Originally Posted by vermonter
I need to know if tetanus can be found in just the "T" form. My daughter fell off of my husband's shoulders this weekend-a fall from 6'5". She had a really large 2-3 inch laceration on her head and needed 11 stiches. She fell into a creek and hit a rock. It was a terrible event and incredibly scarry. I could go into further detail but won't bc I'll start crying. Anyway, the dr's were great at the hospital. They were totally supportive of our non vax stance but did strongly recommend the tetanus shot. Here are my questions:
1. what are her chances of getting tetanus-I think they are minimal. My husband does not. her wound was an open one that gushed a lot of blood. It was properly cleaned and had a lot of "air time" open.
Well, chances were minimal out there, what with all the blood and the water washing it, but there are quite a few cases of tetanus post operatively, where the standard of cleanliness in hospitals is one big :yawn
I still wouldn't be worried though...
2. We live in Vermont. Isn't tetanus found primarily in warmer states?
Tetanus is found on your floor, in your mouth, up your rear end, in your ear - eveyrwhere. Eat a raw carrot and you will eat tetanuss.
It's everywhere, the dust on your computer keyboard, is a zillion tetanus spores technocentrally seated.
|3. She hit a rock, in running water.
4. Is there a way to just get the T and not dpt? I do not want her getting the other two. She does not need them.
Depends where you live. In our country, no. They have to order it in, and well, you know.. it takes three months, and that's just too slow...
Our kids have had some pretty heinous puncture wounds and I've just cleaned them out and left them.
But one particularly bad one was when the youngest stood on a pen knife blade. It went right in, and also, severed a nerve. But we did take him to the A & E, where they had a look under the pressure bandage and just put it back on again, and said Oh, we'll just give him a booster.
I'm like "Hello, aren't you going to clea it out?"
"Oh no, we don't need to. he's up-to-date isn't he?"
Nope I said. I picked him up and took him out ot he car and told my husband to deal with the now frothing rottweiler, who was screaming blue murder. My husband paid the bill for doing nothing, and the doctor came out screaming "What are you going to do?" I smiled and said "Take him to someone who practices medicine."
We took him home , I cleaned it out, and 13 years later, I'm still waiting for the tetanus to appear.
Oh by the way. Dh did have to hold him down for me to clean it out. He screamed blue murder. But it was worth it.
And it took him three months to be able to walk properly again... what with the pinged nerve and all...