by lories (66 Posts), Mon Jan 19, 2004 02:48 pm
I just wanted to thank all of you for being so helpful and friendly to me last week. It helped me so much to get through what was for me a very stressful time, even if it was only that way because I made it that way!
It appears, as of now, that the BP problems are under control. I have been monitoring my pressure in my left arm (which is what the home monitor says to do) at home, and my BP ranges from 112-123/70-75 when at rest, to maybe 125-130/75-80 with light activity, and 130-140/80 after I've gone up two flights of stairs. According to my doctor, these are all normal, especially given that my baseline BP was 125/80, which isn't particularly low. I am just ignoring what the pressure is in my right arm, because the machine appears to be inaccurate in measuring right arm pressure and it seems as though I might just have higher pressure in my right arm, which is something we can look into after the baby is born, since there's nothing we could do about it now anyway.
My only concern now is my prenatal care for the rest of the pregnancy. I am VERY unhappy with how my nurse practicioner, who does most of my care, handled the situation. I just felt that I was treated very rudely by the staff (who just kept telling me to CALM DOWN because my BP was WAY TOO HIGH!, lol, as if anyone could calm down after that?, and who took NO time to talk to me after they scared me half to death about the health of my baby). My husband was also very unhappy with them the night we went in for the second BP reading, where they reacted exactly the same way. We love the OB though, and all of the nurses at the OB's office, but they are extremely busy and since I'll be seeing him regularly after 32 weeks anyway, we really don't want to bother them with another patient. My husband has decided he wants to take the baby there after he's born (it's a family practice center), and I agree that that is the best choice. But I think that if at my next visit I'm not happy with the nurse practicioner again, we might consider changing my prenatal care to the OB full-time. I just want to make sure that I'm being seen by someone who is both reassuring AND cautious, neither of which I felt my np was, since she scared me half to death then seemed to poo-poo it all off as anxiety (which it probably was, but I would still have liked them to have been a little more cautious).
Anyway, just wanted to let you all know what was going on, and to thank you for being so supportive and informative. Also, if anyone has ever changed their health care provider while pregnant for personal reasons rather than medical ones, I'd love to know how you went about doing it.