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Michele Hellstern, RN

Booster of Moderna in February of 2022 Lot #068H22A

Booster of Moderna in July of 2022 Lot #014B22A

Illinois

54 yrs old


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

I was an RN, a house supervisor in a teaching hospital. I could run the 8 flights of stairs multiple times every night. I did push ups, crunches, I was just an active person. I liked to sew, made stained glass, played cello, trumpet and french horn for hours.


Q: Would you like to share your reason(s) for getting the vaccine?

I received the vaccine because I'm an RN. It was to keep my family and my patients safe, and I also wouldn't be able to work if I refused it.


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

The initial 2 Moderna vaccines didn't cause any issues outside of the fever and aches and pains for 72 hours. Sadly we didn't recognize I was having a reaction to the first booster (silent migraine lasting 2 weeks, exhaustion, followed by additional silent migraines and visual disturbances).


The second booster burned down my arm and across my collar bone while being injected. I felt like a thousand volts of electricity wrapped around my shoulder. Within an hour a silent migraine started and I've had it every day (currently 6 1/2 months). Within 2 weeks I developed frozen shoulder (my dominant arm), within 5 weeks I started having significant tremors causing me to not be able to feed myself, hallucinations, memory loss, confusion, shattered thought processes, and speech impairment.


In the first month I had extreme blood pressure changes along with heart rate jumps from 70 to 120, falling back to 60 all in 90 seconds. As of November 2022 I began showing signs of PTSD, insomnia, neuropathy in both feet and as of January 2023, neuropathy in my left arm.


I'm no longer able to work, I feel an overwhelming pressure in that I don't have an income and also that I can't play my music the way I previously could. Tremors start within a few minutes of playing when I do attempt. My fine motor skills cause horrible pain in my left shoulder and arm.


Q: Tell us about any tests, diagnoses, and/or Medical Care received:

I've had an MRI of brain and shoulder, CT of head, x-rays of shoulder, EEG, EKG, hearing test, labs (CBC, drug screen, CMP, eGFR, BMP, CRP). I've also had physical therapy (due to frozen shoulder), referrals to neurology, ortho, cardiology, ENT, counseling for adjustment disorder, and neuro-psych for the PTSD symptoms. I'm on a 1 year waiting list for neuro-psych.


Q: Where has your reaction been reported, and what was the response?

My reaction has been reported to VAERS and the CDC calls every few months. The last two times they called when I mentioned I'm an RN they ended the call very quickly.


Q: Are there any treatments that have helped or hurt your health?

Propranolol helps with my tremors, Ritalin is helpful with my shattered thought processes. I take vitamins B12, Magnesium, CoQ10, folate, D3, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, and CBD oil with MCT. These have all been helpful. I've been prescribed Ativan, but it does not help.


Q: Have you had Covid before?

No.


Q: What do you wish others knew?

Any vaccination has the potential to cause a reaction in some people. I would hope that the government(s) would simply acknowledge that we are reaction victims, and provide us with adequate diagnosis.


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Thanks for sharing your story. I pray for a full recovery for you, and am glad that a few things have helped. FLCCC has some protocols for vaccine injuries.


Appalling to read your VAERS report story.

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