Ok I know, I have asked a LOT lately from you guys. I am sorry...but another thing weighs so heavily on my mind.
You all read of my situation w/the tubal pregnancy. I find myself in a position where I must act. See, what happened was really unnecessary. I was at risk for ectopic pregnancy. Known risk. So when I got pg, I called the OB clinic, reported my findings, and got set up for serial beta hcg levels to be drawn to rule out ectopic or m/c. Anyhow, I am only a labor nurse and not an expert in FERTILITY...so when I had my betas drawn, the nurse tells me all is OK, I ask about an U/S to rule out ectopic. She proceeds to tell me (falsely, or uninformed, I later learn) that my beta numbers are high enough to reassure them that an immediate u/s is not necessary. Instead, I am to book an initial OB appt, which will include physical exam and initial u/s. I re-emphasize my risk and am again told this u/s is not needed at this time and that if I had an ectopic brewing, symptoms would surely have brought me to ER ......the number is WAY UP THERE (like 25,000).
So, please dont' call me stupid, I believe this and make an appt to see OB the following week for a total workup. Well, 3 days after this, I begin to spot lightly, and friends, you know the rest of the story. I had to have open lap to remove the huge 7.5 wk gestation pregnancy.
Now that the pain meds fog is dissipating, and my head is getting clearer, I am left w/a dilemma. I must DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS FROM EVER HAPPENING TO ANOTHER PERSON. I was LUCKY mine did not rupture. I don't want the next one to be unlucky. The doctors who treated me know the situation and assure me things are being put into place that this will not occur again. Not good enough to me. I wish to BE SURE. Trust me, it is not about vengeance or anything like this. I dont' want to sue...no personal gain. I want REASSURANCE this will never happen again.
What do you think I should do next? I have ideas rolling around in my head, but am still not that clear-headed. I want to take swift and effective corrective action very soon. Any advice? I am not looking for free legal advice, just your ideas, ok?????? What would YOU DO IN MY PLACE?????Thank you!