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“You might want to consider a home delivery.”

Drove Meredith to Dr. Meachum’s office today. We got as far as the parking lot — it was worse than Wal-Mart, no parking spots anywhere. You could see people lined up outside the clinic, some of them in wheelchairs, wearing masks, others laid out on the grass, old people, little kids – man, those were the hardest to look at. Meredith was in the passenger seat, doubled over and crying, scared and in pain. She kept asking, “What if it’s the baby, what if there’s something wrong,” and I didn’t know what to say to her, I just held her hand and tried to tell her it was going to be all right. How would I know? But it seemed to help.

Dr. Meachum looked damn exhausted. He listened to the baby’s heartbeat and said it was normal. But his hands were definitely shaking badly when he took a blood sample – he was freaking me out. He told us that he hadn’t slept in three days (join the club, sez I). He said that in 40 years of practice he’d never seen anything like it, and that the CDC keeps promising them info, but nothing yet.

After the exam, while Meredith was getting dressed, he took me aside. He said something like “It’s your choice, but you might want to consider a home delivery. I can give you some information to take with you. It might be safer to stay away from hospitals.” The memory is a little hazy for me, but I think I actually thanked him. Needless to say, I’ve spent the last 2 hours googling on how to deliver a baby.


One Response to ““You might want to consider a home delivery.””

  1. Ryan says:
    July 6 at 4:32 am

    Oh man. I hope it all turns out well for you.

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