Denham Hitchcock “I’ve Battled Over Whether To Send This Post From Hospital or Not”
But decided after 27 years of being a journalist whose primary goal is to discover the truth – it would be hypocritical not to.
Disclaimer first – I’m NOT anti-vax. But I’m really not pro-vax either. I’m pro-choice – and pro information to make that choice.
Above all, I’m PRO opening the bloody country up, and to do that I don’t see any way around getting the majority of Australia vaccinated.
So I got the Pfizer shot.
The first week was like any vaccine. Feeling off.
But nearing the end of the second week my heart started to race, I was getting pins and needles in the arms, extreme fatigue and a very strange sensation of dizziness. I took Nurofen, and I kept working.
By the end of the third week I was getting steadily worse – sharp chest pain – cold shivers and chills – and the dizziness were intense.
25 days after the shot and probably a little late to hospital – but here I am – diagnosed with pericarditis – or inflammation of the heart due to the Pfizer vaccine.
Since being here I’ve contacted health professionals I know in Sydney and while It’s rare – it’s certainly not isolated. One hospital has had well over a dozen cases like mine.
This is not a post for sympathy – the hospital and staff at the Gold Coast uni hospital have been beyond great and although it’s all-new territory I’m told I’ll make a full recovery although I could be like this for months.
Thankfully I have the world’s smallest nurse keeping an eye on my ever-present ECG.
But my present thought would be – in the current vaccine frenzy, no one is talking about this but it’s clearly happening – and if you want the vaccine and have any heart history it would be worth talking to your GP about your vaccine choice, especially as AZ is readily available and does not have this side effect.
If you don’t want the vaccine – I don’t have a problem with that either – but life and travel will get difficult for you.
The only thing for me that’s dead certain – if they don’t open Australia up when we reach their milestone of 70% – then there will be a lot more people marching in the street. Do you want the trust? Keep your damn promise.
Here’s what others had to say:
love to you and so much respect for your efforts of honesty in a world of lies x.
Heal up Denham
You are the second person I know that this exact same thing has happened too. Very fit & healthy woman my age. It’s very important these stories are told. Again, I’m not an anti-vax by any means.. but I am hesitant from what happened to my girlfriend, and now to you. I’m so sorry to hear rest up, and praying you get well soon xx.
Bloody hell mate !!! Sending you lots of strength and Covid-safe man hugs for a speedy and solid recovery ..
Far out!! Sending you our love! Hope it’s a speedy recovery.
Oh wow this is so hectic mate. Glad you’re in good hands. Hope you’re back on your feet soon. Thanks for sharing mate. Definitely food for thought.
Daaaammmm mate. I can’t believe it!! I completely feel you and commend you speaking your truth. Stay strong brother.
Thank you SO much for sharing Denham, we should all be able to hear these stories and have them delivered fairly across mainstream media in line with all the other content that gets shared. I wish you a very speedy recovery and I hope SO much that everyone, particularly your employer supports you in your decision to choose and might start to realise that these stories aren’t dangerous or conspiracy, just truth that should be shared.
There’s few good, honest journalists with integrity like you! Thank you for your post. I’m sorry it happened & wish you speedy recovery… because we need you back on the beat.
Thank you for sharing! The numbers of unwell people after this is staggering. You will help so many Recover fast!