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Not all training disruptions involve a lack of courtesy. Sometimes, people show up without pen or pencil. Really? You’re going to spend all day in class, and it didn’t occur to you that you might need to write something down? I carry extra pens and pencils, now. It’s just easier that way.
But, sometimes, an unexpected challenge comes along that you just can’t anticipate.
This week, a woman in my class kept shifting in her seat, taking deep breaths, and rubbing her very pregnant belly, I asked her when she was due.
She smiled and said, “Three weeks.”
I nodded and asked the obvious question, “Are you OK?”
Her hand paused on her belly, and she gave me a sideways glance. “I might be in labor.”
I immediately suggested she head for the hospital, but she told me she’d been having contractions off and on for months. She did admit these pains felt different. She was waiting for a call from her husband.
I asked how long she’d been having contractions. She told me since 4 a.m. In other words, seven hours!
Not long after that, she left and did not return. I’ve never been so glad to see a student go!
During the mid-afternoon break, we learned the doctor sent her home. She planned to return to work the next day.
Wow! I guess I need a new ground rule. What should I call it? Gestational Etiquette?