Sunday, April 10, 2011

Itching For Ice Chips

                                                                                                Julie Kemp Pick

When I began having labor pains with our oldest son, my doctor suggested going right to the ER. At the time we were living in downtown Chicago, about a half mile away from the hospital. It was during one of the warmest summers that I could remember, and my husband suggested walking over as exercise was thought to induce labor. The only problem was that it was 4:00 in the morning, the sky was pitch black, and we never knew what was lurking in the shadows of the sleeping city. In retrospect, the fear of imminent death kept my mind off of my excruciating contractions.

After the doctor examined me, he said that I was only dilated a few centimeters, and  recommended that I go home. I didn't have the energy to fight off would-be assailants while walking, and I cringed at the thought of  a bumpy bus ride back home, so I pleaded with the doctor to let me stay. By this time my husband was debating having a late nap or an early breakfast.

Once I was finally admitted to a private room, my husband set off for his first of many visits to the cafeteria. When he returned, I was dining on some refreshing ice chips while waiting for the labor- inducing medication to take affect. Unfortunately, my husband just couldn't seem to get comfortable in the lounge chair and was behind schedule in his nap

Three rounds of snoring, two sub-sandwiches, and an extra large fries later, I requested some more ice chips to cleanse my palette. When my husband didn't see a nurse nearby, he suggested that we wait for one. By this time, I was in no mood to listen to anymore of his ridiculous suggestions, and told him to find the ice dispenser by himself. Afterward, he felt so bad that he started feeding me the ice chips and rubbing my back. I quickly sent him out of the room.

Our firstborn came into the world at 6:00 that evening. One of the nurses in the delivery room told me that I had very strong abdominal muscles, and said that she had never seen anyone push with such force. Little did she know that it was because the Bears first pre-season game of the year was about to begin, and my husband couldn't miss a minute of it on TV, especially during the dinner hour.  

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  1. It's all about them isn't it?

  2. This has nothing to do with labor or husbands, just ice chips...A few years ago, I had my gall bladder out. When I woke, after the surgery, my mouth was so dry and I couldn't even talk. The nurse asked if I was in any pain and all I could muster was, "Thirthsty!" Those ice chips she put in my mouth were heaven!

  3. LOL - My labours were quick, my hubby annoying, I think if I had ice chips I would have been throwing them at him.

  4. I agree. There are times (and I've obviously NEVER been pregnant, although I have had hospital stays) when ice chips hit the spot like nothing else.

  5. @mybabyjohn - He continues to make up for it everyday!

    @Laura - That must have been a tough one. When ice chips are the only option, suddenly they're not so terrible.

    @Rhonda - Another good idea!

    @Jeffrey - So true!

  6. When I had my first born, I pushed for three hours and then was told c-section! I was so thirsty I sucked on a washcloth. I never knew wet cotton tasted so good. I begged for that towel! After surgery I made my husband sleep in the chair for 5 nights!

  7. I think there should be a pill for men, that they must take a week before their wife goes into labor, and this pill would simulate all the suffering women do in labor. It would be so good for them to experience this, then they wouldn't be so concerned with naps, food and T.V.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

  8. OMGosh….*still laughingMAO*
    Oh, Lordy, if that isn’t a typical man. I’m sure most of us have similar stories. I know I do:

    “WHERE ARE YOU??!!”
    “….um…. I need a nap.”
    “GET IN HERE. NOW!!”
    Great blog. I am so glad I found you :)

  9. @Angie - Great story! I'm glad Steve helped you out (ha)!

    @Nancy - If you invent it, I want stock! Thanks for following me, I look forward to following you as well.

    @Huntress - Thanks for the kind words and for following me. I also enjoyed reading your blog, but couldn't find the follow button. Let me know so I can follow you too. Julie

  10. Oh, the things we do for love! lrk