A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder


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Chapter 1: Chapter One
"... a chair. She braced her elbows on the table. “Hello?” “Penny, something bad has happened here!” The urgent sound of her sister Faye’s voice sent Penny’s blood racing. “Reva phoned from Westview to tell me Dad knocked her down and yelled at her, that he’d call the police if ..."

Chapter 2: Chapter Two
"... fire. Before starting home, Penny stopped at the hospital grill for lemonade and a sandwich, and a platinum blond she recognized from the fire in-service sat down beside her at the counter. Her brown bloodshot eyes were rimmed with black eyeliner, which had smudged down her cheeks. ..."

Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...been a month since Dr. Scales, with Penny assisting, stuck an actively-bleeding GI patient twenty-seven times trying to get a subclavian IV established when the nurses had been unable to start a peripheral IV. Scales used all four subclavian kits they stocked in the Unit, and there was blood everywhere when Penny called the supervisor for more. The supervisor brought what ER had, plus all the kits she found in Central Supply, and told Penny to document the incident for the Director of Nurses. The questionable event had been reviewed by hospital board members, who had ..."
"...“The lab drew her blood at eight, Dr. Ghent. Night shift thought you meant to let her sleep and not wake her at five o’clock when they usually come to stick our patients. I’ll go get the results for you; they should be done by now.” Penny started toward the door ..."
"... entering fluid-filled lung tissues. Willing herself to remain calm, she checked Dodson’s vital signs. His temperature was normal, but his blood pressure was low and his heart and respiratory rates were high. Panic burst into her stomach and spread upward. “I’m going to increase your ..."
"... By phone, Penny described the patient’s condition to Dr. Lawrence and received orders for a STAT electrocardiogram, arterial blood gasses, and a portable chest X-ray. As she replaced the receiver, one of Respiratory’s summer-student helpers arrived to answer Penny’s page. “Where ..."
"...Director of Respiratory Therapy, jogged into the Unit and glanced at Penny, then at Dodson. He set out his syringe and swabbed and palpated for a radial artery while Penny introduced him and explained to the patient that Dr. Lawrence needed to know exactly how much oxygen his blood was carrying so he would know how much more he should give him to breathe. ..."

Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"...Dr. Ghent threw open the outside door and charged to the bedside. Puffing, he listened to what the nurses said and placed his stethoscope against the patient’s right lung fields. He ordered a STAT portable chest X-ray and arterial blood gasses. By this time the woman seemed comfortable, even embarrassed at all the fuss. While the diagnostic procedures were carried out, Penny gave Report to the two night-shift nurses who were drinking coffee, waiting to take over. ..."

Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"...Connecting the over-bed monitor, Penny observed her patient’s heart pattern: a little fast but with only a few irregular beats. Her blood pressure, temperature, and respirations were normal. She was oriented to time and place and obeyed instructions to grip Penny’s hands and pushed with the balls of both her feet against Penny’s palms. The strength in all four of her extremities seemed equal, but Mrs. Spoonhouse couldn’t keep ..."
"... not observed this before. Penny experienced a sudden rush as fright attacked her nerve endings because she knew that clinical assessment did not always reflect increasing inter-cranial pressure until it was dangerously elevated and compromised cerebral blood flow. It had been thirty minutes ..."

Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...On Tuesday morning, Penny worked in JMC’s Critical Care Unit with a young nurse who sent her to the laboratory for a unit of packed red blood cells. Penny had read Jacksonville hospital’s procedure for this in the policy manual but actually doing it was another matter. Ignoring the elevator, she walked down two flights on the concrete staircase to the first floor. The steps were narrow and wound around and around, leaving ..."
"... At the blood Bank, the odor was a combination of acetone and reagents. Another nurse was checking out blood and Penny waited her turn beneath a bulletin board displaying snapshots of lab employees with their pets. Under each picture were the names of both the animal and its owner. The ..."
"... units. No parameters are written.” The tech, whose picture showed her hugging a chocolate lab, replied, “I hear what you’re saying, but I still can’t release the blood to you because your patient’s hematocrit is too high according to policy.” When it was Penny’s turn, she asked, ..."
"...When it was Penny’s turn, she asked, “Does this happen often?” Penny had never heard of a patient admitted for a blood transfusion who didn’t need it at the Dixiana Hospital. Glancing at the previous entry in the blood ledger, she read that the patient’s physician was Dr. Scales. She had known that he practiced here, but seeing his name startled her. ..."
"...Penny read aloud the numbers on her patient’s unit of blood, and the lab technician verified them with the paperwork. After they both signed the ledger, Penny climbed the deserted stairway to the third floor. The CCU nurse would watch as she administered the blood so that, if she did it correctly, Penny would receive credit on her ..."
"...At the bedside in CCU, Penny and the patient’s nurse checked the unconscious woman’s wrist bands against the labels on the blood bag. Jacksonville’s policy was for a nurse to remain in the patient’s room for the first fifteen minutes, so while the blood infused the nurses sat at the bedside watching television. ..."
"... minutes, so while the blood infused the nurses sat at the bedside watching television. Penny said, “The tech in blood Bank told me Dr. Wiseman changed hospital policy for blood administration.” The young nurse shot a wary glance at Penny. “Yes, now they always check a hematocrit. ..."

Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
"... From the couch their mother, her white hair resplendent in the dark room, her wrinkled face radiant with pleasure, stretched out her arms to them. Degenerative hip disease and low blood pressure made walking difficult, and she was forgetful to the point of neglecting her own personal care. ..."
"...The wall above the table still displayed the framed picture of Jesus with his bloody face, his betrayed-Messiah eyes, his crown of thorns, and the nail holes in his hands. Underneath was the declaration: “Christ is the head of this house, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.” This intimidating picture had spoiled each of the Nichols’ ..."

Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...“Yes you could. I bet you’d love it! Knowing people who are willing to go through hell to live just a little longer makes me appreciate my own health–-and we have other kinds of patients, too. We give outpatient IV antibiotics and blood, and when the hospital is full, if we have a room empty, we take non-infectious medical/surgical patients.” ..."
"...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 her IV site looked good. ..."
"...Penny approached the nurses’ area where Dr. Child stood with his back to the elevator, his patient’s chart resting open before him on the counter. He thrust the chart across the counter at Maria and complained, “You mean to tell me you’re infusing the second unit of blood now? What does my order say?” ..."
"... give IV over 4 hours.” It was taken off and noted at 2 p.m. “Her blood’s thick’ll overload her heart!” The tantrum in a physician’s coat pounded the desk. “ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL MY PATIENT?” Penny intervened, “I’m her nurse tonight. It looks like your ..."
"... TO KILL MY PATIENT?” Penny intervened, “I’m her nurse tonight. It looks like your order says to give two units of blood IV over four hours STAT. It was started almost four hours ago and the second unit is not quite finished. Do you want me to stop it?” “What does my order ..."
"... to the chart, his voice mocking Penny. Maria leaned forward, reading the scribbles. “IV?” she suggested. “One unit! One unit! How could you give blood other than IV!” Maria slid her round bottom back in her chair. “Well, if you were a vampire you could drink it.” Cheerful ..."
"...At her patient’s bedside, Penny disconnected the empty blood bag and took vital signs to complete the transfusion sheet. She reconnected the maintenance IV and smiled at her patient. “I’m giving you some Lasix and you will need to pee soon. The bedside commode is here, but call me if you need any help.” ..."
"... patients up here! You’d better tell me what happened; I need an incident report.” “Dr. Child’s orders were confusing, and we gave blood to his patient faster than he wanted us to,” Penny said. “He says he only ordered one unit and you gave two. What’s the matter with you ..."

Chapter 11: Chapter Eleven
"... working in his office.” “The pay’s good and I do everything just the way he wants it, honey. Most of our patients are on Medicaid and all they need is some attention. Buck Dalton works with us...draws blood at the office and runs it in this lab.” Penny shook her head. ..."
"...“Well, he was trying to insert the long needle under a very sick patient’s collarbone to reach the subclavian blood vessel because his peripheral IV had infiltrated. The old man’s blood pressure was dropping, and a subclavian would have given us good IV access and helped us monitor his fluid balance because it connects to the central circulation. Dr. Scales just wouldn’t give up: he stuck him ..."
"... to bed seven for a visit. Scales had ordered daily subcutaneous injections of Heparin to prevent the development of blood clots, a common complication of bed rest, but today’s lab results showed an elevation in the value used for monitoring blood coagulation. In a few minutes, Dr. Scales ..."

Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve
"...Alone at the desk, Penny picked up the chart. “Had she flushed too fast? Dr. Scales must think that when she flushed the line she had dislodged a clot, and Mr. Aceworth’s circulating blood had picked it up and carried it into a smaller vessel where it lodged and blocked blood flow to his heart. ..."
"...turned on the portable EKG machine. After loading the patient and securing his stretcher, Earl jumped into the back with her and helped her to connect the oxygen and the heart monitor. The IV site was not red or swollen, and Penny pinched the tubing, checking for blood return to be sure it was in a vein, while Earl shuffled through the patient’s papers. ..."
"...As they pulled away from the hospital the patient’s heart rate was normal, a regular rhythm in the high eighties. Penny applied the automatic blood pressure cuff and cycled it. The screen displayed 250/120. That couldn’t be right—way too high! She removed the automatic cuff, applied the manual cuff, and pumped it up. Listening with her stethoscope, she heard the thump begin at 170. It stopped at 100. ..."
"...His eyelids fluttered but did not open. His heart pattern on the monitor was irregular and had dropped into the fifties. Penny counted his respirations at twelve-a-minute. She turned up the oxygen to six liters and cycled the automatic blood pressure cuff: 70/40 appeared on the screen. All the color had left his face and his pallor called attention to his delicate features and jet-black hair. ..."
"... and turned into the emergency lane at the hospital. As soon as Bob had been moved onto a gurney in the ER, a respiratory therapist drew arterial blood gasses. He filled three vials with blood, much more than would be needed for ABGs. Maureen was right: they wouldn’t use Dixiana’s lab ..."
"...on the stairway in the garage and on the top step found the cat lying on her pad beneath the plywood barrier that covered the attic opening. On the step below were four little piles of vomit: some of it dried, some of it moist and streaked with blood. She calculated Callie’s age at fifteen. Today she would take the cat and the snake to the veterinarian’s office. Maybe he knew somebody who wanted a snake. ..."

Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
"...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.” ..."
"... lungs and abdomen had shrunk, so the drug was doing its job. Mrs. Curry said, “I’m glad you’re slowing that down! Will you check my blood pressure again? Last time it dropped when the rash came, and then my skin peeled off.” “I’ll check it now, and when you’re ready to go to ..."
"... up.” “Didn’t we put her on steroids this morning?” He flipped the chart’s pages back to his order sheet. “Yes! Steroids will elevate the WBCs and the glucose...her blood sugar is up, too. I’ll order finger sticks before meals until we see where she is. Thanks.” Penny ..."
"... head slightly. “Yep, that would do it.” Dr. Hutton always took time to answer questions. On a slow night, he would have given Penny a blow-by-blow account of the scientific process by which steroids increase the number of white blood cells. Shortly thereafter, Penny responded to Darlina ..."
"... 102, so Penny checked Dr. Benton’s standing orders. Finally, two hours later, after Phenergan, Tylenol, and Ativan, the woman was asleep and Penny fastened the automatic blood pressure cuff to her patient’s arm as she had promised. It was 1 a.m. when Penny joined the other two nurses ..."
"... it was beginning to make sense. She gathered her patients’ Kardexes and typed her code into a computer, intending to make sure that all the lab work and X-rays ordered for today had been entered before the lab techs came to Oncology to draw blood around 5 a.m. Eventually, Buck Dalton ..."

Chapter 15: Chapter Fifteen
"... “Well, if you have time right now, you could go down to the lab and get Miss Logan’s first unit of blood so I can start it. The chemo for her multiple myeloma made her lose red cells, and I’m supposed to give her blood and platelets tonight so she can go home in the morning.” ..."
"...Entering Lela Logan’s room with Tylenol and Benadryl for pre-medication, Penny was unprepared for the sullen expression of the puffy forty-year-old with ebony hair. The woman avoided eye contact and when Penny approached her right side to check her blood pressure, Lela covered her upper right arm with her left hand. ..."
"... a stool specimen. “I scratch my head with this hand.” As Penny cycled the blood pressure machine, she detected a grey area on the pillowcase surrounding Miss Logan’s hair. She conducted the rest of her assessment in silence. Two women awaited Penny when she returned to the hall. One ..."
"...Penny positioned Mrs. Posey, then retreated to the desk where Maria held a unit of blood. “Nancy North is our new patient. She’s on the way up–-and I forgot to tell you somebody asked for you this afternoon before you got here. She said she’s a patient on Second and knows you from Dixiana.” Maria produced a sticky-note upon which “Maureen ..."
"... friend was sick in this hospital, and she couldn’t go to see her until morning. Penny pocketed the note. “Thanks, Maria. Please weigh Mrs. North when you get her vitals. I’m going to start this blood.” Penny called Barb to witness as she wasted the dirty Lortab, then Barb accompanied ..."
"... 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 ..."
"...Dragging the computer-on-wheels to the door of Miss Logan’s room, Penny entered her patient’s vital signs and assessment and waited out the first fifteen minutes of the blood transfusion. Miss Logan had been watching a series of musicals on TV, and Mario Lanza’s operatic rendition of “Golden Days” seemed incongruous with the events of this evening. ..."
"... Making a mental note that she would need to check hourly vital signs on her blood-infusion patient, Penny entered the new patient’s room, where Maria muttered “Good luck,” and handed her a scrap of paper towel on which she had written Mrs. North’s weight, height, and vital signs. An ..."
"...Dr. Hutton addressed him. “Your mother’s blood sugar is almost 500. I’ve been controlling her with oral hypoglycemics but she’s beyond that now. Penny will do finger sticks and give her insulin every two hours tonight.” He beckoned to Penny. “With Decadron on board it’s going to be a wild ride.” ..."
"... accompanied Dr. Hutton to the patient’s room. “Mrs. North,” Penny said, “Dr. Hutton wants me to check your blood sugar by sticking your finger. If you’ll give me your finger, I’ll do it while the doctor explains everything.” Mrs. North shook her head. “I need more ice ..."
"... filled a pitcher with ice, and removed the spray can from the narcotic cabinet. Mrs. North didn’t seem to notice when Penny pricked her finger with the lancet. Her blood sugar was 425. Returning to the desk, Penny found Barb on the edge of tears, but Dr. Hutton said, “Give ..."
"... 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, ..."
"... 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 ..."
"...12 mgs of IV Valium, Mrs. North was finally asleep, and Penny called the lab to postpone her morning lab draw because the woman had slept so little. Mrs. Posey and her sitter were sleeping, and Miss Logan was finished with the platelets and her second bag of blood was infusing to the music of Singing in the Rain. ..."
"... new ethyl chloride can with her. Finally Lela Logan’s blood bag was empty, and as Penny flushed off the implanted port with normal saline and Heparin she tried to be cheerful. “I enjoyed watching TV with you. Those musicals never get old, do they?” Miss Logan glowered at her, then ..."
"...The news washed over Penny like a bucket of blood. She took a deep breath and exhaled as she gazed out Maureen’s window at the lawn, sprinkled with glitter as frost reflected the morning sun. Everything had crystal edges and caught light, and the hospital room seemed filled with white sound. Penny knew it wouldn’t help ..."

Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
"...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 into a chair, looking like a doll slung against a playhouse. ..."
"...“Type and cross match for three units of blood and when she comes, have her sign the blood consent form. Meanwhile, redraw all the levels, then start a run of potassium. With his advanced lung disease and dehydration, I don’t feel too sure of these values. Okay? You got that? By the way,” ..."
"... Brother better?” “We’re giving him fluids and potassium and as soon as you sign the transfusion consent, we’ll give him blood,” Penny said. “His red cells are low so his blood can’t carry as much oxygen as his body needs.” “No, don’t give him blood; I ..."
"... “No, don’t give him blood; I don’t want Brother to have AIDS.” The woman stared at Penny as if she was a suspicious character, possibly a murderer. “That’s how Cousin Jack got AIDS and you’re NOT gonna give AIDS to Brother!” Jane shook her head and stomped her foot. ..."
"... Coke at ten of a mornin’ and four of a evenin’.” Penny dialed Dr. Ghent. “Tell Jane either we give him the blood and he lives or we don’t give it to him and he dies.” Dr. Ghent sounded impatient. “You talk to her,” Penny said. “I’ve already tried.” Penny invited Jane ..."
"... you.” “If this doesn’t beat all,” Dr. Ghent said. “She won’t let him have blood. Cancel the transfusion—cancel everything but the potassium.... Call me the new level—he probably needs three runs. Oh, and he can have brownies and Cokes. Give him whatever she says.” Jane ..."
"...forgot to call you,” Penny said. “Please cancel the type and cross match–-we won’t be able to transfuse him—and discard all the requests except for the potassium.” She walked to the bed with Buck. Patting Mr. Head awake, she explained that Buck had come to draw blood and she held down the arm into which his IV was not infusing for Buck’s venipuncture. Mr. Head struck her with his IV arm. ..."

Chapter 17: Chapter Seventeen
"...before. Her lips stuck together, her eyes throbbed, and she dropped everything she picked up. Struck by her own clumsiness, she perched on a bedroom chair to pull on her jeans and turtleneck, then returned to the bathroom mirror for lipstick. Leering back at her with bloodshot eyes was an old woman dressed in sports clothes. Penny attempted an improvised smile. ..."
"...he quit breathing—today should be a picnic for you. There’s only one on telemetry, and Mr. Head’s waiting for Gabriel. You might have trouble with his sister, though: she looks like she might go hysterical at the end. They’re both older than stone—she’s so old her blood type’s probably discontinued! ..."
"... again.” By the time Mr. Head’s lunch arrived, his breathing was irregular, and Penny could not hear his blood pressure. She called South Station. “Can someone take this tray to the waiting room and tell Miss Head her brother’s worse? She’d better come now.” Minutes passed ..."
"... She’s developed pneumonia. Her white count was up this morning, and I started her on Keflin.” “Do you want blood gasses?” Penny’s voice was edged with tension but held steady. After a foreboding pause, Dr. Scales snarled, “Mrs. Pewitt, you may order blood gasses. However, I ..."
"... voice was edged with tension but held steady. After a foreboding pause, Dr. Scales snarled, “Mrs. Pewitt, you may order blood gasses. However, I do not appreciate pushy nurses—I am the doctor, and when I want something I will order it.” “Thank you, Doctor.” Penny broke the ..."
"...“Thank you, Doctor.” Penny broke the connection and called Respiratory, spitting out her words in ragged bursts. “I’m getting a patient into CCU from 327: Mrs. Baucom—she needs STAT blood ­gasses—probably a ventilator—and she’s got labs ordered, so please draw extra blood and take it to the lab.” ..."
"... to the Unit. Suddenly, the door slammed open and bedlam exploded into CCU. Rebecca and the nursing tech propelled Mrs. Baucom’s bed alongside the Unit bed. Mr. Hockney followed, carrying the STAT blood gas results in one hand, shoving a ventilator in front of him with the other. Penny and ..."
"... to your patients.” Dr. Scales, holding the new lab values run on blood from Mr. Hockney’s arterial stick, walked to his unconscious patient’s bed. Mrs. Baucom’s facial muscles were relaxed as the ventilator filled her lungs with the oxygen she had craved all day. “Her condition has ..."

Chapter 18: Chapter Eighteen
"... news he had been waiting to hear, “You can go home now.” Maureen’s first unit of blood was almost finished when Penny suited up again and stepped into her room for the hourly transfusion vital signs. “Everything okay?” Maureen turned the lab-record sheet around so Penny could see ..."

Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen
"...“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 you understand that I’ll be glad to take care of her tonight.” ..."
"... noisy with congestion as she breathed five liters of oxygen from a nasal cannula. “I’m going to put the cuff on your arm and check your blood pressure.” Penny’s voice sounded loud in the small room. “You’re here,” Maureen whispered. Penny pushed back tears. Tomorrow she ..."
"...Maureen’s veins were in such bad shape that a single subclavian was her only IV access and, unless they were compatible, only one solution could be infused at a time. The day-shift nurse reported that after infusing two units of blood, she had started Maureen on a combination of Benadryl, Ativan, and Decadron, a BAD drip, used to relieve nausea, anxiety, and pain. ..."
"... her desk, dialed Dr. Benson and motioned Penny to the phone. “It was a grand mal lasting thirty seconds, Doctor. Her mouth is oozing blood where she bit herself, and she’s incontinent. What about a Foley catheter?” “No, I don’t think we should do that with her platelets so ..."
"... he said. Penny hustled back to the room. The fingers of Maureen’s right hand quivered and her right leg jerked as Penny discontinued the BAD drip, hung normal saline, and checked Maureen’s blood pressure. It was low and her skin was hot. Her temperature was 103. Penny closed the ..."

Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty
"...“He didn’t get here until this afternoon and Respiratory set up the ventilator,” Penny said. “Buck’s had surgery to drain blood clots from his brain and to repair hip, arm, and leg fractures. He’s been on a ventilator because of rib fractures and pneumonia, but the Jacksonville nurse said he’s ready to be weaned. I guess they’ll start taking him off tomorrow.... ..."

Chapter 21: Chapter Twenty-One
"... case full of jars and bottles. After Maria left the room he turned to Penny. “I need you to check my blood pressure again. That black woman took it and I don’t think she did it right. I feel like my pressure’s up, and I know I have a temperature.” Penny emptied his water pitcher ..."
"... Penny emptied his water pitcher into the sink and retreated. A Weather Specialist should know the difference between temperature and fever! Of course he had a temperature; he’d be dead if he didn’t! She returned with ice, the automatic ear thermometer, and the blood-pressure machine. ..."
"... No problem. He said if I could get a job back home, he’d come with me. So, I start as a scrub nurse in two weeks.” “Is 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 ..."

Chapter 22: Chapter Twenty-Two
"...bloodin bed, her mind replayed breakfast with Flossie Mae. blood thudded in her throat, and her scalp itched. She elevated her head on two pillows and scratched the itchy area. Her back prickled so she turned onto her right side. A spot on her right arm ..."

"...“We’ve depleted all his insurance days and Utilization Review is pushing Dr. Hutton to send him to an extended-care facility or home with hospice nurses. We’ve pumped him totally full of blood and antibiotics, but the man’s still got pneumonia and stuff, and Prader’s determined to keep him in our hospital.” ..."
"... mouth. Mrs. Honeycutt was sleeping with her head on the windowsill. “Dr. Scales is on his way.” Mr. Hall stage whispered from the doorway. “He ordered blood work and a urinalysis and Anna’s calling the lab now.” Presently, Scales arrived. He took off his suit coat and laid it ..."
"... Presently, Scales arrived. He took off his suit coat and laid it over the back of one of the desk chairs. Penny handed him Loretta’s chart, opened to the new lab values which showed her blood sugar to be dangerously high. “We haven’t been able to get a urine specimen yet,” she told him. ..."
"... at the desk, and Penny asked him which IV fluid should not be given by clysis. “D5W,” he said. “Dextrose makes it hypertonic so it pulls fluid out of the blood into the tissues and lungs. Why do you ask?” “Dr. Scales ordered a clysis but he didn’t specify which fluid, and I ..."

"... on it in his car, but he can’t bring it when we travel.” In Report, they learned about Carina’s patients: Inez Cathy with breast cancer, who needed blood and platelets, and Josephine Banks, recovering from her second stroke. Penny’s patient, Nealy Logan, had a systemic infection and ..."
"... shake Penny’s. She grasped Mr. Logan’s hot hand. “I’m going to take your temperature and blood pressure and listen to your chest. Then, if you’ll get into bed, I’ll restart your IV. I’d like to begin infusing your antibiotic so it can finish by midnight.” Maria knocked on ..."
"... you? Does he know you’re up here?” “’s Bob, sweetie. He’s out of jail.” Penny wrapped the blood pressure cuff around Flossie Mae’s arm. “I thought you meant Dr. Scales.” “Well, yeah, that’s another reason I shouldn’t be here,” Flossie Mae said. “I have ..."
"...Mr. Logan was asleep when Penny looked in on him at 2 a.m. She entered the room next door to check Flossie Mae’s blood pressure. “It’s normal now,” she told her. “I’m setting the machine to cycle every two hours. Do you think you can sleep with the cuff on your arm? You have a sleeping pill ordered if you need it.” ..."
"... took a load off me. Is Ma any better?” “She’s not moving as much, and she doesn’t talk. They told us in Report that her doctor’s waiting to make sure her blood pressure’s under control before he sends her back to the nursing home.” “If she doesn’t go back today, I’ll see ..."

Chapter 26: Chapter Twenty-Six
"... a gun with both hands. Penny grabbed a second arrow, loaded it, drew back and let it fly. It caught him in the side of the neck. She could see a spurt of red onto his white jacket. Was it possible that she had actually hit him? Could that be an artery spurting blood? She rummaged in the box ..."
"... was joking. The patient narrowed her faded-blue eyes and continued in her ventriloquist’s voice. “Do you ever wonder why they decorate these rooms with pus-yellow walls and blood-red pictures? Do you understand what I’m saying? It’s enough to make a well person sick!” “Are you ..."
"... four and five, breathe.” Penny lifted Flossie Mae’s chin, pinched her nose, and sealed her own lips against those of her friend. Between breaths, Penny watched a hole in Flossie Mae’s pink jersey, from which blood gushed with each of Carina’s compressions. The stairwell door flew open ..."
"...and a respiratory therapist blasted into the hall. “He cut me!” she shouted, holding her left hand with her right. The ER doctor and the supervisor arrived next, erupting from the stairs. The respiratory therapist pushed the crash cart to 406, forced exam gloves onto her bloody hands, and gathered the equipment for intubation. ..."
" her chest. He held up his dripping-red hand signaling them to stop CPR, ripped off the glove, and palpated Flossie Mae’s abdomen, now distended to the size of a full-term pregnancy. “We can’t help her,” he said. “Her ventricle is slashed. You’re just pumping blood everywhere.” ..."
"... scared,” she said. Carina washed her hands at the sink in the corner, then extracted a patient gown from the cabinet and put it on backwards over her blood-stained scrub uniform. She positioned herself beside the bed, blocking Mrs. Banks’s view of the room. Ruth Robertson, that ..."
"...Stripping off her blood-spattered chemo garb, Penny ran to the storage alcove beside the elevator and speed-rolled a wheelchair back to 406. She helped Carina lift Mrs. Banks into it and Carina pushed the patient, staring straight ahead, into an empty room, where Penny helped her transfer Mrs. Banks into the fresh ..."
"...through the window at Mr. Logan, sleeping. Too jittery to sit down, she walked into the staff lounge and loaded the coffee maker. Standing in front of it, watching the first drops splash into the carafe, she breathed in the aroma, clearing the stench of Flossie Mae’s blood and perfume from her nasal passages. Stunned beyond comprehension, she withdrew into a safer place from which she could function, determined to remain competent through the rest of the shift. ..."
"...of the bag, pushed it close against Flossie Mae’s back, and the guards turned Flossie Mae over onto the black polyfiber. Tony pulled the second half of the bag over the body and started one zipper from the bottom. Penny, trying not to look at Flossie Mae’s bloodless face, started the other zipper from the top, guiding it along until black hair caught in the zipper’s teeth. Pulling the strand free, Penny tucked it behind Flossie Mae’s ear and underneath the pink earring, stealing a glance at her dusky-blue lips and bulging eyelids. Tony completed ..."

"... you didn’t see his face at all?” “No, just like I told them, he ran by me and went down the steps. I thought Flossie Mae’s son had attacked her, and I didn’t even realize she was cut until I saw blood running out of her chest, you know?” When they reached Oncology, Mrs. ..."
"...Lying on a hard, rough surface, she gazed up at a blue sky, highlighted by fluffy pillow-shaped clouds. She flexed her elbows and observed her hands, covered with blood. She felt no pain and no fear; she must be dead.... Dr. Scales was dead too. blood was running out of his hair onto Johnny’s Louisville Slugger. Johnny would be upset. Penny closed her eyes to shield them from the blinding brightness of the ..."

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