Labor & Delivery Fail
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|Wed, 09-12-2012 - 10:47am|
I am an Early Intervention Specialist and work with special needs toddlers under the age of three. Well, I really over did it at work yesterday afternoon by lifting the kids, etc, and started having contractions at 1:30 every 4-5 minutes apart, with increased vaginal discharge. I called the dr and she told me what I already knew; to put my feet up and drown myself by drinking water. She also said if they get closer and stronger to go to L&D.
Around 9pm, my husband and I headed out to the hospital because they were getting stronger and I started feeling pressure down there. We drive the 45 minutes to get there only to be told they can't do ANYTHING for me since I'm not 20 weeks yet! I was livid, so I called the dr on call to explain what was going on, and what I was suppose to do. She said that the nurses were right, they don't take patients before 20 weeks, and that I either could go wait 4 hours in the ER to be seen, or go home, rest, and get an appointment to see my dr today. *URG* The dr. Reassured me that if I am in labor there is nothing they could do at this point, but let the baby be born.....Whaaaaa? (I have a BAD history with this on call dr., but this put me over the edge.)
DH and I opted to go home. No sense in paying a $150 copay to go sit vertical in the ER for 4 hours. Also, I wasn't very sure what the ER could do to help since the L&D unit didn't even offer a drug to stop my contractions! I mean really...how hard is it to lay a pregnant woman on a bed, get out the fetal Doppler, listen to the heart beat, check her cervix, and adminester labor stopping drugs?! (Sorry, just really upset about the whole ordeal!)
This morning, I'm still having them, but they are not consistent, Thank the Lord. I have an appointment with the nurse practitioner at 1:15, and I can't wait to find out if the baby is OK, and to make sure my cervix is still long and closed. I do expect to be put on some sort of restrictions, and/or possible modified bedrest, as I have a history of a shortened cervix.
Anywho, thanks for reading my rant, and if you pray, please say a prayer for Baby Macaroni and I. Thank you!