Friday, November 7, 2008

Humbling Experiences.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you thought, "Geez! I'm just not as cool as I thought?" Well, today was an experience just like that for me. I went to the cancer center for a Herceptin treatment, as is my custom every Friday. I signed in, sat in the waiting room, and waited for the oh-so-friendly lab attendant to call my name incorrectly. At last, I heard my name. I quickly relinquised my seat to a senior citizen and marched into the lab, ready to act as the human pin cushion that I have so fearlessly become. I had no more than made myself comfortable in the chair, when the lady handed me this:
and this:

wrapped carefully in a Wal Mart sack.

You got it! I have to do a 24-hour urine collection. Guh-ross! My mind immediately started working overtime about how in the world I was going to do this little task while working. The sample is due one day next week, and I could just picture myself walking down the school halls carrying this equipment, and then storing it in the teachers' lounge refrigerator. I'm thinking that wouldn't go over too well. I can just hear the teachers now, "What's that between the milk and tea?" Luckily, the lab tech told me that they open early on Monday morning, so I can take care of this little item of business before school starts. Thank goodness! My pride has been spared - at least for now!

10 comments:

Tova Darling said...

Oh dear. I'm so sorry. That's no fun at all.

My hubs has to do that like once a year because he has type one diabetes, and I don't think you ever get used to having to carry around your own urine for 24 hours. It's good you can do it over the weekend! Very accomodating of them.

Julie Adams said...

I don't think I want to comment on this one. Ummm well yes I do... Brian better be a good husband this weekend or we know what he is getting poured in his cereal.

Melissa Ellen said...

My dad has always had to do those because of his kidneys. (He’s going through the transplant motions now) When we were little we would laugh so hard would see those in the fridge. We just didn’t understand! I’m sorry you have to go through that. I’m glad it will help the doctors better help you though! I don’t think you’re any less cool though. You totally rock in my book. I know what you mean about not feeling that way though. Just remember though “you ain’t cool if you don’t pee in a jug.”

Ps (I hope you’ve seen Billy Madison – or you would totally think I’m a weirdo)

Melissa Ellen said...

wow that was a lot of thoughs. I was just typing away without paying attention :)

Melinda said...

I had to do that when I was pregnant! I decided to just take the day off work to not risk the embarrassment and lo and behold when I went to turn it in at the hospital my water broke! Like a dummy, I requested two jugs because I just knew one wouldn't be enough, but I only filled half of the first one! Maybe if you have two bathrooms you can just leave it in one and tell your hubby to pee elsewhere :)

Amy said...

Bless your heart. That is how my husband felt when he had to take his "sample" to the doctor's office following his vasectomy.;) He was definitely humbled. But his was in a "small" cup; he said he would have felt more "manly" if he had NEEDED a LARGE container. LOL!:) Men are so silly.:)

Big hugs,
Amy:)

the undomesticated wife said...

I had a kidney stone once, and had to carry a strainer with me to try to collect the stone when it passed. Yuck. But, I guess you do what you gotta do.

I am glad you can get it done on the weekend!

Podso said...

Re. your hair: you know how God knows the number of hairs on your head--He knows them off too--and all about what that feels like for you.
I remember reading one time of a Asian woman with long black hair who lost her hair temporarily to chemo, and as it fell out she thought about how God knows...and said "My numbers have fallen."

Rebecca Taylor said...

Oh gosh! At least you get to do it at home! :)

My home - My life said...

Oh that is so funny. I always feel akward when I have to walk down the hall at a doctor's office with a pee cup, can't imagine walking down a hall of a school! Glad you won't have to though. Take care!