This is a list of how often and where the term 'Barb' appears in the book PERSONAL BAGGAGE.
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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...“Hi ya, chick!” Barbara Ruth Tackett, RN, a sun-streaked blond with whom Penny had worked several times, was already dressed, her eyes mirroring Oncology’s distinctive royal-blue scrubs. Barb, who was the age of Penny’s youngest child, laid her newspaper aside and sprang from her chair to give Penny an enthusiastic hug. ..."
"...Penny observed in the sink mirror as Barb worked gel into her hair and pulled the strands straight up to stand out from her scalp. In her mind Penny felt young, but comparing the rosy-cheeked woman’s reflection to her own, she could see why Barb said “Yes Ma’am” and “No Ma’am” to her. ..."32.
"... can’t fix my hair without it.” Thanking Barb, Penny was again surprised at the reaction her haircut had received. While she was in Roanoke, her sister-in-law had encouraged Penny to let a hair stylist work on her and the result was almost embarrassing. “They were, like, totally slammed ..."33.
"... encouraged Penny to let a hair stylist work on her and the result was almost embarrassing. “They were, like, totally slammed today,” Barb said. “Maria’s out there scrambling to catch up.” Patients and their families loved Maria McEliney, the 3-11 unit secretary who had been a ..."
"...After Report, Barb counted narcotics and acquired the keys. Penny checked the crash cart and discharged the defibrillator to be sure it was working properly, then checked on one of her patients who was receiving the second of two units of blood. A small amount remained in the bag, and ..."
"...The day-shift nurse completed and signed off orders left from first shift, most of which had been done, but not signed off by an RN. In the medicine room Penny and Barb checked their patients’ MARs against the Kardexes, verified each other’s insulin dosages, and looked up anything they were not sure about. Then each nurse moved among her charges, answering questions and passing meds. By midnight, the patients and their family members were settled for the night. ..."
"...grinned. “I’ll leave a note for the Director of Nurses in the morning, but you’ll still need to fill out an incident report and clip a copy of this order to it.” He turned to Maria. “I need you to stay a few minutes longer so Barb won’t be alone—they have a hard stick out on Four Main, and I want Penny to do it while I attend to something else.” ..."71.
"... Maria had left by the time the nurse from Fourth joined Penny and Barb in Oncology’s lounge, where she painted a vivid account of her horrible night in which everything had gone wrong. “...and then one of my patients, a depressed seventy-year-old man, jumped out of his window.” ..."72.
"... one of my patients, a depressed seventy-year-old man, jumped out of his window.” “Wow!” Barb’s eyes were big pools of blue. “How did he climb through?” Windows in the rooms were narrow and high. “Well, I’ll tell you what I think.” The nurse leaned forward, her chin ..."74.
"... roof of Eye sometime after midnight, which makes it Friday-the-thirteenth, plus tonight’s a full moon—Spate’s on the prowl!” Barb nodded. “Awesome.” But Penny frowned and stood up. Her patient’s call bell was ringing and she hurried off to answer. Barb returned to the desk, and ..."75.
"... on the prowl!” Barb nodded. “Awesome.” But Penny frowned and stood up. Her patient’s call bell was ringing and she hurried off to answer. Barb returned to the desk, and the nurse from Fourth headed downstairs. “What is Eye?” Penny asked Barb when 4 a.m. vital ..."77.
"... off to answer. Barb returned to the desk, and the nurse from Fourth headed downstairs. “What is Eye?” Penny asked Barb when 4 a.m. vital signs were done and they were tabulating intakes and outputs. “This hospital’s built around a section of the old Jacksonville Hospital. It was, ..."
"...Their shift finished, Barb and Penny sat in a corner booth of the almost deserted cafeteria. It was still too early for office personnel to arrive, and the surgeons and their staff were already at work. Only a few family members who had spent the night at a bedside were there ..."
"...Barb continued, “When we moved to Jacksonville five years ago, I applied for work here and they put me on the second floor in Dr. Spate’s building. It was, like, a serious bummer: a twenty-four-hour observation unit with job openings, and I learned pretty quickly why they couldn’t ..."
"...the medicine room–-he must have known it’s a Joint Commission violation to wedge a door open. I’d be in there working and, BAM! The door would go totally shut, you know? I couldn’t hear my patients’ call bells, and I’d be seriously scared and stuff.” Barb rolled her Windex-blue eyes. “I got out of that unit and came to Oncology as soon as there was a position open.” ..."
"...Barb paused, looking down into her lap. She took a deep breath. “One night after I came to Oncology, Supervisor Crouch was helping us to initiate a new nurse, taking her on a scare tour of Eye, like we used to do. We had a routine: first ..."96.
"... She had not felt sleepy, but fatigue was beginning to invade her body. Barb pulled the long strap of her tote bag onto her shoulder. “Hey, you’ve got to come back for that workshop tomorrow. We’d better get going!” ..."
Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen2.
"... must be full!” Barb munched a nacho and shoved the plate toward her. “Every bed! Day shift’s flitting around too fast to give Report.” Fetching a cup of coffee, she placed it in front of Penny. “Drink up! We won’t be stopping to eat again anytime soon.” The Evening Unit ..."
"...“Screw ‘em,” Barb told Penny. “Let’s divvy up between us. We don’t have a rat’s chance of getting help. I’ll take the new admission and the people I had last night, okay?” Barb unplugged the pot and distributed the remaining coffee into their cups. “I had ..."
"...Penny took a minute to digest this information. “You know, Barb, until I took the chemo class I didn’t know that nadir is when chemotherapy has killed so many white blood cells that there aren’t enough healthy cells left to fight infection. I thought nadir had something to do with astronomy.” ..."16.
"... that there aren’t enough healthy cells left to fight infection. I thought nadir had something to do with astronomy.” “Congrats on getting certified!” Barb said. “Thanks, but I’m not convinced it’s an honor to be authorized to infuse potent chemicals; there’s such small ..."22.
"... After Report, they collected their clipboards and stethoscopes. Penny and Barb faced an uphill battle to assess eight patients, dispense night meds, pain meds, and snacks, and there sat Dr. Scales and Dr. Benson writing away, heaping on new orders that would have to be carried out. One ..."26.
"... that would have to be carried out. One of the day-shift nurses returned to the lounge. “Which of you has the new patient?” Barb raised her hand. “I’ve done her admission and started the IV for you, but I haven’t charted my needle stick in the computer. Will you do ..."
"...“I can’t do that—we’re not allowed to chart for each other,” Barb said, frowning as the exasperated nurse rushed out. With a helpless expression, Barb looked at Penny and shrugged. “I don’t know the places she stuck, and if I put in my access code, everything I enter is attributed to me.” ..."40.
"... Penny completed her assessment and added ice to the water pitcher beside the bed. Maria beckoned Penny to the desk where Barb was talking with an LPN, sent to help them. Barb had given her a total-care patient. “Thank you for coming!” Penny said. “Please take over my fourteen-year-old ..."42.
"... infected laceration, and then just help me take care of a stroke patient named Darlina.” “They told me you and Barb had it rough up here, and they were right.” The small, redheaded nurse giggled. “Anything you can do will be great,” Penny said. “The patient I need help with weighs ..."65.
"... blood pressure cuff to her patient’s arm as she had promised. It was 1 a.m. when Penny joined the other two nurses working at computers. She slid into a chair and leaned over to tell Barb, “I met the Colonel.” Barb grinned. “He told me the reason he got here so late tonight was ..."
"...Barb grinned. “He told me the reason he got here so late tonight was that George Jones came to his house to celebrate because the CD they cut has gone platinum. Prader says it made him a million dollars, but since he owns twenty-four eighteen-wheelers and a house ..."
"...Barb gave Report first, and while Penny waited her turn she extracted from her locker the list she had printed of Dr. Scales’s patients and examined it. In addition to Mr. Tribble, there were seven others. Two of the diagnoses were identical: Infection of Unknown Origin. Another ..."
"...Barb was working at a computer when Penny pulled on her jacket, so Penny descended the steps alone. In the basement, the door opening onto the parking lot was barricaded and a sign pointed down the hall to the left. Kerri, her eyes thickly rimmed with mascara, talked ..."
Chapter 14: Chapter Fourteen
"...Barbering if she should help her mother use the toilet, Penny patted below the waistline of Mrs. Nichols’s skirt and discovered that she was padded with diapers. They left the nursing home through the enclosed, heated walkway that connected all the buildings. At the hub of the walkway ..."
Chapter 15: Chapter Fifteen
"...In the nurses’ lounge, Barb, already dressed in scrubs, bowed her head over the Kardex while a glow from the overhead florescent fixture highlighted blond streaks in her hair. Concentrating on her notes, she did not look up to welcome Penny. “I’m keeping the three I had last night, and I took ..."18.
"... to offend her friend, while butterflies hatched at the top of her stomach. Barb glanced at Penny and smiled with one side of her mouth. “You’d better get dressed. I’ll tell you later, if we have time.” After Report and the transfer of narcotic keys, Penny planned ahead: she ..."58.
"... going to start this blood.” Penny called Barb to witness as she wasted the dirty Lortab, then Barb accompanied her to Miss Logan’s bed where they compared tags on the blood bag with the patient’s identification bracelet and signed their names to the forms. Dragging the computer-on-wheels ..."85.
"... Her blood sugar was 425. Returning to the desk, Penny found Barb on the edge of tears, but Dr. Hutton said, “Give Nancy IV Valium, 2-4 mgs every hour until she’s asleep. We’ll have to keep her sedated until we can decrease the swelling in her brain.” Penny nodded. Then, suddenly ..."86.
"... in her brain.” Penny nodded. Then, suddenly remembering the blood infusion, hurried to Miss Logan’s room. She was asleep to The Sound of Music and Penny observed on the transfusion sheet that Barb had recorded vital signs for her, and it was not time to check them again. After midnight, ..."87.
"... her, and it was not time to check them again. After midnight, Penny found Barb in the lounge, her head in her hands. “Thank you for getting those blood vitals for me. I completely forgot.... Barb, what’s going on? Are you all right?” Barb hissed through clenched teeth. “Maria’s ..."88.
"... forgot.... Barb, what’s going on? Are you all right?” Barb hissed through clenched teeth. “Maria’s mad at me. She didn’t take any of my vital signs at the first of the shift, but maybe I’ll catch up after a while.” “It’s my fault.... I told her I’d do my own vitals, ..."
"...out of a patient room when she got her fifth phone call, ok? And I didn’t, like, take a call-back number, but I did ask them to call her back, you know? At least, that’s the only thing I can figure that might have upset her.” Barb gave Penny a weak smile. “Anyway, she hasn’t spoken to me tonight. On top of that it’s lousy at home.” Fresh tears spilled down Barb’s cheeks. ..."92.
"... She’s pulling her IV line, and I can’t do anything with her.” Barb blotted her eyes with a piece of paper towel. “I’ll help him while you draw up the Valium.” She wiped her nose on her sleeve, leaving a white spot. The cumulative total of 6 mgs of Valium had not phased Mrs. ..."
"...As Penny collected the fluid Intake and Output sheets from all the patients’ rooms in an attempt to help Barb, who had hardly sat down all night, Mrs. North’s light flashed on and her bell sounded. When Penny depressed the intercom button beside her room number, the woman sang out, “I’m ready for my breakfast and bring me two blankets when you come.” ..."119.
"... Penny’s shoulder. “The fact that she’s mad doesn’t mean you’re to blame.” After Report, Penny perched beside the computer where Barb still worked. “Can you tell me what’s wrong at home?” “Money problems, fights with my husband—you name it. It’s like everybody sends ..."
"...problems, fights with my husband—you name it. It’s like everybody sends off all these really bad vibes, right? Our credit cards are maxed out, and the best we can do is pay the interest, you know?” Her eyes were liquid. “It’s a serious bummer.” Barb shrugged off the misery of her own words. “I’m too tired to talk about it.” ..."121.
"... of her own words. “I’m too tired to talk about it.” “I’m sorry, Barb. I hope you’ll tell me if there’s any way I can help.” Penny changed back into street clothes, clocked out, and descended to the second floor. In 209, Maureen was watching The Today Show. “You weren’t ..."
Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
"...Instead, she had left for Jacksonville early, contributed a pot of shamrocks to the floral display on Maureen’s windowsill, and spent thirty minutes with her before clocking in. At bedtime, she revisited Maureen’s room to bid her goodnight. After that it was hard: Delores Allison’s family arrived, Barb unloaded, and Penny encountered Mrs. Digby. ..."
"...Because Barb had left the floor for more than an hour on a trip to the lab for a unit of blood, Penny had to answer all the patients’ lights, the Allisons’ questions, and keep everyone supplied with coffee. She was refilling the pot when Barb finally returned and crumpled ..."12.
"... down there,” Penny teased. Barb nodded. “He wants me to transfer down and work ER—they have a job opening—-but I don’t belong there, Penny...I don’t belong here! I’m a New England surgery nurse, you know? I was on the transplant team!” “You said you liked that kind ..."18.
"... we borrowed, you know? He’s only at home when I’m gone. Penny had met Barb’s children: three-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. “Your children are too young for school. How do you sleep when your husband’s at work?” “They go to nursery school on days when I sleep; I pick ..."30.
"... you offended Miss Logan.” “She didn’t like me; maybe I reminded her of a mean aunt or something. I was busy Tuesday night, but I really worked at being nice to her. She said she didn’t want me to take care of her again, so last night I gave her to Barb.” “You must have done ..."
Chapter 18: Chapter Eighteen
"...clipboard beside a computer. He held the leash of a big tan dog. For the past several weeks, Tony had increased both the frequency and the length of his security checks in Oncology. Now, he dug inside his ear, inspected his findings, and continued to tell Barb about the complications of his divorce. ..."
"...Barb squatted to stroke the panting dog, who sat at Tony’s feet. “Look at him, Penny. Isn’t he totally awesome? He belongs to a blind patient on Fourth, and Tony takes him outside to the bathroom and all that kind of stuff. If you’re okay, I’m ..."52.
"... quit Dixiana? Have you read your E-mail?” Penny was bursting with questions. “Tony came through here with the seeing-eye dog; that’s how I knew you were up there. Come down to see me when Barb gets back.” “Okay. Are you working here full-time?” “I am. I quit Dixiana entirely, ..."55.
"... best thing I’ve ever done.” When Barb returned, Penny ran down to the zoo-like atmosphere of the ER. On one side of the long room, a nurse bent over a man lying on a stretcher. He was connected to a heart monitor and a crash cart stood open beside him. “Baby! Baby!” he bellowed. ..."73.
"... may take you up on it.” When Penny returned to the Oncology Unit, Barb was in the staff lounge working on her checkbook, an open box of Queen Ann chocolate cherries beside her. “I want you to tell me honestly what you think of our security guard,” she said. Penny crammed a pecan ..."
"...Barb removed a can of Coke from the refrigerator and set the huge tin of popcorn between them. “I kind of don’t think he’s the husband type—he’s about as cultured as a donkey, but as far as I’m concerned he’s absolutely the kindest guy I’ve ever talked to: he ..."76.
"... to what I say.” She made fingerprints on the tabletop in the moisture around her drink. “I don’t want to see you make a mistake, Barb, and I think you’re pretty vulnerable right now.” “Absolutely, but do you see what I’m saying here? He’s not educated and all that, but ..."77.
"... pretty vulnerable right now.” “Absolutely, but do you see what I’m saying here? He’s not educated and all that, but it’s like he wrote the book on common sense.” Barb waited for Penny’s response as though the answer would change her life. Penny set her coffee cup down ..."
"...Penny set her coffee cup down gently. “Barb, I don’t know what you’re up against. I just know I used to think I couldn’t stand it—that I couldn’t make it. I didn’t have enough income to support three children so I didn’t have a choice, but now I’m glad I had to stick it out. ..."79.
"... but now I’m glad I had to stick it out. I think that if you hang in there, your marriage will get better.” Barb sighed, “You’re probably right and all that, but still...” “Don’t let me interrupt, ladies.” Buck Dalton shuffled in and leaned over the smorgasbord of calories. ..."81.
"... dispose of some of this stuff before you ruin your figures.” He selected two macadamia nut cookies. “Is it time for lab already? How are you, Buck?” Barb offered him a cup of coffee. “Tired. Basically, I’m tired.... But I have a new little baby girl and I’m buying a house and I ..."83.
"... Christmas.” He replaced his glasses and stuffed his mouth with popcorn. “She’s beautiful, Buck. Congratulations!” Penny passed the picture to Barb. “Well, it’s time to finish up. I’m going back out.” “My sediments exactly,” Buck mumbled. On her way to clock out, Penny ..."88.
"... over here in case you need it.” Maureen gave her a tired smile. “They ain’t no flies on you, sista!” Barb stuck her head in. “Are you going to spend the day here, Penny?” Penny said, “Maureen, please give this married woman some of your wisdom. She’s thinking about carrying ..."90.
"... thinking about carrying on.” “Well.” Maureen frowned. “You have to weigh what you want against the price you’ll pay.” Then she grinned at Barb. “But with a little trickeration you won’t have to buy a whole pig just to get a little sausage.” On the drive back to Dixiana, ..."
Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen4.
"... for the entire winning department’s staff, and the Oncology nurses aimed to win. Barb was off tonight, and Penny flipped through the Kardex while Janet, one of the other night nurses, put on a scrub uniform. “Now Penny,” Janet said, “Barb told me that you would want to take care of ..."
"...“Now Penny,” Janet said, “Barb told me that you would want to take care of your friend, but she’s really gone down hill. We’ve given her enough blood to float a mattress, and she’s on her third antibiotic, but her blood culture still grew out bacteria. I just want to be sure ..."
"...Barbon and his family had returned to Dixiana, but Maureen’s cold body remained in Oncology at 5 a.m. because ER had been so busy that its doctor couldn’t come to pronounce her. Penny threw her uneaten supper into the garbage and sat down in the staff room. ..."100.
"... decorations, but the street was deserted. “Man! I had fun with our children—BIG TIME!” “That Barbeque smelled like cardboard,” Penny said. “Did you think the meal was okay?” “It tasted fine to me...no kidding. Our kids looked happy; they looked successful, you ..."122.
"... Sometime after four, she fell into a sound sleep. The sun was out, morning almost over, when Penny entered the kitchen and Johnny said, “I’m glad you could sleep late on your day off.” He had cooked a feast of eggs, Barbeque, and toast. “This looks good,” she said. “Well, sit down ..."
Chapter 21: Chapter Twenty-One
"...Barb joined them for a description of the celebrity, but Colonel Prader Philpot stuck his head around the door frame, “I’m goin’ home now. I’ll need a four-thirty wake-up call ‘cause I’m takin’ an eighteen-wheeler to California in the mornin’. I’ll be bringin’ back Jalapeno peppers for Dr. ..."71.
"... tell him.” Prader entered the room and laid his hand on Barb’s shoulder. “You gonna give me a wake-up call, girlie?” “I sure will, Prader,” Barb said. Penny walked with the colonel to his friend’s room, where Philpot picked up his camouflage bag. “Did Watt drink any of the ..."77.
"... mouthed the words, “No, he didn’t.” Toward morning the nurses were working at computers when Barb looked over from checking her labs. “I want to tell you before you hear this from anybody else, Penny—I’m turning in my notice.” Penny gasped. “How can you quit? I thought ..."80.
"... get the children to Vermont and everything and then come back and finish.” “So you have it all worked out.... I’ll really miss you, Barb. Tell me how you persuaded him; I thought he was dead set against it.” Barb placed her fingertips behind her ears and raked her hair back. ..."
"...Barb placed her fingertips behind her ears and raked her hair back. “That’s a good question. You know all his research trips to interview people and stuff like that? Well, when he came back from this last trip, instead of taking the kids to meet him like ..."83.
"... it all right to draw Mr. Weeks’s blood now?” Penny had been so mesmerized by the story that she hadn’t noticed the lab tech come to the desk. “Yes, that’s fine.” She turned back to Barb. “And that convinced him!” A call bell rang and Penny jumped up to answer it. ..."92.
"... comin’ cause I never lose—now I’ve got 185 million!” Barb was still working at a computer when Penny passed behind her carrying the cup of coffee for Dr. Storm. “Barb! Did you actually give Mr. Philpot a wake-up call?” Barb nodded, “Yeah, I feel sorry for him.” On Friday ..."93.
"... passed behind her carrying the cup of coffee for Dr. Storm. “Barb! Did you actually give Mr. Philpot a wake-up call?” Barb nodded, “Yeah, I feel sorry for him.” On Friday morning as Penny drove home after three crazy night shifts, she couldn’t separate the events of one night from ..."
Chapter 23: Chapter Twenty-Three140.
"... Tomorrow would be Monday and Penny would have the night off before returning to Jacksonville on Tuesday for her regular three-night stretch. She wondered who would take Barb’s place, whether the new nurse would be easy to work with, and whether they would become friends. The next ..."
Chapter 24: Chapter Twenty-Four
"...In Oncology all the easy-to-use IV pumps had been collected and replaced by new, computerized machines. In-services on how to operate them were available but Barb, working out her notice, didn’t attend. Also, except for Watt Weeks, the entire patient population had changed, and Barb was training Carina Algood, an RN from the Psych Unit, to fill her position. ..."
"...Carina was built like a fireplug with a small head and brown hair. She filled a chair in the nurses’ lounge, smiling and nodding as Barb showed off the gifts Prader Philpot had brought her: a bright orange hair dryer still bearing its two-dollar price tag from a yard sale, and a pair of clip-on rhinestone earrings that any stripper would covet. When Carina laughed she opened her mouth wide to emit a staccato ..."30.
"... a staccato wheeze, followed by a croaking gasp. She laughed frequently. Barb and Carina would take care of Watt again tonight, and Penny changed in the bathroom, leaving the door ajar to hear Barb’s update on Mr. Weeks. “We’ve depleted all his insurance days and Utilization Review is ..."36.
"... where I left that helicopter.” With Carina in orientation, Barb would have to explain everything to her as well as care for their patients, so neither of them had time to help Penny with her four charges. Penny had to muddle through on her own. On Wednesday morning, day-shift nurses ..."37.
"... on her own. On Wednesday morning, day-shift nurses awaited Report while Penny, Barb, and Carina huddled at the desk, trying to calculate their patients’ IV fluid intakes. The new pumps had not been cleared at the end of day shift, and they couldn’t figure out how to clear them. “I know ..."
"...Barbesday and Thursday nights were equally turbulent, and when Penny woke Friday afternoon, after sleeping most of the day, she extricated herself from her warm bed to shop for such necessities as soap and toilet paper at Kmart. Other nurse friends complained about being unable to sleep in the ..."
"...Barbreached home as Johnny arrived to eat an early supper before his game. He parked behind her and hopped out of the Mercury carrying an identical bag. “We must be on the same wave length,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about Barbeque all afternoon!” He helped ..."
"...desk dressed in fatigues shouting, ‘I been shot all to hell.’ He took off his shirt to show us, and he had drawn red and black magic-marker wounds on his chest and his abdomen and both of his arms. We loaded him into a wheel chair, and Barb took him down to ER. She said the nurses counted ninety-two ‘bullet holes.’ Barb came back when they admitted him to Third with Ethanol Intoxication.” ..."
Chapter 25: Chapter Twenty-Five41.
"... you get wet and sick, I may need nursing myself, sometime.” “I’ll nurse you anytime, Tony.” “Do you ever hear from Barb?” he asked, stopping to let her out at the covered walkway. “No, I miss her...and I miss your visits, too.” Penny entered a party-like atmosphere in ..."109.
"... ER with Report on Flossie Mae.” Penny had just hung up when the phone rang again. “Oncology, Penny speaking.” “I want to speak to Barb,” a familiar voice said. “I’m sorry, Barb doesn’t work here anymore. Can I help you?” “This here’s Doctor Philpot. I wanted to tell ..."110.
"... the phone rang again. “Oncology, Penny speaking.” “I want to speak to Barb,” a familiar voice said. “I’m sorry, Barb doesn’t work here anymore. Can I help you?” “This here’s Doctor Philpot. I wanted to tell to Barb, but I can tell you. They made me be a pathologist ..."
"...“This here’s Doctor Philpot. I wanted to tell to Barb, but I can tell you. They made me be a pathologist and I do cancer research with Dr. Hutton. I graduated from Harvard a pediatrician, see, but now they made me a pathologist. I bought Elvis Presley’s Graceland and I’m turnin’ it into a nursin’ ..."