Those of you that go to clinics for prenatal care, do you ever get that one random nurse you've never seen before that makes you want to scream? My midwife clinic has lovely nurses... and yet I had a new random one yesterday (I suspect she's a sub) who made me want to punch her in the face. She was just this awful combination of patronizing and know-it-all and overly chirpy. Ugh. Even thinking about it now, I'm getting all stabby. I'm aware it's hormones, but I don't freaking care.
Although I did get to have an enjoyable smirk at her expense - she hooked me up to the NST machine (keep in mind, I've now had literally 10 of these, I get them twice a week, and I fully know the procedure) and insisted I turn on my side after she put the monitors on. Now, I know full well after this many visits that turning on your side only works for SOME women, and I am not one of those. As soon as I turn on my side, my kid shifts and she usually goes off the monitors - I have to stay on my back. Plus, I'm far more comfortable that way. But, I let her do her bossy thing, and then just grinned when she stared at my stomach and went, "Wait, what happened?" after the kiddo's heartbeat disappeared. I let her flounder and poke at the monitor for a minute or two, then I very sweetly informed her, "Actually, it's much better if I lay on my back. It works better." She was like, "All the way on your back?", all incredulous... but as soon as I turned over, bam, it worked.
She tried to cover it up with a little giggle and comment about how "mama knows best already!" I was like, yeah, the woman who has had a million of these things is observant enough to know best how to get them to work. Shocking. My husband was there, and he burst out laughing as soon as she left the room. At least he was entertained. :P
Honestly, though, how hard is it to just ask a woman who is 38 1/2 weeks pregnant if she's already had an NST before you hook her up? And if she says yes, perhaps check with HER as to the location of her baby, where the monitors will work best, how it's most comfortable for her to lay, etc.?
This has been my weekly vent. Feel free to ignore. Sigh.
I can't believe it's October - I feel like I waited for this month for so long! I'm so excited for those of you having your babies already or who are about to have them... I truly hope something gets started with me next week, because I want so badly to avoid induction. I've only got until the 18th and then I'm pretty sure I'm getting induced, perhaps that day or at the most that following Monday. Sigh. Come on kid, it's fun out here!