Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Just an Update

Moving right along.

Having received a summons last from the mighty NHS to attend a pre-natal clinic, I was slightly baffled. I wasn't expecting to see anyone until round about 25 weeks when I had my next appointment with my midwife. I called the hospital to ask them about the nature of the appointment and they were unable to give me an answer of any sort, saying only that my midwife or GP must have recommended it.

"You sent me an appointment notice and you don't know WHY?" I asked the nurse.

"You'll have to call your GP." she said.

Knowing instinctively that my GP would be of no help at all (their record keeping is so ineffective, the receptionists might as well just shred things the moment they reach their desks.) I just told Mr. DD that we'd better just go along to see what was up. We had to go to the Post Office anyhow.

As I suspected, the appointment was an NHS cock-up.

"Do you know why you're here?" the student midwife asked me, thinking that I hadn't heard her asking the resident specialist the same thing out in the hallway.

"Honestly, I have no idea." I told her.

So they took my blood pressure and then booted me out after scheduling my 31 week ultrasound at the beginning of January. Glad to know that the HOSPITAL WHERE I'M DUE TO GIVE BIRTH runs such a tight ship. I'm going to make sure that someone slaps a name bracelet on the Prawn as soon as her arms are clear.

Not much else going on. The Prawn is very active, especially fond of kicking me in the bladder, resulting in a little bit of weakness in that area, which is super-fun. (Considering that 3 very negligent surgeons have performed urethral dialations on me in the past in a misguided attempt to clear up Interstitial Cystitis, it's not really a huge surprise) We're still waiting with the intensity of rabid dogs for our house purchase to trundle along to it's satisfactory conclusion.

Further updates as events warrant.

ps. Is this not just a total no-brainer?


SaraS-P said...

Incompetence is so widespread, it makes you wonder if more babies aren't switched at birth than anyone knows about.

SaraS-P said...

I just read the news story you link to. When I teach about cognitive development, this is one of the major myths I have to bust. Let babies be babies! Give attention, not pressure!

rockmama-in-waiting said...

No kidding! It sure didn't come as a huge shock to me that the best thing to do to make your kid smarter was to SPEND TIME WITH THEM instead of spending a lot of money to plop them down in front of the tv when they're too small. The baby industry will always try to find new ways of scaring parents into buying something that your baby "HAS" to have.