Recently it seems like there have been so many posts from women saying their concerns are being "blown off" by the doctors and nurses they have to rely on.
It is giving me flashbacks! [:(!]
In April 2002, I had barely even HEARD of preeclampsia, but luckily I was blessed with an OB who had, and who knew that she wasn't qualified to treat severe pree in the 26th week.
So, she sent me to a specialist. And that specialist, d*** him [}:)], completely blew off my symptoms. I had a bp of 180/110 in his office, I was spilling protein, and I'd gained almost 10 lbs of fluid in one week. And he told me to return to work. [xx(]
I recall so clearly reassuring my husband over the next two days that he was the Expert and we shouldn't worry. But Thank God Kevin did worry, and he forced me to see another specialist.
That Dear Man [:X] recognized how sick I was and put me on bedrest in the hospital. FIVE DAYS LATER i had to be delivered...I had developed HELLP at 28 weeks. My liver and kidneys were messed up, my bp went to (at least) 215/135, and I got pulmonary edema.
What if I had been at work?? [:(]
Okay, I just had to get that off my chest. It just hurts so bad to read about other women having the same issues and not getting the care that they need. Even if there really is no problem, they should be listened to and treated as human beings capable of understanding a serious problem and wanting the best possible care. It really isn't too much to ask.
I try not to think about the consequences of going with the first specialist's diagnosis. But when I hear of others that could be having the exact same problem, it just causes all of those feelings to re-surface.
Everyone, take care of yourself. And, be sure to demand the best possible care.
I truly believe that most medical professionals are willing and able to treat women with the respect and professionalism necessary. Unfortunately, there seems to be too many who do not.
Sharel (whew, sorry for the long vent! [:I])
Sharel & Kevin
Aaron - 28 weeker
Born 5/2/02 due to preeclampsia & HELLP