Trying Not To Go To Hospital…

… has become a main theme in my life over the past few years. I’m really frightened of needles and despite a course of CBT to help me, my fears flare up and get worse every so often. It’s without doubt influenced by stress and I have been under an enormous amount of stress recently. In fact, it’s at levels which someone who isn’t pregnant would have serious problems dealing with.

So, I’ve been doing my best to avoid the doctors and the hospital. It’s not too bad as I’m assisted by the NHS which discourage you from going using their special agents; the doctors receptionist and automated switchboards.  On Monday I thought I really did need to seek some advice, I’m not negligent towards my children and I was having some pregnancy related problems which were getting worse. Putting myself aside, I thought I needed to seek a bit of help, so I phoned up and asked to speak to a midwife.

Eventually I was able to speak to a midwife and that’s where the problems started, she said I needed to get myself to hospital. Fast. Despite not being able to drive properly I managed the nearly one hour drive (don’t really know why it took my this long) and I found the department. For various reasons this was miraculous as I haven’t actually been there before at all. I sat all evening, continually being bumped to the end of the queue, in the end I felt so ill I gave up and came home.

The next morning the community midwife came to my house. My symptoms; prominent varicose veins on my abdomen, acute chest pains are apparently quite common. The hospital staff should have known this. The veins are caused when your baby kicks. The baby literally kicks the veins etc out of your body, it’s the sign of a healthy third (or more) baby. The reason is apparently that the uterus has become so thin that it offers your innards no protection from little kicks. Great. You would have thought the hospital could diagnose that over the telephone. Chest pains, well, I didn’t know this but you can get cramps in your muscles in your abdomen like the cramps you get in your calf muscles. This can be made much worse by stress. Simple, rather than suffering from a hernia or internal bleeding or all the other things I was imagining, it was all actually rather straightforward.

What to do? Well, apparently I need to take it easy, be calm and do relaxing things like pregnancy yoga. That’s never going to happen with two children is it? Readers, forgive me if there are lots of reviews and not much content on here at the moment, I’m trying to fulfil promises I’ve made and I need to rest as much as I can. The moral of the tale is it’s probably not worth going to hospital unless you know you are dying and the Internet is probably as good a place as anywhere to diagnose yourself. Probably…

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5 Responses

  1. Karin @ Cafe Bebe 12th October 2011 / 10:17 am

    Bless you Mrs. Please put your feet up as much as you can. I know that&#39;s next to impossible w/ two but do what&#39;s best for you and baby! You can put the laptop on your lap and work from the couch. And no one will hold it against you if content is few and far between. Totally understandable. Get WELL. <br />:) Karin

  2. kat @ slugs 12th October 2011 / 11:04 am

    oh claire! I thought I saw something on Twitter last night about this, but couldn&#39;t see what was going on. I am glad that its nothing, but seriously shame on them for putting you through that.

  3. Sandy Calico 12th October 2011 / 12:35 pm

    You poor thing. I hope you can get some rest and that you feel better soon. You don&#39;t have to apologise for the reviews x

  4. Fiz 12th October 2011 / 1:56 pm

    Claire, I&#39;m sorry, this should not happen today! I know how you feel. I was badly anaemic with my second child and I got told &quot;Rest&quot; – I had a daughter with ADHD, so that never happened! :(((

  5. Muddling Along 12th October 2011 / 4:29 pm

    I&#39;m glad that you are ok but please take care of yourself – nobody is going to mind if you let things slip<br /><br />Feet up and trying and take it a bit easier x

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