Transcription – English – Kelly-Sue Oberle

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Kelly-Sue Oberle:
I'm going to start out first by saying that because of the injuries that I've had, I've had to write down what I'm going to say and I will have to read it because my cognitive functions don't allow me to pull up things from the back of my mind or the left side of my brain. So I apologize for that because I like to look at people's faces when I speak to them. And but because of this, I'm also blind in one eye. So sometimes I only see these faces. These ones don't exist. So I am sorry. Kelly-Sue Oberle and I'm from Waterloo, Ontario. I had the luxury of taking the train in today, first time in many, many years, and that was kind of fun. So thank you for that. Thank you for putting this on because as everyone has said, it's been very, very important for us to be able to step forward and tell our stories and let people know because we aren't being listened to. I hope that what I have to say today will not only represent me, but also other people that can't speak for themselves today. So on March the 29th of 2021, I was 68 years old. I was in the best physical shape of my life. I walked ten miles a day. I work 72 hours a week running the charity that I founded in 2016. And I worked out on the gym and bicycle 24 miles every second day. I had an active social life and have an incredibly positive attitude.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
Yes, I am. Or rather was typically type and overachiever. My heart rate was 63. My blood pressure was within normal range, and I was looking forward to one more year of work and then retirement. The reason I took the vaccine initially was because I employed staff and over 750 volunteers feeding 800 children on weekends and holidays. And we as a team wanted to protect them. We needed to stay open for them. We thought it was the right thing to do. After having the first dose, I experienced excessive pain in my calf when walking and my foot would go completely numb. I did not put two and two together that this was probably the result of a blood clot. I just kept changing my shoes, thinking that perhaps my shoes were too tight. I have a very high pain threshold, but I'd finally tired of it by mid-May and made an appointment with my naturopath who practices massage therapy. When I explained my symptoms, she threw her hands up and said, You probably have a blood clot. You need to go see a vascular surgeon and be tested. Well, I did get in immediately to the vascular surgeon and the attendant performed an ultrasound. The unfortunate part of this is that I did not receive the results of the ultrasound until July 29, when I met with a vascular surgeon who informed me that I had blood clots in my femoral artery. I refer to them as my Pfizer clots. By that time, I had already had the second shot on June the 12th and experienced a TIA and strokes on July the 14th, July the 16th, and July the 21st.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
What followed over the next four months were multiple strokes and TIAs. On August the 17th. August the 24th. September the 10th. October the ninth. October the 10th. I thought I'd get through this. And November the third, with varying degrees of damage and 31 days in hospital. I also had multiple hospital visits with reactions to drugs they threw at me to try and allay the possibilities of more strokes. I've had countless MRIs, CT scans, a cerebral angiogram, CT angiograms, and I'm waiting to be scheduled to have stents in my right leg. If they fail an angioplasty since November 8th, I have been in recovery. I have some blindness, have been advised not to drive and weak and have ongoing issues. Just last Friday, my blood pressure spiked to 247 over 72 and it has been erratic and regularly in the 200 since then. Doctors are unable to say why. All my tests come back normal. I have seen multiple hospitalists at three hospitals, one who, out of frustration at not being able to help me, told me not to come back to the hospital unless I had a catastrophic stroke. Thank you. Another who blurted out that I had hundreds of clots coursing through my body. As if I could do anything about that, as if it was my fault. I've seen a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, a vascular surgeon, and an ophthalmologist.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
My original neurologist, when discussing causes, said that he, since the vaccine was seeing multiple patients who were reliving medical neural responses to old injuries, he blamed it on the vaccine. He went very quiet when doctors were having their medical licenses taken away. He kept pressing to understand if I'd had a brain injury. I did have a fall in 2018, running down stairs and falling directly onto my back. I'm a nut bar athlete. At the time, I severed the vertebral artery and it was thought that perhaps clots were coming from there. However, my neurosurgeon ruled it out. It was a clean break and my body had adjusted. I have been told that I have the vascular system of a 35 year old. I'm 70. There has been no diagnosis. They're still looking for the cause. I have taken care of my physical and mental health. I'm unable to work in the org that I began, in the work I love to do for our community and for our kids. I'd hope to use the income from my last year of work to retire, and well, that's not a reality. I'm limited in physical activities. I try, but every time I expend the energy, I'm set back. When tired, I have trouble speaking and my right arm doesn't always do what my brain asks it to do. I have blinding headaches and had what I called brain pulls for months. They really hurt. They're called retinal migraines. And I had to take 4000 milligrams of Tylenol daily for seven months to manage them.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
Or I would experience short term blindness and the sensation of crossed eyes. I thought I was through with that, but they're back. And to add insult to injury, on February 5th, I developed COVID and had it for just over 14 days. The lasting effects of that have persisted. I have a very uneven gait and inability to walk a straight line. I thought the vaccine initially was created to protect us from getting COVID. I am devastated. Of course, my entire life has changed. I had a full life spending time with friends and family. Driving was my passion. I'm not able to drive to the grocery store to see my grandchildren and children, much less visit the places that just two years ago would be my regular haunts. It was not uncommon for me to drive to Elliott Lake and back in a day for something to do, which is 13.5 hours for me. That was no big deal. What hurts is that people still believe that there were no negative effects from the vaccine. That I'm making this up. That there must have been an underlying medical issue. Correlation does not equal causation. And if I hear that constantly, one more time, I'm going to scream. Because in this case, correlation is causation. It's the only thing we have because no one will recognize the serious and harmful effects of the vaccine. There are no answers. I think if it was their life, maybe attitudes would be different.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
Not recognizing the issues has left countless people who contribute to society, to the financial stability of our nation, to their families feeling abandoned, hopeless and lost. I'm hoping for a solution. My question is, when does it stop? I feel like my body is under attack and no one is working to find medical solutions. So I just keep going through these things. I guess I'm just a casualty. But you don't know me. I refuse to be a casualty. And how dare they be so callous? So in closing, I had hoped to appear very serene. I'd hoped to appear very calm and considerate of everybody's feelings. To be normal. But I'm not normal. I'm not the normal that I'm used to being. At night when I go to bed. I have to tell you during one of my. Strokes, and I had many different kinds. I woke up on my couch and I didn't know who I was and I didn't know where I was. I didn't know if anybody even knew me or if I had anyone or if I belong to anyone. And I laid there in terror. Until my neighbor just happened to drop in and and and rescued me called 911 because I would have laid there forever. And now when I go to bed at night, I pull out this little sheet. It says you are. Kelly, soberly. You live at this address and this is your phone number. I belong to somebody. And I matter. Thank you. That was really hard.

Trish Wood:
I just wanted to to ask you, before we go to the panel, how compounded your situation is by the fact that. The society in which you live and the medical fraternity who should be caring for you reject utterly what you are saying. How much more trauma is leveled on you by that reality?

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
I think it's not really for me. It's not trauma. I'm a process oriented person. I'm very pragmatic. And you probably tell by the way I write. I'm disappointed. I think that's what it comes down to. We tried to do what was right. We tried to listen to people and do what was right. And we did it. And you have something go wrong and nobody steps up. So we stepped up. I stepped up. My group of people that I work with stepped up. All our volunteers stepped up. And. And something goes wrong and there's no solution because they're not looking. They don't care.

Trish Wood:
Yeah.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
So I'm disappointed.

Trish Wood:
I know the panel's got questions.

Preston Manning:
I think I know the answer to this question. I appreciate you sharing your story. Thank you. But to your knowledge, is there a website, an agency or a clinic that is specifically dedicated to dealing with the adverse effects of the COVID vaccination?

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
If there is, I haven't heard of it and I've asked everybody.

Preston Manning:
And so there ought to be. But there is exist. No.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
Because they don't want to recognize it. Because if they if they had to recognize it, then a lot of people would ask questions and they don't want people to ask questions. Yeah.

Preston Manning:
Well, maybe I'll ask those.

David Ross:
Well. There is a clinic, and I guess there are people here who who know that and who actually work in that clinic. It's Canadian telehealth. And so. Perhaps our courageous doctors and nurse practitioners. You may be able to help you. Maybe not, I don't know. But we'd like the opportunity to work with you. It's your testimony is is is astounding. And I thank you very much for it. I should say that there are other people here who know that that the courageous doctors and nurse practitioners and nurses of Canadian telehealth are now under investigation. By the regulatory bodies. So. But those who are remaining. Would be honored to attempt to work with you. Thank you.

Trish Wood:
Thank you very much, Kelly Sue. We're very grateful to you.

Kelly-Sue Oberle:
Thank you for having this forum and for allowing me to speak.

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