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Christina Holmes

First Dose of Moderna on 08/25/21

Amherst, Virginia

33 yrs old

Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?

Active mom with a 2 year old and 3 month old. I worked full time in real estate, carried two kids around, did cross fit prior to having the baby, and had tons of energy. I really never took a day off of work.

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting the vaccine?

I became fearful of catching the delta variant after reading too much on the news and social media.

Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?

The same night I received my vaccine I woke up in the middle of the night to my feet tingling. I made jokes to my husband about it not really thinking it was a huge deal. On day 6 I was very ill with a fever and stayed in bed for 18 hours (very unlike me). My symptoms eventually progressed to numbness in my leg and hands, tingling in my hands, face, feet, and throughout my back. My muscles have become weaker, and I did more than I stand. I’ve had days of tachycardia, the worst being 148 just standing in my kitchen. I have joint pain that really never subsides, it typically affects my fingers and wrist more so than anything. I experience electric shocks mainly in my back. I have had chronic and consistent chest pain on the right side that never subsides.

Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?

It takes all the strength I have to hold my now 8 month old baby majority of the day to feed her. I had moments, well weeks, during this period that I did not leave my house due to the pain and anxiety that came along with the problems. I am now at a point where I am back to work a few days a week but it has taken a lot mentally to push forward as I am physically in pain all day. Having two under two, I am not able to sleep and I take proper supplements to heal. I am just trying to push forward.

Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:

The first doctor failed to submit my referral to neurology, and after multiple phone calls he finally tried sending me to the long COVID floor. He wrote in my file that I was there to see him post COVID, wrong. He didn’t listen. The neurologist was proactive by doing an EMG the same day. The EMG revealed muscular myopathy, of which I was shocked because at the time I was not experiencing as much muscle weakness as I was paraesthesia. He ordered a spinal MRI and a brain MRI, both were normal. He said we did not need to explore the muscular myopathy any further because it was mild. I saw another doctor the day my heart rate was hitting almost 150, he ordered blood work and diagnosed tachycardia and that was the end of that. I saw another doctor who said “you really think the vaccine caused that.” Small laugh, and she walked away. Here I am.

Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?

I know I should have, but I have not reported. I was so discouraged by the physician care I received (or lack there or) and the things I read on the group that I did not see the point in reporting. They did not seem to be responding or acknowledging.

Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?

I have taken a bath most every night with magnesium bath salts for months. I do feel better when I follow an anti inflammatory diet. Some things come and go but the muscle weakness, tingling, chest pain, and joint pain has been pretty consistent. A few weeks of acupuncture and cupping was beneficial.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I had COVID 12/27/21 and it was mild. Prior to the v I had never received a positive test.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

That the help you receive if you are injured is little to none. I’m not blaming physicians directly, as many have stated it is so new they don’t understand. I have lost all faith in trusting the medical field. You depend on them to help you but when your symptoms do not meet the agenda you are dismissed and gaslighted. The side affects are not as they appear as listed, either!


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Jul 14, 2022

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