- Post on the blog about my being on 30 Days
- Email friends, family, midwives, doulas about my being on 30 Days
- 10:00 am - Be called to last-minute assist another midwife I don't usually assist... mom is 8 cm
- 5:00 pm - Mom still isn't delivered and midwife is unsure of transfer, mom put to bed, I go out to eat dinner
- 6:00 - 7:00 pm - I am called to a client with advanced signs of PIH/pre-eclampsia; we're meeting at the hospital after an hour of discussion
7:00 pm - Midwife calls her usual assistant who is sitting with her own client in the hospital - 1st midwife's client is now 10 cm and pushing; Client in hospital is sleeping with epidural
7:15pm - Grab chart at office (mom is 35 weeks) and head up 60 miles with apprentice who met me at the office
8:30 pm - Meet mom in Triage - Labs being ordered, mom still exhibiting signs of PIH/PE, fetal heart tones 200, then resolved
8:35 pm - Daughter 2 calls from Central Time Zone -
"Uh, mom? Did they edit you out?"
In the background her fiance is hollering "She hasn't seen it yet!"
"Uh, I watched and never blinked and they didn't show you at all."
I implore, "They didn't show ?! They didn't show the SIX women I got together that had had abortions and were still thankful for their decisions?!? The group of women who BARED THEIR SOULS TO A CAMERA?!?!"
"They didn't show me AT ALL going to the home and talking with the Pastor and his wife about being a pro-choice midwife?!?"
Laughter begins to erupt from my center. Luckily, it was a light moment anyway with the client who wanted to be entertained with stories.
I start laughing, red-faced, laughing that I told soooooooooooooooooo many people about the show. How people were watching for "the bald one" and they were going to think I was the Pastor. My apprentice takes off on that and says people will say, "She seems a little more butch than I expected, but she IS married to a woman."
I am more embarrassed than I can say, so all I do is laugh until the labs come back normal and we all go home with post-visit instructions to watch for continuing PIH signs and a suggestion that I draw labs every 2-3 days if symptoms persist.
In the car, on the way home, the apprentice and I howl with laughter while eating gourmet chocolate. I know I have to write in my blog that I was edited out and I wince, feeling so, so embarrassed because people will think I was merely shoving my agenda down their throats or I clandestinely work for the show and wanted to up the ratings.
Alas, it isn't so sinister as that at all.
I was merely edited out.
The last contact with the producer was by phone and she signed off with, "I really think you will be pleased with the outcome."
My apprentice said I should call her today and say, "Not so much."
so so embarrassed