"30 years old - Female - Charlotte, NC USA - First Dose of Pfizer 3/18/2021 - @queencitydom
I was just beginning to start a new chapter of my life, moving with my then fiancé and my mother back to my home state of North Carolina from Las Vegas, NV. I was eager to restart my real estate career in NC, excited to get married to the love of my life and thrilled to be closer to my family.
A couple of days before I left Las Vegas, I made a swift decision that has quickly turned my life upside down. March 18th, 2021 I made the decision to get my first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in hopes that I wouldn’t catch or spread the virus to my only living parent or any of my other loved ones. Little did I know this day would completely change my life.
Directly after receiving my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, I had felt the typical fatigue that I was warned about before receiving the vaccine. Three days following my first dose, I noticed during brunch with the fam that I felt very off but luckily it resolved and I squashed it up to being jet lag from our move. About 2 weeks following that day, I noticed that I was having killer pains in my legs that were similar to growing pains but again they resolved the following day. Unfortunately, a few days passed and the leg pain came back with a vengeance alongside weakness within my legs to the point where I was having serious issues walking, almost like my brain couldn’t figure out how to use my legs. My husband decided that enough time had passed and rushed me to the hospital after 7 days of suffering severe cramping in the legs, trouble walking, numbness/coldness and lightning like sensation in the legs.
While at the ER, 5 separate doctors came in to examine me and find the cause of these abnormal symptoms. It was decided that I would be admitted to the hospital for further testing. After running a full brain and spine MRI along with countless blood tests, the neurologist on duty was unable to find the reasoning behind the issues I was having. Several other possibilities were ruled out during this visit, however my symptoms were not treated or resolved, and I was told to follow up with a neurologist to further investigate.
Since then, a slew of other neurological issues have become present ranging from visual issues to trouble forming sentences to short term memory loss to abnormal movements. As alarming as all this has been, I have been in and out of doctors offices, had multiple tests run and have even taken another trip to the ER only to hit another dead end. As I am still searching for a proper diagnosis to get the correct treatment I need, I have found so much comfort in the support groups I am in as well as having others to relate to. While this is something I would never want anyone to go through, when my symptoms began to emerge, I felt very alone even though my husband and family have been extremely supportive. I was also lucky enough to find the sweetest soul throughout this journey who encouraged me to tell my story with no fear or shame – and I’m so grateful I’m able to share my story on her blog. "