Thought I'd share this as it made me giggle: had my booking appointment the other day and have just had a look through what my MW has written. For starters I'm apparently 52m tall and 170k in weight... This gives me a BMI of 0.063! I also don't have an EDD, or a location to give birth. This baby will have to stay put, or risk being the offspring of a giant, insanely skinny woman!
I do think it's funny how bad some of the notes are in my folder too, but its dawned on me in the last couple of weeks that these form part of our official medical record. I didn't realise, but they take the folder back after the end of the pregnancy. If the midwives do this, what % of the rest of our formal medical record is meaningless too?
Last pregnancy my midwife managed to record an impressive weight for me which put me off the charts as obese. This triggered a letter offering me extra support for my high risk pregnancy. My GP & I had a good giggle as I'm a rather petite little thing who could never be mistaken as obese.
Fortunately I'm not too concerned about the MW cocking up now or in the coming months as I'm a HCP, so perfectly able to read and understand medical shorthand, what worries me is the women who aren't medical professionals, or who don't speak English as a first language - the whole thing must be at best mystifying and at worst terrifying and disempowering (something we're supposed to be working to stop).
English is not my first language and I struggle to understand some regional accents, and I went for an appointment at about 7 months prg and MW asked me if I was smelling. I swear I thought she said 'are your feet smelling. Your hands and feet'. I said 'I don't know, you tell me if they're smelling' I was getting a bit annoyed. Who does she think she is asking me if my feet are smelling. I can't even see my feet let alone smell them Obviously she meant swelling.
Embaker- the internet is your friend here. For that matter I can be! If you've any lingo questions give me a shout and I'll help you out. Medical interactions are scary and stressful for most, and not having complete comprehension only exacerbates it I think. Ask! :-)
Some funny, some not so funny stories... This may be a symptom of my character but I always have to have a cup of tea and read over the notes after my appointment. So far all are correct and many of the abbreviations are there in the printed section. If there was an error or I didn't understand though I would bring it up at the next appointment and assumed that's what everyone else does... Do you get that my boyfriend thinks I'm a control freak!