First Dose of AstraZeneca on 02/16/21 Lot #AB0012
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England ; United Kingdom
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I was a very fit, healthy and active 47-year-old male. I was a non-smoker who drank very little alcohol, a sub-4-hour marathon runner and former semi-professional football referee.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
After the AstraZeneca Vaccine I felt generally unwell but expected this, so I just tried to carry on with life as normal, thinking that it would soon wear off. On the 28th of February 2021, I felt really ill. My body ached all over and I had a fever. I booked a Covid-19 PCR test for that day and my results came through the next morning (Monday the 1st of March) as negative.
I was now getting severe chest pains and contacted my local GP surgery who told me to go straight to hospital. I went to my local hospital in Grantham where blood tests showed my platelet count was 7, so I was then transferred within minutes to Lincoln County hospital, where scans revealed multiple blood clots.
I spent 34 days in Lincoln hospital and was fed through a tube because of a blood clot in my portal vein from the bowel. A full removal of the bowel was considered and, on the 8th of March 2021, my wife was called to the hospital and was told that I might not survive.
Thankfully I did survive and I still have my bowel. My hematologist told me that one of the main reasons that I survived was because I was previously so fit and healthy. He said that the amount of medication that was required to keep me alive would kill most people.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
I cannot even live independently as I am dependent on my family just to live on a daily basis. I am breathless every day. Even getting dressed leaves me breathless and I have to sit down to recover before I can do anything else. I cannot walk normally, I shuffle along like an old man because my legs are that weak that I cannot walk with a normal stride pattern.
I have had to purchase a mobility scooter to try to give me more independence. Many days I do not bathe because I am too exhausted. I feel like I just exist, but no longer live. My life as I knew it has been taken away from me.
I am now being treated for chronic fatigue syndrome and waiting to see the respiratory consultant at Lincoln Hospital. Myself and my family have been affected physically, mentally and financially. There is a real possibility that we could lose our home at some point in the future, as I have not been able to work since the 26th of February 2021. I am now at a point in my life where I am starting to think that I may never be well enough to work again.
We cannot even go on a family day out because I cannot walk more than a couple of hundred yards. Some days I cannot even walk 50 yards. I am constantly fatigued physically and mentally, and life is debilitating. Some days I wish that I had not survived, as I don’t want to live the rest of my life like this.
I did the “the right thing”. I had my AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and now myself and my family have had our lives flipped upside down. The government should be looking after people who have been severely adversely affected by the Covid Vaccines so that we can live without worrying about how to pay our mortgage and household bills.
I am not anti-vaccine, I did “the right thing” as directed, and have suffered ever since!
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
Initially doctors were skeptical that it could be an adverse reaction to the AstraZeneca Vaccine, but then came round to the idea, saying they had to investigate all other possible causes before formally diagnosing me with Vaccine Induced Thrombosis Thrombocytopenia. My Hematologist and the nursing staff were superb. My Hematologist even rang me with some test results when he was on holiday.
I was on many different forms of medication via a drip, so I was that ‘spaced-out’ for much of my time in hospital. I was not entirely sure of what was going on but was merely trying to survive. I had a pick-line fitted, through which they fed me. I was on extremely high doses of steroids, blood thinners and I was given both blood and platelet transfusions.
When the nurse pushed me out through those hospital doors on the 4th April 2021, I breathed a huge sigh of relief that I had made it out of hospital and survived. However, that was only part of the battle won. To this day the battle continues, and looks like it will for a very long time.
I am still on lots of medication and have been told to expect to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life.
Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?
Reported to the UK government yellow card reporting scheme, no response from them!
Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?
Nearly 11 months after having the vaccine life is still incredibly difficult, I am now disabled, and life really is not good.
Q: What do you wish others knew?
I wish others knew the truth! Why don't Governments and mainstream media help us to tell the truth on what has happened to us. I need help, and I need people to know the truth about severe adverse reactions to Covid vaccines.
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