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I have decided for my next baby I will deffinetly get private health insurance! I am 41 weeks pregnant and my doctor is *busy* so he cannot induce me until it suits him ... how kind of him not only am I very over due but my ankles and feet have become extremely swollen in the last couple of days, oh and also I am releasing protein into my urine... all signs of pre-eclampsia and instead of him inducing me he said that next monday (15days overdue) he will induce me. So I hope I do not have a fricken heart attack while I wait for my pre-eclampsia to set in. I just felt like having a rant since it is 3am and I cannot sleep because my feet, ankles and legs are so swollen I can barely move. Bottom line I will NEVER go public again! HMMMPPPPP :@
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replied July 21st, 2008
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Sorry to hear you are going through so much! I too have public healthcare and it can really suck sometimes. You are on their clock.

Is it dangerous for you to be like this? I have heard that pre-clamsia can cause problems, but im not to sure about much else.

Maybe you could try soaking your legs and elevating them?
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replied July 21st, 2008
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Yeah it is dangerous I could have a heart attack, I am going in tomorrow and threatening legal action since nothing else seems to work. I am already 6 days over due also really I should be induced at 10 days over however now that I am developing pre-eclampsia they should get off their butts and do something. Private healthcare sucks!!
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replied July 21st, 2008
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by public and private healthcare, what do you mean? like... medicaid as opposed to... or what?
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replied July 21st, 2008
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Well I am in Australia ... over here we have two medical systems. The public system and the private system. Private healthcare you have to pay for and can be really expensive, public healthcare means the government pays your healthcare however you have bottom priority, they would pick someone for a nose job who had private before doing a life saving operation on someone with public. I tried getting private as soon as I found out I was pregnant (I didn't have it before getting pregnant as I never get sick so couldn't justify spending $100's of dollars a year for nothing, and my baby was unplanned) but they say you have to have private cover 12 months before becoming pregnant. So therefor stuffed either way. I don't know what its like over there in TX but here public patients get long waiting lists and private health cover patients come well before public. Moral of the story ... Australian government sucks.
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replied August 24th, 2008
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i am sorry to hear your concern.

but they do leave nearly all pregnancy go over to ten days.
i had a pre-eclampsia scare last week and was in hospital i didnt have protein in my urine once i had it there for three months and a slighlty raised bp

your saying you are developing pre-clampsia you have no proof or diagnosis protein in urine is common only large amounts would be some what alarming if they were there over a period of time

if you were developing pre-eclampis you Dr would of sent you into hospital for a liver function blood test and other blood work. your baby would be on a monitor and you have mid stream urine tests and if your getting discharge like i was a swab from your vagina.

Honestly calm down if your Dr reconzied them symptoms and let you go home that would be more than his/ Hers Jobsworth.

Try to stay calm not to raise your blood pressure through stress.
i had a friend who had badly swollen feet and legs through pregnacy she didnt develop pre-eclampsia though

maybe take a visit to your local birth centre or hospital to get questioned answered
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replied August 25th, 2008
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I ended up finally getting induced at 12 days overdue, I ended up stayng in labour for 39 hours and 40mins they should have done an emergency c section but had not enough doctor's. So I stopped breathing my temperature rose to 43 degree's and me and my baby had to spend 48 hours inintensive care. Which I was late told would have all been avoided if I had of been induced when I first started developing pre eclampsia. So yeah the doctor's were at fault and my baby almost died and I stopped breathing for a bit.
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replied August 25th, 2008
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In that case i think you should consider sueing these people your baby should never of ended up in ICU.

How are you and your baby ?
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replied August 26th, 2008
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Yeah well we got some of the birth on a mobile phone video and we are looking into it, but its hard work to sue such a big hospital.
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