Posted by no support (as ),
It was a Sunday afternoon last year, and I was pregnant in my first trimester.
I noticed a little bit of bleeding and to stay on the safe side called the Dongara Hospital who recommended I come in. At this stage I was relaxed but did want to check about the possibility of a miscarriage - and the nurse asked me to take a pregnancy test and five minutes later said, yes, your suspicions were right, you've miscarried. Understandably I burst into tears, I had never been pregnant before and to be told so bluntly was jarring. No one else was there, and eventually when I wouldn't stop crying they offered me tea but their lack of empathy was so apparent I just wanted out of there. I got myself together and asked if there was anything I needed to do and they said maybe take a Panadol and that I'd be right.
So you can guess where this is going - that night I didn't get a second of sleep, and it was one of the most painful and traumatic experiences of my life. The amount of blood was just beyond what I thought possible and the cramps were excruciating. This is where I have to take responsibility - I couldn't drive, and was living alone at that time... but I should have just called the ambulance or a friend and gone straight to Geraldton ED. I stupidly 'toughed' it out and will forever feel embarrassed about that. However the fact remains that the advice I received from Dongara Hospital was to take a Panadol and that I'd be right.
Thankfully the next morning when it was a more civilised hour I called family who told me to go straight to Geraldton where I should have gone the day before. They were wonderful and did all the checks necessary, gave me pain relief and wrote me a certificate to take a few days off work to recover.
I am still teary about this experience and will forever have trust issues with small-town hospitals. Thank you for listening - all I ask is that if this happens again, check that the patient has local support and then tell them to go straight to ED.