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Sunday, January 2, 2011

You Got My Attention

The tones went off for the third time between midnight and 0230. This was getting to be a long night. I had been asleep for only about 15 minutes before the tones went off but it was enough so that I was really disoriented. On the way to the call dispatch informed us that we were responding for a 30 year old female who was 20 weeks pregnant experiencing abdominal pain. Nothing to get too excited about.

When we walked in to the house it was very clear that dispatch was wrong. My patient informed me that she was 40 weeks and 1 day along and now experiencing contractions every 6 minutes. Ok. You got my attention.

She was very calm about everything. Her water had yet to break. It was her 4th kid which made me worry things were going to progress faster than I wanted. She has been under a doctors care, was taking her prenatal vitamins and was expecting no complications. She just needed a ride to the hospital.

A few minutes later AMR showed up and my patient walked to the gurney. On some calls, it can seem like an eternity waiting for that ambulance to show up.


melaniek said...

Hahahaha...I just love dispatch! I can't wait for hubby to get a lady in labor, he never had to deal with that with me, should make for an entertaining story.

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

You didn't want your stork pin, huh? haha. Actually, that would scare me a little too. Thankfully mom was calm. If she wasn't I bet it would have gone a little differently.

Lauren said...

You'll catch yours one day!

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

That was my 3rd OB call in 3 shifts. I know it's just a matter of time before I have to catch a kid.

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