Rozanne’s fight for acknowledgement

Rozanne de Wild back at work. Photo: John Borren.

Three months ago, 50-year-old Rozanne de Wild was a highly functioning business woman, running admin, marketing and accounts for her friend’s business whilst also organising a major annual event.

But after receiving her first Pfizer shot on August 27 at a Life Pharmacy pop-up clinic, she began experiencing side effects almost immediately.

“Like many I had a sore, stiff arm that evening and the following day,” says Rozanne. “I did, however, experience a feeling of a tingling burn and pins and needles running down my left leg and foot during the 15 minute observation time, but didn’t think anything of it as it passed.”

Over the following weeks, Rozanne experienced symptoms that she says are akin to having concussion.

She describes them as “head pains, acute hypersensitivity to low and high frequency sounds, vision issues, brain fog, and loss of mental clarity”.

She also struggled to put words together, found it difficult to concentrate and lost her thoughts mid-sentence.

“I had severe pain in three distinct locations in the right side of my head,” she says.

“My head felt so fragile I couldn’t bear the touch of anything against it.”

On days six and seven after receiving the first dose, she was on the floor of her lounge unable to function.

“I had nausea, violent vomiting, hallucinations, and felt like I was going in and out of consciousness.”

She woke on Saturday, September 4, feeling like she’d been kicked in the ovaries. On making a call to the Covid Healthline on Sunday, she was advised to go to A and E immediately.

“I was checked three times for signs of stroke, blood clots and bleeding on the brain.”

She was also given a CT scan and had blood tests taken.

“I’m told they all came back fine. I was then discharged with advice from the doctor to not get the second vaccine.”

Despite being prepared to have the second shot and going with husband Paul, who received his on October 9, the clinic refused to administer it due to her on-going reaction to the first one.

The following weeks were filled with relapses, brain fog, extreme head pain, fatigue and an uncontrollable severe body twitch. Unable to work, and initially refused an ACC claim, Rozanne found herself in what she says was ‘a very scary place‘. She didn’t know if she would recover or get worse, and reached out to others who, like her, were suffering severe symptoms.

She found herself having to make it clear to people that she is not an ‘anti-vaxer’ but a realist, recognising that a vaccine is essential when it comes to dealing with the Covid-19 virus.

Barely able to function, there was more devastating news. Because she hasn’t received her second vaccination, under the new traffic light system she was now being officially categorised as ‘unvaccinated’.

“Without that second vaccine lodged against my name in the Ministry of Health database, I am considered ‘un-vaxed’ and therefore lumped in with anyone who has made their choice for whatever reason.”

For the popular organiser of large events, this is a huge blow.

“I won’t be able to go to bars, restaurants, hairdressers – or even attend my own events if I can’t get an exemption.”

She called on the government to acknowledge her and others who are suffering extreme side effects, and are not allowed to receive a second vaccine. Having a category created for this unique set of individuals would mean income support and an exemption, but the battle for acknowledgement requires massive energy.

Three months on, she is starting to find she is improving, after discontinuing her anti-depressants and replacing them with natural products.

“I got angry at the medical chemicals pumped into my body and decided to go cold turkey, threw away anti-depressants and stopped pain killers,” says Rozanne. “I picked up some Eastern remedies recommended to me. I’m now in a much better place. I also attribute this to taking myself off social media.

“I was living and breathing through Facebook and getting incredibly angry at all the division, separation, differing opinions, people’s inability to see the other side and the lack of compassion. It’s so sad.”

The enjoyment of life is returning as she allows her body and mind to heal, and appreciates everyone who has surrounded her with love and understanding.

“It’s been 12 long weeks of not being well, but I’m on the path to healing.”

 

 

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