. I remember a young lady beside me asking if I was okay while she quickly ran and got a nurse. I was placed into a private room to rest for a further one and a half hours, being monitored every 15 minutes or so.

For two days after the vaccine I felt fine. I had heart palpitations but didn’t think anything of it. I relaxed around the house and rested as instructed.

Monday the 10th came around and I woke up feeling completely out of whack. I woke up to my legs tingling and my heart rate high, but again I thought that was normal. I also was experiencing shortness of breath to the point where I could feel minor chest pains. Once I got downstairs to head off to work I started to sweat again, but this sweat was intense – almost like I had stood under a shower in my work clothes.

While I was at work things started to get really bad! I hadn’t even started the day. My heart was beating so hard I was getting head spins. Again I thought this was normal after the vaccine so carried on as per usual. Within moments my legs began to shake! My legs looked like electric shocks were being sent through them. All my muscles were moving in all directions, which made me sit down ‘til they stopped doing their thing.

A few hours later I was walking down the street from the job site. I hadn’t even made it 200 metres down the road and my heart was racing badly! I tried to contact my doctor but couldn’t talk to him without an appointment being booked. This resulted in me contacting a friend in New Zealand who is a nurse. She started to ask me basic questions about what I was feeling. She asked me to take my pulse, which I did – 70 beats within 30 seconds at this moment in time. She blankly said, “Contact the ambulance!” While I was getting help with an ambulance, I had to be seated at a restaurant table as my legs began to shake violently. While this was happening I began to lose my breath again and had sharp pains in my chest.

About an hour later I was in the hospital being assessed! I would have had a total of six nurses working on me along with two doctors. Each time I asked them, “Is this common for people to be coming in post-vaccination?” The question was palmed off or ignored!

When I called the nurses in to watch my legs violently shake and they told me, “Legs usually shake when you do excessive exercise”, which seriously [expletive] me off. I could see in some of the nurses’ eyes that they had no clue what was going on!

When they saw my heart rate on the monitor beating at 124bpm they said, “Your heart rate is high because you may have had a pre-workout or may have been experiencing a minor heart attack!” This made me feel like I wasn’t being heard at all! I tried to explain every little feeling I was having, but every time I spoke it felt like they had already made up their minds on what they were going to say!

The worst feeling of all was when the doctor told me everything I was feeling was, ‘In my head’. This hit me so hard considering they could see my high heart rate and struggling to breathe and the violent shakes in my legs.

A few hours later I went in to get my heart scan. I quickly asked the gentleman who was pushing my bed if what I was experiencing was normal and if he had seen many people come into the emergency department for the same reasons. Without telling me he looked at me with a look of sadness which I believe was him saying yes!!

This made me upset. I was trying to hold back the tears while accepting the fact that I’d really stuffed up here by getting the vaccine. Everything became so real – it’s clear I’m not going to get any answers – I’m being silenced.

Once I was put back into my ward, a nurse came in to take another blood sample. I practically begged her to give me clarity that what I was feeling wasn’t normal and whether she was seeing many others like me coming in here experiencing the same reactions post-vaccination. In my whole experience of being in hospital this one nurse showed true emotion. Through her mask and protective eyewear she started to tear up. Then she pulled herself together and changed the subject.

A few days later I am out of hospital. My arms shake and twitch uncontrollably! I still struggle to do simple household things like walk up stairs!! I can’t lay down on my back because it aggravates my chest pains and increases my heart rate. I now get the sharpest pains in my arms and neck! All the while this is all happening, I’m in regular communication with other ‘health care professionals’ and they continually say, “This is normal after the vaccine for people of your age”. On top of all this I’ve been told that I’ll be fine to get the second vaccine. 

Guys, be careful okay? I understand you may be backed into a corner but please be careful. This isn’t fun at all!

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Throughout the whole of 2021 I looked for advice surrounding the safety of the vaccine and learning from friends and families about their experience after taking the vaccine. This whole time I haven’t felt comfortable with the idea of taking something like this in order to protect myself from a virus. With all the information I received I still felt like there was something missing.

After the latest news regarding Kiwis in Australia being locked out of the latest MIQ lottery system, that was the final straw. Hearing that sort of news was a shock. My whole life flashed before my eyes and the only thought I had was, “I’m not going to see my family again! I’m going to be stuck here in Australia and not be able to leave without getting the vaccine”.

Due to the pressure of work and the stress of not being able to see my family, I had no choice but to book myself in for my first vaccine. I can confidently say I was scared s**tless!

On Friday 7th January the attending health professional made me feel like scum because I wasn’t wearing a mask. Even though I told her wearing a mask aggravates my asthma, she still made me sit at the front door away from everyone else who was receiving their vaccine.

I was called in to receive my first Pfizer vaccine and I asked this person, “Can you please tell me whether this is safe and have you experienced anyone having a reaction to the vaccine?” She responded with, “You will be fine”, which, to tell you the truth, made me feel a little bit more comfortable. Moments later everything is done and I’m waiting outside for the required 15mins as per usual.

Within moments I started to feel dizzy. I started sweating to the point where sweat was dripping from my chin onto the floor and my arms were wet as if I had just been swimming, all while I was struggling to string a sentence together. I remember a young lady beside me asking if I was okay while she quickly ran and got a nurse. I was placed into a private room to rest for a further one and a half hours, being monitored every 15 minutes or so.

For two days after the vaccine I felt fine. I had heart palpitations but didn’t think anything of it. I relaxed around the house and rested as instructed.

Monday the 10th came around and I woke up feeling completely out of whack. I woke up to my legs tingling and my heart rate high, but again I thought that was normal. I also was experiencing shortness of breath to the point where I could feel minor chest pains. Once I got downstairs to head off to work I started to sweat again, but this sweat was intense – almost like I had stood under a shower in my work clothes.

While I was at work things started to get really bad! I hadn’t even started the day. My heart was beating so hard I was getting head spins. Again I thought this was normal after the vaccine so carried on as per usual. Within moments my legs began to shake! My legs looked like electric shocks were being sent through them. All my muscles were moving in all directions, which made me sit down ‘til they stopped doing their thing.

A few hours later I was walking down the street from the job site. I hadn’t even made it 200 metres down the road and my heart was racing badly! I tried to contact my doctor but couldn’t talk to him without an appointment being booked. This resulted in me contacting a friend in New Zealand who is a nurse. She started to ask me basic questions about what I was feeling. She asked me to take my pulse, which I did – 70 beats within 30 seconds at this moment in time. She blankly said, “Contact the ambulance!” While I was getting help with an ambulance, I had to be seated at a restaurant table as my legs began to shake violently. While this was happening I began to lose my breath again and had sharp pains in my chest.

About an hour later I was in the hospital being assessed! I would have had a total of six nurses working on me along with two doctors. Each time I asked them, “Is this common for people to be coming in post-vaccination?” The question was palmed off or ignored!

When I called the nurses in to watch my legs violently shake and they told me, “Legs usually shake when you do excessive exercise”, which seriously [expletive] me off. I could see in some of the nurses’ eyes that they had no clue what was going on!

When they saw my heart rate on the monitor beating at 124bpm they said, “Your heart rate is high because you may have had a pre-workout or may have been experiencing a minor heart attack!” This made me feel like I wasn’t being heard at all! I tried to explain every little feeling I was having, but every time I spoke it felt like they had already made up their minds on what they were going to say!

The worst feeling of all was when the doctor told me everything I was feeling was, ‘In my head’. This hit me so hard considering they could see my high heart rate and struggling to breathe and the violent shakes in my legs.

A few hours later I went in to get my heart scan. I quickly asked the gentleman who was pushing my bed if what I was experiencing was normal and if he had seen many people come into the emergency department for the same reasons. Without telling me he looked at me with a look of sadness which I believe was him saying yes!!

This made me upset. I was trying to hold back the tears while accepting the fact that I’d really stuffed up here by getting the vaccine. Everything became so real – it’s clear I’m not going to get any answers – I’m being silenced.

Once I was put back into my ward, a nurse came in to take another blood sample. I practically begged her to give me clarity that what I was feeling wasn’t normal and whether she was seeing many others like me coming in here experiencing the same reactions post-vaccination. In my whole experience of being in hospital this one nurse showed true emotion. Through her mask and protective eyewear she started to tear up. Then she pulled herself together and changed the subject.

A few days later I am out of hospital. My arms shake and twitch uncontrollably! I still struggle to do simple household things like walk up stairs!! I can’t lay down on my back because it aggravates my chest pains and increases my heart rate. I now get the sharpest pains in my arms and neck! All the while this is all happening, I’m in regular communication with other ‘health care professionals’ and they continually say, “This is normal after the vaccine for people of your age”. On top of all this I’ve been told that I’ll be fine to get the second vaccine. 

Guys, be careful okay? I understand you may be backed into a corner but please be careful. This isn’t fun at all!

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