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The vagina monologues

Sammy almost broke into the bathroom as I was mid-menstrual cup insertion the other day. After the appropriate lecture on privacy (and finishing my business), I found myself answering a lot of period-related questions from the 8-year-old. As I am trying to be the Honest Nurse Mother and make all bodily functions as normalized as possible, this rapidly turned into a teaching moment.

Soon, the little brother was trying to come into the bathroom.


I stop her, and tell her that he can come in. That periods are normal and that boys can have questions too. This was news to Sam. She turns to me, eyes wide, and in the best whisper I have ever heard, she asks…

“Does *DAD* know?!?”

I try not to die, and answer in a matching whisper “Yesssss”

We proceeded to play with tampons on the floor of the bathroom.


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Amanda is a married mother of two goofy kids. She has been a nurse since 2006 and worked in ICU since 2008. Because life was not insane enough, she decided to go back to grad school to be an Acute Care NP. They told her this was a stressful program. They did not anticipate her husband getting cancer in year one and a global pandemic in year two and three. She volunteered as a COVID ICU in March of 2020, and for the next year relied on God, caffeine, and swear words. And she wrote.

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