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Kerstin Hartmann

First Dose of AstraZeneca on 01/20/21 Lot #AB0002

Somerset, United Kingdom

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

I am 54 and was very healthy and active, working two jobs before the jab. I took the jab to keep my job and now I am too ill to work. Everything I do is completely and utterly exhausting.

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

I instantly got a bruise after the injection and another one a few days later. The bruises took 2 month to clear and my arm hasn’t healed for 10 month now. I had a ‘funny’ heart episode a few weeks later where I couldn’t breathe for 15 minutes. I thought it was weird but didn’t think much of it as I was always very healthy. From that day on my life has changed. Over the coming months I developed more and more symptoms. I can’t breathe properly, have constant pain in all body parts, constant headache, constant nausea, high blood pressure, strange changes of my heart rate, constant dizziness and vertigo, fatigue, blurred vision, hypersensitivity to light, sound, smell, lots of different sensations in my body like crawling, twitching, tingling, internal vibration etc.. I reported 30 side effects to the Yellow Card but I could have reported more. I thought I would get better with time but I got worse. I really believe that the body is amazing and can heal itself but it didn’t. I developed more and more symptoms which were so debilitating that my life came to a standstill.

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

My life is now dominated by my vaccine injury. I have to constantly pace myself so that I don’t get a flare up. I can’t sleep, eat, digest and breathe properly. I am in constant pain. My whole autonomic nervous system and my vascular system are not working properly. My body constantly displays another ‘weird’ symptom which is very unsettling and scary. I don’t understand my body any more. There were days I could only survive in a dark room with no sound, smell, touch or food. There is no proper acknowledgement that the vaccine caused my symptoms, no proper investigation and no proper medical care. I am left alone to find out what could help me and have to spend thousands of pounds on alternative treatments.

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

I phoned my surgery a couple of times because of my injured arm and constant chest pain only to be brushed off. I finally got seen in June after I had developed more symptoms, written a complaint and had an argument with the GP on the phone. I finally got an ECG and blood test only to be told that all is normal. I was referred to the cardiologist only to be told he doesn’t know what I have and people have all sort of things. I was referred to the physiotherapy who told me she can either work with my arm or the vertigo. I decided on the vertigo and go private for my injured arm. The physiotherapist thought I have dislocated crystals in my ear but after EPLEY didn't work she said she doesn’t know what I have. I was referred to the Long Covid Clinic in August and to ENT but I haven’t heard anything from them yet. I have a diagnosis of Costochondritis and Vertigo.

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

I have reported my symptoms to the Yellow Card and got confirmation that they have received it. No further investigation followed. I have reported to AstraZeneca and asked for help as my GP seemed not to know how to help me but they told me to talk to my GP.

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

I decided to go completely holistic as I didn’t get much help from the medical community. I have physiotherapy for my damaged arm which works. I have lots of Myofascia release sessions and deep tissue massage which help to get out of the constant activated fight and flight mode. I had Craniosacral therapy to balance my system. I had a blood draw and 450ml blood taken out and discarded. I do HOBOT, HOCATT, infrared sauna and use a Bemer Mat. I completely changed my diet and eat mostly low carb, anti inflammatory food. I have support from a homeopath who tests my system and gives me remedies. I use lots of supplements. I pace myself, rest a lot, get fresh air regularly and do Yoga, stretching and meditation. I have also done a lot of grief work as I have completely lost my normal life. I would say my symptoms have improved by 60%.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I currently find myself in the worst health crisis in my whole life and on top of it all I had to fight for a medical exemption because they wanted me to have more. There is almost no help and support from the medical community. We were told it is safe and effective but it was toxic for me. What is happening to us who got injured from the vaccine is wrong. Just to say it is safe doesn't make it safe. All drugs have side effects and it is no different with this new Covid vaccines. We need to be acknowledged that the vaccine caused us harm, we need to be fully researched and get proper treatment. We need answers as to why we got so ill. We need interdisciplinary teams that deal with the complexity of our bodies reactions to the vaccine. We need care and compassion. This whole experience is utterly traumatic, very scary and makes me feel very alone with my pain and suffering.


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