I'm 27 weeks pregnant and planning a UC, but I don't like to highlight taht when talking to medical people. I think I may have a UTI, so I called the family practice clinic to make an appointment. They have nothing but same day wellness visits until the 24th, so I ask if I can call back and make one of those. She says she isn't sure if they'll do that for UTI and transfers me to the nurse who assists my primary care manager. She tells me that I'm an ob patient, so I have to go out to Fort Carson which is 45 minutes away, to their ob clinic or ER. I lied, saying that I'm seeing a midwife off base who can't prescribe antibiotics as she doesn't work under a doctor and am not an ob's patient. She said "Well, I'd be really worried if you're seeing a CNM who can't give antibiotics." I told her "She's a CPM; few CNMS do homebirths in this state." She goes off on this tangent about how I could have GBS and even the UTI could hurt the baby, so I need to be seeing someone who can give antibiotics and monitor me and my baby properly. I'm like "Why is that necessary, when I should be able to come to a doctor if I need antibiotics for a simple UTI that takes 3 days to cure or go to the hospital?" She keeps trying to argue with me and scare me into registering at Fort Caron's ob clinic, and she says they simply aren't allowed to see me at the regular clinic which is 5 minutes away if I'm pregnant. I told her that I came in already once for nausea medication and got it, and she said they shouldn't have seen me. She says I can't go to the ER up the road, because it won't be covered as it isn't life-threatening...which I know is a lie, as I've gone there many times for non-life-threatening problems. Finally I just said "I'll figure something out." She says "I'd go to Fort Carson" and hangs up before I can respond. I'm thinking "Yeah, you'd also birth in a hospital...." Ugh, what a great reminder of why I chose UC and homebirth to begin with. I guess I'll just wait for my hubby to come home and go to the ER up the road tonight for a nice three hour wait. The last time I had a UTI, I was out of town, and the ER prescribed me Tequin. The funny thing is, while I'm annoyed with her, I could hardly keep from laughing at her and feeling amused at all her ranting.
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7/2/07 at 6:14pm