Thursday, January 17, 2008

What do American Idol and L&D have in common?

As I sat on my couch last night watching that guy explain his collection of “finger nail peelings” on American Idol I was reminded of a girl that showed up in L&D one night with a bag of vomit she had been saving. This led me to ponder what else Simon Cowell and I may have in common.

I decided that like the DMV, American Idol gets a good sampling of the general population. The relatively normal to the over-emotional, to the bipolar and even people that enjoy dressing up in chicken costumes or drag all show up to audition thinking that they may be the next big star. Labor and Delivery is the same way. Pregnancy is non-discriminating and while admittedly when someone shows up in drag as a “patient” we have bigger problems, we too see it all.

Just like rejected auditioners get their 30 seconds in some sort of confessional where they curse Simon and blame their failure on anything other than their lack of singing ability, I too get cursed and yelled at when I send someone home who is not in labor. And like Idol, some do actually take it gracefully.

So, when you find yourself wondering if these stories could possibly be true think of glitter pixie queen (aka Willem Dafoe’s look alike) and Renaldo Lapuz belting out “We’re Brothers Forever” and think of the possibility. For me, I think my lesson is that I need an L&D video confessional out by the elevators.


AtYourCervix said...

For once, the FOB cursed out the doctor, instead of me, when he and his girlfriend were told that she wasn't in labor.

Heehee, poetic justice, I'd say. I can't tell you how many times I've been the one who has to tell the patient that she's not in labor, and needs to go home.

l&d.rn said...

Lucky you! Around my parts it's always the nurse that gets to do it. We did have a lady once take up a bed for nearly 24 hours because two OB's from the same practice were fighting over who had to go in the room and tell her and her Bible carrying husband that she had an STD.

Anonymous said...

I just found your BLOG - A co-worker told me about it. I too am a labor nurse and appreciate your sories - thanks for sharing. I posted a link to your BLOG on mine - I hope that is OK w/ you.