bad news and good news.

On Wednesday morning I had an appointment with my gynecologist for my yearly checkup. I was actually anxious to know if 1. I was pregnant and 2. If I had contracted any stids. I wasn’t worried about any of that until I talked to Kendra. She has a way of making you think the worst about your situation.

“Have you gotten your period?” she asked me on Tuesday night.

“Kendra, I haven’t gotten my period in a year,” I rolled my eyes. She knows that.

“First of all, I don’t think that’s normal. Ask your doctor about that tomorrow,” she said. 

I rolled my eyes again.

“Second of all, if you don’t get a period, how do you know if you’re pregnant or not? Isn’t that scary?”

I actually haven’t had a pregnancy scare since going on birth control so I didn’t really have an answer to that. I guess I rely on the 99.9% effectiveness.

My gyno, Dr. Stringer, is a lanky flamboyant man who I would think is gay if he didn’t have photos of his wife and all his kids all over his office. After the nurse drew blood, I got naked and put on a hospital gown and waited for him in the examining room.

“Reese, darling,” he said, knocking on the door. He walked in with the nurse following him. “I was wondering when I would see you again. How have you been?”

See? What straight man says “darling?”

“I’ve been great. Thanks for seeing me on such short notice,” I said. Usually Dr. Stringer books appointments weeks and weeks out. Luckily since I’m a VIP patient (lol), I was able to get an appointment within a week. 

“Anything for you! Are we just doing your routine yearly checkup today?” he asked.

“Yes. And a pregnancy test,” I replied.

“Of course. Do you have concerns that you may be pregnant?” Dr. Stringer looked at me over the top of his glasses.

“No, I just figure we may as well make sure while I’m here.”

“Very well then.” He put his clipboard down then popped on a pair of latex gloves. “Lay back and spread them!”

The actual examine didn’t take long, but Dr. Stringer talked to me the whole time and made candid comments about my vagina which was really odd. He finally said he was all done and that he and the nurse would be back with some results in a few minutes.

While I was getting dressed, I started to seriously think about what I would do if I was pregnant. I feel like I know Brady pretty well, but not enough to have a baby with him. We would probably have to get married or at least engaged. I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of commitment. But on the bright side, at least he already owns an amazing condo and clearly has money to support his family. We would just have to evict Chris and turn his bedroom into a chic Pinterest-worthy nursery and hire a full time nanny/servant. 

By the time Dr. Stringer returned I was convinced that I was pregnant and trying to figure out how I was going to break the news to my parents. They only just found out about Brady.

“All right, Miss Reese,” Dr. Stringer said sitting on the stool in front of me. “I have bad news and I have good news.”

My heart began racing. Bad news and good news? Bad: I was pregnant, good: I didn’t have the clap? Or the other way around?

“The bad news is… You’re not pregnant. The good news is… You’re not pregnant!” Dr. Stringer exclaimed. It took me a moment to process what he said.

“Dr. Stringer!” I groaned. “Don’t freak me out like that!”

He chuckled. “All of your tests came back negative with the exception of a couple that will take a few days to process. If you don’t hear from us within a week then everything is good.”

So there went my dreams of a fabulous nursery with a chandelier imported from Spain. Oh well. I’ve been drinking and smoking so it’s probably for the best. 

After I left the doctor, I celebrated by getting froyo (with gummy bears and sprinkles #yolo) then going to the office. To be honest, I haven’t done much work at all the past week or so, so I figured I should probably get at least something done.

Except I spent the day avoiding Whitney’s emails and pinning pumpkin recipes. After work, I stopped by the boutique Preston works in to pick up a few items. Preston basically had me try on everything in the store until we decided on a dress, a sheer top, and a pair of leather leggings. 

After that I met Kendra for sushi. I was so excited to tell her that I’m not pregnant AND I don’t have STDs.

“So hopefully this is a lesson learned,” she said smugly after I shared the news.

“Well now that we are both STD free, I think we can continue what we were doing,” I said.

“Why would you do that? He could be doing the same thing with ten other women,” Kendra said, looking appalled.

“No he couldn’t. He’s not some player, Kendra. He’s my boyfriend.”

“Okay well do what you want. I’ve given up trying to give you advice. You always do whatever the fuck you want anyway.”

So that was the end of that. I love Kendra to death, but she’s just so judgmental. She always has to object to every single thing I do. She doesn’t understand that everyone’s life isn’t exactly like hers. It’s her way or you’re wrong/stupid. It’s draining. Additionally, how can she lecture me on something she and John do and have done for years? And by the way, I can’t believe we’re arguing about condoms. Ugh.

I went to Brady’s after sushi and immediately ran into Chris. I haven’t seen him since he walked in on me and Brady having sex and I was actually really not embarrassed. Oh well if he might’ve gotten a peek at my goodies. At least he got a nice show. 

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21 thoughts on “bad news and good news.

  1. Jessica says:

    Which BCP do you take? I’d love to go period free for a year! Right now, I get four a year. About Kendra, I understand where she’s coming from but you have to do you.

  2. Kristin says:

    When I took Estrostep I didn’t get my period for 9 years. It freaked me out at first and my doc told me it was normal with that pill. I stopped taking it back in May to get to work on baby making and my cycle has been completely regular and normal since I stopped taking it. Also, that pill has the extra ingredient that makes your skin clear. What could be better than no period and clear skin!?

  3. M says:

    I’m confused about what Kendra’s issue is… You and Brady are committed. I realize that you’ve never sat down and been like, omg will you be my boyfriend? But a lot of couples never have that talk and know they’re exclusive. Good lord, you met his parents. She needs to chill… it honestly seems like she’s kind of condescending because she’s in a long term relationship, but every relationship had to start somewhere. Just because you haven’t been together for 1/4 of your lives doesn’t mean you’re both out boning other people.

  4. megg says:

    Just have the exclusive conversation. Sure he can lie, but I don’t think he’s like that. Nothing bad ever comes from asking…but a whole lot of somethings can from not making sure you’re on the same page.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Reese, one thing I’ve admired about you is how hard working and dedicated you were to your career. I get that you don’t like Whitney but shirking on your responsibilities, ignoring emails from her and being on pinterest all day will paint you in a negative light to those you work with and management. You need to handle your job like a professional. Yes Whitney is a pain in the ass but she’s increasing her visibility and responsibilities while you’re twiddling your thumbs and doing nothing. You need to step up your work game and not let her take you down. About Brady, have the talk with him when both of you aren’t high just to ensure that you’reon the right page. Kendra probably means well and doesn’t realize how her words are coming out.

  6. What did the doctor say about not getting your period? I haven’t gotten mine since May so I’m a bit concerned…

    Also glad that everything checked out with you!

    • Jessica says:

      I think she’s on a birth control pill that stops your period for the duration you’re on it. I take Seasonale so I get four periods per year. If you aren’t on any type of BCP and haven’t gotten your period in the past six months, you need to go to the doctor and make sure everything is okay. Sometimes it stops if you’re very stressed out or are underweight but still you need to get checked out.

      • Yeah I scheduled a gyno appointment two weeks from now. I’m not pregnant, and wouldn’t consider myself underweight, although I have lost about 20-25 pounds within the past six months due to diet and exercise.

        Thank you for the advice though, I’ve been a bit worried about it..

  7. plantpage says:

    I wanna see the goodies lol.

    I agree with megg. Have the exclusive conversation. You talk everyday. It’s a great way for both of you to share how you feel and how you would like things to progress.

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