I had an awful incident with a patient today and feel really low. One of the
nurses in the nursery said,"Do you have someone you could talk to, that would
understand?" So guess where I went?
I was making rounds this morning with two medical students in tow-- so I was
teaching several people at once. Enter room 6. Mom is 12 hours post c/section
and baby is still in the nursery. Mom tells me that the nursery *won't let
her have the baby* but she doesn't know why. I told I would check and that as
soon as she was up to it she should get the baby out to breast (I say this so
many times it should be recorded). I left my card and our survival skills
sheet and told her that if the baby could come out of the nursery I would
help her when I came back at 2pm.
When I arrived for afternoon rounds-- the nurses told me I had better stay
away from the room and then told me what happened after I left.
Mom called the nursery and told them that the lactation lady said she HAD to
learn how to nurse NOW. By the time they brought the baby out the mother was
sobbing about how I yelled at her and told her that she was a bad mother.
Apparently she got so worked up that the nurses called her husband in (Who by
the way, is complaining that: because of me, he's lost a day's pay). Then
they called annesthesia to sedate her. This was a three hour ordeal.
Notice no one called my office to ask what I had said nor did any of my
*friends* (the nurses who know me very well): stand up to defend me. This is
so out of character for me you would think that someone would realize that
there is something wrong with this story.
My shell should be a little harder by now but I guess this just hit me at the
wrong time. Thanks for listening.