Hello there fellow nurses! I had an interesting thing happen to me and I'm looking for some advice.
Wednesday morning I went for my annual PPD for work. They were scheduled in 1 hour blocks, 3 times during this particular day. Well, I'm not new to the PPD, but let me tell you, this thing BURNED. I'm talking like FIRE. Like someone was cutting my arm up with a hot razor blade. I said a few choice words to the poor person on the giving end of the needle, and her reply was "Gee, everyone's been saying it burns real bad".
So I'm walking around for about an hour, and my forearm still hurts. One of my fellow nurses barges into the nursery (my lovely assignment that day) and says "Oh my god, look at your arm!"
A reddened circle, about 2 inches in diameter, feels like a hard welt, hot to the touch, and itches FEROCIOUSLY! Turns out everyone who got it in this 1 hour block is having this reaction. But it's better by the end of the shift. Only to return for us in the evening, and looked the same when I had it read this morning.
At our supervisors request, we all went to employee health. The first nurse looks at us, tells us she hates to speculate, but she's seen something like this before, and thinks the lady gave us TETANUS instead!!!!! That, or possibly a flu vaccine, cause they keep them all in the same fridge!!! Head of employee health comes in and blows the first nurse off. Tells us it's just a reaction, happens more than one would realize. Not to worry, it's not a + reaction. Tells us to run along.
Turns out one of my coworkers got a PPD after we left, from the first nurse who speculated about the wrong solution. Told my coworker that the other nurse was probably trying to cover, then opened the fridge and showed her how all the solutions are stored together!
So here I sit, 57 hours later, the symptoms remain, but are lessened. Head of employee health said she'd trace the problem, but a few minutes later says they're not required to record lot numbers for PPD's.
I'm sorry this is so long, but does anyone have any clue about what might have happened? What I could do? Where do I go next?