Thursday, February 11, 2010

Puerto Rican Pee Party

So, Josh and I spent the first week of 2010 in Puerto Rico. I was amazing and we had the time of our lives. We stayed at a swanky hotel right on the water and enjoyed every second of it, well almost every second of it.

One day, we decided to head off on an adventure of sorts. When I got to the hotel lobby I decided I should use the restroom before we left. I was washing my hands and as I finished up and an old Puerto Rican lady was brought in in a wheel chair. The lady pushing her wheeled her into the handicap stall and closed the door. I continued washing my hands when I heard some whimpering behind me. I look up and in the mirror, behind me (the door was never locked so it was wide open) I see this frail little lady standing, slowly falling backwards, panicking because she can't catch herself and she is going to smack her head on the bathroom floor. So, I ran in there and grabbed her from behind, hooking my arms under hers. I start to panic because I don't know how long I can hold her. So, I start to yell for help. There were other women in the bathroom and no one came to help. I'm pretty sure they were Spanish speaking, but I'm also pretty sure that when someone yells HELP! in a bathroom, no matter what language you speak, you check to see what is going on. I can see the people in the restroom leave. So I continue to yell for help, and still, no one comes. At this point, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get peed on if I don't get this lady to the toilet. So, I try to scoot the helpless old lady about two feet back to the toilet but I am behind her so that didn't work so well. She had her depends half way down and started to pee, getting it on her skirt, soaking her diaper, and the floor. Luckily, I was not splashed by her. I got her close enough to the toilet that I was able to then scoot to the side and push her back from that angle, which didn't work so well, but at least she was part way on the toilet. She had caught her balance enough sitting on the toilet, so I went out to look for her helper, whom I was furious with at this point. How could she just leave her in there, knowing she couldn't use the bathroom by herself? The lady was no where to be found. I looked for a few minutes and decided I needed to go back in and should help the lady get back in her chair.

A bit later, I come strolling out of the bathroom almost in tears over this whole ordeal, pushing this poor old lady in her pee soaked skirt, and don't know what to do with her. I then found Josh, my Spanish speaking partner, and through him was finally able to communicate with the lady. He was asking her all sorts of questions about where her party was, where she needed to be, trying to get any information out of her. Her answers weren't making any sense so we decided to ask the bellman if he knew what we should do. He informed us that she is a local homeless lady who gets random people to take her into the hotel to use the lobby bathroom every now and then. He wasn't too fond of her and told us to just leave her. So, we asked her again where she needed to go and she started pointing. We took her to the corner she was pointing to and that was that. The 'helper' I thought she was with, that I was so mad at, turned out to be a confused soul just like me.

And that is the story of when I almost got peed on by a homeless lady.

17 comments:

Chad and Carly Carlson said...

you are hilarious! You are so tiny and you had to hold a peeing mexican crazy woman! You and your husband seem to travel a lot! How fun!

Brooke and Matt: said...

oh wow Court! I can't believe you didn't tell us this story earlier, its great! Its sad, but at the same time a pretty funny picture to imagine teeny tiny you holding up a women by her arm pits!:)

The Risdons said...

Haha. That is a great story...one that will never be forgotten.

Rachel said...

Courtney! I love your shenanigans. you've always got good stories to tell.

Jessica and Jason said...

Wow, so many emotions! It's a funny story but kind of sad and strange at the same time. Good for you for helping her, Court. You're a good person!

Chris and Mari Spiker said...

I think it's sweet that you helped her, I think it's so sad!

Luckily you didn't get peed on, yucky ewwwie!

Laura said...

I can imagine the whole thing perfectly!
I'm SHOCKED that you didn't get peed on. Your luck must have improved since I lived out there by you!

the organic kitchen said...

Very sad BUT some day when you are old and homeless some sweet young girl will help you out.... karma.

Garrett and Meagan said...

You are seriously THE sweetest person. I can totally imagine myself in that situation. I always seem to get into those crazy mishaps!

Poor lady. I work in San Francisco and I pass so many homeless people every single day and it breaks my heart. Sometimes I swear I hear Jesus in my head saying "Meagan, feed my sheep". So I do. But It still makes me so sad!

But definitely a story to pass down to the grand kids!!! haha!

Kellie Spiker said...

Such a funny story Court! Your such a sweetheart to help her! I agree with your mom karma! : )

CASEY & NICOLE said...

i could just see you, court, helping this poor lady, you are such a sweetheart! this is quite the story though!

Angie said...

That is so sad, but funny. I can't believe you had to do that. Oh my gosh!

Ms. Green Eyes said...

I am having so much fun imagining your little self trying to stabilize that woman... oh Courtney, too funny!

becca said...

I can't believe I hadn't heard this story yet! This seems like the first story Josh would want to tell-about how his wife almost got peed on!

Chels Grubbs said...

hahahahahaha that is amazing!!! Poor tiny little court trying to help some lady. Oh geez that picture in my mind is so funny!

Emily@Little Forever Family said...

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Hilary Herrera said...

I am laughing...sorry but I am! All I can say is that she is lucky you are such a kind woman.