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babysugar Diaries: Ultrasound Interruption

Have you ever been in a public restroom and worried that someone might walk in on you while you're squatting? Chances are that's probably happened to you. A similar thing happened to me recently during one of my ultrasounds.


San Francisco's latest and greatest perinatal clinic is fabulous — beautifully decorated with state of the art technology and highly esteemed professionals. The one drawback is that for every two exam rooms, there is one shared bathroom. When you go into the restroom, you have to lock both adjoining doors while using it and then unlock the doors when exiting. To see why this is vital to the story, read more.

As my ultrasound technician rubbed the gel covered wand over my bare belly and nether regions exposing my baby on the screen overhead, I heard the bathroom door knob jiggle a bit. Convinced whoever was on the other end was surely just unlocking it for my future use, I didn't worry too much about it. Until . . . a man walked in looking bewildered. Since the room was dark, it took him a minute to register that he was lost. I piped up, "I think you're in the wrong room!" Clearly, I knew, not thought, he had taken a wrong turn.

The technician apologized profusely claiming that never happens. I said, "I'm sure he is ten times more embarrassed than I am at this point. He's probably heading for the hills right now." Having been exposed to a crowd of doctors and nurses in a delivery room, this was the least of my concerns. I dare say I found it funny.

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