I wrote this up over the weekend... chronicleing our trip to the zoo.
I was going to put it in the stories section... but since it is a true tale I don't know if it belongs there or not.
Ever have one of those days where you were glad that you wear diapers?
I sure did on Friday.
As many of you probably know... LuvsGurl & I made a trip to the NC Zoo, which is about a 90 minute drive north east of Charlotte. We stopped in at Bojangles on the way out of town to get some good ol' greasy biscuits and fries for breakfast. The rest of the trip out was pretty uneventful... just normal interstate traffic.
When we got to the Zoo... the real fun began. The cashier at the ticket counter informed us that there had been a water main break in the African animals section... and that all restrooms, drinking fountains, and shops on that side of the park were closed. We would have to, in her words, "take care of anything" before we headed over that way. How fortunate for us. LuvsGurl & I both chuckled at this... we were wearing our pottys... and didn't plan on making a restroom stop at all. We had brought a few bottles of water and some clean diapers with us, just incase.
The first part of the zoo is devoted to North American animals. Sea Lions & Arctic birds, Polar Bear, Foxes, Bobcats, various species of deer, Bison, etc. Stuff we had all seen before... and none of it spectacularly interesting. After this we proceeded on to the desert animal exhibit, which is inside a large domed structure that is climate controlled at about 85 degrees and 10% humidity. Very hot and dry. We saw a number of lizards and tortises (my favorite) along with several species of birds. There was a tiny humming bird in a new exhibit that was particularly fun to watch. It buzzed about here and there, then came to rest on a branch by the front glass, enabling us to get a number of pictures. There were also many different species of poisionus snakes on display... all quite large and dangerous looking. Coming back outside into the cooler 75 degree sunshine was a welcome change. LuvsGurl & I both quickly downed a bottle of water and continued our hike.
After wearing 24/7 for over a month now my system is pretty direct. Any time I drink something I end up wet 10-15 minutes later. Being outside walking around only added to that effect. It wasn't a big flood or anything... actually it felt pretty good. We proceeded onwards into the African area of the park, and passed by several groups of parents with young children who were heading back in search of functioning restrooms. I guess they should have listened to the zoo staff more carefully.
The African section was kind-of a dissapointment. A number of the exhibits were either under repair or were closed b/c of the water problem. We did get to see some Baboons, Chimps, & Lions up close. There was a overlook area down onto the zoo's main field where we saw a few Antelope, Ostriches, & Elephants in the distance. The Giraffe & Zebra exhibits were closed... too bad. We had been there about two hours, & had seen most of what we could, so we decided to head back. We walked back to a outpost area with restaurants and shoppes to rest for a few minutes. I bought us a frozen lemonade which though overpriced was quite good. We then hopped on the tram for a quick ride back to the zoo entrance. I wet again on the way out to the car, so my diaper was about half full by this time.
After departing the zoo we decided to stop in the nearby town for some lunch. We ate at Chillis, which is a pretty good place to go. Instead of my usual fajitas I got a chicken ceasar salad, which was ultimately a bad idea. The food was excellent, and our waitress kept refilling our glasses of tea, which I felt obliged to keep drinking. I think I had 4 glasses of it by the time our meal was over. We paid and got back on the road. Our GPS navigation system found us a supposedly quicker way back to Charlotte, so we followed. It put us on a 2-lane state highway that ran out through the country. Less traffic, but also rougher roads and few places to stop. Things were going fine until about 45 minutes into the ride... when my tummy started cramping up.
Now let me take a moment and explain a few things about LuvsGurl's little car. It is a Suzuki X-90. An oddity of an automobile that looks like a cross between a Mazda roadster and a small SUV. Two seater... t-tops... 4-cylinder engine... high off-road stance... trunk with a swoopy wing... painted bright purple. It's the same size as a Mini Cooper... itty bitty. We jokingly refer to it as an overgrown golfcart. The advantage of this car is exceptional fuel mileage... about 40MPG if you aren't pushing it too hard. The downside of such a small vehicle is a very bumpy ride over harsh roads... which combined with the 4 glasses of tea and the salad wasn't helping matters down there.
I figured I would be ok... as the prospect of finding a place to stop and take care of this on a back-country road wasn't too bright. I squeezed it in and held on for about 15 minutes. By this time the cramps were coming in waves and I just had to do something about it. No gas stations or restrooms nearby, so my diaper would have to suffice in this emergency. I have been able to wet while behind the wheel a few times before... but getting over the mental block and deciding to actually mess my diaper while driving took a little preparation. I had read stories about people in similar situations... and knew from the feeling in my gut that I was about to be in a very sticky situation. Finally my bowels decided the matter for me... my brain screaming at me the whole time.
I will spare the details but we'll suffice to say it was not at all plesant. Thankfully my diaper contained the mess and my tummy felt a bit better... though my back side did not. I appologised to LuvsGurl for any smell... and thankfully she was sympathetic & didn't laugh at my situation too much. It was about another 20 minutes until we hit town... and I needed to go again. LuvsGurl suggested that we stop at a gas station somewhere, but I knew that nothing short of jumping in the shower would clean me off now. We were only about 10 miles from home and I tried oh so hard to wait. But having done it once already I guess I was over the mental block... b/c I found myself doing it again as we turned the corner into our apartment complex. By this point it smelled pretty rotten, thankfully we had the windows down. I was just glad to be home.
I was pretty embarassed about the whole thing. But LuvsGurl was very understanding, as aparently she was in a similar situation but since she hadn't had a salad for lunch was able to hang on till we got home. I will say that is the most disgusting thing I've ever done... but looking back on it now once I got past the first 5 minutes it wasn't all that horrible. My diaper managed to contain the whole mess... so there is one good point to these Tenas anyways.
After the whole ordeal... I'm glad I was diapered. It would have been a heck of a lot worse had I not been.