by sweetdreamz (10 Posts), Sun Jan 04, 2004 01:24 pm
hello all. I havent posted in a while and just wanted a general opinion. Please forgive the length but i wanted to give you a background on what has been going on.
I go in to hospital two days ago at 1pm, since i was scheduled for an NST anyway because of the high blood pressure, but i had called earlier and let whoever answered know about my symptoms (contractions,some spotting, headaches getting worse) and they said theyd check it out. So i get there, and i get intercepted by the nurse who does my NST. I tell her im going first to L&D and she asks me why so i explain. She proceeds to tell me not to go and "take up a bed and waste their time" because unless i have heavy bleeding like a period, that its not labor. I tell her "yeah but what about the pain" she says baby probably dropped. I say No...he dropped like 2 weeks ago, so she says he must have dropped more.
Long story short, she calls a resident, NOT my doc or the high risk doc i see, and I tell him that Ive not had any internal exams at all, so i dont know if im dilated or not. He tells me that they "dont do" internals until 40w. I tell him "but i thought after 35 or so weeks you check every appt?" He says no, thats some old 1970's and 1980's stuff and "medical science has changed"
Then he proceeds to tell me that he doesnt really think i have gestational hypertension, that my doctor just sends people for testing for no reason. I tell him that i gained 30lbs in 3 weeks, then 10 more the following week. He tells me that i must be eating too much. [:(!]
WHAT?? so with bleeding and pain, no one bothered to check me out, and they wouldnt let me go to the L&D area since i would have seen the same resident anyway (they are short of staff because of holiday schedule) So i didnt even get looked at at all! Then they did an NST and proceed to tell me there are some dips in my baby's heart rate, but they STILL dont find it necessary to check me out. Couldnt they have taken two mins to do so?
Does this sound right to you all?
What happened yesterday/early today -
I went home from that appt. annoyed and not really wanting to go back to that doctor. My friend calls me last night to ask me how im feeling. She just had her son 3 months ago, so weve been sort of helping each other out the whole time. I tell her that i still have the abdominal pain and what feels like cramps, plus i think my BP is acting up because i had a blurry left side field of vision and nasty headaches plus my eyes hurt and legs were really stiff and swollen. I didnt really want to go to the hospital because of the day before, but she insists and takes me in.
I go in and get to talk to this awesome nurse who i liked from other visits. She asks me lots of questions, takes some blood tests and really is helpful and pleasant. She takes my BP several times, about 10 mins apart each time and it had topped out at 154/102. My normal is 110/70. So she says all signs point to them keeping me, and not to worry because my doctor was there that night. Its about 11:30 at that point. She hooks me to the monitor and then leaves because another patient was ready to deliver. I then wait about 2 hours for a doctor to come in, and guess what, its not my doctor. So she says shes going to examine me but first she needs to do a catheter (sp?) to get a clean urine sample (didnt want too much protein due to spotting) She does it and does the roughest job of it. I know its not suposed to feel good, but im still bleeding as we speak! Then she does an internal and takes all kinds of swabs, and does an equally rough job of it, and says im not dilated, but didnt say anything about effacement or anything. I come to find out later as im leaving that she forgot all the swabs she took on the table in the room! they didnt ever make it to the lab.
As far as blood pressure, she gives me some explanation that didnt really make sense to me. She says since i have high blood pressure in pregnancy that they EXPECT it to be high, (???) and to go home. Im still elevated, plus still have headaches, but she tells me that if i get more headaches or blurry vision to come back in. I STILL had the headache. And from 11pm to 3:30 am, my own doctor didnt even take 30seconds to even poke her head in and say something to me. Not even hello.
Im so frustrated with this hospital. All the nurses are really nice and helpful, but the doctors treat you like they are too busy for you. And when i talk it feels like they arent hearing what im saying. Should i seek another doctor or just deal with it because im so far along. Im now 36w4d. I dont know if another doctor would even take me, but im just so frustrated by this place.
Sorry for the length. I appreciate any and all thoughts and opinions on this.