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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