By Jennifer Otto
In 2014, at the age of 18 and a half, Zach was a first semester full-time college student and worked a laborious job roughly 30 hours a week. His life was on track, he was social, active and happy. Zach swam like a fish in the water with a body built for track who walked miles almost every day.
In early October that same year, Zach sustained an ankle injury which placed him out of work while he recovered. During this October 3rd appointment for his ankle, he was talked into a flu vaccination. October 13th, Zach returned for a follow up and was talked into accepting the Gardasil and meningococcal vaccines. It was shortly after this that the first phase of his health decline began.
Zach’s muscles ached. He experienced intermittent joint pain, headaches, chronic fatigue, and a rash that lasted over 3 months, and just generally felt unwell as a whole. Being a mom and a teacher who frequently sees illness, I initially thought it was nothing more than him coming down with something viral, mixed in with possible exhaustion from work and school. But, he kept getting sicker. By mid- November, he was running a fever, coughing, congested, aching, hurting. By this point, it became clear something more was going on as this was not his norm. He rarely got sick and when he did, it was brief and minor. Something just wasn’t right.
Posted on June 29, 2016 by Boulderdash