Sunday, March 28, 2010

OB in 2010… a Different World

I loved the report I received from the off-going nurse my last shift. The patient was stabilizing after having preterm contractions at 24 week with twins.

“The babies are surprisingly easy to find,” my colleague said encouragingly.

“The first heartbeat can be found just above the butterfly tattoo on her right lower abdomen. And, the second is just north of the belly button ring.”

What a crack up.

But you know…twins can be hard to find. It was actually really helpful to have those great landmarks.

I can’t wait ‘til it's popular to tattoo entire grids on the tummy. You know, like the old Battleship game.

I’d love to hear that report.

“You’ll find the first twin at B-2 and the second at G-6.”

I’d actually look forward to multiples!

(No offense mommies. But, my oh my, those sweet little twins, trips, quads, quints…are so hard to monitor!)

8 comments:

Jen said...

My triplets always gave the nurses a run for their money when they were trying to monitor them :)

Mighty M said...

Cracking up over the visual! "You sank my battleship!!". :)

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Foursons said...

Hahaha- I'm sure nursing is so different then it was when you entered into the profession. Much like teaching. Teachers today are not teaching the kids they taught 20 years ago. Things have changed drastically.

Kelley said...

too funny!

AtYourCervix said...

We never monitor with EFM any multiples higher than twins. You have no guarantee that you are tracing 3 individual fetuses, nor can you guarantee that you are monitoring the same 3 fetuses each time. Unlike twins, which are usually pretty easy to tell which is which. We do daily U/S for triplets or higher, if they need daily monitoring.

Just Breathe said...

That is so cute!

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