I have to put this somewhere, and where better than AN. So one of the reasons I like to hang on AN is the level of responsibility most of us feel to each other. Yes there are definitely those who will rip down a new grad or badger someone who states they love nursing for the money, but those topics aside most of us seem to be aware that our comments here have the power to alter the direction that people take in their day to day.
Lately I have seen a surge of FB pages that try to offer a sounding board to participants. Specifically for me, since I am 35 weeks pregnant, in relation to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It amazes me how quick people are to dismiss professional knowledge in favor or wives tales, random one line "oh I would never do that, it isn't medically necessary" (oh yeah where is your reference to the study to prove that?), or I am a "crunchy" mom which I guess really means "I ignore any advice given by medical professionals".
One situation which really got my undies in a bunch was a woman who scored 180 on her Gestational Diabetes (GD) screening at week 26ish. The OB called her back and told her they were going to put her on the protocols for GD. Apparently because they described the test as a "screening" she felt it didn't hold any validity (I feel bad if she comes back with precancerous cells on her Pap screening), so she was going to do the fingersticks, but wasn't going to change her diet or use insulin. She was convinced she didn't have GD because she was measuring small.
Ok so she posts about this on a small pregnancy FB page and everyone was giving her the "hell yeah fight the man" BS cheer squad. I posted asking why she didn't just go in and get more clarification on why she was being diagnosed with GD and wasn't having the 3 hour glucose "test" (which apparently she felt was more valid because it was called a test).
I am all for patients looking for information, trying to be informed, I think that is fantastic, however I think pretty soon we will see AMA forms in medical offices for those who don't believe they need to follow the recommendations of their practitioners.
So if I don't believe my doc is right about GD, refuse to follow the protocols, then have a 12 pound baby that requires a C/S, later in life gets diabetes and costs the health care system hundreds of thousands, should I have any right to compensation?
I am definitely being way more black and white than I generally am, but I just wish people with merely anecdotal information would shut up, and those who do have some kind of supported evidence would come forward and prove it. Though I guess this could be said of anything really.
Ah the Soundbite Society mentality drives me bonkers some days and clarifies some of the whack-a-doo things patients will fear when they come into the hospital.
Thanks for listening,