Pee Shy at the Doctor’s

Justin and I are in the  bestest of moods today!  I had my second doctor’s appointment today.  It was actually just a little blood taking and urine peeing.  There is a lab just down the street from us, so we headed on over this afternoon.  I knew that I would have a urine test, so I purposely drank a lot of water (so I thought). 

The lady at the front desk (who also took my blood) was SO VERY nice!  She let us stumble through our broken French and was very patient with us.  It is a whole other deal to communicate in medical terms!  She brought me back to the back room, while Justin waited out front.  Everything was normal as she stuck the needle in and began drawing blood.  I think she took about six vials of blood.  I am being tested for the works.  All STD’s and other pregnant things that I don’t remember the names for.  She then handed me a little cup and told me to "pee pee".  Yes, she really did use the words "pee pee," trying to speak English!  It was cute. 

I am pee shy to say the least.  This means, it is very difficult for me to "use the bathroom" if I don’t have complete privacy or if I am nervous.  In this case, I was both.  I needed to get comfortable in the bathroom, so I cleaned off the toilet seat (there is no such thing as toilet seat covers in France) and as I was leaning over, my sunglasses fell into the toilet and made a loud SPLASH!  Ew.  I took the sunglasses out and let the hot water flow over them as I tried to fill the cup.   "Tried" being the key word here.  I just couldn’t do it.  After about fifteen minutes in this bathroom, I came out to laugh at myself and tell Justin that I just couldn’t do it.  I also handed him my sunglasses and explained what happened.  I went back for another try.  As I was trying to relax, I could hear Justin telling the nurses (in French) that my sunglasses fell in the toilet.  This did not help.  So I finally gave up after about five minutes.  Twenty total minutes in the little bathroom, six vials of blood, and 144 euros later, I was done.  I kept apologizing.  The lady was so nice and let me take the cup home to bring back to her at a later time.

It’s rough being pee shy. 


  1. Mom on May 3, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    how does a mother, or anyone else, possibly comment on this article? jen, you had me laughing out loud in the office. this is not exactly what i can openly share with my co-workers… guess i’ll just have to send them to your blog.

  2. relevantgirl on May 4, 2006 at 12:12 am

    poor little pee shy jen.

    You were that way in Florence too.

    So cute!

  3. svest on May 5, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    That is seriously ridiculous! I have no words. Ridiculous!

  4. Cindy on May 12, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    So so funny Jen! You made me laugh out loud too 😀 I wish you weren’t so far away. Your mom sure wishes that in a big way!!!

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