On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 0725 hours, I was crossing the parking lot on the west side of the Texas Department of Public Safety complex at 5508 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin, walking from the CapMetro Rapid bus stop to the front door of the A Building, when my right foot struck a parking curb stone and I fell forward striking my left knee, my right knee, my left hand, left shoulder, and left side of my face on the pavement, in that order.
The parking lot is not lit; and like all of the other areas, is designed for vehicular, not pedestrian, traffic.
I reported the incident to the security guard at the front desk who told me to contact my supervisor. After cleaning up the superficial but conspicuous wounds, I reported for work, and told my supervisor what happened. At 11:30 AM, I was taken to a contract clinic for a drug screen and other medical inspections.
I have not had a tetanus shot in over ten years. However, the clinic was out of tetanus serum, so I rode with their driver to another site.
The technician there gave me a sheaf of papers to sign. One of the pages said that DTP (diphthera-tetanus-pertussis) serum is contra-indicated for children over seven, for juveniles, and for adults. I asked her about that and she replied that I was not getting DTP. I asked to see the vial. She said that she discarded it into a secure bin. I asked for the lot number and she gave me that.
I was released at 3:30 PM and reported back at work.
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