in all fairness, i almost entitled this " hysterical daddies", but realized that, though that is largely the scope of hysterical phone calls regarding people in labor in my experience, it doesn't , in all fairness apply to everyone or to all patients. that said, i just felt i had to share....other night ( and by the way, this is my fifth night in a row, one off and 4 on, so i am a little loopy and confused.
), i am at work and we have just ( thank goodness) transferred out 39 week twin multip mom with ruptured membranes. received another pt at the same time and couldn't find a doc. also had one nurse on call who was at home at the time..get through that mess, even calling the er to alert them to the fact that this was going to happen so they wouldn't be even more shell shocked than they were bound to be. doc located, twin family to specialty institution , call nurse in and some calm, until i answer the phone. hysterical dad on the other end insisting wife in labor . calm down i gently try to say. what???? she is in pain! ( i can hear her screaming). how far away i ask ( half an hour). has her water broken? how the hell should i know is the screamed reply. you know how it goes, sometimes it isn't as terrible as it sounds...what baby is this i continue. 6th! ok, now it is beginning to sound as bad as it sounds...i meekly ask, does she feel like pushing ( muffled sounds as he asks her) yes yes yes, i hear her scream. i sigh, then offer that they should put the phone down , and call the ambulance. he tells me he doesn't think so. she is more comfortable coming to us. i tell him even if they chose not to call an ambulance, they should go to a hospital which i know is only 5 minutes away. he tells me they will be coming to our facility and hangs up....i cannot believe it. i again call the overstressed er ( sorry cathy and all you er folk, you know how you hate maternity patients
)...anyway, i also had the presence of mind to call admitting to generate some paper work because you just know they aren't stopping there.......set a table, get everyone mobilized and.....no patient. about 15 minutes later i get a call from the mother of the patient, who called her from somewhere on the highway where she was stuck with worsening contractions behind,of all things, an overturned truck. her question to me "what are you going to do about it?" i can hardly believe it and instruct her to call her daughter back and tell her to call 911 or have the hubby get out and grab ( well, not literally) a police person.....she says she isn't sure she can remember the cell phone number. i tell her i know that i don't know it....
finally the screaming mother and father to be arrive with the nervous state police and are rapidly assessed, settled and found to be, you guessed it, 4/c/0 and intact.....for goodness freaking sakes........and that was just part of my night....never boring in delivery for sure........just felt like sharing. would love to hear similar stories, or stories in general....
Aug 15, '02
Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
well i had one the other night come up here with about 10 people they were all excited and yelling, some keept ask me when is baby gonna come? mind you i have not even got pt in the room yet we are just in the hall way. I put her in obs give her gown people and s/o demanding we put her in the nice birth room since she going to give birth any second now. this being her first baby and all we know it coming fast. well i finally get her on the monitor, she has an occassional mild contraction, i examin her she is intact closed,thick and high. well i call doc then try to tell them she is not in labor and she needs to go home. there polite reply was to call me a moron and insist on seeing another nurse because i obviously don't know what i was talking about. well i got her another nurse she told her the same thing. we had to call security to get them to leave.
you just gotta love OB
Uh, Mark.........is there crack in the water supply where you live????????
Holy crap!!! I cannot BELIEVE the visitors you get!!!
Baglady, your story was too freakin' hilarious!!! HOLDING THE BABY IN!! :roll :chuckle
Mother/baby, man........that phone call would have freaked me out. Geez.
Why do people turn into such LUNATICS when there's a preggo involved???
Last edit by shay on Aug 15, '02