Monday, October 09, 2006

Cyst Worries

Friday was a great day. We found out that the baby is healthy and is a boy! We also got the due date pushed up, which is great for me since I’m not the most patient person in the world.

We also got some possibly not-so-good news: I have a cyst on my right ovary. The technician didn’t say too much about it, so I started researching ovarian cysts over the weekend. I also have a co-worker who is very knowledgeable on medical issues, so I asked her about it as well.

My research kind of scared me, but my co-worker told me this was very common, but to call my doctor to ease my fears.

I’ve been trying not to focus on my doctor situation. Before I became pregnant, I really liked my doctor’s office. Now, I really don’t.

I’m handed off between five doctors – I’ve seen three so far – and they don’t have time to answer my questions. They also don’t explain things to me. I know pregnancy is really common, but this is my first and I get really scared sometimes.

I called the doctor’s office Monday morning and after being on hold for a while I finally got a nurse who told me I hadn’t given them time to look at the ultrasound and the doctor was on vacation. I informed her that I wanted to get this question answered, so I was calling ahead of time to give them time to prepare. She patronized me and told me I should write my questions down. I told her I did, but amazingly the doctors still didn’t have time for me and that this question was more important to me than my constant heartburn. Is it too much to ask to have a little bit of "care" in healthcare?

I’m sure I got a bad mark by my name and will probably have to wait an hour for my 2 minutes with the doctor instead of the usual 30 minutes at my next appointment.

Perhaps you can help me set my mind at ease -- do you have a story about developing ovarian cysts during pregnancy? How did you and your doctor deal with it? Leave a comment by clicking the button below.


Blogger MelissaW said...

I don't have experience with ovarian cysts suring pregnancy but as a nurse I have heard and learned that due to hormonal changes things like cysts are common. What I wanted to comment to you on was the way that you are being treated at your physician's office. I am 26 weeks pregnant now and for the first 5 months of my pregnancy I was going to a practice that sounds exactly like the one that you are describing, only my issue is a hernia that no body seemed to want to give any attention to. Anyway...after one particularly bad experience we decided to seek the rest of our prenatal care elsewhere and I couldn't feel any better about it. Especially with a first pregnancy (me too) you need to be made to feel like the events taking place are special. When providers don't have enough time to let you ask questions I think you need to question whether this is the right practice for you. maybe switching to a new provider isn't the answer for you but just remember that it's not too late. Just becuase you started with one practice doesn't mean you have to finish with them. One other thing to keep in are paying them to provide good care....are you getting what you've been paying for?

2:29 PM  
Blogger Emily da Flea said...

It's not too late to switch providers! And it will make such a big difference for your own sense of comfort and happiness if you feel respected and listened to. I had an unsatisfactory relationship with my old OB (too clinical and statisticky) -- I always left appointments feeling more worried than when I went in. When I moved, I got a new OB and boy, what a difference it made in the way I feel about my pregnancy! The new OB is never too busy to answer questions and always reassuring. I feel confident that she'll genuinely be listening to me when we're ready to deliver and I'm sure that trust is going to translate into a more positive birth experience. Get a new doc, for your whole family's sake!

8:13 AM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Thank you guys for the advice. It's nice to know we're not alone and aren't being unreasonable in our requests. Our next appointment is Wednesday and we hope to get clarification on the cyst and air our worries. After that meeting, I have a feeling we'll be calling around for a new doc.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have cystic ovarian disease, I had been told I couldn't get pregnant. Well, I am 20 weeks pregnant, and I don't think my cysts are any smaller, and my little one looks fine...Thank GOD! Pray, and trust GOD to bring you through. Cysts aren't as harmful as people make them out to be, they are just growths of skin, and fat, that for whatever reason like to linger in the ovarian, and tummy area. Your little penut will be fine....Trust GOD.

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