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I was a happy, healthy postwoman. Two jabs later my life is hell

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We are republishing the personal accounts of those who have been injured by the Covid-19 vaccines in the hope of  forcing the issue to MPs’ attention; to prick their consciences, and make them aware that it is their duty to see that this gross injustice is rectified at the very least through a reformed and responsive compensation scheme, and also, importantly, through the removal of the vaccine manufacturers’ indemnity. You can find previous articles here. Today’s article was first published on December 5, 2022.

THE last 15 months has been utter hell. In my ‘former’ life I was a postwoman working for Royal Mail with an attendance record of 100 per cent for five years. Now I am housebound and struggle to move from one room to another.

It all began in April 2021 when I fell and hit the back of my head. I heard a crack at the time but as I had no immediate symptoms I did not seek medical assistance. I just assumed that everything was fine. Next day, I couldn’t even lift my head off the pillow. Nevertheless, I went back to work after three days as fortunately Royal Mail had given me a three-day weekend (a rare occurrence). My neck was stiff but I was functional and improving. Towards the end of May 2021, my neck felt better. I thought I was healed. 

Then I had the first Pfizer vaccine. The BBC was reporting the deaths of young persons in India from the arrival of the new ‘Delta’ virus. As an asthmatic, this scared me and was the reason behind my vaccination. Beforehand, I did research on the side-effects. Nothing appeared in the search results except for symptoms such as sore arm and fatigue. We were told it was safe and effective and that any symptoms would be temporary.

A week after the first dose, my head became heavy, hard to hold up, so I decided to seek medical assistance. A & E refused an X-ray at that time. The GP had to refer me. I was experiencing chills, heart palpitations, sweating, visual disturbances and dizziness. My neck pain and stiffness came back and became ever worse.

In August I got the second jab. Big mistake. I spent the whole week of my annual leave in bed. My body was inflamed the day afterwards, swollen and difficult to move. I was crying in pain. Four days later my right leg started tremoring. When I returned to work, it was a massive struggle. I pushed myself until I couldn’t any more. I managed three days and a morning before I told my manager I had to go home.

That night, neurological hell started. I vomited ten-plus times and struggled to sleep. When I did, I would jolt awake after a minute with fast heart rate and chest pain. I experienced flight and fight 24/7 for months – I was not in control. My whole body burnt and twisted like I was on a torture rack. There has been no relief, no good days ever since. 

A fracture was found ten months later. But a neurosurgeon told me it would have healed and wouldn’t have caused these issues. In fact, he mentioned transverse myelitis and the vaccine. 

Also, I have been diagnosed with craniocervical instability, but the NHS can’t help. The operation costs £60,000 abroad. It appears that the inflammation from the vaccine attacked my craniocervical ligaments. But that is another story.

These pictures record my life as it was and as it now.

Once a healthy, hard-working post lady.

Below, how I have looked and felt since the second jab.

Part of my inflamed and swollen body after the second jab.

I had a life, now I don’t. I fear for what the future holds for me.

The UK CV family support group can be contacted here. 

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Becky Vowler
Becky Vowler
Becky Vowler is a postwoman.

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