*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; drafted in part with AI and used with permission.
I have only been a bridesmaid once in my entire life. Trust me. One time was more than enough.
I'll never forget the day all the bridesmaids met at a local Boston bridal shop for our dress fitting. I was dieting, not because of my family member's upcoming wedding. I was dieting because I was always on a diet.
It didn't matter that my weight was healthy or that I didn't need to diet. I was always trying some scheme to drop five pounds or shrink my waist another inch.
On this fine day, I had decided to eat an entire large can of corn kernels for dinner in lieu of something more fattening. I thought it was a great idea until my tummy started rumbling while I was trying on a sample bridesmaid's gown.
When it was my turn to have my measurements taken, the bride-to-be called me over to the tailor. "Don't be shy," she said. "Step on up."
I couldn't step up because the can of corn had manifested itself in an extreme amount of flatulence, and I was trying to keep the cloud concealed within the voluminous skirt of my bridesmaid dress.
"Where's the bathroom?" I cried out.
With relief, I bolted in the direction the salesperson was pointing. After making it to the ladies' room, where my behavior was somewhat less than ladylike, I felt much better. I still wasn't in the mood to be fitted for a gown, but I did my best to power through it. First, I just had to take off that ugly sample dress.
If you experience a sudden attack of gas and diarrhea while trying on a bridesmaid's gown, it is important to take appropriate action. First, if you feel comfortable doing so, calmly excuse yourself and ask where the restroom is located. If you can't find one nearby, discreetly inform someone from the bridal party or the staff.
Once you're in the restroom, attend to your immediate needs. Remember to maintain good hygiene and cleanliness. Take your time and ensure your clothing is clean and dry before returning to the gown fitting.
In case your symptoms persist or worsen, it may be helpful to have some over-the-counter medication like anti-diarrheal or gas relief tablets on hand. However, it's always wise to consult a healthcare professional for guidance if needed.
After taking care of yourself, communicate with the bride or wedding planner about the unexpected situation. Apologize sincerely and ask if it's possible to reschedule or continue the gown fitting later.
Remember, accidents happen, and it's important to prioritize your health and comfort in such situations.
What would you have done? Comments are welcome.
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