Feb 21

Gee Wiz!

How come you can’t just be truly sick anymore without people thinking you’re pregnant? You have a headache; people assume you’re pregnant, You’re tired, people assume you’re pregnant; You have a wart; people assume you’re pregnant. You can no longer feel ill without some nosy co-worker, relative, friend, grandparent or mother-in-law asking if you’re expecting. God help it if you call into work sick, the following day, you are bombarded with nosy co-workers subtly asking if you’re with child. “No, nosy co-worker. I am not pregnant. I was having explosive diarrhea yesterday.” Remember that day when you went to your parents house and you laid on their sofa feeling unwell? Well, granny sure took notice of that! “How are you feeling, dear? Is there anything you need to tell me?” No granny, I feel fine. I’m just recovering from a bout of Ebola, Cholera and scarlet fever. Other than that, I’m good.

But you can’t really say that you’re any better. If a woman in child bearing age is feeling unwell, your first thought is “Oh great. I bet she’s pregnant.” You examine her stomach for a pregnancy bulge, watch if she’s drinking any alcohol and count the number of times she urinates. And chances are she actually is pregnant. She is nauseous and it turns out she’s three months. You are nauseous and it turns out drinking an entire bottle of vodka with chocolate cake is not a good idea.

16 Responses to “#802 No I’m not pregnant, I just have Ebola”

  1. sad... says:

    Seriously…This is one of the worst for me. There are people I have politely asked not to say anything to me that still come around with…”are you pregnant?” Don’t you realize that it kills me to have to say “NO” every time you ask???

  2. amanda says:

    this is so ridiculously on target! everyone around me had a 48 hour stomach bug and i caught it. i threw up alllllllllllll day long and posted it later on facebook and then received eighteen hundred messages about me being pregnant. well, little do they know, because i got sick, i did not ovulate this month. my bbt sky rocketed a whole 3 points higher the 2 days i was sick and i havent had a positive opk or rise in bbt since. cd24 of 30 and drinking a little bacardi today! =)

  3. Rachel says:

    too true!! nothing better than feeling like death warmed up and having to deal with the ‘are you expecting’ rubbish too….

  4. Rachel says:

    too true!! nothing better than feeling like death warmed up and having to deal with the ‘are you expecting’ rubbish too…. is enough to make a girl want to hit somebody (or at least share the nasty bug)!

  5. Melissa says:

    You know you’re infertile when you have to have emergency surgery and all you can think about is how long this will stop you from ttc…what made me sick had throwing up wit it and when i posted that i too got a million “are you pregnant?” comments…from people i now hate…!

  6. says:

    This is a GREAT post… AWESOME and so very true.

  7. says:

    Hahahahaha! Love it! Very true! I definitely think it’s more me thinking that about everyone around me than other people thinking it about me. I think those around me (the ones who know) have just decided that “Of course she’s not pregnant.” In fact, some friends of ours, who don’t know about this journey, actually told someone… “I know that B wants babies. I’m just not sure that C does. I think it’s her that’s putting it off.” Well, yes, they are absolutely right. I am the one putting it off, but not because I want to. :o)

  8. Lindsay says:

    You hit the nail on the head! I’m up to a total of 5 different comments on social networking sites just this week asking if I’m pregnant… No! If I was I would not only be announcing it on facebook, but I would be shouting it from the rooftops!

  9. C says:

    So incredibly true!!!

  10. says:

    So right on Naomi! Oh my gosh…have i gotten that a million times this year! I work at a small school, and have finally started opening up about our infertility. maybe this way they will not do that? Or will they…they probably will either way!
    Da mn people who find it so easy to procreate! GRRR.

  11. says:

    i use to get this all the time. after 3 years of trying, people knew to stop assuming. we have just recently moved to a new state and it starts all over again with this new group of people. i wonder how long it will take for them to stop telling me i’m pregnant when i feel sick?

  12. Hil says:

    Ugh! u know, this one time i wasn’t even sick, i just wore a certain shirt that i happen to like… cute, white eyelet, kinda old-fashioned-y… to work (i’m a substitute teacher at a high school) and i had a few kids asking me “miss are you pregnant?” to which i responded “do i LOOK pregnant?!” sheesh! just cuz all the 14-16 yr olds think having a kid is the new fun accessory, doesn’t mean that me w/ 10 yrs more experience and clarity is gonna rush out to some random guy and be all “i wanna have a baby. let’s practice!” GAH!

  13. Reena says:

    perfect post – i get it all the time – just last week i wasn’t feeling well and i was told “well you have been married for over a year now”…are you kidding me – thanks for filling me in and for making me feel awful.
    when students ask me if i’m preggo, i say ‘no-just fat’ that usually stops anyone else from asking for a while :)

  14. tiredoftrying says:

    This is a good one. Just had my 5th failed IUI and am so sick of people asking as well. It feels like no one knows the pain and frustration I am feeling and all my girlfriends who get pregnant at the snap of a finger keep telling me “just relax. It’ll happen” You try to relax when you are shooting yourself up with Folistem and have transvaginal wands stuck up you on a regular basis!

  15. Thomas Broce says:

    Geez, everytime I see blogs this good I just want mine to be there already! :)Great work.

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