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  #21  
September 25th, 2012, 12:16 PM
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These make me feel better soon since I have the similar in-and-out experience. I Pee in a cup. A nurse takes my weight and blood pressure. If it's one of the nice nurses, she'll ask how I'm feeling and reply to questions. If not, I'm lucky not to get death stares when I ask what my blood pressure reading was. Then I wait for one of the docs to come in.

I've seen the crappy doc twice. For example, when I had the anatomy scan that same day, his all-inclusive report was: "Your scan looks fine." He's short with answers to my questions and treats me like an inferior moron. I hold my tongue about obnoxious details like the fact that even in his white coat, my education is *technically* more prestigious. I get a little sensitive about this because I felt like he looked down on DH because he came to one of my appointments in his work clothes -- blue collar, work-hard work clothes. There is *never* an excuse for that kind of behavior.

On the other hand, as I go through the rest of the staff (it's a practice, I'll get whoever is on-call when I go into labor) there was also one woman who was fabulous, compassionate and took her time. I get the new, young guy next visit. He's 40. He looks 20. I'm trying not to pre-judge.

I've never had my cervix checked beyond my first appointment pap smear. The U/S tech said something about the cervix at the anatomy scan, but I think that was to check where the placenta was lying.
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September 25th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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I am trying to figure out if I am expecting too much from my appointments. While pregnant with my son I stuck with my GYN who is also a high-risk OB. I had known her for maybe 10 years before getting pregnant. I was closely monitored for cervix issues so I was there every 2 weeks getting ultrasounds and check-ins with the doctor. At the beginning of the third trimester when you would normally not need the cervix monitoring if you were fine up to that point I developed blood pressure issues so I basically continued along with my every two week appointments. This time around I see the doctor every 4 weeks and have had 2 ultrasounds. My appointments are so short though...literally the doctor walks in and asks how I am feeling (most of the time its fine just nauseous still), listens to the HB, and then gives me the date to schedule my next appointment. Thats about it. Yesterday I think I saw the doctor for 10 minutes max. Is that weird? Am I missing the closeness I had with my previous doctor since I knew her and maybe my appointments were longer/more often so in comparison this seems odd? Just wondering
I think that you might be missing some of the closeness, which I totally understand, but it sounds like you are in a good practice. My apts vary in time depending on if I am getting blood work, u/s, waiting for the dr, etc but even today, the dr only came in, saw how I was doing, felt my belly, got the heartbeat, answered my 2 questions and that was that. Think of it as a good sign, if there was a problem you would probably have a longer apt!

My office does a u/s at 7-8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 20 weeks (16 week gender reveal is optional). Other than that u/s are not done unless there is a suspected issue or if you have a low lying placenta. My apts have always been 4 weeks apart and once I get to 36 weeks, they will be every week till I deliver.

Every office is different but yours sounds fine even if it is a little impersonal for your tastes
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September 25th, 2012, 12:36 PM
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So far every appt has been I get a cup to pee in when I tell the lady at the desk i'm there. Then I get taken back for weight and blood pressure check, next I get taken to a room and the doctor comes in gives me a quick tummy u/s, followed by the vagiwand u/s to check my cervix and she does a quick down there PH reading. However starting at my next appt I get to be hooked up at each appt for 20 min to a CTG or EFM machine to monitor the babies heartrate.
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September 25th, 2012, 12:52 PM
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My appointments are very short. The nurse weighs me, checks blood pressure, and collects a urine sample. Then the Dr comes in, asks me how I'm feeling. Breifly goes over any bloodwork or U/S results that have come in from the lab. Feels and/or measures my belly. Takes a quick listen for the babies heartbeat. And thats about it! Five minutes tops.
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September 25th, 2012, 01:00 PM
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Mine include the following: weight, pee in a cup, blood pressure, questions for nurse. Dr comes in measures fundal height, listens to heartbeat briefy and then asks if I have any questions. I think my Dr is always stunned I never have any questions. When it's your 4th in 5 years what questions do I need to ask.

Now my specialists appointments are different, but that why they are specialists.

I like my appointments quick as I am usually in a hurry to get home so DH can get to work.
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September 25th, 2012, 03:23 PM
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These make me feel better soon since I have the similar in-and-out experience. I Pee in a cup. A nurse takes my weight and blood pressure. If it's one of the nice nurses, she'll ask how I'm feeling and reply to questions. If not, I'm lucky not to get death stares when I ask what my blood pressure reading was. Then I wait for one of the docs to come in.

I've seen the crappy doc twice. For example, when I had the anatomy scan that same day, his all-inclusive report was: "Your scan looks fine." He's short with answers to my questions and treats me like an inferior moron. I hold my tongue about obnoxious details like the fact that even in his white coat, my education is *technically* more prestigious. I get a little sensitive about this because I felt like he looked down on DH because he came to one of my appointments in his work clothes -- blue collar, work-hard work clothes. There is *never* an excuse for that kind of behavior.

On the other hand, as I go through the rest of the staff (it's a practice, I'll get whoever is on-call when I go into labor) there was also one woman who was fabulous, compassionate and took her time. I get the new, young guy next visit. He's 40. He looks 20. I'm trying not to pre-judge.

I've never had my cervix checked beyond my first appointment pap smear. The U/S tech said something about the cervix at the anatomy scan, but I think that was to check where the placenta was lying.
Eeew! He sounds like a colossal "part-of-the-male-anatomy" to me! Have you thought of switching? You deserve to be treated better than that, especially since you are PAYING him. Rude docs really rub me the wrong way. Grrrr...
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September 25th, 2012, 03:32 PM
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sounds pretty much exactly like my dr appointments except i go every 2 wks for various issues and she usually prescribes me an antibiotic at the end of each appt because i have a perma uti (Which seriously sucks)
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September 25th, 2012, 03:38 PM
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Lucky Mama -- Weirdly, this "city" we moved to has one practice that delivers at the local hospital that suites us perfectly. It was my fault for not being more forceful about not getting a second appointment with the jerk doctor and requesting one of the other practitioners for check ups instead. I spoke with another recent mom at the same practice and L&D nurse as well and she says he's a jerk, but he knows his stuff. So at least if I don't luck out and he's at the delivery he won't screw up anything important. And I'll be too happy to even think of his jerkness.
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September 25th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Mine sound like everybody else's except I do pee every time and I don't even know what fundal height means! My dr. did break out a tape measure on my belly today and i've never seen her do that before. It does annoy me that they don't tell you everything....like don't make me ASK what my BP was....just tell me. I really like my dr. and her PA though. They and the u/s tech are all VERY friendly and sweet. They spend as much time as I want them to spend. If I'm feeling fine and have no issues or questions then it's short and sweet (after the 2 hours of waiting of course) but if i'm sick (like today) they stay in there with me a while. It was more than 10 mins.
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September 25th, 2012, 08:32 PM
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Lucky Mama -- Weirdly, this "city" we moved to has one practice that delivers at the local hospital that suites us perfectly. It was my fault for not being more forceful about not getting a second appointment with the jerk doctor and requesting one of the other practitioners for check ups instead. I spoke with another recent mom at the same practice and L&D nurse as well and she says he's a jerk, but he knows his stuff. So at least if I don't luck out and he's at the delivery he won't screw up anything important. And I'll be too happy to even think of his jerkness.
Good to know he's compentent, even if his bedside manner is atrocious! Maybe you could subtly hint that you have an army of irritable pregnant friends online that will kick in his keister if he doesn't treat you nicely. And we are all over the country. Wherever he goes, we can find him...
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