What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.
On April 1, 2021, I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at HealthLinc in Valparaiso, Indiana. Weeks following the shot, I began to experience side effects that could easily be contributed to seasonal allergies or a virus. Under the care of my healthcare provider, my symptoms were managed through antibiotics and oral and inhaled steroids. My healthcare provider did not considered my symptoms to be a result of the COVID-19 vaccination, the probability of it happening was so rare.
On the morning of May 6, 2021, my 20-year daughter found me passed out on the bathroom floor. I was taken to the emergency room at Northwest Health-Porter. After extensive testing, the medical team determined that I had a massive blood clot in my lungs (pulmonary embolism) and a clot-in-transit in the right atrium of my heart. I was immediately rushed into emergency surgery to remove the clot in my heart and lungs. While in the ICU recovering, I developed an additional clot in my left leg, resulting in an additional procedure. In total, I spent nine days in the hospital. Through multiple blood tests, it was determined the blood clots were a result of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of my ordeal. I am still on blood thinners as the vaccine is still causing my blood to clot. It is unknown if and when I will be able to no longer need medical intervention through blood thinners.
Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms
Which solutions were not helpful?
What would you like others to know?
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