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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 08:43 am
owwwww

So, we had a nurse in the office the other day administering flu shots, and I decided to get one.

I don't know much about shots, except that I used to be petrified of getting them. This fear has faded to a residual mild discomfort, but one that is enhanced when others talk about their dislike of shots. While waiting our turn, a co-worker described how she can actually hear the skin "pop" when the needle penetrates. I just about chickened out, but then remembered what a manly man I am, and rolled up my sleeve with a grin and a steely glint in my eye when my name was called.

The teeny little sting was, of course, almost unnoticeable.

"Oh," the nurse said, "Oops, I hit a muscle there."

"Really? I didn't really feel anything."

"Oh, you will. Sorry."

Two days later, I am realizing that her casual apology isn't cutting it. Holy crap. It feels like someone repeatedly whacked the entire length of my left arm with the flat of a shovel. I expect to see large, purple bruises there, but there's nothing, just a teeny red pinprick where she perforated me. I'm considering getting a little tattoo right on that exact spot, for next year:


Current Mood: disappointed hurty

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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)

Oh my yes I am.


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meisterdorf
still plays with trains
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)

pardon my ignorance, but arent we ALL muscle under our skin? how can you NOT hit one with a needle?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)

YOU might be all muscle, superman, but I don't know if all of us are. ;)

I don't know how it works. Maybe she hit a special muscle. The Muscle of Extended Soreness. I don't know. I just rather wish she hadn't.


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cheekyassmonkey
cheekyassmonkey
tori
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)

yes, rather than just an apology, she should have at least cautioned you to rub it vigorously for the rest of the day.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)

Really? That wouldn't just aggravate the tissue?


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tronochick
tronochick
tronochick
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)

you totally have a malpractice claim on your hands.
know a good lawyer? I'd call Zbinden & Curtis or maybe even Susak, Dean & Powell.

Edited at 2007-11-15 05:43 pm (UTC)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)

Bwahaha. What are you, a law student or something? ;)


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kathyrhino
kathyrhino
kathyrhino
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)

I had to have a couple injections a few weeks ago and the nurse gave me a disposable hot pack to keep on the area, which really helped prevent pain later on. Next time give that a try. I know how painful a pneumonia shot is--that got to the point where I had to use my good arm to move my shot arm since I couldn't lift it anymore.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)

Good call, I'll have one handy next year.


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)

I haven't bothered with a flu shot in years. On any given day I"m surrounded by people who just got off a plane from India, China, Israel, Russia, Europe, Japan, Korea, etc.. Who knows who's bugs I'm getting.

It ain't about the bug, it's about the terrain.


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)

"Nicole, why are you going into nursing?"
"Other people's pain."
heheh. never trust a nurse. ;)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)

Ha - that reminds me of Dentist! from Little Shop of Horrors, especially the Steve Martin rendition. :)


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kaleidoscopeeye
kaleidoscopeeye
Kaleidoscope Eyes
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)

Oh man, I had the same experience this year. I felt like I had been beaten! And I am no stranger to shots, but whatever she did when I got my flu shot made my arm sore for a few days afterwards!


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noss
noss
redheads not warheads
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)

First rule of medicine: Never say "Oops!" in front of a patient.

Also, what kind of nurse can't hit the right spot when her patient is sitting motionless? She should try it when the patient is fighting to the death and trying to bite her.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)

... when the patient is fighting to the death and trying to bite her.

Hmm ... so you're saying that might have had something to do with it?


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cosmicjohn
cosmicjohn
Something witty and engaging
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)

Heh. I had a tetanus shot earlier this year as a result of stepping on a nail. The nurse who administered the shot informed me that I would be "a little sore" in the next day or so because the shot is, well, shot directly into muscle tissue.

I was so cocky after two days. I felt nothing at all.

Three days later ...

It felt like I had been punched a dozen times with brass knuckles. I was looking for bruises as well. No such luck. I could at least wear those with some pride.

"Yeah, ladies, see the bruises? The bear lost!"

*ladies swoon*


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)

Oh geez, yeah, my last tetanus shot felt like a horse kicked me twice in the arm.


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a_rockett
a_rockett
A.
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)

a couple years ago the place I worked at had a red cross blood drive and as employees, we were all encouraged to donate.

I was one of the lucky ones, as I escaped with only a small bruise and a little bit of nerve damage. One of my co-workers had a bruise that formed immediately after the donation, that spanned from the middle of her forearm, out to the the sides of her elbow and up into the middle of her bicep. It looked like she was in a car accident.

It was then that we found out that the travelling phlebotomists are usually students. It's very well possible that the nurse that came to your work to give the flu shot was some sort of nursing student as well.

Its unfortunate that she did that though. I've had something similar, my last tetanus shot had to be given to me twice because the nurse didn't realize that there was still medicine in the needle when she pulled up it, and sprayed half the tetanus shot directly under my skin instead of wherever its supposed to go, so I had a tetanus shot bubble that made it impossible to do just about anything for about a week, because it hurt so bad.

Its nurses like them that make people afraid of needles.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)

Are you saying that people wouldn't be afraid of sharp, pointy objects otherwise? ;)

Oh well, at least she apologized and warned me, I guess.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)

So does this mean you're not going to let me practice on you after I'm in nursing school?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)

Depends on what's in that syringe, buddy-ro.


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inkytwist
inkytwist
The Loch Ness Monster
Friday, November 16th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)

I'm not that bad with needles, but my veins are apparently too small and last time I gave blood the lady couldn't find the vein and dug into my arm with the needle. I haven't been too keen on donating since. :\\


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Friday, November 16th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)

Wimp! :)

Haha. I hate shots.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Friday, November 16th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)

No! I am manly!


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