I got a tetanus shot today!
When walking in Chinatown yesterday I felt something in my shoe, like a tiny rock or shard of glass. I tried to push it to the side, or ignore it until I got home but after about 20 minutes I Just couldn’t stand it any more. Turns out a staple had poked through the sole of my shoe. And not a regular office staple, it was industrial sized and my toe was bleeding. I limped home and this morning made my way to an urgent care clinic a few blocks from my apartment.
Some things I learned about tetanus while frantically googling:
- It has a 72 hour incubation period
- You should get a booster shot every 10 years (so I’m set til 2026!)
- If you may have been exposed and you haven’t had the shot in 10 years you should try to get it within 24 hours
The clinic I went to was surprisingly great. It was clean and everyone was super nice. I was the only one there so my visit went incredibly quickly.