Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Japanese Nurses


Today's picture is from 1905, and it shows Japanese Nurses. The nurses were attending wounded soldiers. I am putting up this picture in the hopes that we can get off the topic of "The Pain of Childbirth". It appears that no matter what I do the subject keeps coming back to that. It is like it is the ultimate "Trump" card women carry around. No matter where the conversation starts, it always ends with the Pain of Childbirth. 

Consider this example . . . have you ever noticed when men and women go to a restaurant, when men need to use the restroom they go one at a time, but when the women go, they all leave the table at once. That is because they are not really going to use the restroom, but they are going to talk. My theory is that they get together in there and remind each other that somehow they must get the conversation back to the pain of childbirth. All babies have heads the size of watermellons, and weight 23 pounds, that sort of thing.

Well, some day there is going to be a man come along with the courage to speak up and ask the question, is child birth really that painful? Today is not that day.

25 comments:

  1. Oh boy! I think you are in for it today!

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  2. I agree with Marie. If you didn't want today's subject to be about the pain of childbirth, then you shouldn't have commented about it yourself.
    Like I said earlier I really can't say to much on the subject. My wife pop out our 4 kids like a Pez dispenser. She was so quick at delivering that the doctor always had to hurry to get there in time. And she wouldn't even mess up her hair do, and our first born was over 8 lbs.

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  3. Did you not read my message from earlier in the week? "That if men had to have every other baby, there would be only three kids in a family".

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  4. Roger, thats so funny, Like a Pez dispensor? Good one, can't stop laughing. You might of stepped in it as deep as PJM and Mean ole Man with that one. LOL

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  5. I think that the Japanese nurses look like a squadron of cooks. They could be waiting for the next shipment of food so they can get to work.
    Men can be pretty tough and can endure excruciating pain with grace and dignity, just as women can scream like babies during child birth, cursing the day their husbands were born.
    And there are things such as kidney infections and bad migraines that are more painful than childbirth, I know by experience. Men suffer those, too.
    By the way lest anyone think I don't know what I am talking about,I had nine children by natural childbirth, with one labor 21 hours and one as short as 2 hours 45 minutes. The smallest was 7 pounds, the largest nearly 11 pounds. No, I didn't scream and curse my husband. I just squeezed his hand and prayed. God can see me through anything.
    I wish mine would have popped out like a Pez dispenser.

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  6. My sainted Mom had 11 kids in the space of 15 years of her marriage. She married my old man right after she graduated from high school. He left school in the 5th grade to go to work in the coal mines.
    Both my Grandfathers did the same and each young lady from my neck of the woods was considered an old maid if she didn't marry by age 20.
    I will tell you that in all my childhood if anyone did the complaining in the house is was Pops. Mom never had a bad thing to say and as I said before each time she had one of my sisters or brothers she was a real trooper!!!
    In her old age I even recall her telling my Missus when she was first expecting not to worry because each successive baby is easier to deliver the next time round.
    Good Ol' Mom, she had quite a lot of spirit, I miss her a lot.
    Women in the old days were more committed it seems to me. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were made from "scratch"; not like the dumb TV Dinners or stupid Buger helper or instant stuffing you get today from young housewives.
    One Thanksgiving in my son Clay's first year of marriage we went to his house for dinner. The turkey was overcooked, the cranberies were canned, and the stuffing was from a box. SHe opens up this box and pours this concoction into a pot with boiling water,,,I couldn't believe my eyes!! In a few seconds it "looked" somewhat like stuffing but then when I tasted it, well, I spent a few years on a Navy ship in WWII and we had scraps for grubb adn I was wishing I was back on that ship, I'll tell ya!!!
    What's so danged difficult about making stuffing!! ANd she didn't even have kids at that time!!!
    Needless to say, we never went there for Thanksgiving again.
    Women need to stop being Nancy Grace and start being Betty Crocker!!!
    Keep posting the pics young man, I'll keep lookin' at em.

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  7. I'm sure there is pain involved in childbirth. But, if it was as bad as some say each family would only have one child.

    John

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  8. All things truly worthwhile often begin with the combination of pain and joy a man and wife experience when their child is born. Now, if you talk to the women, the ratio of pain to joy is at least 100. For men the same ratio is 0.01 so it all averages out.

    Hope my wife never sees this.....

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  9. who really cares about stuffing if you dont like it dont eat it it was a free meal , and childbirth if it is so unbearable why is this world so overpopulated . seems like all we do anymore is complain about progress but would we be willing to live like our ancestors , i think not. (just my 2cents worth)have a nice day ,, oh yeah my wife had a cesarian//// just another spin on it.

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  10. Mean Old Man-I don't know where you live, but here in Wyoming, we have respect and love for our kids. If my daughter in law wants to host Thanksgiving and it is less than perfect, nobody complains and we will be back next year. Do you have any idea how lucky you are to have a daughter in law that invites you to her house to share in a celebration? Good grief! Give her some credit and maybe she would welcome some help with the cooking! My Grandma taught every single one of her grandkids how to get around in a kitchen and believe me my Grandpa knew a thing or three about cooking and clean up too! Do you?

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  11. M.O.M i hope you at least told her the meal was good.if not that was rude and in MY DAY we respect someones feelings. Todd from NC.

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  12. Since we are off subject I have to add this in re thanksgiving. My mother in law is a fantastic cook but my wife was not. When we were 1st married she made mac and cheese from a box. She boiled the noodles, added the cheese, butter and milk right to the boiling water. Then rinsed it all. I'm like, hmmm... where's the cheese? Too funny.
    Our 1st Thanksgiving we had my Mom and Dad over and my wife cooked the turkey. I remember trying to carve it saying "Hey Hon, this bird seems really boney". "Where's the meat?" I was cursing out the grocery store for selling meatless turkeys. Then I told her that's what she gets for buying no name turkey rather than a Butterball. My Dad took a look at it, flipped it over and said, "TaDa"! It was upside down. We laughed so hard. My Dad was just shaking his head saying, "You 2 knuckleheads deserve eachother."

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  13. Very interesting outfits! I'm sure their job was very traumatic, thank goodness they were there to do.

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  14. Dave 107
    That is so funny

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  15. too funny PJM - reverse psychology works again.

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  16. Don't mean to take away from all your birthing stories, but I figured I'd point out that these are Japanese Red Cross nurses from the Russo-Japanese War time period. The Japanese Red Cross received worldwide acclaim for their humane treatment of Russian wounded during the conflict.

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  17. But maybe I should also add that I adore my beautiful and hardworking wife who cooks wonderfully and delivered three boys between 9 lbs 2 oz and 10 lbs 13 oz. Although apart from that I should add that cooking is not considered just women's work in our home, our boys need grow up and be self-sufficient men. Furthermore, it's an important skill that's regularly practiced by the Scouts in my Troop out in the field.

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  18. So Ladies, I gotta ask...

    Is childbirth REALLY that painful?

    (A tip of the hat to Mr. PJM.)

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  19. @ Joe in NC, you bet your bottom dollar it is. Even the Bible mentions the pain and danger of childbirth in several places. Back in the MOM's time, women stood a fifty-fifty chance of surviving any given confinement, but before the pill, it was a baby every two years, like it or not.

    However, that being said, I do like the look of an honest to goodness nurses uniform. Nowadays, with everybody wearing scrubs, you don't know if it's your nurse or the orderly.

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  20. @ Joe in NC...Yes childbirth is that bad. Imagine all of your insides trying to get out one small opening and then they get stuck in a bottleneck. @Nate Maas- Your wife must be a saint~those were BIG babies! A story regarding a Thanksgiving dinner. When I was young in the 70's the new way to cook turkey for Thanksgiving was to put the bird in the oven overnight at 250 degrees. So my Mom tried it. The next morning we went to take out the bird only to find that it was flat as a pancake!!!!!! Obviously my Mom was not a great cook~God rest her soul.

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  21. yes, to you men that asked. I had 4 children and two of the deliveries were extremely painful and the other two less so but here is the secret as to why a woman doesn't just have one baby. A mother holds her new baby and her heart swells with love and eventually that love grows so large and overwhelming that it pushes the memory of the delivery out of her head and diminishes that pain, we forget the pain.

    One more note, once that baby is there and gets on to nine months big and close to delivery, I have never found anyone that will agree to have that baby for me. I discovered with my first, there is NO going back. No other way out. What are we going to do but have that babe?

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  22. Very cool photo of the Japanese nurses, good find, thanks Mr. PJM.

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  23. Those nurses look scary and I would not trust them! I like some things M.O.M says but I like Nancy Grace(she sure loves her twins) and I think Betty Crocker was a phony.

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  24. Reminds of that old joke
    A priest sees to young boys just hanging out and cussing. he tells them they should say 'Praise the Lord' instead of swearing, then tells them he rubbed holy water on a woman's stomach and she passed a 10lb baby boy! One of the boys said 'that's nothing. I passed some battry acid on a cat's butt and he passed a Greyhound bus!

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  25. Mean Old Man, you sound like a real laugh riot. Remind me not to invite you over for Thanksgiving. Or ever. Jeez.

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