On Friday the stomach flu hit my DH. Then, last night it hit the rest of us. It was aweful! At one point I went upstairs to find my 5yo DD sleeping on the top step outside the bathroom, 6yo DS was sleeping with his face on the toilet and my 2yo DS sleeping next to a puddle of puke in his crib. Anyway, setting the scene.
And I had the worst of it. Ick. By 7am I was weak, dehydrated, headachey, shakey and hadn't peed in 8 hours and it didn't look like I was going to soon. So I left DH with the kids and headed in to our local hospital's ER. Our local hospital is a small town hospital. They do not have an OB on staff and they do not deal with anything pregnancy or birth related...which is fine because I was going in for dehydration not early labour.
The doc comes in...a student. She doesn't introduce herself just announces, "I'm going to do an internal exam." Ummm, excuse me?
I explained that I wasn't there for preterm labour, I was there for dehydration. I explained that I'd already birthed 3 babies and knew labour.
I just hate being a pincushion for a doctor's experience. Yes, she's a student and working in our hospital it's likely that she was ecstatic at the thought of getting her hands on a pg woman. But, she didnt' even know how to turn on the doppler to listen to my baby...there was no way I was letting her near my cervix. Crazy.
At any rate, I'm feeling much better after a big old bag of fluids and zofran. And I'm grateful that I am an informed woman who doesn't just bow under pressure. I called my midwife afterwards and she agreed with my assessment that an internal exam was unnecessary in this situation.
Anyway, just venting. Thanks for letting me get it out!