First Dose of Moderna on 03/08/21 Lot #003AZ1A
65 yrs old
Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I am now 66 years old. I was in pretty good heath prior to the vaccine. Nothing major was wrong. I did have some ear issues with wax build up at times and I would go to the doctor to have it removed. I was active, worked in my garden, assisted my husband on our cars when they needed repairs, I went to my granddaughter's band concerts, did some traveling to see my family, and I enjoyed music and watching movies.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
March 8th - 5 hours after the "shot" (which was given in my right arm): I was sore but I could handle that, but then my head started feeling foggy. I had some confusion, I felt flushed, and my face felt swollen but it wasn't. My ears started ringing like crazy.
The next day, March 9th, I felt a little better but still had ringing. Then noticed when I would try to go to sleep that my head jerked like a spasm or something. It lasted only a few seconds, but I was scared. I didn't know why that happened. I got up to walk to get a glass of water, I felt nauseous and vomited. I went back to bed and finally fell asleep.
March 10th I awoke and I had a loud pop in my right ear. I started to get frantic and knew something had happened to my hearing. I called my daughter to see if I could hear her. I could NOT hear her out of my right ear.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
My life has been altered. I can no longer listen to music the same way or watch certain movies with loudness. I have to turn it down to a level I can handle.
I have had many brain zaps, constant tinnitus (which I did not have before), and I get light headed at times. I have total loss of hearing in my right ear, and Hyperacusis. I can no longer be around a large group of people, and I can not go to restaurants. Conversations with more than 3 people cause me confusion. I go to the store and the sounds of people talking, the music the store plays, causes my tinnitus to become worse. I can not determine where noise is coming from now.
Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:
I called my ENT on the 3rd when I awoke with loss of hearing. I went to him on March 10th. I had a hearing test and it showed I had SSHL in my right year and some loss in left. I was put on steroids twice but no improvement. He was shocked that it happened because my right ear was better than my left before the "shot". A few months later I had an MRI of the brain. It shows a small nerve/sheath tumor near my left ear which is strange. The doctor said it didn't make sense since it was my right ear that has total loss of hearing. I can still hear out of my left although there is a feeling of fullness. I have an appt. with a neurologist in a few weeks, but I don't know if I really want to go. I feel I will not get any resolve of the issues.
Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?
Yes. I reported on the day I awoke with sshl to the CDC by phone. I did not get much help from them. The person said "Oh I haven't gotten any reports of this happening to anyone else". I reported to VAERS online. I got a confirmation, but I received no further contact from them.
Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?
Due to my anxiety from my issues, I am on meds to help with that - which they have helped. However, nothing has helped my loss of hearing, tinnitus, and Hyperacusis.
Q: What do you wish others knew?
I just wish we all had known about these adverse reactions/advents before trying to do what we thought was right. Unfortunately for those of us whom have had the ill effects, we are not listened to really. My family understands and is compassionate but there are those who think our issues were not caused by the "shot". My family doctor did advise me to NOT get anymore "shots" - which I have not. I have been reading and watching videos from FLCCC and have a better understanding of the issues we all are having. I just feel sad, hurt, and mad that we weren't told ahead of time about these reactions, and then made our decision on whether to get the "shot". I hope all who have suffered as I have (or even worse issues than me) can get the help they need. To those who haven't reported their issues - PLEASE do so! We need to be heard.
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