Sarah was an active person. She worked as a health tech, and played baseball at a very high level. All of that changed after her first dose of Pfizer at the end of May 2021.
On the 20th of June Sarah dropped from a massive heart attack at her parents’ house. Her husband performed compressions until the paramedics arrived. Sarah was dead for just under 8 minutes. The paramedics were able to revive her and transported her to Centenary Hospital. Sarah received a stent and was placed in a hypothermic coma. Her husband was informed that if she didn’t wake up from the coma in the next 48 hours, he would need to make a decision….
Sarah woke up on her own after 45 hours.
Recovery was difficult. Sarah now struggles with her stamina and walking distances. She is always out of breath.
After an examination with her gynaecologist, she was referred me hematology, as the gynaecologist had some concerns. Sarah went for blood work where she tested positive for a blood disorder called anti phospholipid antibody syndrome.
This means that she is at high risk for clotting in her head, chest and legs. Treatment is basically blood thinners. In January of 2022 she started cardiac rehab to begin getting herself ready to return to work. By March of 2022 there was only one month left in her cardiac rehab program. She began swelling up badly in her legs and feet. She had to wear her husband’s size 14 flip flops as none of her shoes would fit. Since getting her stent she has been to the emergency department twice, concerned for her health. She has been on countless calls with her family doctor and the cardiovascular clinic, to check for clots and the condition of her heart. She asked her doctor to run bloodwork for rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus… The tests revealed that she was positive for ANA (antinuclear antibodies), an autoimmune disorder. Sarah is still waiting for treatment and some kind of relief. Her doctors have her trying several medications. She continues to have difficulty walking some days. Other days she cannot get out of bed. Sarah is in constant pain every day, and to this day does not have an official diagnosis. Recently her doctor told her that she has fibromyalgia. Sarah is still swollen, and has gained significant weight. She feels like she isn’t getting the answers or care that she needs, stating “It is inhumane to let someone suffer like this. I am a 40 year old but I’m living like a 90 year old.”