One young mother thought she was going to die of a blood clot after her AstraZeneca poke.
Lauren Briggs still encourages everyone to take the Covid-19 vaccine, but urges everyone to seek medical treatment after the sting.
The 32-year-old, who has no health problems, received her bump on March 25th.
After Lauren was surprised after a general practitioner contacted her with an invitation, she was hospitalized twice and faced with the drug warfarin for at least the next six months.
North Wales Live Reports The mother of two was also treated for meningitis.
“I had all of my vaccinations and my children will have them, too,” she said.
“At the hospital I was told I was just unlucky, the ‘one in a million’ who got blood clots. Of course, I can’t have a second push from AstraZeneca now, but I still believe in the program. I just want people, especially younger women, to be aware that if they feel sick after the bump, they need to act. If I hadn’t gone to the hospital, I would probably have died. “
On March 25, Lauren celebrated her first bump at the same time as her mother. The next day, her arm didn’t even feel numb. It was so easy, she thought. The mother of Maisie, four, and Charlie, two, Lauren returned to home life with partner Scott Ellis, 33.
On Easter Sunday, April 4th, nine days after her bump, things started to change for the former beauty consultant.
“I woke up with a terrible headache that morning,” she said.
“I was in pain all over the place and felt a little dizzy. I couldn’t eat and spent all day in bed – I could barely lift my head from the pillow. My first thought was that it had to be Covid. “
“I knew it wasn’t normal, but at the point when it didn’t cross my mind it had something to do with the push,” she said.
A caring friend advised her to seek help. A call to 101 resulted in an ambulance and a trip to the Countess of Chester Hospital.
More tests were ordered – CT and MRI scans of her brain and an ultrasound scan of her left leg.
These, Lauren said, confirmed “multiple” blood clots in her leg and “several” in her lungs. She had a deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism. Blood tests confirmed more: anemia, vitamin D deficiency and “extremely” low blood platelet counts.
Lauren was prescribed intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) to fight off infection.
“I’ve had migraines before, but they were nothing compared,” said Lauren.
“That night in bed after the lights went out, my whole body was trembling and spasmodic from being in so much pain. That night was terrible. I’ve had all kinds of crazy pain-filled dreams. That was the scariest time – I didn’t think I’d wake up the next day. “
On Saturday, April 17th, she went on her first trip away from home, shopping at her local supermarket.
“Right now I feel tons better, but the supermarket was too much, it really blew me away,” she said.
“I still feel dizzy and get terribly breathless, even if I just bend down to pick something up from the floor.”
“When I first got a blood clot, I didn’t know what it was because of the vaccination,” said Lauren.
“It wasn’t until my friend sent me a screenshot of a news report at the hospital that I started putting two and two together. This is what worries me the most. If I hadn’t gone to the hospital at all, I might have died, nobody knows for sure.
“I just want to make people aware of what my symptoms were and that they should get examined as soon as possible if they have similar symptoms.”