Has this ever happened to anyone? Soooo embarrassing.
So I'm standing in the line up at the pharmacy with my Maximum Protection Depends in hand. I always go there at a time when it's not too busy and there is hardly anyone in the lineup. This has worked well for more than fifteen years. Fortunately the line has a railing and there are displays on the other side of the railing so when I'm near the front of the line I hold the package down to my left so it's pretty well blocked from anyone's view.
I'm standing at the front of the line, waiting my turn, when I hear someone right behind me calling me by name and saying hello. It was a client who I had helped in the past through my work and he had some questions for me. I never had this happen before, so I'm on edge, but trying to appear calm and relaxed, and most importantly, MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT, so he doesn't look down to see the package in my hand. It was slightly hidden by the placing of the railing and the displays around the side of it.. This was working well. He was very animated and engaged in our conversation and really didn't notice the package.
As he's talking a cashier shouts out 'Next.' That was me. I was hoping it would have been the cashier way down at the end so I could make my escape and leave the guy behind, but, no, it had to be the one right in front of us. I'm maintaining eye contact with the guy, and sliding my diapers onto the counter while continuing our discussion. He didn't even notice...at least yet! I'm giving him advice, standing directly in front of him to block his view,and with my back to the cashier, who shouts 'Sir, do you want a bag?' Yes, of course, absolutely. The client is still talking away and he still hasn't noticed anything. 'Sir do you collect Air Miles?' No, I responded still keeping my back to her, wishing she'd just hurry up. She seemed frustrated with me as if she thought I was just being rude to her, talking away to another person while keeping my back to her. I didn't care at this point, I just wanted out. I picked up the bag and was practically holding it behind my back as we were still chatting away. I then managed to get out of the store after arranging for the client to give me a call.
The part that's funny is that I am 98% positive he didn't see my diapers and we were both so caught up in the discussion I don't think he even noticed my anxiety. This is the closest I ever came to getting caught in public. I'm not particularly worried about it happening again in the near future because I've been doing it for fifteen years without an incident. It'll probably be another fifteen years before it happens again. I hope.