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People will wonder why this blog is needed, why minority midwifery student? It's very simple actually; I was looking for this blog...but I couldn't find I created it. We all have unique experiences, and every experience, every story, can help someone else. I am a black girl from the hood at an ivy league professional school. That, alone, is reason enough to write. Somebody was looking for this blog. Someone wanted proof that what I'm doing can be done - even when you come from where we come from.

To that person especially, WELCOME.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Liver is NOT on the Left

Yeah. I've reached a new low. While trying to understand the right upper quadrant pain that is associated with HELLP syndrome, I just could not figure out why this pain would be on the right... is it referred pain? No. Of course not. FYI: your liver is on the right side of your body. Now, of course I knew this at some point. But right now my brain is mussssssssssssh.

To top it off I had a so-called annual this morning with a CNM who did nothing but give me a pap and refer me to a physician for the rest. She refused to give me documentation for a physical (understood, because she didn't give me a physical!) but neither did she listen to my heart, my lungs, or feel my thyroid- all of which I have been taught for the last 2.5 years is part of an annual well woman exam??? Ummm. ok. She then preceeds to ask me who is seeing me for primary care. A midwife!! Hello!! It's in my chart that XYZ, CNM is my "primary care provider," yes she does my routine health management, she does all my screenings, she does all my exams, including the GYN stuff.

Now. If I had known that YOU weren't going to give me a full exam, I would have NEVER made an appointment with you in the first place. I would have begged to put into a slot with my midwife. And I do not think it's fair that you will be billing for a well woman check up when all you did was a pap and half hearted breast exam. But I digress.

Where does this leave me? Having to go to the doctor's office yet AGAIN next week to get the annual exam I was expecting to get today. And I have to wait until 2:20 in the afternoon to get it... I was hoping to leave in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday so that I didn't have to drive 6 hours in the dark for this move. Ugh.


DBS said...

Gotta love as HCP's we still get the run around like everybody else. There should be some express lane for us. I know, all people should be treated the same and equal but still:)

doctorjen said...

What the . . . ?
How crazy is that, she couldn't do your physical? I saw a CNM for well woman care for a number of years and had everything done with her - now I see my family NP, and she does everything. I think I'd have been so frustrated I'd have refused the exam and rescheduled with some one else.

Ciarin said...

How silly and crazy! Makes no sense to me.