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My wife’s father died suddenly a few weeks ago. He was 83, in robust good health. His mind was as sharp as ever. Physically, he was in better shape than when I first met him, then in his mid-40s.
When he retired ~25 years ago, he made a conscious effort to take off extra weight that had accumulated over the years, and had been diligent about keeping it off. He was extremely active in his parish church, had walked at least two miles/day, and when not visiting grandchildren in far-off places, had worked in the extensive gardens at his house for hours every day.
At least as of a few years ago, he was still painting the exterior of his two-story house on a regular schedule, climbing ladders and contorting into positions to get the job done that gave his wife palpitations. He came from hardy Irish/German farming stock in Western Maryland. His father and two of his four siblings lived into their 90s, and up until about a month ago, we saw no reason he would not do the same.
One Saturday, he did some chores and mowed the lawn—normal Saturday. Sunday morning at Mass, he felt faint and weak. He went to the hospital, was misdiagnosed with a minor infection and was sent home. He kept feeling worse and returned to the hospital later that day, and was admitted. Within a day or so, his blood was attacking itself and multiple internal organs were shutting down. The staff were giving him blood transfusions, and getting ready to start him on dialysis. By Thursday morning, he was dead.
Less than five days from feeling fine to gone.
Here’s what’s important to know: Three days before feeling faint, he had received a COVID booster shot. One of my wife’s sisters is a doctor and one is a physician’s assistant, and they both believe the booster shot triggered the events that led to his death. They are not anti-vaxxers. They were both very pro-vaccination during the 2021 vaccine debates, and I think they still believe the vaccinations were a net positive.
A possibly related story: the day after my father-in-law’s funeral, as we were making the more than 800-mile drive home, my wife’s phone lit up with a text stream about a woman she works with. The woman in question was in her late 50s and had an underlying heart condition. She had gone to the cardiologist a month or so prior and everything checked out great.
The day of my father-in-law’s funeral, she went to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Two days before that, she had received a COVID booster. No one at the largest hospital in the second largest city in the southeast US asked anything about her COVID vaccination/booster status. Within a week of entering the hospital, she also died.
The sudden deterioration in health could be coincidental timing in one or both cases. Or, there could be something seriously bad going on.
How will we ever know? Apparently, hospitals aren’t even curious about the possible connection between COVID boosters and negative health outcomes.
When the vaccine was being deployed, governments and pharmaceutical companies were aligned in wanting to motivate the population to get vaccinated. The distinction between “dying with COVID” and “dying from COVID” was blurred or obliterated. For a long time, anyone who tested positive for COVID and had died for any reason was counted in the “died of COVID” statistics.
Where is the daily ticker on people dying suddenly after receiving the COVID boosters? Governments and pharmaceutical companies are not incentivized to publicize this information—or even to look into it any deeper. I don’t think there will be a ticker. There will be anecdotes. Many anecdotes become data, if looked at in the right way.
Whatever your views of COVID vaccines at the time they were first introduced, please think about what level of risk the current strains of COVID pose to most people. (To me, it seems minimal. You may see it differently or may have different risk factors. That’s OK.)
Then think about what level of risk may be posed by continuing the COVID vaccination and frequent booster regime that is still promoted by our government, and pushed by many companies on their employees.
I’m not telling you what to do. I’m just sharing some anecdotes.
I will add this: If you or someone you love gets a COVID vaccine or booster and shortly thereafter falls ill, take it seriously. If he goes to the hospital, make sure the health providers know he was recently vaxxed or boosted. There may be no treatment available to save him, but knowledge could at least shut down some diagnostic dead ends and limit the additional suffering caused by unnecessary procedures.Published in