Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?
Before I got the vaccine, life was really fun. I was constantly doing things and hanging out with friends. Me and my friends would race up the stairs and to certain classes, because it was just fun and something to do. I would constantly hang out with friends and do different things every day. I have always been active and was in drumline for 3 years, as well as color guard, band and water polo.
Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?
I got the vaccine, because I was scared that my dad would get covid and become sick. We were told that he is a high risk and could possibly die if he were to get covid.
Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?
The night of my second vaccine I started having really high heart rates, and I couldn’t breathe. I went to the ER 3 times over the next week. My heartrate would get over 170 just sitting or laying on my bed. I would almost pass out if I stood up. They did move pretty quickly to get me in with a cardiologist. I missed about a month of school, because I couldn’t stand or walk without feeling sick, dizzy and getting tachycardia. I also developed a tic where my head jerks and twitches. It has progressively gotten worse.
Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?
My life now is much more difficult then it used to be, and it feels like nobody understands that. Although I try to act fine all of the time, I’m constantly sick. Hanging out with friends is hard, because I can’t keep up the way I used to because my heart rate goes so fast, and I get dizzy and short of breath. I also really get embarrassed because of the tic I have. My head will just jerk to the side at times, and I cant stop it. At school I have to use the elevator and none of my friends can use it with me. I have to take a heart pill every day or my heart will go really fast, and I can’t control it. No extra activities, no sports. I’m hoping I am well enough to make it through prom.