Despite being homebound a lot for fear of Covid-19 these last few months, the process of going out and getting medical treatment wasn’t all that bad.
I stepped on a nail over the weekend, while doing some demo… and given it’s been more than 10 years since my last tetanus shot, it seemed the thing to do.
I contacted my doctor via Northwestern’s MyChart (a lovely way to communicate), and he suggested I visit a Northwestern Urgent Care cliinc. It’s a bit more money than a regular doc visit, but had the added benefit of no wait time.
On arriving, there really wasn’t much wait at all. There were maybe 3-4 other people in the waiting room, and I got shown into a room within about 10 minutes of arriving. For the record, I went to the clinic located in the South Loop, off Roosevelt.
An interesting note: there seemed to be more concern about what type of sole my shoe had, when I got my injury. Apparently, if you have rubber soles, rubber carries a lot more bacteria… and increases the chance that bad things get introduced into your system. Who knew?
Overall, my wound was really small (despite the pinch I felt), and the doctor declined to give me any oral antibiotics. She made a point to try to distract me with details as I was getting the shot, which was nice. But the whole process was incredibly quick, efficient, and painless.
I’m sure this won’t be the last injury I get while working on the house. But it’s nice to know I’m pretty covered, at least for the next five years.