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04 Oct

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis and the VACCINE
Hi there. I suffer from HP, with lung scarring. I have been battling to breathe for quite a while now. My oximeter shows oxygen levels of 73, with a pulse rate of 112. I have opted to go for the Pfizer vaccine, and have had both doses. On receiving the first dose, I had no side effects, but started getting quite sick two weeks into getting the vaccine. With the 2nd dose, same thing happened. I am very fatiqued, battling to breathe, have now got an oxygen concentrator to try and increase my oxygen levels, but it only helps whilst I am on the machine. Does not increase my overall oxygen intake. Have been using 4x prednizone per day, Avamys nasal spray, nebs 2x a day. Am taking extra vitamins. I am coughing like its going out of fashion. When I cough, it feels as if I am actually coughing out the last oxygen in my body. Very lightheaded, weak and have no energy. I am 60 and this is not a way to live. Not on a medical aid, so plse dont tell me to go to a GVT hospital, because that is a NO NO.. Please can you give me some advice? This is rather urgent

11 Oct

Hi there
An oxygen saturation of 73 is very low, and is a medical emergency. I know that you do not want to go to a hospital, but there is no other choice. If you can find an oxygen cylinder (and not a concentrator) that will help a lot. Good luck and I hope that you feel better soon.
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