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Joshua Kolasinski

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What was your life like before you received the COVID-19 vaccine?

I am completely this on behalf of my wife, Deliah Kolasinski, who is a Master’s Prepared Registered Nurse, mother of three children, and all-around advocate for humanity. Up until her vaccination, Deliah was an avid runner with an average of 12 miles per week and hopes of running a 1/2 marathon someday. Deliah was very much, and surprisingly still is an advocate for vaccines. Our children have been vaccinated against Covid-19 even since she has been so badly injured.

Describe the symptoms and the timeline of the reaction.

Unfortunately, a couple of weeks after her first dose, Deliah began to feel strange tingling sensations in her fingers and toes. A week later, she was admitted into the hospital with paralysis up to her chest, and diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS). On January 25, 2021, Deliah was no longer able to breathe on her own and needed to be intubated. For the next 6 weeks, Deliah was completely paralyzed including her face and in writhing pain. During this time, surgeons placed a tracheotomy in her throat and a feeding tube in her stomach.
On March 10, 2021, Deliah was transferred to a Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTAC). This was the 2nd attempt to transfer her because the first time, the Transport Medic disconnected her ventilator incorrectly which nearly killed her. Everything went black and her heart dropped to 30 BPM before a Respiratory Therapist reconnected her to the ventilator.
At the LTAC, Deliah slowly began to be able to move her shoulders again. During the next 7 weeks, she experienced a less adequate level of care, but did work with physical therapists to begin the long road toward walking again. She spent many days and nights dirty from her own waste and at one point watched a nurse collect her urine for testing then use the same container to mix medicine for her feeding tube and plunge it into her stomach. It’s hard to imagine this experience as a Masters Prepared Nurse while not being able to move or speak.
By late April, Deliah was finally free from the ventilator and able to go to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. During the next month, she worked several hours per day, learning to walk and take care of herself again. With the assistance of a walker, Deliah walked back into our home after 129 days of hospitalization.

Describe the solutions that helped your symptoms

Over the next year, through physical therapy, Deliah made a lot of progress in her physical ability. Although her employment opportunities in healthcare are now limited due to not being fully vaccinated, she was able to return to teaching nursing students at a community college, and has even become a contingent ER Nurse again. But sadly, her recovery seems to have plateaued, leaving her with chronic fatigue and pain, permanent neuropathy in her feet, permanently damage vocal cords, and mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Which solutions were not helpful?

Insdequate compensation opportunities from the government and pharmaceutical companies.

What would you like others to know?

That it is an injustice for those who have been injured by the covid vaccine to have as little resources for compensation as there are, especially in spite of the profits enjoyed by the companies involved and controversy and coercion that occurred.

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