Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Pee-Pee incident

This afternoon, I spent the better part of 2 hours trying to convince a clever, adorable 4 year old to pee in a cup. Please, for the love of all things, please pee-in-the-CUP!!! She wasn't on strike against the actual cup, or even against the actual PEEING part of the request. She found humor in the fact that I insisted on it.

(F.Y.I. My office serves as a child-friendly investigation center and medical office for child abuse victims.. which sometimes requires urine samples)

I tried being sweet. I tried being funny. I even tried bribery. But, no, this four year old could not be bought. We made a pact.. pee in the cup, and she would recieve: 1 brand new toy of her choice, 1 tub of any color play-doh of her choice, a huge handful of chocolate (including Reeses cups, Kit-Kats, and Pixi-stix), and a pack of crayons. To this she replies.. "I triiieeeeddddd". In fact, she did try. Four juice boxes and five bathroom visits later, and still.. no pee. I feel a little cheap, attempting to bribe a 4 year old.. but hey, the pee needed to be in the cup!

(For those of you who don't know my job, as a child advocate, is pretty much like daycare.. except the children range from 1-17 years old)

When all was said and done, by 4:59, there was indeed pee in the cup. I'm very proud of that little girl... she is as stubborn as I am. It's strange to look into the eyes of the four-year-old-You, and beg them to be grown-up. Most of the time they're just begging to be four years old.


  1. One of my fears about medical examinations (well, probably the only one), is being asked to pee to order. So that little girl wasn't the only one.