Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I’ve always been the type of guy that’s in the middle of everything. Spent 17 years in a high-profile job where people would know who I am and spent the last 6+ years running my own business. In other words, I don’t slow down much.
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
I was torn about it but ultimately felt it was the right thing to do.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
Six weeks to the day after the second vaccine, I developed facial twitching with no explanation. A few weeks after that, I got hit out of nowhere with a feeling like getting hit by lightning. From my head to my toes, I got a numbness/tingling feeling everywhere, and it has never gone away. It’s still here as I type this. Doctors thought I had a TIA or a stroke, but it was ruled out immediately. ER released me with no answers. It’s been downhill since then with a ton of other symptoms I’ll mention below.
Update 05/04/22: My neurovascular doctor diagnosed me last week with Autonomic Neuropathy and dysautonomia (most likely POTS). This diagnosis was confirmed by a neurologist at Shands Neuroscience Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
Since then, the nonstop numbness and tingling 24/7 has never gone away. Neuropathy, facial twitching, roller-coaster blood pressure issues I’ve never had before, dizziness, extreme weakness and fatigue, serious brain fog, depression. I’ve fallen several times as well, and so much more. I’ve been told not to drive so I’m not going anywhere, which is difficult, because I don’t like to be in one place for too long. I can only work about 90 minutes at a time, because it wears me out. Hell, just going to the grocery store and back knocks me out. I never know from day to day how I’m going to feel.