I just came from Mostly True Stories (the name and the fact that the author is a Labor & Deliver nurse have guaranteed her a spot in my bookmarks—anyone remember panty origami?) and am STILL sputtering over the vast stupidity in this world, and the thought that I walk the same earth with people who are so monumentally clueless. How do we live in the same country? How do we turn out so different?
Gah. Get a load of this story.
We got a call that a patient was on the way via ambulance. The triage nurse was having a very busy night. Everybody she touched pretty much gave birth within a half hour. So we were expecting another quickie delivery. So, imagine our surprise when the patient is smiling and resting comfortably on the stretcher as the paramedics roll her down the hall. D, the triage nurse goes in the room with her. About ten minutes later D comes out of the triage room.
Well, this one is NOT in labor. She’s due in about 6 weeks. She woke up in the middle of the night and got worried that her water hadn’t broken yet. So she called 911.
Wait, we asked, what? Her water broke? She woke up thinking she was in labor? Is she contracting?
No, D responded slowly, she woke up wondering why her water hadn’t broken and why she wasn’t in labor yet. She wants to know if her water is going to break.
What’d you tell her? We asked.
I told her yes. Eventually it will break.
Then she had to go wake the doctor up at 3 in the morning to tell that story.
I had to leave a comment: “THIS woman is why I can’t get health insurance. She wrecks the financial model.
Me: relatively well-educated, medically savvy, and chock full of common sense.
Her: clueless, self-centered, possibly not educated beyond the age of three.”