Boy was I wrong! But not only was my arm sore, my whole body was. I felt achy and extremely tired. According to a medical site on the Internet, these were mild side effects of the Tetanus shot. If these were only mild side effects, I would really hate to have them at a moderate or severe level.
On Friday, two days after getting the shot I felt so tired that I took a four hour nap after getting Faith off to school. Then on Saturday I took a three hour nap up until 7 o'clock but still felt tired and was able to go back to sleep around 10. On Sunday, finally the fatigue started wearing off and I didn't feel so achy but my arm still hurt and later that night I noticed it was red and puffy.On Monday my arm looked and felt about the same but on Tuesday it seemed worse. And along with being puffy, sore and red it was also starting to itch. I finally called my doctor's nurse and she said I should come in so they could take a look at it.
From what my doctor could tell, it looked like some form of cellulitis or a staph infection. She wondered, though, how I might have gotten an infection. She assured me they always use sterile equipment. She asked if something happened to my arm after getting the shot, like scratching it on something. In the end, she put me on antibiotics and also steroids to help the swelling go down.
I have never had any sort of reaction or anything out of the ordinary happen to me after getting a shot, that I can remember anyway. (And I've had lots of them!) It's just such a crazy situation and the only thing I can think of is that one of the nurses that saw me the day I went in for my exam, touched my arm to take my blood pressure. Maybe she hadn't washed her hands? But then wouldn't the alcohol swipe before the shot have taken care of that? My doctor washed her hands in front of me before touching me and the nurse who actually gave me the shot was wearing rubber gloves.
So I'm a little stumped as to how I got an infection from getting my tetanus shot. I hope this ordeal is coming to an end but I honestly don't know if I will ever get one again!