I am a 30 year old mother and wife from Ottawa. My life and health forever changed on May 9th, 2021. Sadly, I didn’t listen to my gut and let the pressures of my workplace, as an educator, get in the way of making the choice. Happy Mother’s Day to me.
Immediately after receiving it, I knew something was wrong. I felt dissociated and I started having visual disturbances, but I chalked it up to nerves. Later that evening a huge welt appeared on my back. It was painful so I went to the hospital. They could give me no explanation other than it was potentially shingles caused by the vaccine. The following day I started having chest pains, palpitations, dizziness and vertigo. This went on for months. I was also having issues with my temperature, tolerating heat, having flares where my cheeks would burn hot as fire and seemed related to what could be described as ongoing allergic reactions.
These reactions went on until I ended up in an episode of anaphylaxis after which I then started having tremors, internal tremors and head pressure. In the following days I was in and out of the hospital, having repeated fainting spells (loss of consciousness). The pain went to the right side of my face and right eye, and since then I’ve been progressively losing my vision in my right eye along with being in chronic, severe pain in my face and eye 24/7.
I have been diagnosed with POTS. I deal with chronic severe pain in my face and eye as well as vertigo, every waking moment. I’m literally going blind and they have no idea how this can be. It has been totally debilitating and has changed my life course. I’ve had to change my plans as a young mother, as I haven’t been able to function. All I would like is to receive proper medical treatment and for no one else to suffer like myself.