I took off Saturday's work to make an appointment at the doctor's office — I needed to get my now-infected bite looked after. It was a half-hour wait after my on-time arrival when I finally was seen and explained my situation to the nurse-practitioner on duty. (Normally it would tick me off to wait that long but I was just happy to get in.) By then my right index finger and part of my palm were tender and swollen with reddening skin all around the bites. As expected she prescribed a tetanus shot and a week-long course of oral antibiotics to help knock down the infection. The nurses and the nurse-practitioner that tended me were all very good though the practitioner asked "is the cat still alive?" Yes, she is, and though I didn't punish Missy, she got no reward "fancy food" after the incident! By the time I left the office it was about 2 PM so I didn't bother to go back to work (the office was about an hours' drive). It was kind of fun having unexpected time off but it felt like hooky. The evening was spent watching TV movies –so much Christmas holiday programming already– and Sweetie decided we would watch Christmas With the Kranks on DVD — more Christmas programming! The Kranks movie was very good. It had been long enough that I'd forgotten much of the detail. When bed time came, oh-oh! the tetanus injection site on my right arm was sore! Sleeping on my side was very uncomfortable … I'd forgotten what immunizations feel like! Nevertheless, I slept well and awoke this morning with the redness and swelling fading from my hand. My arm, however, still feels like I'd gotten punched there good. Ouch!