"Are they going to fit in?"
"I'm trying to make them," says Rissa.
"I swear to you that these breasts were not this large in June."
"I think you might be right."
"What is going on?!?"
"I don't know, Mummy." Rissa huffs, as she places her knee in my back to gain leverage. "You can't help at all?"
"Dude! My right arm might as well be amputated at this point."
"How long will it take for physio to work?"
"I think maybe by 2016 I'll be able to dress myself again." sigh "It's fitting everywhere else but the boobs, isn't it?"
"Yes. Blow out all the air in your lungs."
"Maybe... I... shouldn't be..."
"Almost got it... all... most got it..." Stay on target... STAY on target...
My boobs are now practically up to my chin. "This is not natural. That lady at the bra shop must be right. It's freaking peri-menopause that's causing this insanity."
"Probably... There!" Rissa is triumphant. "Ta-DAH!!!! Can you breathe?"
"I'm trying." I glance at the clock. "Oh crap! I'm going to be late!" I glance at my profile in the entryway mirror. My breasts are somehow almost up to my chin, and yet, they have morphed into a weird-ass uni-boob under the dress. "Gotta go baby! I'll see you before I head to physio."
"No you won't! I'm heading out to the mall with my peeps!" she yells as I get into the car.
It's not until I arrive at work that I realize I am trapped in the dress. As my now flattened, yet still bodacious ta-tas tickle my chin, I start to panic a little bit. I am now channelling my inner debutante - a bad case of the vapours is seconds away.
"Side zippers. Only side zippers from now on," I'm muttering to myself as I walk into the office. I keep my breaths shallow so that I don't displace a rib.
"What's the matter?" one of my co-workers asks.
"Trapped. I am trapped in this dress. And my boobs have apparently grown 22 cup sizes since June."
"Have I worn this dress this season? I have, haven't I? You've seen this before, right? Oh crap! Maybe it's the other vintage-y turquoise and green dress that I'm thinking of... Maybe my boobs aren't on sterioids, maybe it's been a full year since I've worn this dress! But even so... if my boobs are this much bigger - shouldn't my ass be the size of Texas?"
Everyone is now looking at me like I'm nuts.
"How did you get into the dress?"
"Rissa managed to do it up. But I'll never be able to undo it on my own, and I have a physio appt. right after work." I attempt to reach my right arm up to hold the zipper at the top of my neck... "Nope! NOPE! Sweet merciful... Cut it OFF! Cut the arm off!"
"What if we rig up a string to the zipper tab and then you can just pull the string at the end of the day?"
"I'm still going to need the other arm to stabilize the zipper. There's nothing else for it. One of you is going to have to undress me before I leave the office. I'll drive home half-dressed and then change before physio."
"Why can't you just have your physiotherapist undress you when you get to your appointment?"
"I am not wearing my best underwear."
The security camera footage in the parking lot should be awesome.