Notes From My Recent Emergency Room Visit

No-one was there. I’m also wondering about spike proteins.

I woke up on Sunday morning feeling a little dizzy. I tried to change into my clothes and suddenly the room started spinning. Actually, it wasn’t so much of a spin – more like the entire room flipped upside down. I was slammed back down on the bed like I was in a spaceship glued into my seat while reaching escape velocity. For a moment there, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get back up – gravity seemed reversed for a moment.

I’ve had much milder cases of vertigo but nothing like this. I was fortunate I was already leaning against the bed when I fell backwards, or something much worse could have happened. But I was barely able to get my clothes on and restabilize myself before getting some help.

I ended up in the emergency room at a hospital in Annapolis, MD.

The Empty Emergency Room

No-one was there. Well, almost no-one. One woman was sitting alone in the large waiting room. I sat down on the other side. At some point, she left, and I was alone in there for something like 20 minutes until they called me in and settled me in a private room with glass sliding doors. Previously, this ER only had curtains for the rooms – I guess they had upgraded since COVID-19.

The glass doors were only sometimes used by the staff. Often the doors were left half open, so I’m not sure what the point was.

When I got there, I was asked if I had been exposed to anyone who had covid in the past two weeks. I said no. I was never given a covid test.

I didn’t see anyone showing any signs of COVID-19. Actually, I saw a lot of nurses and aides but only one other patient I remember, an old man in a hospital bed who was being wheeled by me in the hallway when I was being taken to and from the MRI machine.

(I had the usual run of tests, including a brain MRI to make sure I hadn’t had a stroke. No stroke, thank God.)

I asked two nurses what was going on with covid, since no-one was there. They were both really nonchalant about it and shrugged, saying “it comes and goes.”

I didn’t have the energy to ask more questions about it.

I was asked only once officially about my vaccine status, and I wasn’t pressured or questioned about it whatsoever. The nurse didn’t seem to care.

I will note that on my way out, the kind, elderly volunteer pushing my wheelchair out to the car asked if I was vaccinated. I explained to him that I had a reaction to the MMR vaccine, and that it protected against severe covid anyway, plus, I was isolating at home regardless, as I lived with my parents. He seemed OK with this answer but told me he had just gotten his booster. We then had a nice conversation about other things.

The Big Question: Could Vaccine Shedding Be a Factor?

Yes, I get that some people reading this may think the following speculation is nuts. Well, I’m just being open to possibilities here.

Some of my readers may recall that a little over two weeks ago, I reported that my parents (who I live with) were getting their covid booster shots. I also reported that I felt like crap after they had their first shots.

At least the first time around, their shots were staggered a bit. This time, they both got vaccinated the same day. On a positive note, they both seem fine and have had no visible side effects since their boosters.

Well, I landed in the ER pretty much two weeks after their shots. Is this a coincidence? Maybe. The thing is, I’ve been dealing with a chronic something-or-other for a few years now that hasn’t been resolved and this was an issue long before covid was even a thing. For example, last year I had to go to the ER for dizziness and instability while walking right before covid hit.

But I had been doing really well this summer. I was feeling the best I had felt since this whole thing started. Not perfect – I was still having seriously frustrating nerve symptoms. But just two weeks ago I was on the standup paddleboard in choppy waves.

I went from that to landing in the ER. Something in the past month impacted my progress and stressed my body out. Could vaccine shedding be a factor? I do wonder.

Now, the mainstream thought process is that the covid vaccines, unlike some other vaccines, are incapable of shedding – but I will note that articles such as this one from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are flawed in their reasoning. Here is an excerpt (emphasis mine):

Location of processing — As described earlier, when a person is infected with COVID-19, the earliest viral replication occurs in the nasal cavity. If the immune system does not gain control during those early days, the virus may spread to other parts of the body and infect cells in other locations. This is why some people seem OK in the beginning, but then after about a week, they get more severely ill. On the other hand, the mRNA and adenovirus-vector vaccines are processed near the injection site, so the spike protein is never in an area of the body from which it could be shed, such as the nose.

Well, we know that apparently the spike protein doesn’t just stay near the injection site, so this explanation from CHOP is just a theory that hasn’t really been studied. In short, they are making an assumption here.

Here’s another thing I’ve been chewing on. I also want to share the sad news that the day before I went to the hospital, the family dog had to be put down. He was 16 years old and getting near that time, but even in his old age he would run like crazy (see this video from March). In recent months, his back legs started to give him problems and he was less able to keep them steady.

This past week, he had gotten his rabies vaccine as well as another shot (not sure which one). He had a minor mishap slipping down some steps, which we thought at first might be the issue, but he had recovered from that right away. But suddenly, after the shots, his front leg wasn’t working properly, and he got wobbly all over. He stopped eating entirely. His deterioration was quick.

I think he might have gotten something like Guillain-Barre from the shots, but I also couldn’t help but wonder if spike protein shedding might affect pets too. Maybe that’s a crazy idea, and we’ll never know. But I can say that it’s very likely that those standard vaccines for dogs probably made the dog sick and then he died.

All in all, it’s been a terrible week.

Personal Stuff: How I’m Doing Now

At any rate, I mostly posted this to share what was happening in the ER and to update on the spike protein issue. So you might want to skip this part. But in case you are curious as to my prognosis:

The ER doc put me on steroids. I was reluctant to take them because the last time I took steroids, it dampened my immune system, and I ended up worse afterwards. But I needed to function. I still feel like crap but at least I can walk without feeling like I might topple over.

I won’t get into my long health history here. But I have neurological issues that have no clear etiology. So when I got the vertigo Sunday, I also had been getting twitching and tremors and nerve issues. This had all started with an infection four years ago, and I think it never got fully cleared out. Getting this diagnosed and resolved has been impossible.

So here are the results from the hospital testing:

Brain MRI Showed Right Mastoid Effusion

The brain MRI was normal – except, I have a “right mastoid effusion.” This means fluid in my mastoid cells, the bone behind the ear. This fluid had also shown up on a brain MRI I had done earlier this summer.

Funny thing, I had noticed while in the ER that if I turned my head to the right while lying in bed, the room would start to spin again.

The frustrating thing is, after my brain MRI over the summer had showed the same fluid, I had a hard time getting a doctor at Kaiser Permanente to take it seriously. I emailed the results to my integrative doctor, who prescribed me cefdinir antibiotics, which are commonly used for ear infections. Unfortunately, these antibiotics were clearly not effective in treating it. I probably should have pressed the issue at Kaiser to get an ENT referral, but I wasn’t sure if this fluid was the main issue or not.

Oddly enough, the MRI tech specifically noted that there was nothing in my imaging to explain why I was having vertigo. Really? Because having fluid in your mastoid cells is not a normal thing and can in fact be a sign of infection.

Did the ER doc mention this to me? Nope. I had to check my own imaging results to find this out.

Note: You should always check your ER labs and results yourself after you are discharged. The ER team is just looking for serious, life-threatening stuff. They will call “normal” many clinical signs that could indicate what might be going on.

White Blood Cell Count Off

In addition to the fluid in my right mastoid cells, I had higher than normal neutrophils, lower than normal lymphocytes, and lower than normal eosinophils. This is the same pattern that happens each and every time I get sick again.

But, I didn’t have a fever. And my overall white blood count was normal. So the ER doc said nothing about this because with no fever or elevated WBC they assume there is no infection.

Last time I ended up in an ER for dizziness, I had the same readings, and when I consulted with a doctor afterwards, I was put on antibiotics and got a lot better. That particular doctor said this pattern of immune cells was not typical for a viral infection, which is why he gave me antibiotics. But many other doctors will look at it and just think nothing of it.

Electrolyte Imbalance: Low Potassium

My potassium was also low. Which the ER doc neglected to mention (despite my telling her I had parasthesias or nerve symptoms going), but at least the nurse who helped my rheumatologist caught this and my PCP told me to start taking a potassium supplement.

Plan of Action:

My right ear is definitely the problem. That’s the side that makes me dizzy. And while the ear doesn’t hurt that much, occasionally it does ache and throb a bit. And I get tinnitus, thankfully mild. So I finally have an appointment with an ENT on Thursday.

(As mentioned, I had tried to get an ENT referral a few times prior to this latest incident, as I’ve had issues with this ear for years now, but since it all looks OK on the outside, I was told there was no infection.)

Because whatever-it-is also impacts my nervous system, I had also told my neurologist prior to this latest incident that if I ended up in an ER again, I wanted a spinal tap. Maybe it’s just an ear infection causing all these woes, but I’ve had systemic nervous system inflammation and irritation going on for a while now. Whatever infection there is may be in my CNS. A lumbar puncture would at least rule that out. It’s one of the few neurological tests I haven’t had done.

The problem is, I am not on death’s door, so my neuro has been reluctant to do this test. Usually, people with CNS infections are a lot worse. I dunno, maybe all the herbs I’ve been doing keep it at bay, but it’s not enough to completely wipe it out. I’m still waiting to hear back from the neurologist.

In the meantime, I’m on steroids. I have a bottle of amoxicillin in the fridge on standby (from an old refill I hadn’t used) in case I get worse. But I’m otherwise waiting to see the ENT before taking any antibiotics.

I really hate the idea of having to take more antibiotics, but if there is a bacterial infection in the bones in my skull, I may need to take a very specific antibiotic to fully get rid of it. This could be really serious so I don’t want to muck around with it, and in these cases, sometimes you do need to go the Western medicine route.

I am otherwise using colloidal silver spray, technically a silver hydrosol, in my nostrils a few times per day as a minimally problematic “antibiotic,” as well as ashwagandha, fennel, quercetin, bromelain, and a few other supplements like lysine.

I also restarted olive leaf extract, which I had taken a break from the past few months while trying some Ayurvedic formulas. Olive leaf extract has antiviral properties and it’s supposed to be good for herpes family viruses. I’ve suspected for a while that a herpes viral reactivation may be going on too (I do not have genital herpes. I have been exposed to Epstein-Barr virus, chickenpox, HSV-1 aka cold sore herpes, and HHV-6). Let’s surmise that if my lymphocyte count is low because my body is conducting a half-assed response to a bacterial infection, then dormant viruses may be reactivating.

I’m not sure why it’s so hard to find a doctor who can put these puzzle pieces together.

Look, all my doctors are nice. The ER doc was also very nice and helpful. But if you aren’t on top of your own health, a lot of stuff can be easily missed. And that “easily missed” issue can also extend to the current covid controversies raging today. All of the above mess I’m dealing with personally is one huge reason why I don’t take anything some doctor or scientist says as gospel. They are human and quite fallible.


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