On Friday, I went to take B to get his TaP (Tetanus & Pertussis) vaccine booster as there seems to be a major outbreak of Pertussis sweeping the nation and all 11-12 year-olds are required to get a booster. Ok, maybe not the entire nation, but it’s been a watercooler topic and I don’t even have a job let alone a watercooler to hang out at so you know it’s big! In a moment of solidarity, I decided to get my shots with him. With all honesty and no exaggeration, it has been at least 20 years, if not longer, since my last tetanus shot. I have been avoiding it like the plague because I am allergic to shots (in the same way that I’m allergic to work). Who wants to inflict pain on themselves, ON PURPOSE?!?! But since I’d taken up ripping out the carpet from half the house and had been encountering many a rusty nail, even sliced a few fingers on them, I figured maybe now would be a good time to get that done. As long as we were there, the flu shot seemed to be a good thing to have done as well. We get them every other year as I’m not entirely sure that they work since we never get the flu regardless of if we’ve had the shot or not. Nurse Ratched delivered the flu shot first in my left arm. OWW!!!!! A few choice words flitted across my mind as the little circle band-aid was applied to my shoulder. Then the TaP syringe was prepped and ready to go. I cringed in anticipation of the pain that was sure to come and averted my eyes because, it hurts more if you watch it happen you know. Waiting… waiting… HUH? Already done? Did you get the right vaccine? Well okey dokey then! Buh bye!
Fast-forward to Tuesday
After consulting the advice nurse, we have determined that the massive swelling and itching are completely normal and the hardness will go away in a few more days. Yes, really, that rock hard Mt. Saint Helens-sized mass on my right bicep is actually very common. I may apply heat and ice to make the swelling go down (as I cannot take anti-inflammatories) and hydrocortisone cream (which I actually don’t have hiding under the bathroom sink – now that I have already undressed for the evening and will not be making a 5-minutes-before-closing run to Target) to help with the itching.
Did I mention this is all happening in my right arm? The one with the TETANUS SHOT?!?!
I guess I’d better die in the next 10 years because I will not be going back for one of these again! That, or I will just have to be less badass and have someone else do my carpet-ripping for me.