Thursday, June 30, 2005
Virgin No More
Not that kind of virgin. Nope, I've got a confession to make. I'm 39 years old and had never, until today, used a tampon. Yes, you read that right. Never. It's not like my mom didn't tell me about tampons. She swore by the things. Liked 'em much better than pads.
I just never wanted to use them. A part of me never trusted they'd work. I always had this image of them acting like a big cork holding back the red tide. I know, I know, they're more like a sponge but what can I say? It was irrational.
So. Today Duncan went to White Water with his pal Ryan. This left Cal and me by ourselves for the day. We wasted a bit of it by going to Sam's with mom. We came home and I puttered while Cal watched his new Tarzan 2 DVD (my mom is a pushover).
Eventually Cal grew bored with that and requested to go swimming. Now normally this wouldn't be a problem. I love to go and float in the pool on a hot afternoon. Unfortunately I started my period on Tuesday. And Duncan was gone. And my mom was unavailable because she can't get her foot wet this week (bone spur treatment). Who did that leave? Tamara and her visiting friend George.
I wasn't totally up a creek. I had tampons in the bathroom. I purchased them last year thinking I'd use them on just such an occasion. I never did get up the nerve to use them though and mom was always there to bail me out. Plus Cal was younger and less vocal and could be distracted more easily. I had nowhere else to turn so I did it. I used a tampon.
I had a little bit of difficulty with my manual dexterity and the applicator but everything turned out fine. I did find myself checking my crotch periodically in the pool just to make sure everything was still in place. We ended up swimming for over an hour and all was good. And to think it only took me 28 years and two children to work up the nerve to actually use a tampon.
posted by Tamara - 6:12 PM -- Link to this entry
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