Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
Hardworking husband and father. Love gardening and home improvement projects. Coached soccer.
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
I really didn’t want to, but I felt pressured by my job. Everyone else had it. People made comments about me being unvaccinated. We just wanted to make sure it was safe before we took it. How is that such a bad thing? And look what happened to me.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
I had an immediate burning reaction in my arm and a feeling of tingling in my lips and right side of my face. My heart was racing, and my throat felt like it was closing up. A few minutes later, I had a terrible itching on my arm. My wife was with me and told me not to worry, so we just went home.
By the time I got home I was so dizzy that I had to lay down in the family room. My head was pounding. It was evening, so I just slept down there and hoped to feel better in the morning. The fatigue was terrible.
The next day I had the most unexplainable feeling. It was like electroshocks shooting through my body. My head was still pounding. I was dizzy still, and my heart rate was elevated. I also felt what I can only call a twitching feeling inside. I thought maybe this was all normal, although my wife wasn’t that bad. I hoped it would get better.
It didn’t get better. I’ve had some better days, but I still have all of the same tingling and vibrations. I’ve gone to doctors and even the ER once. I had an EKG, CT scan, MRI, EMG, and lots of bloodwork that came back normal.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
It’s just not the same. I can do some work at home but haven’t been back to the office. I can’t coach soccer this year, and I’ve done that for years. Too fatigued. I never know when I’ll be dizzy or the twitching will start again. My wife does all the driving now. This has hurt our family so much.