The encounter I will discuss for this assignment is the birth of my nephew. My sister had preeclampsia during her pregnancy and she had a very frustrating and busy pregnancy. From the frequent doctor’s appointments and emergency room visits to her final appointment with her OBGYN, she was dissatisfied with her treatment by the medical staff. Everyone was crass and very to the point. She was often upset that they lacked empathy and failed to inform her of all the things that are typical and expected to happen with her condition. She carried her child until she was 32 weeks and then she had such severe swelling and high blood pressure from her condition that her OBGYN informed her that they were going to induce labor by the end of her 34th week of pregnancy.
With such an urgent tone, she had no choice but to have faith in her doctor’s decision and hope that everything would go smoothly. She was not informed of the possible complications that could arise from this procedure and since it was her first child, she did not know which questions she needed to ask. After a very painful and unsuccessful induction process, she ended up having to be rushed into an emergency cesarean procedure and had her son after 26 hours of intense labor. To an extent, you are appreciative and understanding of the medical staff’s decision to take such quick and urgent precautions to have her deliver her child before the anticipated due date. Waiting until she was full-term could have been dangerous for both my sister and her child. Their decision to take the chance and induce pregnancy early was something that took careful consideration from her OBGYN and their knowledge and experience is something you can be appreciative of. Although, there are many ways in which the nursing staff could have been more helpful and informative and there are a lot of ways in which the doctors were crass and unhelpful. They did not help her understand the procedures from the perspective of the patient and the fact that this was the mother’s first child, the staff did not take much time to explain the possible outcomes. It is likely that my sister, or any patient, would feel more comfortable had the doctor spent more time communicating with their patient.
After watching the Vanishing Oath, it is very obvious that a person’s medical experiences are perceived and understood very differently by all involved audiences. Watching the video made me conscious of all the times I have been frustrated in an urgent care or emergency room and having to wait for an extremely quick discussion with a physician to ultimately feel dissatisfied by the encounter. Watching the video gave me a new perspective that has given me empathy and appreciation for all that physicians have to go through on a daily basis. Although, it is clear that physicians have an extremely difficult time keeping up with the workload, it is still hard to understand why doctor’s cannot spend their brief patient care sessions helping the patient to understand their situation.