After my second was born, I experienced a ton of bleeding while still in the hospital. I reported it to my provider and was told it was normal, even though it seemed really excessive to me. I went through two shifts like that and when my night nurse came in and palpated my tummy, she had immediate concern. I credit her with saving my life....ended up having emergency surgery and blood transfusions. The next day my doctor told me that I had something retained in my uterus and that a person can easily "bleed out" in that situation. It was disturbing, because when I initially reported it, no one checked anything and just told me all was normal and I just over rode that gut feeling that told me it was not normal. I am so thankful for that night nurse who came in and took over. It is one of the reasons I want to be a nurse.
In my current job (not nursing), I see so many people who cannot advocate for themselves because of ignorance and/or culture that medical providers are above questioning. And I don't mean ignorant as stupid, I mean they just don't know even what to ask. As a consumer, education is so important.
Last edit by MelissaB91 on Jan 24
: Reason: clarification