In preparation of some upcoming day surgery, I paid a visit to the surgeon’s office to fill out all of the appropriate preoperative paperwork.
You can imagine my surprise when I was given the following instructions:
“Everything looks to be in good order. No health concerns, no prior surgeries. We just need you to go over to the lab to draw some blood, to ensure that you are not pregnant.”
WHAT? Are you kidding me?
I am not certain whether I should have been flattered or offended.
Once I was able to regain my composure from laughing so hard, I proceeded to the lab, offering my paperwork to the lovely clerk sitting in front of me. Trying to keep a very straight face, I explained I needed to have some blood work done to rule out the chance of being pregnant.
Suppressing the urge to spit out her coffee, she smiled kindly, & told me this is standard practice based on the number of women who have shown up for surgery, not realising they are pregnant. She then went on to share that her very own mother had, in fact, found herself surprisingly expecting at the age of 40.
After we shared a chuckle over the surprise of her mother’s unexpected late pregnancy, I said to her, “I am 54 & in the midst of menopause. If that blood work comes back positive, you might as well just cancel the surgery because I will most likely have fallen dead from a heart attack when you give me that news.”
No results have been called back indicating I am with child. Fingers crossed I am still alive by next week!