Tairua: Chiropractor:  The rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated. As some of you are aware, I took a rather lovely sightseeing trip in the Westpac Air Ambulance on Saturday morning to Waikato hospital. Yes, local tongues are wagging, so I would like to take this opportunity to clarify facts and dispel rumours with a rather abbreviated summary of events: Wednesday last week: Second covid jab. 3 crappy nights of fever Saturday morning chest pain, followed by ambulance (I don’t mess around with chest pain) Ambulance ECG showed heart attack Changed underpants Called helicopter. Went to Waikato. NOT HEART ATTACK!!! I got something called myocarditis and pericarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle and surrounding sac. I was kept overnight in a ward of infirm old men that smelled of wee and cabbage, and released yesterday. I had a serious load of tests, and will be absolutely fine in a couple of weeks. I’m just not allowed to do the dishes for a week. I was the second case the hospital had seen in 2 days with this reaction to the Covid jab. It’s a very rare event, and has been recognised in the USA, but I’m the second one to be seen at Waikato with it.

It usually occurs in young fit adults and adolescents, so that boosted my ego a bit. It’s an exceedingly rare event even in young people., so please don’t let this experience put you off getting this very important vaccination for the safety of our community. I will be back at the clinic as normal on Tuesday June 1. I would like to give a huge thanks to the wonderful people at St. John Ambulance, Westpac Air Rescue, and Waikato Hospital for their incredible professionalism and (as evidenced in this photo) their ability to laugh at my jokes.

(as an aside, if you still think that pericarditis and myocarditis are acceptable side effects of a vaccine that has a less than 1% efficacy, then there is probably not much we can do for you here. Ed)

Is This NZ Based or Overseas? : NZ