First Dose of Pfizer on 08/06/21 Lot #FC3180
Second Dose of Pfizer on 09/08/21 Lot #FE3180
St Augustine, Florida
50 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
Very busy and full! I’ve enjoyed excellent health my whole life. I did not take any medication and only went to the doctor for annual checkups. I was very physically active. I enjoyed walking 5 miles at a time several days a week, yoga, gardening, and housework. I am a wife and mother of 4 kids.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
Days after my second dose I began having episodes of passing out. This had never happened to me before. The first time at the ER they diagnosed me with Orthostatic Hypotension (a blood pressure disorder) and told me to follow up with a cardiologist. I did, and he fitted me with a Holter monitor. While wearing that monitor I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. That event earned me emergency surgery where an ICD was implanted in my chest and wired into my heart. It will be there for the rest of my life. I received at that time an official diagnosis of Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia, which is a deadly form of heart arrhythmia. I should mention I have NO family history of either blood pressure issues or heart issues. After that surgery, I struggled with 3 months of debilitating fatigue, extreme lightheadedness, nausea, and muscle twitches in my legs and hands. I could not take a shower because I was unable to stand that long. I was in bed an average of 20 hours a day. Eventually I got a little energy back and was able to get out of bed and start doing simple tasks around the house. I have never before in my life felt so broken physically or emotionally.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
Thankfully, I am starting to experience some days with better health. There are days I am able to walk again for exercise, but can only go a mile or so. It does feel good to be up and around, but I am not nearly as strong or as physically capable as I used to be. There are also frustrating days where I am back in bed unable to do much of anything. I never quite know what each day will bring. My blood pressure has stabilized and I am actually off prescription blood pressure meds at the moment. I am very grateful for that. My heart, however, is still a concern. The doctor had to put me on a strong anti-arrhythmic medication that has finally helped regulate my heart rhythm, but it poses serious long term risks so I can’t be on this medication long. Before this medication my heartbeat slipped repeatedly into an arrhythmia and my newly installed defibrillator actually fired off one time. Not fun at all. I am currently awaiting the results of a cardiac MRI, which will reveal if any permanent scarring or other tissue damage has occurred on my heart. Ultimately I can’t help but wonder how many years this injury has shaved off my life. I still experience frequent lightheadedness, nausea, and muscle twitches in my legs and hands, but they are much less intense than they used to be.
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
3 ER visits 3 ambulance rides 4 overnight stays in the hospital
Multiple EKG’s CT scan chest CT scan head 2 chest x rays Angiogram 2 echocardiograms 7 day heart monitor 30 day heart monitor ICD implant Multiple blood tests Pulmonary function test Cardiac MRI
Countless doctor appointments
Sadly, I’ve had several nurses, EMT’s, and four doctors privately acknowledge they believe my issues are vaccine related, but few will dare say it out loud. I have been blessed to have a PCP who has been absolutely wonderful- she has supported me 100% from the start and is confident this was vaccine induced. My OBGYN acknowledges the same. My cardiologist initially denied any possible connection to vaccine, but interestingly in recent weeks he seems to be softening his position on that. My official diagnoses are Orthostatic Hypotension and Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia.
Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?
My PCP has filed on my behalf with VAERS, the FDA, and directly with Pfizer. The only response was from Pfizer, who just asked my doctor to fill out more paperwork.
There has been no response from the CDC or the FDA.
Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?
I take sodium supplements (an extra 1,500 mg a day) along with drinking a ton of water. This helps raise my blood pressure and keep it more consistent.
I also take Vit D3, zinc, CoQ10, Vit C. This is to help boost my immune system.
I take magnesium for my heart, along with a prescription anti-arrhythmic and a beta blocker. It’s kind of funny that I went from taking no medication at all to having a mini pharmacy on my bedside table. I also get outside whenever I can and walk as far as I can. Exercise definitely helps physically and emotionally. I try to eat really clean and gave up all caffeine and alcohol.
My husband has been my champion. He has overseen all my medical care, as I was too sick to ask questions or advocate for myself. He has taken over all the household tasks. He has brought me meals in bed. He had to actually bathe me and wash my hair for me when I was at my weakest. He has been so strong, but also very compassionate. He’s held my hand as I’ve cried, and assured me it was ok to grieve. He’s never lost his patience, although I know this has been a tremendous worry and stress for him. Having this selfless support from my husband and all my family has enabled me to get needed rest and has been a critical component for me to get better.
My greatest blessing these last months is knowing Jesus as my Lord and my friend. Without my faith I really don’t know how I’d even begin to process all of this. I have felt God’s provision in ways big and small throughout this journey. I know whatever happens with my body, He is with me, He loves me, and He has a purpose for my life. That keeps me going and gives me hope. My prayer group and my friends have also been a huge help for me. They have made me feel validated and help redirect my focus to a healthy place when I get discouraged.
Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?
I never had Covid.
Q: What do you wish others knew?
Covid vaccine injuries are very real, and are far more common than people realize. I’ve been shocked to meet as many people as I have online who are suffering. The media has not been honest in reporting the extent of these injuries.
I also wish people knew that those of us with vaccine injuries are not “anti-vax” or “anti-science”. Every single person profiled on this website chose to get the vaccine. It just harmed us instead of helped. I was stunned by my injury as I have taken every vaccine ever offered me, including the annual flu shot. I have never had an adverse reaction to any vaccine before.
I also wish people knew that those of us speaking out about injuries are not “conspiracy theorists”. I’ve read through many testimonies on this page, and I’ve personally contacted others I’ve met online who have experienced cardiac difficulties like me. Not surprisingly, we come from all areas of life. Some are conservative politically, some liberal. Some are independent. There are different faith groups represented. We reside in various places in the country and the world. Some are in their early 20’s, some are in their late 60’s. The common denominator between all of us is a vaccine injury. I wish people would stop dismissing this as a political issue and see it for what it is- a medical issue. There is no room for hostility and division here. Everyone profiled on this site is hurting deeply already.
I believe in science. I believe in vaccines. But this one I respectfully submit needs to be paused until they figure out why so many people are having catastrophic reactions. Because I believe in science I was bothered from the start that there were no long term studies on this vaccine. I couldn’t figure out why that didn’t seem to bother anyone else. Honestly, I should have listened to my gut instinct. I submitted my story to this website because I don’t want anyone else to go through what I have. I am hopeful that as more people share their stories, awareness will be raised and these injuries will be properly investigated.
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