Saturday, April 10, 2021

My Covid-19 Shot

Here is my experience with Covid-19 Vaccination:

I believe I had an early strain of Covid-19 in December 2019. Everyone in my family was affected. We all recovered but I experienced hyper-sensitivities with allergies and asthma that spring that troubled my breathing. These problems were resolved by Singulair

In the fall of 2020, I developed Valley Fever, a common but serious fungal infection here in AZ. I had a fever of 103 for 2 weeks and then another week at 102. I believe I am fully recovered from the valley fever and have been hiking over 25 miles a week.

I was reluctant to get any of the covid-19 shots because I have a history of anaphylactic reactions, which were worsened by my December 2019 illness. 

However, the increasingly contagious and more lethal variants, coupled with not-so-subtle COERCION by my employer, led me to get my first Moderna shot on Tuesday 4/6. No immediate effects.

Wednesday 4/8 In addition to the expected sore arm, I experienced unusual tightness in my lungs while exercising and had trouble with deep breathing, but those symptoms resolved within 12 hours.

Thursday 4/8 sore arm worsened. Took Zyrtec, an allergy medicine, as precaution and because my spring allergies are bothersome, although no problems breathing.

Friday 4/9 Terrible stomach pain, diarrhea, and pain in my gall bladder area. 

Called the allergist office who administered the shot Friday at 2:30 pm. Office closed. No one taking calls. Not able to leave message because the messaging system was not functioning properly.

Looked online at CDC and FDA site for information about extreme pain but found nothing specific beyond this link which suggested these symptoms were allergic related

Pain in GI was extreme and persisted for about 16 hours. Took Pepcid. No help. Took 25 milligrams of Benadryl in the afternoon and that seemed to help a bit. Took another 25 milligrams of Benadryl later that evening and it also seemed to help.

But still in distress from pain. 11:30 pm called United Health Care's Nurse line and spoke to a nurse who was absolutely less than helpful. In fact, worst experience with nurseline in 26 years. 

Saturday 4/10 Stomach and gall bladder area are still sore but improved. I think I'm through the worse. What would have happened had I not loaded up on antihistamines?

My experience was that when I had ADVERSE REACTIONS there was no one or site that I could go to get reliable information about whether my reaction was allergy-based and whether it risked escalating. 

Doctors were unresponsive and the nurse line patronizing.

I am pretty confident that my GI problems were allergic related since the Benadryl offered so much relief but there is of course the possibility that I unknowingly ate some food or food preservative that elicited the reaction - e.g., I am very allergic to sulfates and have experienced pain in the gall bladder area after eating dried fruit treated with sulfites, as well as other foods I'm allergic to, such as tomatoes.

Moving forward, I will not be getting the second Moderna shot. I believe that my previous infection and the one shot are enough protection and another shot isn't worth the risk given second shots are notoriously more likely to produce symptoms.

However, my family will get theirs because I am the only person who experienced these symptoms. I'm also the only one with a history of anaphylactic reactions.

I feel that the mass rollout of an experimental vaccination without adequate medical supports - as illustrated through my experience - is going to reap severe problems.

I was concerned that with my medical history I would be at risk. And yet there was no supports to evaluate precisely those symptoms that emerged as potential indicators of allergic reaction, beyond showing up at the emergency room.

And that is my story.


5/8 - I am well and my platelet count is fine. I found Benadryl most helpful in de-escalating the severe reaction I was having, which very much resembled the same reaction I get to the preservatives in dried fruit but much more extreme. Recognize that my experience is not medical advice. This is my experience. 

Speak to your physician if you experience severe "reactions" from your shot. Don't wait and do record your reactions in the VSafe system, which is hosted by the CDC. It is searchable so the CDC is trying to be transparent.