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Gymgirl wrote: A DGer friend of mine put it into perspective for me yesterday, and I've decided not to get a tetanus shot. Not because of anything in it that I might have a bad reaction to, but because the conditions under which I currently garden are more in favor of me NOT getting lockjaw or some deadly infection.
►I don't have rusty nails or pipes or other such implements to step on
►No rusty, jagged metal pieces I can brush against in the garage
►I wear gardening gloves at all times (hate it, but I do...)
►My mama taught me to bleed it out, wash it out, pour some Hydrogen Peroxide on it, use clean bandages, and keep an eye on it...If it starts looking "hot," get to the ER.
►Even if I do puncture or cut myself severely, Houston has one of the finest medical centers in the world just minutes away from me. I trust they know what to do.
►I have an Emergency App on my cellphone that will send the Calvary to me, if I'm severely hurt
So, I'll hedge my bets with some antiobiotic bandaides, Neosporin/Triple Antibiotic, H2O2, a good set of eyes, and some plain 'ole common sense.
Thanks for such a spirited discussion!
P.S. There's another use for those Velco tomato/plant tapes, too!