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Danae Desmond, 24 yrs old

First Dose of AstraZeneca on 04/11/21


24 yrs old

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

Busy. I was 6 weeks post the birth of our third daughter, so we were just settling in and finding our new normal.

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

You weren’t allowed on school grounds without being "fully vaccinated", and my daughter was starting Prep. I couldn’t miss out on things or let her down.

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

I was doing fine until the 3rd day, I went to stand up and my head went funny, and I was extremely dizzy and nauseous. I thought I was going to faint and said to my Partner that something is wrong and that I needed to go to urgent care - so I did. I went to urgent care multiple times in the first few months, so much so I felt embarrassed turning up there. For the first 2-3 months I had no appetite. I was forcing myself to eat. My dizziness was really bad (inner dizziness - not environment spinning?). The only way I could describe how I felt was like I was about to have a seizure and lose control of my body. I never did though, and I’ve never had a seizure before in my life, but that’s the only way I can explain the feeling I kept getting. For 5 and a half months I had a really bad pain at the base of my skull, from the minute I woke up until I went to sleep. I couldn’t even rest my head down on the back of the couch or down on my pillow, as my head was extremely sensitive. Along with this head pain, I was also getting migraines almost daily. I also have had chest pain on and off throughout all of this, but all test results come back unremarkable. I also have eye floaters? And I can’t handle warm weather.

I’m so tired all of the time and can’t multi task, like my head is always behind. Like a brain fog maybe?

Mentally this has taken an incredibly huge toll on me, so anxiety included.

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

I can’t be the Mum or Partner I want to be or used to be. I feel like I’m constantly letting everybody down. I avoid social settings, and I dread any event.

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

I think I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression by most Doctors that I’ve seen. I even had a Doctor laugh in my face at urgent care, when I told him it’s from the Vaccine. I started crying, because I was beyond frustrated. I didn’t know what the hell was happening to me and had 5 different diagnoses within a week. It was too much. I then had a nurse come and ask me if I had post natal depression. I’ve been diagnosed with viral infection, UTI, migraine, vertigo, anxiety, depression, chronic tension, sinusitis, costochondritis. Current Doctor suspects blood pressure drops, possible POTS.

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

No, it hasn’t been reported yet, as I’ve been waiting on an official diagnoses - if that will ever happen.

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

Honestly, I think just time. I still deal with the dizziness (not as bad), brain fog, fatigue, and what feels like panic attacks? Some days I’ll have some of the neck pain but rarely now, thankfully.

Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?

No, never.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

That this can happen to anybody. We are all so vulnerable with this being so new.

If you catch Covid you have support and help. If you have an adverse reaction to the Vaccine then you’re on your own.

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