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My name is Travis, I’m 40 years old and happily married with children, I’ve worked for an agricultural company for the last six years. My lifestyle has been relatively active, working out three times a week and getting outdoors with the family most weekends. Prior to the vaccination I had no underlying health issues whatsoever and I considered myself quite healthy.

I was hesitant to get the vaccine as I wasn’t comfortable with the research that had been done around it. It just didn’t quite sit right with me. I felt like I never needed a vaccine before even though I was never anti anything. I felt no differently about the COVID vaccine, being the healthy man that I was. Basically, I got the vaccine because it was a requirement of my workplace. I would like to say that it was peer pressure, but at the same time the people I worked with believed it was the right thing to do, I was basically told that I would be marginalised, and I felt a bit out of place so I made the decision to trust others before my own intuition.

I received the first Pfizer vaccine on 14 September 2021. I felt nothing immediately but over coming weeks I was more fatigued than usual, however as I was working two jobs, I thought I was just burning out. I got the second Pfizer vaccine on 12th October 2021. Like the first time, I felt fatigued but a bit more than the first time, The fatigue continued for another month until I started seeing dark circular bruises the size of a 50 cent piece and red purpura appearing all over my body from my shoulders, all over my chest and down to my ankles. I also had acne like spots all over my body though it was NOT acne, and a blood nose. I’d never had a blood nose before.

At this stage It didn’t cross my mind that it would be from the vaccination but my symptoms were obviously concerning me, so I called the 24 hour Healthdirect line. I was told to go to my nearest hospital, so I drove myself to Armadale Hospital Emergency Department in the evening of Friday 19th November 2021.

After waiting for only about 30 minutes, which I thought at the time was pretty quick, I was admitted into the emergency room. The nurse took my bloods and confirmed I had a concurrent platelet count of 4. I had no idea what that meant but I knew it was serious as a doctor came to me, patted me on the shoulder and sat me down to advise me of my platelet count. I actually laughed so loud because I had no idea what was going on, nor understood what he meant. I look back now and realise I was in complete shock at the situation.



I rang my wife and told her I was being admitted to Armadale and she made arrangements for our children to be looked after, but then we realised she wasn’t able to come to the hospital as she wasn’t vaccinated yet. So instead, her sister and a good friend of hers came to me and gave me a phone charger so I could talk with my family overnight if I needed to. They all prayed for me. Again, I look back and realise, wow this was serious stuff for them to do this. Thankfully my sister in law is a doctor and she was able to explain what platelets were and what my body was doing or not doing at present. 

The next day I was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital. I remember being so scared, not fully understanding of what was occurring, but at the same time trusting in the doctors. I was initially treated with dexamethasone plus IVIg via cannula with a list of 12 other medications. During my hospitalisation from 20 to 24 November with some treatment response, they were able to get my platelet levels up from four to 78, so they discharged me. They diagnosed me with ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura) as a result of having the Pfizer COVID vaccine. This was in writing on my discharge papers. Thankfully I had a haematologist who knew what he was doing and was willing to acknowledge that this was a vaccine injury. I never mentioned the vaccine being the possible cause of my symptoms but they checked off all the possible diagnoses it could have been and came to the conclusion on their own. 

I went home under the instructions to rest. I couldn’t walk and I was bed ridden anyway, so I rested and took my long list of medications for the next week. Unfortunately, I relapsed to the point I couldn’t walk at all, I was lightheaded and literally felt like my body was decomposing. My mind was not coherent, my body was jolting, and I was hysterically crying because of how scared I was. I was afraid of dying, I was afraid for my children. It was at the point where I pulled a book out and told myself, if I couldn’t read the first two lines, something wasn’t right. So I opened the book and I couldn’t read the first two lines. I knew then it was time to go back to hospital. 

On 28 November 2021 I went back to hospital and was there ‘til 9 December 2021. I was given high-dose steroids, IVIg, and commencement of Rituximab, one of four planned cycles, because my platelets had now dropped to 1. They also suspected from an MRI that I’d had a stroke as well. In the 12 days I was there, I continued to have the 12 tablets a day and I had my blood tested every morning to let me know if my platelet count would change. 

My platelets increased to 90 and then would drop to 21 over the first seven days and anything below 50, they don’t usually discharge. So they kept me in longer than usual to make sure my blood platelets stayed up. On the twelfth day I was discharged with platelet levels of 40. Some of the doctors wanted me out earlier, but the main professor who saved me the first time made sure I was discharged at an appropriate time.

For the next week I did as instructed and rested and took my medications, but again I had another (second) relapse. I was experiencing blurred vision, body shakes, headaches, and I couldn’t walk again. On 14 December I was hospitalised for the third time until the 16 December 2021. I again received further high-dose steroids. My platelets were 17 and they gave me IVIg, and Rituximab. The eltrombopag continued to be taken for the next seven to eight months. I have now finished taking it as of a few weeks ago.

I haven’t been admitted since, but I get my bloods done every Monday to keep an eye on my platelet count. The first two weeks out of hospital they stabilised and just recently my platelets dropped again, but it wasn’t enough to put me back on eltrombopag. From November last year to now I have experienced uncontrollable trembling inside my body. I have just recently seen a cardiologist who has given me the all clear but the shaking still persists and they have now referred me to a neurologist in October.

I was a healthy and reasonably fit man who went to the gym three times a week and now I struggle to take my dog for a walk. Most afternoons I need to sleep as I am so fatigued. Tiredness is the main symptom of ITP. My life has been turned on its head. I get sharp pains through my body, especially in my legs, regular headaches, and the many symptoms I listed above with the added, ‘when will this ever end?’

At present I am only able to work three days a week. My mental health has taken a battering and now I am trying to fight the government who is not acknowledging my costs claim because they said only the AstraZeneca vaccine can cause ITP so it’s not Pfizer vaccine induced. I’ve written to the Health Ministers of WA and Australia with the guidance of ITP Australia, but I have had no response to this day.

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My name is Travis, I’m 40 years old and happily married with children, I’ve worked for an agricultural company for the last six years. My lifestyle has been relatively active, working out three times a week and getting outdoors with the family most weekends. Prior to the vaccination I had no underlying health issues whatsoever and I considered myself quite healthy.

I was hesitant to get the vaccine as I wasn’t comfortable with the research that had been done around it. It just didn’t quite sit right with me. I felt like I never needed a vaccine before even though I was never anti anything. I felt no differently about the COVID vaccine, being the healthy man that I was. Basically, I got the vaccine because it was a requirement of my workplace. I would like to say that it was peer pressure, but at the same time the people I worked with believed it was the right thing to do, I was basically told that I would be marginalised, and I felt a bit out of place so I made the decision to trust others before my own intuition.

I received the first Pfizer vaccine on 14 September 2021. I felt nothing immediately but over coming weeks I was more fatigued than usual, however as I was working two jobs, I thought I was just burning out. I got the second Pfizer vaccine on 12th October 2021. Like the first time, I felt fatigued but a bit more than the first time, The fatigue continued for another month until I started seeing dark circular bruises the size of a 50 cent piece and red purpura appearing all over my body from my shoulders, all over my chest and down to my ankles. I also had acne like spots all over my body though it was NOT acne, and a blood nose. I’d never had a blood nose before.

At this stage It didn’t cross my mind that it would be from the vaccination but my symptoms were obviously concerning me, so I called the 24 hour Healthdirect line. I was told to go to my nearest hospital, so I drove myself to Armadale Hospital Emergency Department in the evening of Friday 19th November 2021.

After waiting for only about 30 minutes, which I thought at the time was pretty quick, I was admitted into the emergency room. The nurse took my bloods and confirmed I had a concurrent platelet count of 4. I had no idea what that meant but I knew it was serious as a doctor came to me, patted me on the shoulder and sat me down to advise me of my platelet count. I actually laughed so loud because I had no idea what was going on, nor understood what he meant. I look back now and realise I was in complete shock at the situation.



I rang my wife and told her I was being admitted to Armadale and she made arrangements for our children to be looked after, but then we realised she wasn’t able to come to the hospital as she wasn’t vaccinated yet. So instead, her sister and a good friend of hers came to me and gave me a phone charger so I could talk with my family overnight if I needed to. They all prayed for me. Again, I look back and realise, wow this was serious stuff for them to do this. Thankfully my sister in law is a doctor and she was able to explain what platelets were and what my body was doing or not doing at present. 

The next day I was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital. I remember being so scared, not fully understanding of what was occurring, but at the same time trusting in the doctors. I was initially treated with dexamethasone plus IVIg via cannula with a list of 12 other medications. During my hospitalisation from 20 to 24 November with some treatment response, they were able to get my platelet levels up from four to 78, so they discharged me. They diagnosed me with ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura) as a result of having the Pfizer COVID vaccine. This was in writing on my discharge papers. Thankfully I had a haematologist who knew what he was doing and was willing to acknowledge that this was a vaccine injury. I never mentioned the vaccine being the possible cause of my symptoms but they checked off all the possible diagnoses it could have been and came to the conclusion on their own. 

I went home under the instructions to rest. I couldn’t walk and I was bed ridden anyway, so I rested and took my long list of medications for the next week. Unfortunately, I relapsed to the point I couldn’t walk at all, I was lightheaded and literally felt like my body was decomposing. My mind was not coherent, my body was jolting, and I was hysterically crying because of how scared I was. I was afraid of dying, I was afraid for my children. It was at the point where I pulled a book out and told myself, if I couldn’t read the first two lines, something wasn’t right. So I opened the book and I couldn’t read the first two lines. I knew then it was time to go back to hospital. 

On 28 November 2021 I went back to hospital and was there ‘til 9 December 2021. I was given high-dose steroids, IVIg, and commencement of Rituximab, one of four planned cycles, because my platelets had now dropped to 1. They also suspected from an MRI that I’d had a stroke as well. In the 12 days I was there, I continued to have the 12 tablets a day and I had my blood tested every morning to let me know if my platelet count would change. 

My platelets increased to 90 and then would drop to 21 over the first seven days and anything below 50, they don’t usually discharge. So they kept me in longer than usual to make sure my blood platelets stayed up. On the twelfth day I was discharged with platelet levels of 40. Some of the doctors wanted me out earlier, but the main professor who saved me the first time made sure I was discharged at an appropriate time.

For the next week I did as instructed and rested and took my medications, but again I had another (second) relapse. I was experiencing blurred vision, body shakes, headaches, and I couldn’t walk again. On 14 December I was hospitalised for the third time until the 16 December 2021. I again received further high-dose steroids. My platelets were 17 and they gave me IVIg, and Rituximab. The eltrombopag continued to be taken for the next seven to eight months. I have now finished taking it as of a few weeks ago.

I haven’t been admitted since, but I get my bloods done every Monday to keep an eye on my platelet count. The first two weeks out of hospital they stabilised and just recently my platelets dropped again, but it wasn’t enough to put me back on eltrombopag. From November last year to now I have experienced uncontrollable trembling inside my body. I have just recently seen a cardiologist who has given me the all clear but the shaking still persists and they have now referred me to a neurologist in October.

I was a healthy and reasonably fit man who went to the gym three times a week and now I struggle to take my dog for a walk. Most afternoons I need to sleep as I am so fatigued. Tiredness is the main symptom of ITP. My life has been turned on its head. I get sharp pains through my body, especially in my legs, regular headaches, and the many symptoms I listed above with the added, ‘when will this ever end?’

At present I am only able to work three days a week. My mental health has taken a battering and now I am trying to fight the government who is not acknowledging my costs claim because they said only the AstraZeneca vaccine can cause ITP so it’s not Pfizer vaccine induced. I’ve written to the Health Ministers of WA and Australia with the guidance of ITP Australia, but I have had no response to this day.

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