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I have to get a tetanus shot next week for school. Already, my internal organs are starting to shrivel up inside of me. I do not do needles well.

Today is the third straight day of rain in Chicago. I know it makes the plants happy, but it's starting to depress me.


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Sep. 13th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
I like rain. I like the way it looks, the way it sounds, the way it smells.
Sep. 13th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Rain is generally a very nice thing. But three days of the stuff is getting to be a bit much.
Sep. 13th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Poor Pony. Now, why do you need a tetanus shot for school? I have a vague recollection of this being explained to me already by someone else but I can't remember.

Don't talk to me about rain.
Sep. 13th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
Illinois requires that every incoming college student demonstrate immunity to tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. This means that, by next Friday, I have to unearth an official record of my MMR vaccination from a family practice that no longer exists, and get a tetanus booster, because my last one was ten years ago.

Not a time at which I would choose not to see the sun for three days.
Sep. 13th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Remember to relax the muscles - loose relaxed muscles respond better to that vaccine. Make sure its your non-writing arm too.

Hehe, and if you're me, don't look!
Sep. 13th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
I remember the tetanus shot from ten years ago -- I couldn't move my arm for a whole day after that. I was in a play that was opening the day after the shot, and the director got rather concerned at the dress rehearsal when I showed up unable to move my arm.

I want someone to come and hold my hand!
Sep. 13th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
The shots for college thing is a little absurd if you ask me. In Florida, you have to get MMR, malaria and menengitis. I just started a grad program here that is all distance learning and I still had to take them.
Sep. 14th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
To be fair, I do need the tetanus booster. But I got the MMR thirty years ago from a practice that doesn't exist. Mom and Dad Pony are scrambling frantically to find out who in Connecticut might have a record of my MMR, so I can get the form from them. Worst-case scenario, I think, is that I pay the school a little bit extra to do a titer to confirm the MMR vaccine. Which means another needle or so. Feh.
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
I am of the era of the failed MMR, so we all had to have ours redone after an outbreak of measles when I was in college.

As much a pain as vaccines are, we have only to look at history to know how much pain and suffering we save ourselves from.

Now write that down and read it to your arm when it hurts. :>)
Sep. 14th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
Huh. I didn't know the MMR had ever failed.

I appreciate the idea of vaccines very much. It's the aspect of vaccines that involves needles that I don't like. They had a good idea going for a while when they made an oral polio vaccine that you got in a sugar cube.

Not that I ever got a polio vaccine, I think. . . or a smallpox one, for that matter.
Sep. 14th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Not that I ever got a polio vaccine, I think. . . or a smallpox one, for that matter.

You got your polio series as a small child. Smallpox likely not - you should have a nice scar on your upper arm if you did, but you're likely too young. Which btw is why we are again at risk for a smallpox epidemic should smallpox be used as a bioweapon. School children were vaccinated through about 1973, I think. The immunity is not permament, so we have a large population of people with no immunity and unless someone is in the military, minimal immunity.
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
I was born in 1976, so I definitely did not get the smallpox vaccine -- Mom and Dad Pony have vaccine scars, but I don't. Were they still doing polio vaccines in 1976?
Sep. 14th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Polio vaccines are given at 2 months, 4 months, somewhere around 12 months and then in kindergarten. That's been a pretty standard schedule for a long time.
Sep. 14th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
So they're still doing that? Cool. I guess I've been vaccinated, then.

I still wish they could have more vaccines that used sugar cubes instead of needles.
Sep. 13th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Funny, I didn't have to get any shots for college (community college, mind, but I don't think most illnesses are specific to people pursuing four year degrees).

I do shots well (and blood, and piercings, etc), so if you need a hand to hold, I'll reach across the ocean and offer mine. Or just think of Underdog; that works too.

BTW, I like your new icon. :-)
Sep. 14th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Reaching across the ocean is probably a good idea. I'll only be able to break your virtual fingerbones that way. . .

The icon isn't really new, but I don't use it all the time. It is, of course, a French Pony.
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
To show you how ancient I am, I had measles and rubella. Maybe mumps too. Not sure how I would prove it, though.

I don't remember any particular problems after tetanus boosters but likely I've just put it out of my mind. Good luck with yours.
Sep. 14th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
I guess if you'd had them, you could have the school do a titer to prove immunity. But that'd still be a needle.
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:08 am (UTC)
NO! Why needles? Can they force you? If they have lots of rust there they should renovate!
Sep. 14th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
There you are! I was just thinking about you and wondering what you were up to.

Unfortunately, yes, they can force me. Illinois state law requires that students demonstrate immunity, and the school can block my registration if I don't.
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
And how does little sister Nurse Pony respond to this show of weakness?

The evenings and mornings are drawing in. I had to put the lights on the car when I left this morning. That's depressing me.
Sep. 14th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
Little Sister Pony doesn't know about this specific instance, because she is buried in her own schoolwork and doesn't answer her phone. But she is very much aware of my thing about needles. Our conversations tend to go like this:

LSP: I want to practice drawing blood/giving injections on you!

FP: Get away, vampire!

LSP: But you have such gorgeous veins in your elbows! I covet your veins!

FP: Go away, or I shall bonk you over the head with garlic.

LSP: Your veins are so beautiful!

FP: My epee is longer than your needle!

And so forth.
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