Okay, here's something we can all relate to... and I would love to hear anyone's little "tricks" on how to improve my attitude!
I think some specialties are more prone to seeing the "underside" of the population, and OB has to be one of them. For the last 8 months I have been working in a big city teaching hospital, and of course you can imagine some of the patients I see. Let me give you an example or 2 -
Woman comes in by ambulance at 2am because "her abdomen is swollen". She tells the ER people that she is pregnant so of course they rush her right on up. She tells US she's NOT SURE she is pregnant. Ultrasound - NADA! HCG - Negative. At that point she refuses any further treatment and leaves AMA. Oh but, she needs a cab voucher to get home.
Hmmmmm.... a 1000 dollar pregnancy test. Bet she doesn't have a co-pay!
Or, how about the 21 year old G7 P4? Or the one who comes in to OB triage in the middle of the night because she (supposedly) hasn't had a BM in 3 weeks? We all know the stories.
Now, we get our share of "regular" pts too, so it's not ALL like this... but I am in one of those SLUMPS that we all get working this job where on the OUTSIDE I am smiling, taking good care of my pt, cooing over the baby... and on the INSIDE I am steaming over the fact that I am still paying off my co-pay from my heart cath last December, my asthmatic daughter's prescriptions cost me 100 bucks a month, and I really want to choke the life out of them!!
I know this too shall pass... and I try, I really try, to remember I know nothing about their life and their circumstances... and I say to myself "WWJD?"... but I could use an uplifting word or 2 right now.