Today I stopped into a co-worker's office to have some candy. I was hoping she wasn't in there because this co-worker is well known for "over sharing" or as the kids like to call it, T.M.I about many things that are of a personal nature.
I was not lucky today.
Me: "I came for some chocolate."
TMI_Co-worker: "OH! Help yourself!!!"
TMI_Co-worker: "How is DH today?" (it is well known throughout the office that I have been sick because you can hear me coughing where ever I go.)
Me: "Oh, I'm better, sporting a headache, but better."
TMI_Co-worker: "That's good. Unlike me who is on DAY 13 of my period!"
(oh god no, here we go..........)
Me: "OMG, that is not good."
TMI_Co-worker: "I know. And it's not a regular flow either. This is full on OPEN FAUCET GUSH for 13 days!"
Me: "EW." (I do feel bad for her, but seriously??? Did I need to know that detail???)
TMI_Co-worker: "Yeah, I don't have enough, YOU KNOW, SUPPLIES to keep up with it. It's exhausting me, I'm so tired."
Me: "Wow. Have you gone to the doctor?"
TMI_Co-worker: "Oh yeah, it's menopausal stuff. Of course my husband thinks I have cancer. So he's freaking out."
It is at this point in the conversation that I find the opportunity to change the subject. And I do, QUICKLY.
She apparently did not read the same article on MSN I did, about what NOT to share with your co-workers.
Most importantly points 2, 6 and 12.
I rewarded myself with a second piece of candy before I left. I needed something to take my mind off that visual picture she painted for me.