Last week I spent 24 hours in the hospital for a breast reduction. The care I received was nothing short of phenomenal. (In fact, of everyone who cared for me I only disliked one student doctor who simply didn’t exhibit any signs of confidence in herself which is not what a patient wants prior to going into surgery).
The plastic surgeon and his team were fantastic. I didn’t even feel awkward as 3 doctors stared at my naked chest to paint me prior to surgery.
The anesthetist was phenomenal and compassionate as I shared my fears and cried while she knocked me out.
The surgical nurses were amazing. One in particular was supportive as I cried waiting for surgery.
The post-op nurses were fantastic and took great care of me all night long, including when I almost passed out on my first mandatory walk (fun times).
I was absolutly shocked that everyone was so amazing. Then I realized that in the last 3 or 4 year of my life I have had nothing but horrible medical care. My Reproductive Endocrinologist and his entire team treated me and Mr. MPB poorly. Every single time I went into that infertility clinic or to the hospital for a miscarriage I was treated like an inconvenience. And, I always felt judged when I showed emotion over the loss of another baby. I felt like I was nothing more then a paycheque to them and I strongly believe their advice was based on their profit margins not on modern medical research. So, I guess I came to expect this type of sub-par treatment.
So, needless to say, when I was treated well last week, I was shocked. When I showed emotion they were all there for me. When I was scared, they all calmed me down. When I had to review my past medical history and surgeries (i.e sharing about 5 losses in detail), they all offered their condolences. They even all played with Baby MPB when he visited prior to surgery.
I guess what struck me more then anything is that I was treated with compassion and dignity.
I think I thanked the nurses about 1000 times each for being so nice to me.
And while I truly appreciate how amazing everyone treated me last week, I cannot help but think about how this compares to my infertility experiences. It’s an absolute crime that I was treated so poorly by my fertility clinic and team who was supposed to help us.
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