PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

Do hospitals provide coffee for their nurses?

Answer

Some hospitals do provide coffee for nurses, and for the entire hospital staff. In times of crisis, we served coffee to our patients' visitors, as Penny did on p.154 in PERSONAL BAGGAGE.

Nurses take Report, get to know each other, and talk over patient problems while drinking cups of coffee, and the amount of coffee drinking in PERSONAL BAGGAGE accurately reflects what I experienced. In fact, I never enjoyed coffee until I became a nurse.

There is good news, lately, about the benefits of coffee drinking, and decaffeinated coffee may have the same benefits as regular coffee. It decreases the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes. Coffee drinkers have fewer strokes, less heart disease, and are less likely to die from respiratory failure, or to develop Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease.


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Chapter 2: Chapter Two
8.
"... and a wooded area behind the house. She drank the last of her coffee as Johnny shuffled to the table. He blinked with surprise at his dolled-up wife, then inhaled and blew his breath up into his face. “You’re determined to do this!” Penny gazed into her lap and shook her ..."
"...She rinsed her coffee cup at the sink and wet her dry mouth with a swallow of water, then in a stoic tone explained her reasoning again. “My salary will be higher, and I can learn more; it’s a big hospital where they do advanced procedures.” Her voice rose. “I ..."

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
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"... used as an entrance by doctors, each of whom had a key. In the tiny nurses’ lounge, lanky Penny and short, stocky Maureen dug through stacks of puke-green scrub uniforms for their sizes, suited up, and sipped hot coffee while they waited. Eager as babysitters to relinquish their charges when ..."

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Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"...Maureen set a cup of fresh coffee on the desk in front of Penny and pulled up a chair. “We can handle whatever they throw in here, you know it? We tore through that like tornadoes in a trailer park! Now. Tell me about JMC—you like it?” Maureen listened to Penny’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. ..."

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
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"... on her opinion? Drawing her robe closer against the cold in her air-conditioned house, she warmed a cup of Johnny’s leftover coffee in the microwave. Too tense to feel hunger, she gathered dirty clothes from the bathroom hamper, stripped their beds, and started the washer. She pulled on ..."

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Chapter 11: Chapter Eleven
"...Fortified with coffee, Penny took Report by herself because Maureen had called in sick during the night. Director of Nurses Agnes Gwen breezed into the Unit escorting a woman Penny had never met. “I want to introduce you to Flossie Mae Fox, Dr. Scales’s office nurse, who will be working ..."

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Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve
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"... to tell whether it said IV or IM. The night-shift nurse drank coffee and ate a stale breakfast roll, looking forward to an easy twelve hours spent reading her book. She didn’t even notice that Penny was covering her butt for the second time in one day. Turning her back on River Park ..."
45.
"... eyelids and her dark brown irises giving her a startled, hyperthyroid look. Penny found scrub pants and a top in Flossie Mae’s size, and they settled down with cups of coffee to take Report on the one CCU patient. “Do you have any children?” Penny asked Flossie Mae when their first ..."

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Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
2.
"... 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 Watt Weeks—have you heard about his friend, Prader Philpot?” ..."
"...around the end of the counter and into the hall, a tall man wearing camouflage fatigues, a slouch hat, and combat boots, shuffled toward her. He carried a duffle bag and glared out from under bushy eyebrows. “I’m Colonel Philpot.” His skin was the color of coffee with too much milk, and his speech was slurred. “You know I came back from Nam a captain? Well, I just got word they made me a colonel. I want y’all to know all the black stuff falling outside is flak from bombs. Don’t worry ..."

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Chapter 14: Chapter Fourteen
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"... breakfast. Mrs. Nichols resisted her daughter’s efforts at bathing and dressing, but Penny finally completed the job, placed her in a wheelchair, and rolled her to the nursing home’s eating area where an attendant directed them to a table and brought two cups of coffee. Mrs. Nichols ..."

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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. ..."
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"... wake you. Had a rough night?” “It’s over. Are you back in Roanoke?” “We came back Wednesday. Today is Friday. Do you want to drink a cup of coffee or something? I can call you back in a few minutes.” “No, go on and tell me. What happened?” “Well, Dad’s in the ..."
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"... if she should be on the way to Roanoke. Drinking coffee in the comforting familiarity of the break room, she consulted today’s staffing schedule. She would work by herself, with one patient in the Critical Care Unit and three on telemetry. Last night’s nurse poured a cup of coffee, ..."
"...Last night’s nurse poured a cup of coffee, added sugar, and joined Penny, stirring while she talked. “Jason Stephens’s nickname is Squeaky. There’s been a parade of visitors to see him all week: lots and lots of people. He’s a No Code. Liver and kidneys are shut down from septic shock after a ..."
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"... today?” Penny hoped so because she had never removed an eyeball. The retreating nurse took a deep drink of coffee and shook her head. “I don’t think anybody’s done it since he’s been here. We don’t do eyeballs.” Penny decided to give her patient a bath right away since there ..."

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Chapter 17: Chapter Seventeen
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"... until mid-morning. Monday’s November sky was electric blue. A brilliant sun peered through leafless trees casting a giant shadow fence across the back yard as Penny poured coffee and cereal and sat down to read the note Johnny had left on the kitchen counter: “The Charleston ..."

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Chapter 18: Chapter Eighteen
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"... to Maureen’s room and stuck her head in the door. “How’s it going?” “It would be better if I had some real coffee; the kitchen only puts nine grains per cup in the stuff they serve us patients.” Returning with coffee from the nurses’ lounge, Penny asked, “Is there ..."
"...Returning with coffee from the nurses’ lounge, Penny asked, “Is there anything else you want me to grab before I put on the reverse isolation garb? Would you like another blanket? And please don’t say ‘whatever you think.’ Why do patients say that? I’m no mind reader; I ..."
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"... told Penny. “Go on back to the break room. I’ll be there in a minute.” Grateful to be working upstairs, Penny poured a cup of coffee and sipped it while she scanned staff notices on the bulletin board. “It’s the full moon: brings out the crazoids.” Flossie Mae spoke from the ..."
74.
"... what you think of our security guard,” she said. Penny crammed a pecan cluster into her mouth, considering while she chewed. “I think you should be careful.” She poured a cup of coffee and added a caramel to her already-full mouth. Barb removed a can of Coke from the refrigerator and ..."
"...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 ..."
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 ..."
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"... on Saturday. When she entered the kitchen, Johnny was on the phone. He held up one hand. Penny poured a mug of coffee, wondering if she dared eat cereal on top of all that candy and popcorn. “I understand. Now if you don’t mind, I want you to tell all of this to Penny. She’s just ..."
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"... he said goodbye. “Why don’t you go to bed for a while,” Johnny suggested, watching Penny stare at her coffee. “I’ve got to go finish up a few things, then I’ll be home for the rest of the day. We’re supposed to go to the teachers’ party tonight, remember?” “I can’t go to ..."

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Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen
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"... “Your family’s here, Maureen. If you open your eyes you will see your grandson.” Dragging an empty chair over to the bed, she encouraged Milton to sit down. “I’m going to make a fresh pot of coffee, so help yourselves. If there’s anything else you need, please let me know.” ..."
"...Penny lifted the artificial tree and placed it on top of a bunch of magazines. The room was crowded, but a December sun beamed through the window behind Flossie Mae’s couch and light pooled on the coffee table making the silver tree shimmer and giving Flossie Mae’s dark hair a crow’s wing shine as she divided the first waffle between their plates. ..."

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Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty
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"... even if I could get the car out, big limbs have fallen across the driveway and they’re stuck solid in ice.” Penny plugged in the coffee maker, then called the Dixiana hospital. “If you’re not sick, get ready to come,” the night supervisor told her. “It may be a while, but the fire ..."
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"... families visit in CCU up there, don’t they?” Penny drank coffee as daylight seeped through the windows and the sun reddened the sky. Johnny, still half asleep, stumbled into the kitchen. “I saw your light on at three. Bad night?” Penny shoved what she had written across the table. ..."

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Chapter 21: Chapter Twenty-One
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"... rang and Penny jumped up to answer it. “May I help you?” “I’m ready for coffee and send my nurse in here to find my contact lens. I dropped it in this damn bed.” It was the deep, resonant voice of the weatherman. Penny loaded a fresh pot of coffee and started toward Dr. ..."
86.
"... deep, resonant voice of the weatherman. Penny loaded a fresh pot of coffee and started toward Dr. Storm’s room as a large man entered the hallway from the elevator. “Is Sunny Setser on this floor?” His voice was nasal and his words were hesitant. “Yes, are you a member of her ..."
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 ..."

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Chapter 22: Chapter Twenty-Two
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"... read?” “All of it. Man, I even went back and reviewed things in my history books: slavery, the Civil War, reconstruction. Make us some coffee and I’ll give you a rundown; it’s too early to go touring, anyway.” He piled two pillows against the headboard and leaned on them. Penny ..."
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"... to go touring, anyway.” He piled two pillows against the headboard and leaned on them. Penny rinsed out the room’s tiny electric pot and soon the aroma of coffee displaced the stale motel air. “Your great-grandmother was born in New England and when she was a year old her father, ..."
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"... Augusta was twenty-four when her first husband was killed in the Civil War.” “Which is why she was decorating graves in 1866,” Penny said as she poured brewed coffee into two Styrofoam cups. “That’s right, and her second husband, a pharmacist, had also fought in the war. ..."

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85.
"... and passed the jar to Penny. “Lily makes the best! Try some.” A caffeine surge from the bitter, triple-strength coffee hit Penny, and she set down her cup. “I’m not very hungry this morning, but thank you.” Johnny looked up from his plate of eggs, bacon, grits, and toast. “I ..."
86.
"... Johnny looked up from his plate of eggs, bacon, grits, and toast. “I thought you were going to sleep all day.” Refilling coffee cups, he circled the table, brushing the top of Penny’s hair with his fingers as he moved behind her. “Just knocking out some spider webs,” he said. ..."
"...Penny returned to the kitchen, poured coffee, and carried her cup to the table. She gazed at her right hand, at her mother’s ring on her own finger, wishing her mother were here to tell them about a time when the basement floor had been wood, and there was a padlock on the cage, and ..."

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"...Penny poured coffee and cereal, flopped into her chair at the table, and folded the newspaper beside her bowl. She reread the article from start to finish. Why hadn’t she known about it? Why hadn’t the nurses just quit their jobs and gone to work at another hospital? ..."
"...Her hunger superceded by adrenalin, Penny stared at the newspaper while her cereal grew soggy and her coffee cooled. Dixiana physicians had always run the show. When they didn’t get their way, they had withheld admissions. They blocked discipline of their colleagues in a good-ole-boy network—like last year when Dr. Graham had given Penny two inappropriate phone orders for insulin. She reported it ..."
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"... called Dr. Scales three times but he wouldn’t come.” Time to get out of here right now! In Penny’s imagination she saw herself entering her kitchen from the garage, the half-full coffee pot still warm from Johnny’s breakfast. Redirecting her mind, she picked up the patient’s chart. ..."
118.
"... voice rattled like a snake’s tail. “You are incompetent, and I will have you fired!” Penny smelled coffee on his breath. Her chest felt unstable as the odor of his breath attacked her heart. Leaning forward, he raised his right hand and pointed a ­lightening-bolt finger at her nose. ..."

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163.
"... page Housekeeping for you.” Carina balanced her checkbook while Penny loaded a fresh pot of coffee and then joined Kerri, who was cleaning 403. “How’re you coming with it?”, Penny asked her from the hallway. “It already smells better.” “You destroyed it,” Kerri ..."

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Chapter 26: Chapter Twenty-Six
"...Reheating leftover coffee, Penny carried a cup out to the patio. Blinding sunlight charged the chemicals in her brain and she remembered reading somewhere that dreams were the brain’s attempt to process your feelings about what took place around you and to help you work out problems. Dr. Scales’s arrest ..."
45.
"... and I’ll take the other new one and keep my little Josephine Banks.” Penny had just poured a cup of coffee and joined Carina at the table in the staff room when she recognized Prader Philpot standing out at the desk. Prader shuffled into the room and scowled at her. “Can I buy a cup of ..."
46.
"... Carina at the table in the staff room when she recognized Prader Philpot standing out at the desk. Prader shuffled into the room and scowled at her. “Can I buy a cup of coffee off you?” Penny got to her feet. “I’ll give you a free one, Mr. Philpot. Do you take sugar and ..."
48.
"... one, Mr. Philpot. Do you take sugar and cream?” He dropped into Penny’s seat at the table, set his camouflage bag on the floor, and accepted the Styrofoam cup, adding two packets of sugar and stirring the hot coffee with his index finger. Joyce, one of the day-shift nurses, entered the ..."
"...The second drug infused as Penny closed the door and removed her protective costume. She looked 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 ..."
"...“I’ll be better when the chemo finishes up. It’s almost done.” Penny poured herself a small amount of coffee and drank it straight. Outside 408, she re-clothed herself in protective garb, disconnected Shenelle Sharp’s empty chemo tubing and bag, and flushed the site without waking her. As she walked behind the desk to rejoin Corina in the lounge, five policemen stepped off of the elevator. ..."

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"...She started coffee, pulling on her sweats while it perked. Trying not to wake Johnny, she poured herself a cup and eased open the door to the patio. Lilacs and azaleas spread soft pinks around the perimeter of the yard and unopened wisteria blossoms hung on their vines like grapes. ..."

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