Joe Pike, a freshman biology major, visited the Health Center this morning after a series of runny noses and an itchy throat over the weekend. Pike was prepared for a diagnosis of allergies or the common cold, but nothing could have prepared him for the news he received: he is pregnant.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Pike said. “I admit, I may have gotten a little out of control last weekend, but I don’t even remember having sex.”
If Pike is in fact pregnant, he will be the first male to bear a child in New York State.
According to Pike, it is going to be a while until he can have a doctor’s opinion.
“The woman who diagnosed me was Junior Assistant Nurse Practitioner. To see a doctor, I have to see the Assistant Nurse Practitioner and then the Nurse Practitioner.”
To further complicate the dilemma, a Health Center representative said in a phone call this afternoon that there is only one doctor on staff.
“She is in Bermuda until July. When she is back, she will be available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1p.m. to 2p.m.”
Pike was not given any medication.
“She said that if I keep ice on it, take Advil, and gargle with salt water, I’ll be able to flush it out in no time. I think I’m going to keep it though.”