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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The End of Dignity (*Best for Female Eyes Only*)

I found it. About two weeks ago. This also happened to be the day when my father's first cousin, Terry Duckworth, found himself stuck at LAX for a twelve hour layover, and came to spend the day with me.

As I hopped in the car to get him from the airport, I was already making plans for our day. Little did I know that things would NOT go according to plan.

I decided to take him to Palos Verdes, a beautiful city South of Los Angeles, to show him a Frank Lloyd Wright Jr chapel, and the Trump National Golf course, two popular tourist spots.

The day started beautifully. There were no weddings in the Wayfarer's Chapel and so we were able to get in and look around. The scenery was gorgeous.

Next we went to the Trump National Golf Course, and walked around the beautiful grounds overlooking the ocean. Soon it was time for lunch and Terry treated me to a very posh lunch at the Trump Clubhouse.

'Round about that time, I started to feel a little uncomfortable. Now I had paid pretty close attention to my body and the baby all morning while we were touring around. I was sure to drink lots of water and sit and rest when I needed, but now something different was going on.

I excused myself to the restroom and was sure when I got there that my waters had broken. Ironically, every person I would have called was unavailable. My mother was in Maui, celebrating her 30th Anniversary with Dad. The two friends who've recently gone into labor and given birth were either out of town or working. And my doctor's line was busy.

I did the only thing I could think of. I went back to Terry and told him calmly, "I don't want to alarm you Terry, but I think I need to make a visit to my doctor's office."

We got to the doctor's office, and were immediately redirected to the Labor and Delivery section of the hospital. Poor Terry had to cart me around and then shuffle off to a waiting room. I'm sure that is not how he had envisioned spending his day in LA.

Meanwhile, the nurse strapped me up and ran a series of test. After two hours she returned triumphantly. My waters did NOT break. I was NOT going into labor. I had probably just wet myself.

This my friends, is the end of dignity.


Blogger The Hall Family said...

I work in L&D at the local hospital... you are not the first 1st time mom to think this, nor will you be the last. I know that this had to be embarassing for you, though.
How many more weeks until the Taylor Tot is supposed to arrive?

5:01 PM  
Blogger corrie said...

although i am sure you were embarrassed at the time, it makes for a great post! and also, being pregnant gives you all sorts of excuses for out-of-the-ordinary happenings!! can't wait to see your babe!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Dave & Lynnette Mason said...

I was concerned when I began reading...(is everything okay???) keep reading, keep reading then... ended with laughing out loud!! Christin you are so cute!:)
I would wait with you in the ER even if you just wet yourself! Thanks for sharing your embarrassing moments, makes for great short stories!
net <><

3:10 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Thanks for being able to laugh at yourself and letting us have a laugh too! Hope things continue to go well.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, I had multiple meals with your sister while on my trip. Not once did she require a trip to the ER. :)


7:52 AM  
Blogger Christin said...

Terry - Ha!
Well, it's a well known fact that my sister is significantly less maintenance than I am.;-)

3:02 PM  
Anonymous liz wright said...

oh christin... :)
if i had a quarter for everytime i wet myself while i was pregnant, i could fly to LA and take you to lunch.(but the preeclampsia water retension was partly to blame)
isn't being pregnant grand?? :)
hope everything is going well!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jess said... much I don´t know about pregnancy (never been...). didn´t know that happened freqently. Funny though! Glad you are a good sport!

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christin this is such a great's so funny it almost makes me glad I can relate...almost! I agree with the person above, you are so cute, I would wait with you in the er too even if you just wet yourself!...And I know you would do the same for me! Much love Anna

5:33 PM  

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