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Randy Plantenberg

First Dose of Pfizer on 04/15/21 Lot #EW0169

Second Dose of Pfizer on 05/06/21 Lot #EW0179


63 yrs old

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

I have always been very active outdoors all seasons. Cross country skiing, hiking and remote camping have been a passion. I also worked out with moderate weights and bicycling. I spent each month of January with my truck camper and 2 dogs remotely camping in Arizona, hiking 8-12 miles a day to recharge myself from running my Wealth Management practice of 39 years. I have an amazing wife and looking forward to spending more time with our 3 grandchildren, as family has always been a priority. I loved my career, as clients also became family.

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?

To be able to open my office.

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

I returned from Arizona on February 1, 2021 and in order to open my office and meet with clients, I felt I had to get the vaccine. I received the first vaccine on 4-15-2021 and felt a pins and needles sensation in my right shoulder and neck the next late morning. On day 2, I woke up that night from leg and foot pain and the sensation of electricity running down my legs. In the morning when getting out of bed, I couldn't walk with balance issues and instability. I felt stiff-legged and shuffled instead of my usual walking gait. Fatigue set in with extreme weakness, and my legs would shake trying to get off the couch. This continued, and I still can't believe I then got the second dose on 5-6-2021, but I felt again an obligation to my clients.

I tried to schedule with a Neurologist in late May but was told at UW Madison the first available appointment was December, I made the appointment, but then I was seen by another Neurologist in June who ran blood tests, including autoimmune, Lyme, brain and spinal MRI, nerve testing etc. and was told she had no idea. I was seen then at UW Madison in December, running a lot of the same tests some new ones. I was diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder and given a web address for me to become familiar with FND. What I found out was that diagnosis is a catch-all for when they can't find a underlying disease or just don't know. All tests came back normal.

I have no doubt this was caused by the vaccine and my slurred speech and swallowing issues started in March off 2022. Life has changed dramatically over the last 14 months, but I feel fortunate as it could always be worse, as I have seen by real stories on this site. My heart breaks for all the young people impacted physically, emotionally and financially.

I sold my practice in March, trying to transition clients through the end of year, but I don't know if I can continue much longer. I go to physical and speech therapy weekly and work in between on my own, just to hopefully maintain where I'm at.

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

I haven't but will take action on this!

Q: Are there any treatments we should know about that helped or hurt your health?

Physical and speech therapy, no better no worse. Tried acupuncture, no results.

Q: Have you had Covid before?

Yes, early on. High fever and cough for 9 days, then fully recovered

Q: What do you wish others knew?

We live in a country where I believe these vaccines should not and cannot be mandated. We should all make our own choice, but with proper warnings and well thought out processes.

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