Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Social anxiety disorder of the bladder

posted Fri, 27 Aug 2004

Has this happened to you? You’re in a meeting. You’re supposed to give a presentation at 9:00, but the person before you is still speaking at 9:20. You have another meeting that you are in charge of at 10:00.


But you can’t say anything to the person who has run over into your time because he is a VP. And even though you have to pee really bad, you can’t leave the room because, well, a VP is talking. And you don’t know when he is going to stop – you need to be ready to give your presentation.

But when it is finally time for you to talk, you realize that everyone else in the room has been trapped since 8:00 and they might need a bio break, too. The last thing you want to do is compete with their bladders for attention.

So you suggest a two-minute break before your presentation and run to the ladies’ room.

Another woman in the group follows you. You don’t know her that well and are not very comfortable with her.

The ladies’ room is deathly quiet. You sit. Your bladder is so full that it aches.

But you know this other woman is listening! Bladder lock! She graciously flushes her toilet, but that doesn’t help.

You give up, wash your hands, and return to the conference room, where you suffer in silence (well, not in silence, but you are not talking about your suffering, you are talking about SAP).

It's another hour before you get to a safe bathroom.

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