What’s the freaking point?
Seriously…sometimes I wonder what the freaking point is. Why would I be coming to a doctors appointment every week and having my cervix checked if there wasnt a reason for it? Why would every single OTHER high risk OB think that it is necessary to check my cervix weekly (especially since it is rapidly decreasing in size now) but NewDoc decides that its not needed?
Needless to say my appointment yesterday was less than fabulous. It took us longer to find parking then it did to see the doctor. I usually joke that my doctor is “always late, but worth the wait”, well this NewDoc was a pathetic waste of my time. Yes, that’s right….It wasted MY time. Im annoyed.
Last week Dr.Fabulous was concerned about the contractions I was having in conjunction with my newly shortened cervix (last week sitting around 2.1cm-2.5cm). We have checked my cervical length via ultrasound weekly for 10 weeks. Since Dr. Fabulous is on vacation I was forced to see NewDoc. He is a cocky bastard.
NewDoc explained that he didnt see a point to checking my cervical length because there was no intervention that they could do if it was shortened. His rationale is that there is no point to doing a test if there is no solution. WTF?? I understand that, but if Im contracting and have 0.5cm cervix left it would be nice to know so that if I suddenly start having sharp pain I know if I just ripped through my F*cking cervix.
And yet, I was so shocked that he was not going to do anything that I couldnt even find the words to express my discontent with this new change of my plan of care. I didnt ADVOCATE for myself. Shit. And I only have myself to blame.
He measured my bump, mumbled something about it being “right on”. Then commented about how he is very impressed with my lack of weight gain. Reminded me to repeat the dreaded 3 hour glucose test, again (This will be my third time this pregnancy, for those not keeping track) before the end of the week, and commented about my BP now being low (98/54).
He took out the doptone and listened for a heart beat for all of 2 seconds. I counted 5 beats before he turned it off. He didnt even wait to hear it accelerate or decelerate (which he SHOULD). He didnt verbalize a rate, and I dont see how he even got one, so if he documents one then it was fabricated (I will be asking for a copy of this visit summary, for sure).
And the most stunning part…he said that in 3 weeks (at week 32) he intends on releasing me from “couchrest” and allowing me to resume normal activity. Hmmmm….Im pretty sure that my conservative Dr.Fabulous is gonna have a fit about that statement. And since Dr.Fabulous has kept me pregnant thus far, I will be following his advice exclusively.
I have to see NewDoc yet again next week, and I have a feeling that the visit will go very very differently. In the mean time, I am trying to have faith and thinking that my cervix is still sitting at a comfortable 2cm at least.
Why do you love your doctor?
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