Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pissy-Pissy! (II)

Night had never seemed so long to me. I watched from the edge of my empty bunk as one by one everyone snuggled under their blankets, getting comfortable in preparation for the 7 to 8 hours of sleep they were going to get.

Sleep! Oh, precious sleep! My feet were beginning to hurt from standing so long so I stooped to my haunches. Some seniors at the far end of the room were talking and chuckling intermittently in hushed tones. That was about the only sound that could be heard in the apartment, that is, of course with the exception of the occasional snore or creak of a bunk under the weight of someone shifting into a more comfortable position.

Tired of stooping, I gradually lowered my butt to the floor and stretched out my legs in front of me. It must have been mid-night, everywhere was quiet. I wasn't sure why but I just couldn't get myself to fall asleep. I don't remember what I did to fill in the time but one thing I do remember clearly is that I wasn't the least bit afraid.

I listened to the sounds of the night outside silently amazed at how loudly the crickets seemed to be chirping. Some toads were croaking off in the distance and I imagined that they were all part of a large toad-y choir all lined up in front of a nice looking toad who was the choir master expertly coordinating their croaky singing. At a point, the loud croaking would cease abruptly for all of two minutes and then suddenly as though in response to the choir master's signal, some tiny insignificant toad would cue everyone in again by making a lone loud croak. The chorus starts all over again.
I wondered briefly what it must feel like to be a toad and sing in the choir but that thought was promptly squelched when it occurred to me that being a toad would mean that I would be outside in some stale pond shivering to death!

And then I felt it. That urgency you feel in the region of your groin that indicates that you've been holding on to your pee a long time. But I hadn't been holding in pee. I felt the urge to pee and already I felt really pressed? The urine was threatening to spill out of my bladder unaided so I pressed my outstretched legs together. I looked at the door then down at the region of my errant bladder and back at the door trying to mentally calculate how many seconds it would take me to dash to the door, throw the latch open and fly to the bathroom to pee.

I barely made it outside before the flood gates were thrown open. Trying to get to the bathroom would be a waste of effort, the pee was coming and it won't be stopped. I simply jumped onto the front lawn all the while struggling to tug down my panties. I bent down and let go. Peeing never felt so relieving. Ha! With my panties still hanging within the region of my knees,I resisted the strong urge to let out a loud "woo-hoo!". Instead, I placed my hands on my waist and threw my head back. With my eyes looking straight up into the star-filled skies and my lips broadened in a wide smile, I whispered a heart-felt "Thank You!". I pulled my panties back on and pranced happily back into the room.

I felt truly accomplished as I discovered for the first time the mechanics behind my peeing in bed at night. I had no doubt that had I been sleeping at the time I felt 'pressed' to pee, I'd have done it in bed without even making an effort! Somehow, I felt that the reason for staying awake that night had been accomplished. Of course I still didn't have a mattress but I suddenly knew what to do. It was the best option under the circumstance. I took my blanket and folded it two to give it some extra thickness and laid it on the floor. I laid on it bedsheet after bedsheet all folded in like manner and it wasn't long before i had me a make-shift mattress, a slim one though it was. Curled up in my favorite sleep position, I pulled my cover-cloth over my head and promptly fell asleep. I woke up early just before the wake-up call. I didn't want anyone to catch me on the floor with my make-shift mattress. Surprisingly, I felt as refreshed as though I had had a full 8-hour sleep instead of just 4. And the best part? My bedding was dry!

That was how my new sleep routine began. I stayed up till very late and ensured that I pee-d my 'midnight' pee. Then I went about setting up my make-shift mattress, going to sleep and getting up early. My results were consistent. Not once did I slip. Until the night I got caught.

Seyi was in form two. We didn't really talk much to each other except for the occasional "good-morning" which I mumbled to her whenever our paths crossed in the apartment as we all hurriedly tried to get dressed and get to our morning duty posts. Form one students didn't really owe form two students any ounce of respect because in truth, we were all in the same category of 'junior girl'. I didn't see any harm in showing a little bit of respect to Seyi anyway, besides, I greeted almost every one by default. Mommy taught me well!

There I was, enjoying my sweet solitude, sitting on the floor by my empty bunk, legs outstretched as usual waiting for the pressing urge to pee when suddenly my eyes were drawn to the the bunk diagonally opposite mine and there was Seyi peering down at me wide eyed from the top of her bunk.
For the first time since I started my new sleep routine I was startled and I could feel fear creeping up my spine. I held Seyi's eyes willing her to go back to sleep. For the first time too, I felt rather odd and ashamed. Like I was doing something really wrong, even diabolical. Seyi held my gaze and then I tilted my head at her questioningly. That was when she sat up on her bed and with an incredulous look on her face she whispered rather loudly "What are you doing there?"
I put my forefinger against my lips and shushed her as quietly as I could "Ssshhhh!".
She took surreptitious glances at both ends of the room as though to assure herself that no one had been disturbed and then she proceeded to come down from her bunk.
I waved both arms frantically at her "No, no, no no!"
She paused, looked at me and whispered , loudly still, "Tell me what you are doing on the floor!" The girl obviously lacked proper whispering skills.
She was surely going to get us both into trouble. I quickly pushed myself up, off the ground and in three long strides, I was by her bunk.

"You know I no longer have a mattress abi?" I began by way of explanation.
I quickly filled her in on my ordeal the past few weeks where I've had to sleep on the floor and the fear of embarrassment being the reason I had to wait until everyone was asleep before laying my 'bed'. By the time I was through, the look on her face said "You poor thing!".
Seyi turned to go back to sleep and I was satisfied, at least she would leave me alone now.
I made to return to my place when I felt her hand on my shoulder. She patted the space beside her and said, "You can share my bed Enkay".
There was an earnest look in her face and I knew she wasn't just pitying me. I was really touched by her kindness so I accepted.

The bed was so soft and warm that I fell asleep immediately. By morning I was alarmed at the wetness I felt on my night clothes. "Oh no!"
Seyi was no longer beside me. I knew I was done for. I'd taken the girl's kindness and peed all over it. I felt so bad!
Then the strangest thing happened. I took off my soiled night clothes but found that my panties were not wet. How was that possible? I was pondering on the mystery when I heard someone whisper my name. I turned and there was Seyi.
"Enkay, I'm really sorry about last night" she pleaded.
I was still trying to make head and tail of her statement when she raised her hands in which she held the night clothes she'd just changed out of.

It turned out that Seyi had wet her bed the night before! By the time that morning was over, Seyi and I had become fast friends. We were both pissy-pissies!
She wasn't half as chronic a bed-wetter as I was but she was one all the same. It was only then I explained to her exactly what I was doing on the floor the night and my newest discovery for preventing nightly episodes.
She was excited! We both tried it out and it worked!

She didn't have to follow a strict regimen like me because Seyi wet her bed only about once in 2 or 3 weeks but she was kind enough to keep me company.
By the end of my third term in JS1, I had become a brand new Enkay! I had a brand new mattress and not once did I wet my bed again. Amazingly, I no longer needed to stay awake at night. Even in the deepest part of my sleep, whenever I felt the urge,I simply got up and went to the bathroom. I was sure it was a miracle!

Needless to say, the name Pissy-Pissy no longer applied to me. Everyone just called me Enkay!


downtheaisle said...

he!he!!he!!! my heart almost cut when I read the part dat seyi's bed was wet the night u slept on it the first time.
I can imagine the sniger and sneering u must have gone thru the two terms in boarding schools.teenagers can be mean at such!

how r u doing?

Anonymous said...

Awww such a great story to start my day. At the end I was shouting you go girl!!!. I can only imagine how this must feel. I was a boarder and I saw how this brought shame to so many of my mates, but you my friend resolved to do something about it. High five!!!

lucidlilith said...

Ha. Childhood can be cruel. Glad you grew out of it.

Adaeze said...

Yeah girl! Ok, we need to talk. Why don't you consider writing a book. I am sure you would end up in Oprah's book club. I LOVE reading your stories. And well done. You were (and are) such a strong, resiliant and bright girl (now woman of course lol). XXX

joicee said...

very interesting ....I enjoyed every bit of it..
I went to a baording school as well so I can understand how fulfilling it must have felt to completely be free of bedwetting

Tisha said...

this is beautiful
i feel the need to pee so i have to go.
great to have you back
come back soon

Good Naija Girl said...

What a great conclusion to your story, Enkay, and so well written. I'm so glad you made a new friend from the experience (do you know where Seyi is today?). I am thankful to God that everything worked out fine and you're not longer Pissy-Pissy!

akaBagucci said...

at the end of the day, you came out of it better... good one..

Nice Anon said...

lol i wonder where she is now. are you guys still friends?

Afronuts said...

A true life story beautifully told. I like the way you write Enkay.

Its very captivating...and this story though funny was very touching.

Enkay said...

@ Downtheaisle - I'm fine o jare! It wasn't easy but I survived!

@ Anonymous - High five back to you too! lol! I was more relieved than I could ever express!

@ lucidlilith - The experience actually helped me become stronger inside.

@ Adaeze - Well than you very much Adaeze and yes, a book is certainly somewhere on the horizon waiting for me to pick up my pen and write!

@ Joicee - yes o! Life became so much more easier and better!

@ Tisha - lol! I'll try not too be too far away. Thanks!

@ GNG - yeah Seyi (that's not her real name) left our school after JS3 but I've run into on FB. She lives in Canada with her hubby and 2 kids!

@ akaBagucci -yes o! thanks!

@ NiceAnon - Yeah, we talk on-line from time to time. been a while though.

@ Afronuts - thanks a lot!

Anoda Phase said...

awww...u 2 were friends indeed to each other in ur respective times of sweet...

Omotee! said...

u really are a good storyteller. i agree that u should write a book.
that was really good.

thanx for stopping by mine. and u r no longer allowed on such long breaks again!

HYAW said...

heyah, seyi your saviour now turned out to be saving one of her own kind. welcome back to your blog!

NoLimit said...

I am glad this ended well...and I'm glad you found a friend in seyi...I almost panicked when she came in the picture!!!
Not many people draw strength from trial the way you did...some are still scarred to date by what they experienced in yesteryears!
I~'m just glad that you broke through to emerge stronger!!!
Okay I'm going off on a tangent...I'll just shut up now!:-)

NoLimit said...

I am glad this ended well...and I'm glad you found a friend in seyi...I almost panicked when she came in the picture!!!
Not many people draw strength from trial the way you did...some are still scarred to date by what they experienced in yesteryears!
I~'m just glad that you broke through to emerge stronger!!!
Okay I'm going off on a tangent...I'll just shut up now!:-)

Enkay said...

@ Anoda Phase - Abi o! We meet friends even in the strangest of circumstances.

@ Omotee! - Thanks a lot dear. Don't mind my disappearing acts. I shall do my best to stay close by.

@ HYAW - In fact it was a huge relief to find that we shared the same issues and we helped each other in the process.

@ No Limit - No you're not going off at a tangent. lol! I understand completely what you mean. I could have easily turned out to be some timid little girl afraid of mixing with others. Thank God it wasn't so!

Rose said...

...beautifully written. I kept moving on & on.

I didn't go to a boarding school but, trust my counterparts to dish out all the scoops. Must have felt good to be called Enkay again uh?

histreasure said...

Enkay, Enkay!!, Enkay!!!
how many times did i call you? it's not funny how yu kept me waiting for almost two months b4 completely that story o..chewing my nails and waiting..ok,maybe not chewing my nails but stil anxiously waiting sha..

And you got mad story telling skills, you..
i went to a boarding and i just had this urge to hug you hard when i read the part where she woke and saw you but felt utmost relief when u realised the pee wasn't frm u..ahhh,i'm glad you made a friend frm it..
And that the name calling stopped is enuffor little you to want to give testimony in church

Lady A said...

It so amazes me how God work things out for our good. What a coincidence how your friend had the pee pee problem too. Wow. I love this story too. I like how it all came together and worked out for you. Keep the stories coming. I'm still laughing about the shoe story...

Original Mgbeke said...

Awwww, I loved this conclusion. It was worth the wait even though it took you 10 years to finish it. LOL @ Seyi and Yaaay to finally being called Enkay. Hahahahaha.

theicequeen said...

awwww! this is such a sweet story! it's amazing how such an unconventional thing can bond there was a silver lining to bedwetting :P

and kai, see how my heart did gidigbam at the point where the bed was wet in the morning ehn! my fantasy had put Seyi at assembly ground or something, spreading the it wasn't like that..

P.s..can't believe this is my first comment here!!..forgive me?

IFELANWA said...

I can very well identify with this. Mackintosh??? Gosh pleaseant memories they were.
I was pissy pissy till JS3?

or thereabout. strangely, i just stopped can't remember how.

Good job Enkay

Enkay said...

Thanks Rose! Boarding school was the bomb!

@ histreasure- hahaha! 3 times. Don't mind me o! Na laziness cause am.

@ LadyA - Yes he does. Our didadvantages get turned around for our good.

@OM- 10years ke?! lol! Don't mind me o!

@ Theicequeen - Oh! you're forgiven! lol! Ah! If it had turned out to be the other way round, mehn I'd never have gotten over it!

Writefreak said...

Awww amazing! I'm glad at how you were able to overcome this challenge, it must have been daunting for a JS1 girl! Well done!
And Seyi offered the comfort you needed, although she must have felt a kind of bond knowing someone shared her problems...
Nice story!

Rita said...

Oh my, this is indeed a testimony. God bless Seyi.

And see as you and Seyi became friends...


oh my, life can be funny shebi? One person is so worried not knowing another person is enduring the same problem.

Thanks for sharing. How far?

Olufunke said...

I enjoyed reading every bit of this!
For a moment I was hoping Seyi is not a pissy pissy too!see.....piss bond
am LOL at you are finally called Enkay
You sure know how to write a good story.
Nice one girl.

Enkay said...

@ Ifelanwa - You serious? Till JS3? mehn you try sha!

@ WF - Thanks dear. Shared problems often lead to shared bonds.

@ Rita- A testimony indeed my dear.

@ SS - I dey o! Finding out about Seyi made me wonder how many others had the same issues as us.

@ Olufunke - Isn't it great that we can actually look back at this and laugh?

m1ke said...

this is writing at the senith. na wa o. naija get talent abeg.

Beulah! said...

LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!.....Enkay dat was funny!..thank God for delivering u from it oh (LOL).

How u dey now?..iv missed this page ooo...BTW, luv d screen colour

aloted said...

hi dear..thanks for checking up on me..i am back o...

will come and read this larra cuz it is

Myne Whitman said...

Don't know how I almost missed this. Great conclusion. You really write well.

MPB said...

awwwww that was such a well written and heart warming conclusion to the story. See as my heart was beating when Seyi's bed was wet and the relief I felt afterwards. Take care and pleeeeeassse keep writing!

Doja 2.0 said...

Please can anyone spare a second to vote for my girl Zoe as a next generation face of NEXT finalist? Only facebookers can vote though and please tell a friend to vote too. this is the link below.thanks

sorry for being off topic

m1ke said...

i come check whether u don write another one. no mind me

Rita said...

My dear, how are you doing?

sunnyside said...

am glad you got your happy ending

Bimpe said...

Woah, I read all your stories but have never left any comment. I have been checking on your blog since september to read the conclusion of the story. After reading this piece I decided to leave a message. You captivated me and i am glad there is a woman like you that writes so well. I am waiting earnestly for your next blog. You go girl!!!

Enkay said...

@ M1ke - Thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by!

@ Beulah - Madam, you just disappear like dat! How you dey?

@ Aloted - hey! Welcome back! Congrats on the new addition to your family!

@ Myne - Thanks a lot!

@ MPB - Thanks dear. I'll do my best!

Rita - I am fine o! Thanks for checking on me!

@ Sunnyside - Yes o! I love happy endings!

@ Bimpe - Hey thanks a lot for your compliment! I'll try my best to keep the stories coming.

sonofphilip said...

when seyi was looking at you on the floor, my thot was running haywire, hoping to God she would not accuse you of doing some "other-world" ritual. remembering the ease with which innocent students get tagged as witches back then in school.

sure glad that it all ended on a good note - no two good notes - no more pissy-pissy and having a friend.

been some time