Birth And Death

| Related | September 24, 2016

(My mom is pregnant, and overdue, with my younger brother, and is at the doctor’s for a checkup. She’s a little worried because she had quick labours with both my sister and me and had severe complications early in the pregnancy. With both of us girls she was scheduled to be induced if she was too overdue, but it didn’t come to that. Due to retirement, she has a different doctor now.)

Mom: “If I don’t go into labour soon, when will we induce?”

Doctor: *airily* “Oh, no! We don’t induce unless a life is in danger.”

(Mom looks at Dad, who looks back at her. Both are thinking the same thing.)

Mom: “So, are you going to kill the doctor, or am I?”

Doctor: *shocked* “What?”

Dad: “Hey, you just said a life. You never said whose!”

(No one was injured, and my brother was safely delivered naturally a few days later. On the plus side, though, the doctor got a nice lesson on deciding treatment *with* the patient instead of dictating to them, and wasn’t so high-handed with them after that!)

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