2002-12-22

And Then &#8230

In an attempt to fight Brianna’s boredom, we bought a Sony Play Station 2. Playing is great fun. We picked up two games, one an aircraft fighter type game, the other an ‘E’ for everyone rated game. The aircraft game would play back crashes at different camera angles to show the user how they failed to complete their mission. We started crashing into the ocean at full speed to admire the crash analysis.

Sundays are Lamaze days so at 5:15 p.m. we left the house to go to Lamaze. That pressure we discussed earlier had returned the night before. Right before 7:00 p.m. my cell phone went off. I had forgotten to turn the ringer off as requested so I quickly shut off the phone. Caller ID indicated it was Sanna and Elizabeth. We had a break at 7:00 p.m. and Brianna returned the call.

Dr. Brinkman wanted Brianna to stop by Seton so she could look at Brianna’s cervix. We had hoped to get home before too late so I could watch “A Helicopter Is Born.” We wouldn’t make it.

No admission workers work on nights or weekends, so the Nurses have to pick up extra duties and admit patients as well. They follow their guidelines exactly. Coincidently, we are admitted back into the ‘small room’ and are becoming very accustomed to Seton’s Labor and Delivery department.

Note to Expectant Fathers * Have you insurance card out so they can make a photocopy * Have your wife’s work address and telephone number * Have the next nearest relative’s contact information

I have filled this form out 3 times, but I think I have filled them out differently each times.

Once in the room the nurses type the patient information into the database. They go through the fields and ask the patient about their history. We have been through this three times but it seems that each nurse asks the questions differently. Some, like tonight’s nurse, go into great detail asking a question for each box. Have you ever had herpes? Have you ever had AIDS? While other nurses would ask, “Have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease?” Then she would elaborate getting more detail only if it was necessary. Both nurses were very nice about everything. We thought the doctor would examine Brianna and send us home again, so the nurses help off on attaching Brianna’s patient ID bracelet.

Dr. Brinkman arrived to examine Brianna’s cervix and knew all she needed to know after about 15 seconds. Brianna had dilated to 2.5 cm and had dropped to a -2 cm station (from a -3). Brianna was also moving rapidly toward effacement and was estimated to be 80% effaced. Brianna was also experiencing regular contractions paced about 6 minutes apart. Brianna would have to be hospitalized and administered an IV to help control the contractions. Magnesium sulfate was given for the contractions, steroids were given to help develop Hailey’s lungs, just in case, and antibiotics were given for good measure in case of infection. The IVs were difficult to start and required two nurses and both arms before finding a suitable vein. Somebody mention the ugly method of acquiring urine and I thought Brianna was going to start crying at the very mention of the catheter word.

Medical personnel are very odd in the way they freely throw around the

dreaded application of the catheter. They say we will use a catheter like it is as simple as giving an aspirin. After seeing the pain on Brianna’s face from getting a catheter on Thursday I think I would crawl to the toilet through broken light bulbs before I would consent to a catheter. Luckily good will prevailed and Brianna was allowed to mobilize on her own behalf. Every 6-8 minutes she would disconnect the monitor and go to the restroom.

You haven’t had a little know fact in a while so I will give you one now.

Little Know Fact No. 5: Patients who have been administered Magnesium sulfate have their urine output monitored. The patient urinates into a special pail that hangs in the toilet and a nurse will come by later to empty the pail and take inventory of the urine. What is the worse thing you have taken inventory of at work? I bet you don’t want to be a nurse, now do you?

My insurance company requires that you call in for “pre authorization” within 48 hours of being admitted to the hospital. I didn’t need authorization the previous times because we left before 3 hours. This time I called and got authorization. The lady on the other end of the phone could hear the fetal monitor in the background and was very nice. At the end of the call she wished us the best of luck. I think that was a very nice gesture but I wonder what I was getting “authorization” for, I hope Hailey doesn’t think she has clearance to land.

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