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Helena Siewert, 24 yrs old

First Dose of Pfizer on 04/30/21

Atlanta, Georgia

24 yrs old

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

Before the vaccine, I was an avid lover of all things exercise; I would workout almost everyday doing CrossFit and heavy weight lifting. To compliment this, one of my hobbies was nutrition and healthy eating, where I’d come up with new recipes filled with tons of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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

I received the first Pfizer shot on 4/9/21. Three days later after coming home from the gym and eating dinner, I started vomiting. At first, I thought this was food poisoning due to its abruptness. After a week of vomiting, I was admitted to the hospital. After running every test under the sun, I was finally diagnosed with Gastroparesis through a gastric emptying test and endoscopy.

Thinking that the vaccine timing was just a coincidence, and I am now “immunocompromised,” I got the second shot on 4/30/21. After the second shot, my vomiting doubled from about 15 vomits a day to around 30 episodes a day.

Due to continuous vomiting, my life has been altered drastically. I am now not able to do what I loved doing before, like working out and healthy eating. I now have to eat soft, ultra processed foods, which consist of rice and lean/tender meats and no fruits/vegetables, due to my body not being able to process them. I am currently seeing a neurogastroenterologist for my gastroparesis and intestinal dysmotility. I have been granted FDA compassionate care to medications not available in the US. I am currently taking domperidone, Motegrity, and Zofran for vomiting, and I get Botox injections in my stomach with only slight improvement. Since the vaccine and diagnosis, I have lost 30 pounds.

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