Sunday, 26 October 2008

All in a days work

My last patient before the weekend was a 40 year old mother of 4. She split up with her husband six months ago and has been struggling emotionally, socially and financially since then.
She had a night out with friends 4 weeks ago 'to cheeer her up'. She had a few drinks, a dance in the local club a kebab, a snog and then in time honoured tradition a one night stand with a young erect penis without a conscience.
She came to see me because she thought she might be pregnant again, as she has more experience than me, I took her word ( and 2 positive HCGs) for it.
We had a chat about her situation. Her husband ( soon to be ex) is already fixed up with a 25 year old chlamydia bandit - no support there then.
The donor, well she never even found out his name.
So having established a gravid state, her absolute inability to cope with another child in these cicumstances, and giving lots of words of advice and encouragement. FLMN makes the referral to the early pregnancy unit, for a termination, gives the lass as much moral support as I can and reassures her that all will be well in the end.
I had a card this week from the patient, nothing flash or extravagant, just a few words saying 'thanks for being a friend when I needed one'.
I earn a good wage in my job, have a degreee of respect from my colleagues and patients, but this, this knocks all that into a cocked hat.
I have a privileged job and I love it!


Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

I'm glad that you were able to help her with some advice in this situation. Unfortunately, now she will also have to watch for STDs for a long while as well.

Area Trace No Search said...

I agree.

On the very few occasions I get a heart felt pat on the back from an MOP, it more than makes up for the shite we deal with day in, day out.

Anonymous said...

Too bad you didn't care at all for your other patient. You know, the baby that you helped kill?

Adoption was an option. But not one that either one of you considered. Shame on you.

I hope they tied her tubes while she was in murdering her baby.

Fat said...

Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your balanced view. I offer the best possible care to my patients and act in their best interests. This lady's best interest was served by helping her to arrange a termination which I was happy to do.
I feel no need to defend myself against rabid anonymous posters. But feel free to keep posting - my stats have dropped off recently and even the crazies count.

Anonymous said...

Mine was as balanced as yours. At least I considered the option of adoption.

And, my contribution didn't cost someone their life.

Yours did. Again, shame on you.

I could give you my name, but it's a big internet, and you wouldn't know me.

Richard said...


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