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Taylor Devereaux, 26 years old

First Dose of Pfizer on 09/10/21

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

I was a happy, 26 year old girl. I could sing songs for a long period of time. Due to a vaccine law mandate at my university I was pressured into taking Pfizer COVID dosage number 1, when I never wanted any of these COVID 19 vaccines. I now have trouble studying my schoolwork at times because I get occasional chest pains. My life has changed drastically since September 10 2021.

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

At the pharmacy initially, I felt extreme dizziness. During the time I had to wait to be monitored, I complained to my dad, that I had very bad dizziness. I had an extremely painful sore arm, I had to take Tylenol and another pain medication. On September 15th, 5 days after my vaccine, I experienced sudden chest pains. It felt as though a knife was stabbing me in the chest. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the pain a 10 out of 10. On September 16th, I called up the Telehealth phone number, the lady told me “You need to go to the hospital immediately! This is a reaction at times, to these vaccines” I wound up going to the Emergency room at the hospital nearby my home, Brampton Ontario. I had bloodwork, and an EKG done. The hospital doctor said my heart still appears healthy and normal, told me to still get my second dosage due to delta variants. However, the pain would come and go after my hospital visit. The pain initially started in the middle of my chest but it shifted to my left breast. The pain was so unbearable, I thought I was having a heart attack. Eventually the pain got so extreme, I wound up having to visit a second hospital, this time in Toronto Ontario Canada. My awesome father drove me to Sunnybrook Hospital which is a 45 car minute drive from our house. It’s actually voted one of the best hospitals in Canada. They wanted to make sure I had all of the proper tests done and did even more tests than the hospital nearby my house. I had a urine test, a chest X Ray, bloodwork as well as an EKG. The only tests the Sunnybrook hospital didn’t do for me was an Echocardiogram and cardiac MRI. The doctor there told me “No blood clots and your heart is normal and healthy” I was sent home but the pain still remained. After having done some research, I requested I have an Echocardiogram to rule out for certain if I have pericarditis or myocarditis. The echocardiogram result, my family doctor said it came back fine. However I still have not had a cardiac MRI. It is now November and I still occasionally have chest pains and heart palpitations.

Q; What is your life like after you got the vaccine?

I have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). I also have GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) After my vaccination I noticed, I get stressed out more easily than before my vaccine.

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

No heart condition as of yet was officially detected, however what I experience are the common signs and symptoms of pericarditis.

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

At Brampton William Olser Hospital and also at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto Ontario Canada. The response I had been given is the chest pains are all coming from anxiety attacks and not at all related to my vaccine Pfizer dosage 1.

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

The only thing that really helps ease my pain, is when I take aspirin that is about it.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

I wish others knew that people can have a bad reaction to these vaccines. These vaccines have not been out long enough to the public and I believe there are far more risks than benefits to these COVID 19 vaccines. I now unfortunately have to quit my university program because I cannot get a medical exemption from dosage number 2, and I won’t be allowed to attend my university campus in January.

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