day forty-two: what doesn't kill you...

Yesterday I got a tetanus shot as part of my annual check-up. No, I didn't step on a rusty nail or get bitten by a wild animal. My doctor told me that a tetanus shot also carries some properties that can fight pertussis, which is a coughing disease.

"This will keep you from coughing all over kids and maybe killing 'em."

"Well, by all means, Doc, let's get that shot."

But today my left arm has a huge red knot which is very hot to the touch, and the pain is also under my arm and a bit down my side.

I'm just glad I won't be spreading any deadly cough germs, mostly because when I cough it now hurts all over. Now I see how the shot works...

10 comments

minnabel | September 30, 2009 at 5:15 AM

fine advice, except when you are living through the getting stronger part.

Heather of the EO | September 30, 2009 at 7:13 AM

oh no lady! OW. Yes, that'll keep ya from coughing!

LisAway | September 30, 2009 at 7:41 AM

How very pleasant! :( Well, whatever keeps you from killing the kids, I guess. Hope it goes away! (and isn't what will keep you from coughing ALL YEAR LONG!)

Barbaloot | September 30, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Oh gosh-that hurts me to think about! I hope it's worth it:)

Heidi Ashworth | September 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Where's Musical Monday?!?! (Heidi, in her usual selfish mode . . .)

That Girl | September 30, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Ha! I posted about vaccines today too.

I like modern medicine.

Linde | September 30, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Funny, I just had my physical and they suggested the same thing and I got it too! I got it Friday and I can still feel it in my arm (just a tiny bit now) today!

Also, this mall cough started about a day later. That is gone now. I didn't think it would affect me that much!!

Good luck!

Marianne | September 30, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Is that normal? I hope you feel better soon!!

Connie | September 30, 2009 at 9:41 PM

I'm glad you're not going to kill a child with your cough!
Are you sure your doctor has a valid license?

CHERRANNE | October 1, 2009 at 9:09 PM

:-P UGH.