This is craft-related in that I had to clean up my crafting space (some call it a "dining room," silly people) before our new home-owner's insurance carrier came to inspect. I was sliding a folding chair into a tight space and I'm not entirely certain what happened, but the chair came smashing down on my ring finger and split the skin. It was bleeding profusely so I wrapped it up tightly and held my arm above my head (remember: direct pressure, elevation, pressure point!). After 20 minutes the bleeding wouldn't stop and the triage nurse in the local ER told me I should come in (the number's on our speed dial). When I got there the doc looked at it he said that I might be able to get away without stitches.
Then he looked at my chart and said, "But in your case, I think we should suture it." Then he asked me when my last tetanus shot was. I asked him what about this injury demanded a tetanus shot to which he replied, "It doesn't, but you should probably get one." I said I had one six years ago (in that ER as a matter of fact, after stabbing myself in the center of my hand removing the pit from an avocado). He then said, "Yeah, but someone like you should have one every five years."
Someone like me? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Apparently it means that clumsy, dizzy, stupid
(yet crafty) chicks such as myself, need to protect themselves against their own said clumsiness, dizziness, and stupidity. I was about to protest when I realized that the chart he was holding outlined the seven
injuries to my hands requiring stitches in the last six years.
I just shut up and took the shot.
BTW, the doc said that in the well over 2,000 injuries he's sutured, I'm only the second he's ever done without using any anesthetic of any kind. I don't know if that makes me brave or stupid.