Breathe girl! Breathe!” I kept telling myself
I was in disarray! I didn’t know what to think or to do. I wanted to call Deb but I didn’t know what she’d say, after she had consistently told me to be careful.
“Oh lord! Please Help”
I kept pacing, trying to think but nothing was making sense.
•Ray came and meet me in this state.•
“Hey babe! Wassap?”
” I missed my period” I said without preamble as I continued pacing.
“Oooo oh! Wwooow! Really?” He stuttered
“Yea!” I replied.
“Okay? Emmm …” Without completing his statement, He went to the refrigerator and got a bottle of water. After gulping down the content of bottle, he sighed and continued
“C’mon babe, take a sit! Let’s talk about this”
“Really? I’m very comfortable standing. Start talking”
“Oh! Okay! First, when was your period supposed to start this month?”
“Five days ago”
“Uh, does it ever fluctuate? Like does it ever delay?”
“No! My period is very stable and always comes on time or at most a day or two after”
“Oh my God!”
“Yea! My point exactly” I said with a shaky voice.
Six minutes later, He got up and said.
“I’m going to the pharmacy to get a PTT”
“Huh? What’s that” I whispered.
“Pregnancy Test Tube. Its something that you can use to Test for pregnancy at home.”
“Oh! Ok! Please be fast. I don’t want to be alone right down”
Ray got back almost immediately with the PTT.
“Please explain how it is used so we could do it now.”
“During pregnancy the body releases a hormone called Pregnancy hormone (also known as Human Chorionic
Gonadotropin, or hCG). This hormone can be found in a sample of urine.
When a woman becomes pregnant, the egg is generally fertilised by a sperm cell in a fallopian tube (conception). Within 9 days after fertilisation, the egg moves down the fallopian tube into the uterus and attaches (implants) to the wall of the uterus.
When the fertilised egg implants, the placenta starts to develop and begins to release hCG into the woman’s blood. Some of this hCG also passes in her urine. In the first few weeks of pregnancy, the amount of hCG in the urine gets higher very quickly-it
doubles every 2 to 3 days.”
“Okay, thanks for the info. Now tell me how this tube works.” I said with a hint of sarcasm
“Uh, You dip it into a sample of urine. An area on the end of the tube changes colour if hCG is present (indicating pregnancy).”
“Okay! Hand it over. Let’s get it done”
“Uh, Honey! It’s better to use the first urine of the morning.” Ray said.
“Yea! So, let’s just relax, breathe, have dinner and sleep. We’d do it first thing tomorrow morning.”
” You forgot to say pray” I countered.
“Whatever! Goodnight” I said.
•I couldn’t fathom how Ray could be so calm. Hissing, I walked away.•
“Babe, you ain’t eating?”
“I’m not!” I said as I went to my drawer, took out a sleeping pill and flew on my bed. I just wanted to blank out till the next morning.