First Dose of Pfizer on 11/04/21
38 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
Fully active mom and wife, filled with mission work, kayaker, swimmer, runner, farmer, independent, lots of mom duties, foster animals care giver, singer
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
To be able to continue doing what my heart is called to - mission work.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
On November 4, 2021, I went to get the Pfizer vaccine with my husband. I was given the vaccine, and about 15 minutes after, I started feeling lightheaded and dizzy. We got the staff. I sat there and my heart rate and blood pressure just climbed. My chest started to hurt and feel compressed, very short winded, head hurting/pressure, hands and legs shaking like I was cold, and that was just the start. I was picked up by ambulance and taken to the hospital. That day started my new life. I walked into CVS to get my vaccine, and I left the hospital in a wheelchair. I have been sent to Ochsner’s hospital in New Orleans to get better treatment, which is over 3 hrs from us. I’m in a wheelchair most of the time. I can use the walker in short spurts around my house, but it’s not like normal walking. I drag my left leg, shake and tremor. I don’t have full control of my limbs. I can’t drive, shower, fix food/drink, put shoes on, get into fridge/freezer or even cabinets, can’t do laundry, sweep or a lot of household stuff that needs to be done. I now have heart problems as well. I have to use a cup with a lid on it, like a toddler, so I don’t spill because of the tremors and weakness. I hit myself (not intentionally) trying to eat, drink, fix hair and etc., from the tremors, lack of control and weakness. This is just a little glimpse into what I face and not the whole battle. I am a survivor, fighting daily!!
Q: Have you had Covid before?
I caught Covid while in the hospital. I became very ill. I became very weak from battling Covid, and when I left the hospital, I could barely sit up on my own. It took me about a month after getting out of the hospital to be close to where I was before having Covid. I have noticed since Covid that my stomach seems to have gotten better with handling food!! I’m not taking around the clock nausea meds to eat now!!
Q: What do you wish others knew?
It doesn’t matter if you are fully vaccinated and never had any reactions to any vaccine, you can still have a Severe Reaction, like I did.
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