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Helicopter And Fixed-Wing Pilot Describes His Injury From The Covid-19 Injection
My name is Tim McAdams, I am currently 60 years old, and I have been an airplane/helicopter pilot for 41 years, this was my chosen profession. I am currently, and have been for the last 13 years, employed by a major aircraft manufacturer.
All of my life, I have believed in risk management, so the COVID-19 shot was no different. I ate healthy, exercised and generally took good care of myself. I have never smoked, drank alcohol very seldom and had NO underlying health conditions prior to getting the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 shot. Initially, I did not get vaccinated due to the unknown risks, even though my company continued sending emails saying it was in the best interest of their employees and their families to get vaccinated and they encouraged employees to do so. It wasn’t until the company mandated the Covid-19 shot or be terminated that my wife and I discussed it.
We decided that our retirement plan required us to continuously be employed to be able to retire at my full retirement age. The idea of starting over at a new job was not a good option and would not bode well with our current plan. The company offered religious and medical exceptions, which I did not meet the requirements of, so I took the shot (which I now deeply regret). I received the second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 on Nov 7th, 2021. During the night of Nov 28th, at the age of 59, I suffered the first of two strokes.
Early that morning I woke up at approximately 1 am dizzy, throwing up and having some difficulty when moving my legs. My wife took me to a local emergency hospital owned by Baylor, Scott & White (BS&W). They did a CT scan of my head and said it was clear, no sign of a stroke. I was diagnosed with vertigo, given anti-nausea prescriptions and sent home that morning feeling ok. Then the following morning it happened again so we went back to the same emergency hospital and they wanted to transport me by ambulance to a Baylor Scott & White hospital two hours away (BS&W-from Colleyville, TX to Waco, TX), while passing a dozen good hospitals that were not affiliated with BS&W. By then I was feeling ok and elected not to do that and checked out. Upon getting home, the dizziness returned and my wife called 911. An ambulance from the local fire department came and transported me to a hospital 10 mins from my home. It was there I had more tests and an MRI and the doctor informed me that I had suffered two very rare bilateral cerebellar strokes and I needed to stay in the hospital for observation. The same evening, I was transported to another hospital in Fort Worth, Texas because they had a vascular surgeon on call.
The next morning I collapsed unable to speak or move and an emergency head CT confirmed that my brain was swelling due to water on the brain. Over the next two days I was closely monitored in the neuro ICU. On December 4th, I was rushed into the OR for emergency brain surgery to relieve the pressure building in my head. A drain was placed on the side of my head and I underwent an emergency decompressive craniectomy – (which means that a small part of my skull is removed and not put back) to relieve the pressure and allow enough room for my swelling brain to expand.
Afterward, while in the ICU I developed double pneumonia, (which later cleared up with multiple high doses of strong antibiotics and breathing treatments). Also, when they tried to remove the intubation tube from surgery, I could not breathe on my own, so they had to reintubate. They tried again two more times during the next several days to remove it only to find that I still had trouble breathing. Fearing leaving it too long they performed a tracheostomy to protect my airway until I could breathe on my own.
Because I had difficulty swallowing, the doctors also found it necessary to place a feeding tube in my stomach. Once everything was under control, I was transferred to a long-term acute care hospital where I gradually improved. After one month I was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. After extensive rehabilitation, I was released from the hospital and returned home on February 15, 2022. I was still very weak and required a walker. I eventually learned to walk on my own, swallow and drive a car. In May of 2022 I returned to work as a simulator instructor, since I could no longer pilot an aircraft without medical certification.
I have spent the last year trying to regain some of my balance, strength and endurance. Some of it has returned and I am looking forward to getting some more back during the next year. The toll this has taken on me and my family is extensive and cannot be reversed.
I was told by doctors and nurses that I am lucky to have survived, most people who have the type of strokes I had, and have undergone this type of ordeal don’t survive.
I decided to tell my story because I want to help others realize what can happen when you put an unknown, unproven and experimental substance in your body. If you’re lucky enough to survive, your career could be ruined.
***For more information and to read about his road to recovery, visit Tim's Substack page at this link: https://substack.com/profile/129537155-tim-mcadams?utm_source=user-menu