Today was beta day. And I have been pleasantly happy of late, nervous about every cramp, but really great otherwise. I have also been utilizing every pregnancy stick I can find. All of them, all of the brands.
So you can imagine my anxiousness about getting this pesky blood drawing business out of the way. First of all because blood draws make me want to shrivel up and die and second because we just want that absolutely for sure number. Especially the Hubs. He is being so cautious about his excitement…I have only caught one brief smile thus far. The poor man is just so worried that the blood test might prove to be false.
I drove to the only lab in this icky little NM town that can do a stat beta first thing in the morning. Hours say 7:30 am -6 pm. I wait until 7:36 and the doors have yet to be opened. So I leave mildly irritated in order to be able to check in my 7:45 surgery patients.
I come back to said facility at 12:10, thinking that it won’t matter if the draw is a little bit later. I end up waiting for an hour and 1/2 while sitting in a waiting room with 2 screaming toddlers and a family of like 1,000. I seriously want to explode at this point. Fortunately just before I lose my sanity I am called back for the sample. Unfortunately the tech is miserable at blood draws, resulting in 2 needles and me even having to feel the vessel to direct her. I wanted to vomit. I can do surgery and draw blood and do all of the things on animals but to see that needle really made me want to panic.
Just before I scurry away from the lab of horrors, I verify that the results will be available today. I also verify that I can access those results either at the lab or via phone.
Turns out that although the lab hours say until 6 they really mean 5:30. Weird that 6 was listed on the bloody door.
Meaning that although I was at the parking lot at 5:34 they had already locked the doors. And when I tried to contact the main branch for results even though they can say that the lab was completed they cannot give me the results over the phone. Or online. Or by fax. The lady said she can’t give anything to me unless I have a medical license. Of course my response was, um, yes I am a doctor with a license…turns out that didn’t work out in my favor either.
The best part was when I happened to see them letting a patient leave the building as I was complaining to corporate. I waved and the employee basically gave me the bird and locked the door in my face.
I seriously lost my mind. This is silly and ridiculous and I have no idea why I was so upset. But I wanted to do something destructive or crazy, probably both. It infuriates me that I can run a CBC, serum chemistry, radiographs, ECG, UA, give those results with interpretation as well as schedule an elective surgical procedure on the same patient for the very next day yet this lab cannot efficiently draw blood or give patient access to results.
Needless to say, beta results will be acquired come hell or high water tomorrow.