Cleared for take off

So by this point, most of the important people in my small world know about the baby. I’m 14 weeks, so I had to tell my classmates and clinical instructors. My little pot-belly is beginning to show and I think it’s more polite to tell, rather than make others have to ask. Telling my clinical instructor went well. She congratulated me and didn’t say I was doomed to fail out of the program. But her request for a doctor’s note turned out to be a bit of a headache. First I had to call the doc’s office and leave a message for the nurse. After playing phone tag for a few hours, I told her I needed a note. She said, “No problem. We’ll have one ready for you this afternoon.” Unfortunately, the note restricted me to lifting no more than 25 pounds. 25 pounds??? what the fudge? I’m pretty sure my anatomy book alone weighs 30 pounds. My instructor says I better clarify this with the doctor, because she’s not sure how much I could participate in clinicals and if I have some sort of complication, then maybe I should sit out until after the baby is born. (Oh crap!) Long story short, after pleading with the nurse, they wrote a revised letter clearing me of any restrictions as of now. Apparently, 25 pounds is the general recommendation my doctor gives, but he’s going to allow me to make wise decisions on my own for the time being. Which, if you really think about it, probably isn’t the best idea, either… I did accidentally get pregnant…

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