Situational Midwifery: Confessions of an UnCool Midwife
KITSAP COUNTY, Wash., July 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- I'm a midwife who's been up all night for most of the last 30 years. Before that, I was editor of a small town newspaper. I left that job swearing I'd never face another 3 am deadline. Now I'm thinking what I really needed was a good night's sleep. (And they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.)But I miss writing, so I've decided to launch a blog to record some of the brain activity that occurs between naps. I'm a little worried about exposing my tender underbelly to the pointy public, but have decided to dive in and see how we all get along.
This blog is where I'll get on my soapbox about things I encounter as a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner.
- HPV vaccine & parents who disapprove
- Waterbirth. I do it, but it ain't natural.
- Birth plans. And staying flexible.
The idea I didn't have was writing about my own diagnosis and subsequent treatment for breast cancer:
So I thought I'd be posting about midwife stuff. Instead, I'm bawling into a wad of Kleenex after the second of what's going to be a whole series of breast biopsies. Not that this is anything new. I've had cysts aspirated and densities sampled, and ultrasounds and mammograms--all in excess of the usual surveillance undertaken by good girls. Hey, I'm in the business. I don't believe in the talismanic properties of medical tests, but I do them anyway.
This time seems different. Had the mammogram and got called back for more. Nothing unusual about that; it happens every time. I don't even bring my husband these days. Then I was told I needed a fine needle aspiration. Still not alarming. But it must not be too fine a needle, as the radiologist left behind a titanium marker shaped like the stupid pink breast cancer bow. I didn't get a vote, he just showed me the pictures and there it was: bow marks the spot...
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