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Sharon Hartley

Second Dose of Pfizer on 10/8/21


46 yrs old

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

I was a relatively healthy 46 yr old mother of 2 young children. I attended gym 4 or 5 days a week.

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

I thought it was the right decision based on the information l had at the time.

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

No Initial reaction. Then about a week after my 2nd dose l had what l thought was a routine cold. Which progressed into something l can't even explain! Headaches, cough, pressure and pain everywhere, lethargic to the point l couldn't walk from on room to the next. I went to bed about 10 days in and honestly thought l wasn't getting up. My GP put my on antibiotic forte and really had no idea what was wrong but indicated she suspected sepsis! This did start to improve in week 4 and after about 8 weeks l was resuming some normal activities. Since then, l have had ongoing issues with fluid in my legs and cramping pains in both calves front and back. Unexplainable itchiness everywhere but mainly my head, like there's bugs crawling on me.

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

I feel like my symptoms are easing but then something happens that changes my mind. I took my children to a public pool yesterday and l got the cramps in my calves in the pool. It was terrifying! My feet were stuck in position and l couldn't walk. We just hung out there until l could move again.

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

Just the initial over the phone consultations. That was hard enough to arrange here in Australia where doctors don't want face to face contact anymore.

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

I didn't report anything.

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

I feel that they are improving, l feel l at least have to believe they are!

Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?

No but l did test because a lot of my vaccine injury looked like covid19.. Tests were negative.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

That information is being withheld. I thought l was doing the right thing. I now know more people with adverse reactions than those without.

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