"Okey, Ma'am," I answered. "I'll be there in a few minutes," I added then replaced the receiver. "Let's get this over and done with," I thought to myself. I immediately got up from my bed and went straight to the bathroom to splash cold water on my face to wash off all hints of sleepiness which was written all over it. I fixed myself a bit and took a very quick glance on the mirror as I passed by it on my way to the door.
The Doctors' Quarters is just adjacent to the Labor Room and just when I got out of it, three persons were on the hallway. The patient's accompanying, I thought. I walked past them.
It is a standard operating procedure by the way, in Obstetric Departments of hospitals all over the world that the first thing doctors do in admitting a pregnant patient is the Admitting Internal Examination (IE). Yes, that is the part where the doctor sticks the second and third finger into the patient's vaginal canal and feel for the dilatation of the cervix, the mouth of the uterus. The progression of the cervical dilatation and the increase of frequency and intensity of uterine contractions are the two main factors that govern labor. Once the contractions are strong enough to cause full dilatation of the cervix which is at ten centimeters, the baby is ready to go out of the mother's womb.
It is for the purpose of the IE that the nurses made our new admission - yes, I mean the patient - - lie on the IE table. It is not just some table. It is actually a bed which, I don't know how, but along the way, evolved into being called a table. It is shorter yet more elevated than the usual bed and uhmm, yes, the usual table, and it is equipped with stirrups on which the patient positions her feet while the physician is doing the IE. The IE Table is found in another room called the IE Room (Yeah, what else should we call it? Hahahaha!) to ensure the patient's privacy. In the case of our IE Room, the IE table is specially surrounded by curtains, creating a small room within a room to reinforce the patient's privacy.
As I walked into the IE Room, I headed towards the IE table and got hold of the curtains, and swept it a bit to one side, creating a breach through the sheets, just enough for me to enter. And when I stepped into the room within a room, I could not believe what I saw.