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The past month has been incredibly busy. Traditionally the summer is considered a slow time for outpatient medicine, but my schedule has steadily gotten fuller and fuller. On top of that, I've been buried under a veritable baby-lanche. I don't know what was going on 9 months ago, but evidently it was a very fertile time in these parts. I've delivered more babies these last few weeks than I have in the last 8 months combined. Of course, that means an awful lot of late nights and early mornings.

It started with a trickle at the first of the month - a baby here and there, not too bad. There was a week or so of calm before it all broke loose. It started with a stat c-section for placental abruption. A patient near term came in one night with abdominal pain. When the nurse examined her the baby's heartbeat was low and she had a gush of blood. I wasn't even on call, but I was the only doc they could get ahold of. Thankfully, I live really close to the hospital so I was there in less than 5 minutes; once anesthesia got there we got the baby out in 4 minutes. After a few minutes of resuscitation he perked up. Once it was all over and I got home, I was literally shaking from the adrenaline. Less than 48 hours later a patient came in the middle of the night with her baby's foot hanging out of her vagina. There really aren't words to describe that image.  Of course that necessitated another stat c-section. By the end of the week the entire unit was full and all of them were my patients. I delivered over a dozen babies in July alone, and this month has been pretty steady, too.

Needless to say, I've not had time for much else. Having plenty of patients, and plenty of babies, is a great problem to have. But occasionally one can have too much of a good thing. I have a partner joining my practice later this month, so maybe I'll catch a break once she gets settled in. At least until flu season starts...

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maxwrite
Aug. 16th, 2014 05:56 am (UTC)
Whoa. That foot-first one sounded serious. O_O

Hope you get a break soon. Yay for healthy babies, though.
hardboiledbaby
Aug. 16th, 2014 06:47 am (UTC)
Wow. How nerve-wracking, but how wonderful :)
owensheart
Aug. 16th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
Woah that last case you mentioned I have never heard of that before, how does that even happen, did the sack rupture? was the baby full term? it was obviously breach.

sounds like you have your plate full.
angus_honey
Aug. 16th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
Lol...second time this week I've heard of a foot hanging out!!! It was a twin and they were delivered normally and were fine!
writer_klmeri
Aug. 16th, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
All I can think to say is... wow.
severina2001
Aug. 16th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
Less than 48 hours later a patient came in the middle of the night with her baby's foot hanging out of her vagina.

You have the best stories.

I know your life is stressful and beyond-busy and sometimes you get overwhelmed, but reading this I was mostly struck with what a miraculous life you lead. All those new lives you brought into the world. It's amazing.
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