...women you know from work actually get pregnant?
It's not technically a drive-by, because everyone knows they're knocking boots, but, I dunno. The one who is now 5 weeks pregnant, she's the one who had a miscarriage 2.5 years ago, and has had bizarre periods, extreme moodiness, and severe menstrual pain ever since. I'm ecstatic for her. She's been undergoing testing all this year, but recently found out that it's male factor infertility. We hugged and shed a tear or two in the staff room. I wanted to cry for a hell of a lot longer than that but I held it together for the entire day.
Except for when she started talking about how she's (you know what's coming, don't you) been so much more, y'know, relaxed, this year. I said, If you say that to me I will fucking slap you, baby or no.
No, really, I did.
This was followed by 'so-and-so got pregnant after 8 years' and 'you can never know how long it's going to take'. She's off to Spain for a week from tomorrow, which is good, because then I don't have to call in 'sick'.
One of those 24 hour things, obviously.
I know she's worried about miscarrying again, and there's nothing I can say to relieve that worry. I can only hope she doesn't. What's worse, I'd brought in some Brigham & Women's Clinic literature that my mom had sent me, that I thought I'd share with her. Talk about the elephant in the living room...there was no subtle way to put it back in my back, so I just did. She and the coworker below laughed merrily as they watched. Those fancy infertility clinic booklets, who knew they were so! damned! funny!
One of my other coworkers has been focussed on having a baby since last year. She's 23. She's been bonking her brains out for months, but nada.
I've been so proud of myself for being open about my infertility at work, but now I can see that I was on crack. Shoulda kept my trap shut. I think I'll stick with you fine ladies and gents for the far, far, far future.
We have a customer who as of today is called Mental Man. I was convinced he couldn't read, but he can write, so I guess that's out. He's a complete pain in the ass, however, and really, a customer we all hate.