Everyday I meet a new kind of stupid.
A woman, thirty-five years old, mother of two children went to her GP. She had a swollen belly and pain which came and went in waves. She also hadn't had a menstrual period in over nine months. That morning, just after the pain had started, she had lost some fluid from her vagina. The pain was getting worse and the waves were getting closer together.
The GP did a (completely unnecessary) pregnancy test which – surprise, surprise, come back positive.
The GP was incredibly relieved when we arrived.
We had just managed to wheel her into the maternity department when the baby made an appearance. My crewmate helped the midwife deliver the baby while I was hiding in the ambulance. I'm quite happy for any baby (not of my own) to be born with me not watching, I suspect the woman was quite happy I wasn't there as well.
Here was a woman who was fully aware of what pregnancy is like, she wasn't even in denial – the whole thing came as a complete shock. Her husband looked completely shell-shocked as well.
The whole thing really beggars comment.