Ouch!

This story of Susan (Waskow) Shaw’s (born 1967) pain in the stomach is on page 118 of Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades.

Sue Shaw


It was probably in fourth grade. I never told anyone I was sick, because I didn’t want to miss school. I had been sick for about two days, but my stomach started hurting so bad that I couldn’t handle
it. So I went to the nurse, and they took my temperature and told me I had a fever. But then
everybody left for lunchtime and I was left alone in the nurse’s office.

My stomach was hurting so bad, making a groaning noise, but nobody was there to help me. And then something popped, and I immediately felt better. I don’t even know how to describe it
beyond that. By the time my mom got there to pick me up, I was fine. I don’t know if I had an intestinal block.

Your can buy Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through The Decades here

Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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