Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
I was an active, independent Life Insurance Agent, mother, grandmother, and daughter. My mother lives 1100 miles away, and one of my daughters lives about 900 miles away. I drove every year straight thru to visit each of them, as well as additional trips as an airline passenger. The end of April ’21, I returned from 3 months of visiting my daughter and my mother; all of these visits were done via non-stop driving trips (I stop only for gas, coffee, and mother nature calls. No motels.) I’ve been doing this for years along with outings with my other daughter and grandchildren who live 15 minutes away. Always on the go and thrilled to be able to actually visit my clients in person again….
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
I really researched everything I could find about these vaccines. It appeared that J&J was patterned after the old tried and true vaccines vs. the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA. Somehow messing with my RNA and DNA didn’t sit well……. My gut told me not to do either, but I wanted to take every precaution available to protect my family and my clients. So on May 15th, 2021, I took a “flyer” and got the jab.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
Within 3 days, I had swollen lymph glands under my right arm and behind my left ear, muscle cramps, decreased vision, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, night sweats, and left hand fingers cramped so bad, I couldn’t type.
I fought the vomiting and diarrhea by graze eating… Tiny one or two bites of food often. I did that for 2 months. Roof of my mouth and my gums on the left side of my mouth swelled. Had a dentist check for an infection or abscessed tooth…….. nothing. The hand cramping lasted for 3 months, the night sweats come and go, and the lymph gland swelling comes and goes. None of it has stopped, but I’ve learned to manage it. Then in November of ’21, I started getting intense left shoulder and left neck pain. I chalked it up to how I was sitting at the computer and my increased dependence on online work vs. in home visits. My fatigue has been a constant, ever increasing part of my life post vaccine, so the days of being out all day in traffic and in and out of offices and homes was impossible. That said, I changed my chair, changed my posture…..no help. By January, I started having more severe neck and left ear pain. By February, the pain had progressed up into my head. It was like someone drew a straight line and cut my head in two. I couldn’t tolerate the computer screen. The pain was horrendous (like child delivery pain but in my head) I took 2800 mcg of Ibuprofen a day……….all it did was dull the pain. I discovered if I rested my head a certain way I could stop the pain, but if I moved out of that position… whammo.
I went to my PCP. He ran blood tests and declared my results were those of a 40 yr old (I past that life event a lonnnnnng time ago based on yrs and not there yet based on my attitude, however this crap has aged me). He would not refer me to a neurologist, which by now I had gleaned via research and common sense, was who I needed. I continued looking for a medical specialist. On my birthday at the end of March, I bought CBD gummies… I had 2……….pain stopped! First time in 10 months!!! I felt like I was moving in slow motion but no pain…….OMG. Then my daughter found a neurologist specializing in Long Haulers . I called…excited. They wouldn’t have an opening for 3 or 4 months.. After all this time what’s another 3 months? But they only took referrals; my heart sank. Finally a week or so later, I called and begged (and I mean begged) for an appt.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
I got the appointment. She is AMAZING! Reassured me I’m not a nut job and ordered a flurry of tests. Bottom line, I’ve never had Covid, and this is all a result of reaction to the Vaccine. Now we’re working to target which nerve center(s) or nerves are the most affected and doing a myriad of additional tests to find answers, so we can move forward either curing, mediating, or learning to manage whatever the H… this has done. I’m exhausted, but my gummies and sleep limit the pain. I feel like a slug vs. the kick butt and take names charger I was before the vax.