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Building a Yurt
I admit that I'm not sure HOW to build a yurt - though wikipedia did provide excellent step-by-step photographs on how to build a yurt. I'm clearly going to have to brush up on the technique, though, because right now I think I might have to take my friend's advice to deliver this baby in the wilderness in a yurt. I'm definitely keeping it as a back up plan.

So the OB I met with on Monday talked with the perinatologist, reviewed his notes from our meeting, and reviewed my records... and he definitely won't take me on at this point in the pregnancy. My perinatologist had recommended another practice as well - I called them today and had to leave a message with their OB coordinator because the practice has a policy that women coming into the practice past 16 weeks must have their records reviewed prior to them deciding whether to take that patient on. I'm guessing... that'll be a strikeout also.

I've left a message for the perinatologist's nurse to find out whether they will take me on directly or if they have other recommendations. Right now I'm just frustrated, and a little scared, about what to do next. I have another doctor to call - but she's at a hospital that is just... really hard to get to from here. It's not far, it's just not easy to get to. I wish I knew what to do. I'm really a very nice person and a good patient. I just ... I feel awful and I'd like to know where I'm supposed to go on the bad days.

Meanwhile - I've still got the excellent back up plan. I just have to build that yurt.

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ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: December 10th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
The practice that "fired" you is setting themselves up for a nice little malpractice suit, aren't they?
marag From: marag Date: December 10th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
College fund!

Seriously, I'm not a big believer in malpractice suits, but I'm really beginning to wonder what protections there are for women in the middle of pregnancy. I mean, it's not like you can just change your mind about the whole thing at this point.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: December 10th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
My friend Rob has a yurt, perhaps I can arrange a loan.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Sadly, I might have to take you up on that. What's your finder's fee? ;)
indigodove From: indigodove Date: December 10th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Karen, for goodness sake, Seth has to build the yurt. :-)

In all seriousness, many prayers are going your way that you start feeling better soon and that you have a good solution to this problem quickly.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right. Seth is allowed to do heavy lifting right now - I'm not. He's definitely better qualified.

Thanks for the prayers.
eyelid From: eyelid Date: December 10th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
you can just buy a yurt (my secretary did), which might be a better plan since you have a central line and all.

I want to punch your old OB in the face. ARGH
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 10th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
seriously? You can buy a pre-made yurt? Is it like a pop-up sukkah?

And wait, WHAT? Your secretary bought a yurt?? What on earth for?

I'm just too frustrated with the current situation to care one way or another about my old OB. It's a precarious position to be in - they had to have known that letting me go at this point in the pregnancy was going to make it difficult for me to find someone new. I didn't even think I was all that FAR in this pregnancy, but that's what I keep hearing.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: December 11th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
There HAVE to be "high risk" practices in your area, right? It's not like you live in the middle of nowhere. If you have health insurance, you'd think that someone would want your money!

I think I'll join you in that yurt. We can start a collective for people who have been screwed over by the medical industry.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 11th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
There are high risk practices in my area. I'm being followed by one of them. But most of them do not take on direct patients - they do care concurrently with your obstetrician. My perinatology practice saw me directly for the triplets, but until recently, there wasn't a good enough reason for me to try to get them to take me directly. I have a call into their office inquiring about whether they'll just take me on directly. If they will, that's obviously what I'll do.

If they won't, I'm not really sure what else to do. I have other doctors to call - but I suspect I'll be facing the same issues - no one wanting to take on a patient who's as big a liability as I am this "late" in my pregnancy (hello? If I go to term, there's more than half of it left! Why do they all keep saying it's LATE??)
cellio From: cellio Date: December 11th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry I no longer have a yurt to lend you. I sold it when I upgraded my Pennsic housing. (But I can give Seth instructions on how to build one... not hard, just fussy.)

I'm more sorry that the doctors are giving you such a run-around.
From: atimesif Date: December 11th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you ever discuss your 'firing' with your old OB? Did he explain to you why they decided to discharge you? It sounds to me like the nurses convinced him to do it in order to cover themselves.

Please don't deliver in a yurt! :)
From: atimesif Date: December 11th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like something Dr. Seuss's wife would use to deliver her baby murt!
redhotmamainmd From: redhotmamainmd Date: December 19th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not a doctor, I am not a nurse, I am not a midwife.

However, I have "caught" 2 babies... Including the first one I caught that was a double footling breech with a cord prolapse that I literally had to pull out of the mom's body by manually opening up her cervix with my fingers and pryed him out by his head and a shoulder -- and then had 2 do CPR on because the baby was BLUE and no pulse, no breathing. (BTW, that baby is now about 6 years old and is as healthy and normal as can be! And amazingly not so much as a tear in mom either-- and I got both of my hands up inside of her to yank that 9lb babe out!)

Yes, the above is totally true. You can't make stuff like that up!!!!

The 2nd one I "caught" was just a baby that came really quickly and the doctor was scrubbing /gloving up
Call me if you need an emergency delivery. Just don't sue me. ;-) Repeat, I am not a doctor, I am not a midwife, I am not a nurse... but if I am "there" and the baby is coming, I will be a good samaritan and help.

Seriously, worse comes to worse you can totally EMTALA and show up in labor at your hospital of choice and the attending OB doctor on staff will HAVE to take you and deliver you.
From: atimesif Date: December 31st, 2009 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 31st, 2009 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
wow. I wonder if she delivered her baby in the yurt. I think I'm not *quite* that dedicated to yurt-ness. Thank heavens I seem to have found an obstetrician to take care of me - laying to rest my need for a yurt!

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