I always say I really have nothing to complain about, but every once in a while I do anyway. Well this time it's about the flu shot/jab that I had three weeks ago.
I was strolling around a local supermarket, desperately trying to come up with something interesting for dinner, when there was an announcement that the pharmacy was open for flu shots. Some years I get one and others I don't, and I haven't had flu for as long as I can remember. Who knows if they worked, but I've never had a bad reaction so I decided to bite the bullet. The pharmacist made me roll my sweater right up to my shoulder and was most specific about this shot having to be in the deltoid muscle. I really barely felt the needle and didn't show any ill effects in the 15 minutes they asked me to stick around in the pharmacy aisle.
Well, about four hours later I could barely move my arm although the injection site itself was fine. I didn't think too much about it all until two days later when I still couldn't move the arm. Called the pharmacist who said that it was an extremely rare reaction (of course) and only one other person out of about three thousand customers had called them with it. To be fair, he called me two and four days later to see how I was doing.
At the urging of everyone, and getting weary and cranky from constant pain, I went to my doc yesterday and explained that although I have some movement back, the shoulder joint is constantly, very painful. I can't even sleep because no position is comfortable. One possibility is that it's become infected inside, (oh great) so he took some blood to have a look at, and told me to buy a good digital thermometer and monitor my temp till Monday when he wants to see me again. Gulp!
If it isn't an infection, I'm being referred to a shoulder specialist to see what damage has been done. I have been back in touch with the pharmacist who has to report the whole thing to the government's adverse reaction committee (or some such group). Because there's the one other person reporting the same thing, I'm at least I'm being taken seriously.
So now I'm officially a statistic!