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Karen Putnam, Triathlete

First Dose of Pfizer on 04/03/21

Second Dose of Pfizer on 04/23/21 Lot #ER8734


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

Ironman 70.3 triathlete x3, 34 triathlons, in trying for #35, 100 miles swimming 2020, century bike ride.

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

1st Vax, 4/3/21: Tinnitus was intermittent later that day. It wasn't loud at first; just every so often. It wasn't even every day. I didn't think much about it.

2nd Vax, 4/23/21: I was ready to blow my head off. Tinnitus has been severely loud ever since. I cope with masking hearing aids, 10 MG of Lexapro, lots of prayer and some fasting.

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

No swimming, as I can not be without my masking hearing aids. Thankfully after I got on Lexapro, I felt like working out some, but not as hard as I use to. I used to ride 19 mph, and now barely ride 15 mph. I have ran some, but mostly just walking with friends. I require more sleep and sometimes brain fog sets in. I really have to concentrate most days and sometimes still can't remember some things. I have to write most stuff down. Thankful my husband is wonderful and supportive.

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

I wear Phonak masking hearing aids and 10 MG of Lexapro.

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

The CDC Vsafe called me 8 months after reporting it, but they were unable to find my VAERs report. I probably was frustrated filling it out and will do again today.

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

The masking hearing aids help immensely, and I listen to calming YouTube videos, hypnosis for confidence, and motivation. Lexapro keeps me from crying daily.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I'm determined to have joy on this journey! It helps having people who understand to share with what we're experiencing.


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