My OB has a great sense of humor. It’s one of the reasons I like him.
Dr. Specimen from 30 Rock
It has also given me some great material for this post. This is one of my favorite conversations from this pregnancy…
Me: Adam was born an hour after my water broke. I’m kind of nervous that I won’t make it here in time if my water breaks at home. And my husband is often in a turkey barn where he doesn’t get cell phone reception.
OB: How far away are the barns?
Me: Quarter mile. Too far to walk!
OB: Hmm..can you keep some dry ice at home?
Me: I guess. (thinking that it has something to do with the safety of the baby)
OB: Okay, then here’s what you do. If your water breaks, put a couple of pieces of dry ice in a 2 liter bottle, with a little bit of water. Put the lid on and throw it outside.
OB: It will explode, and he’ll hear it and come to get you. Just don’t throw it in the garden, because it will kill the plants. My wife still doesn’t know that’s what happened to her hostas last year on the 4th of July.
I realized after I left that he never really gave me a straight answer. I was back in the building for water aerobics later that day, and I saw him in the hallway and said…
Me: Seriously, should I be worried?
OB: Where do you live?
Me: 30 minutes away in ________ (dinky little town of a couple hundred.)
OB: Yes, you should be worried. If your water breaks at home, don’t take a shower, make supper, or run the dishwasher. Just haul @$$ to the hospital.
Okay, great. :)
Has your Dr. ever said anything ridiculous like that to you? I’d love to hear about it!