A BC mother of two is sharing her experience battling COVID-19 as she has decided not to get vaccinated in hopes that others will choose to.
Sherlyn Emerle of Sooke on Vancouver Island had leukemia at the age of six and worried about how she would react to the ingredients in COVID vaccines.
She said that the messages posted on the internet confirmed her fears.
Even though she had been advised to get the vaccine and was convinced it was safe, Amer decided against it for herself and her 13-year-old daughter.
However, when his daughter got COVID, Amaral started getting really sick a few days later.
Struggling to breathe and talk from a hospital bed on Thursday, she said, “I came down with a really bad headache, chills, shivering behind my eyes, and it just started moving from there. “
“I was very nervous and scared inside but I tried to stay positive, it was just a cold.”
She said that she became so weak so quickly that she could sleep for about 20 hours a day. She said she took vitamins and stayed hydrated but nothing worked.
“Unfortunately, I chose to get vaccinated not because I thought I could beat the odds, but also because I was intimidated by the information I read online about potential side effects that affected some people and that living days. used to scare the light of me out of me,” she said.
“Unfortunately I decided not to get vaccinated.”
Amerl said she eventually took herself to a COVID testing center and received a positive result along with her daughter. His 10-year-old son was negative.
Her doctor then told her to isolate herself from her children and drink fluids, which she did, but she became ill nonetheless.
“I called the paramedics twice, at two-day intervals and they both said, ‘It looks like you’re managing on your own, the hospital is so full, take it hard if you can.’ “
She said she had no one to look after her children, but on Monday morning, when she woke up, she could hardly breathe or walk.
“I knew I was really in danger so I called 9-1-1 again and the paramedics came and thank God… they saw me one more time and I knew I needed help right away Is.”
Amerle found a bed at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria and was lucky she didn’t require intubation. “But I was close,” she said, “and it’s going to be a while before I get better. But I’m still alive.”
“And I’ll be holding my kids again, I can’t wait for that.”
She’s sharing her story because she said “the fear of getting vaccinated, the fear of not getting vaccinated, everything in between, the worries we go through” is real.
“After all, I wish I could get vaccinated because I’m not here right now, suffering from COVID.”
Amaral said he doesn’t know if sharing his story will help anyone, but he hopes it will.
“I hope you never have to go through COVID as it is evil and it doesn’t make it any more difficult. Trust me, I tried. “
As of Thursday, 87.3 percent (4,046,960) of eligible people in BC aged 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 79.9 percent (3,701,696) have received their second dose.
Of all eligible adults in BC, 87.8 percent (3,799,479) have received their first dose and 80.7 percent (3,490,764) have received both required shots.
On Thursday, however, B.C. recorded more than 800 new cases of COVID and five more deaths.
There are now 330 people in hospital, of whom 148 are in intensive care.
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