PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

Maria

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
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"... 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 ..."
"...Patients and their families loved Maria McEliney, the 3-11 unit secretary who had been a nursing tech for a home health agency before the birth of her children: two sets of twins, only three years apart. Now that the girls were all in high school, Maria worked at the hospital to avoid being at ..."
"...Maria was taking vital signs and Penny could hear her joking with patients about “my big black booty.” Afterward, she would prepare the paperwork for tomorrow and manage the desk until 11 p.m. From 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Oncology usually operated with two RNs, but tonight ..."
"...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?” ..."
"...Red-faced Dr. Child looked about sixteen years old to Penny. He wore a crisp white jacket, and three gold pens gleamed from his breast pocket. Penny stepped behind the desk and looked over Maria’s shoulder at the order, trying to read the cryptic handwriting: “T @ Xmatch IIV PRBC’s STAT and give IV over 4 hours.” It was taken off and noted at 2 p.m. ..."
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"... me to stop it?” “What does my order say?” The baby doctor pointed 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 ..."
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"... 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 Maria seldom got upset because, as she said, nothing at work equaled what she went through at home. Dr. Child shot Maria a withering glance ..."
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"... got upset because, as she said, nothing at work equaled what she went through at home. Dr. Child shot Maria a withering glance and turned to Penny. “I want you to give her 20 mgs of Lasix IV right now.” Penny said, “Her maintenance IV runs at 75 mls an hour. Do you want me to slow it ..."
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"... Do you want me to slow it down?” He looked at Penny as though explaining this to her was useless. “No, I want to dilute her white cells. She has leucocytosis.” He turned back to Maria. “Get me the supervisor. I’ll find out whose fault this is.” At her patient’s bedside, Penny ..."
"...Their helper had gone home and Maria was preparing to leave when Leroy Crouch, the night supervisor, came to Oncology. Having started his career as a medic in the Army, he was now in his mid-forties with a paunch, and new patients often mistook him for a doctor because he sounded like an authority on ..."
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"... authority on everything. “Wait,” he called to Maria as he sauntered to the desk and picked up the chart for Dr. Child’s patient. “I understand that you-all are trying to kill patients up here! You’d better tell me what happened; I need an incident report.” “Dr. Child’s orders ..."
"...written out, not abbreviated, and especially not with a V.” He 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.” ..."
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"... 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.” ..."

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Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
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"... up! We won’t be stopping to eat again anytime soon.” The Evening Unit Secretary, Maria, leaned against the door frame. “I tried to get us some help, but they said I was wasting my breath. There’s no help to be had.” “Screw ‘em,” Barb told Penny. “Let’s divvy up ..."
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"... your judgement. I’ll go see if I can convince the Supervisor that you need some help up here.” “Thanks! Maybe you’ll have better luck than Maria did.” Penny flashed a skeptical smile. In Pauline Curry’s room, Penny introduced herself, then reduced the infusion rate. “Dr. Benson ..."
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 ..."
"...It was bad. Consequently, both Maria and the LPN helped Penny bathe and reposition Darlina’s mammoth body on fresh linens, then Penny straightened the room, emptying the yellow bath water into the sink beside the bed. Finally, Penny approached the desk to enter Darlina’s assessment and vital signs into a computer. ..."
56.
"... Penny approached the desk to enter Darlina’s assessment and vital signs into a computer. Maria looked up from a stack of charts. “Did you see the latest memo? I stuck it inside the bathroom door.” Penny grimaced. So many E-mail notices came out every day that it would take an extra half ..."
57.
"... Penny grimaced. So many E-mail notices came out every day that it would take an extra half hour per shift just to read them all. “Thanks, Maria. It’s a big help when you pick out the important ones and post them; I don’t know how they expect us to keep up with everything!” Penny ..."
59.
"... that Dr. Child was no longer on staff. Penny stood behind Maria. “The collage on the back of that door looks like one of my grandmother’s crazy quilts.” Bending down, she whispered into Maria’s ear, “What happened with Dr. Child?” “He didn’t keep his charts caught up, and ..."

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Chapter 15: Chapter Fifteen
"...After Report and the transfer of narcotic keys, Penny planned ahead: she would assess her charges and load the information into the computer. “I’ll get vital signs on my patients, Maria,” she told the unit secretary. “I’ve got to be in their rooms anyway, so if you’ll set up for my new patient and get the admission vitals, I’ll do the other two because you’ll be busy with the paperwork.” ..."
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"... vitals, I’ll do the other two because you’ll be busy with the paperwork.” “Yes ma’am,” Maria said, overdoing her solicitous performance. “And is there anything else I can do for you?” “Well, if you have time right now, you could go down to the lab and get Miss ..."
"...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 ..."
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"... 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 ..."
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"... 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 ..."
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"... I need more pillows and I’m soooooo hungry.” Penny adjusted the thermostat and introduced herself, then proceeded to the supply room for another pillow. As she passed the desk, she asked Maria what ER had told her about Mrs. North. “Her son brought her to our hospital after someone ..."
69.
"... charged on an all-day shopping spree at the mall. The ER tech said she was uncooperative.” The call bell from the new patient’s room sounded. “May I help you?” Maria said into the intercom. “Yes, honey, my nurse has gone to get me some pillows. If you will be so kind, I need more ..."
"...“I put that in there for you myself,” Maria said. “It’s fresh as it can be!” When there was no reply from the room, Maria said, “Your nurse will be right back.” For once, Maria was frustrated. “I need to put her chart together before Dr. Hutton gets here and writes more orders! ..."
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, ..."
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"... the woman answered. Thinking that Maria must have forgotten it when she set up the room, Penny obtained a new measuring-hat from the supply room and fitted it into the toilet. When her patient was back in bed, Penny searched for the spray can, then called the supervisor. “I’ll get another ..."

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Chapter 19: Chapter Nineteen
"...After completing her assessment, Penny turned to go and Maureen’s body stiffened. Her head drew back and her jaw clamped shut. Penny pushed the emergency call light and turned Maureen onto her side. Janet darted into the room and Maria, observing the scene from her desk, dialed Dr. Benson and motioned Penny to the phone. ..."
"...It was eleven o’clock, and Maria stood at the elevator with her coat on. “Miss Hattye asked for cake and cream so I got her some from the kitchen. Leroy was down there and he wanted to know how we’re doing, so I told him we have one circling. He said the ..."

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Chapter 21: Chapter Twenty-One
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"... back against the wall to allow two more suits to pass by. She watched them enter one of the patient rooms. “Dig in and help us,” Maria said. “We’re up to our eyeballs.” “If you take the new patient and do the admission, it would really help,” pleaded one of the day-shift ..."
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"... pleaded one of the day-shift nurses. “They’ve put her in 406,” Maria said as Penny emerged from the staff lounge dressed in scrubs. “Did you clock in?” Maria held out a copy of the patient’s orders. “I weighed her, but that’s all.” The man in the blue suit approached the ..."
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"... Penny asked, watching the elevator door close behind the three dignitaries. “It’s a VIP committee, I guess,” Maria said. “I’ll tell you one thing: no patient has any business tying up my fax machine!” Picking up her clipboard and stethoscope, Penny accepted the scrap of paper ..."
"...Picking up her clipboard and stethoscope, Penny accepted the scrap of paper towel on which Maria had written the new patient’s weight and entered the room pulling a portable computer behind her. Sunny Setser, completely naked, sat in the center of her bed beside a wadded-up hospital gown, and her brown-eyed gaze was so direct that Penny could almost feel it on her skin. ..."
41.
"... down. I haven’t had much luck with rectal suppositories, so you might try liquid Tylenol.” “Phone’s for you,” Maria said, when Penny came to the floor. “It’s Flossie Mae Fox.” Penny cupped her hand around the mouthpiece. “Buck died in Dixiana CCU this weekend, and I need ..."
48.
"... from 406. “May I help you?” “Tell the nurse my body rejects food at sundown.” Sunny had vomited a surprisingly-large amount of undigested food, and Maria assisted Penny with the clean up. “I’ll take Mr. Brown’s vitals for you.” Maria rolled her eyes, “A person with less ..."
49.
"... of undigested food, and Maria assisted Penny with the clean up. “I’ll take Mr. Brown’s vitals for you.” Maria rolled her eyes, “A person with less morals than me might get pleasure just washing that man’s back.” “Thanks Maria, I’ll go on to Watt.” In Mr. Weeks’s room, ..."
50.
"... for you.” Maria rolled her eyes, “A person with less morals than me might get pleasure just washing that man’s back.” “Thanks Maria, I’ll go on to Watt.” In Mr. Weeks’s room, Prader Philpot, dressed in fatigues and muttering to himself, sat by the window, his friend’s supper ..."
56.
"... the room. His TV boomed out the Weather Channel’s Storm Series program. Maria sat at the bedside of a man wearing blue silk pajamas with a washcloth draped across his forehead and a glass thermometer in his mouth. “Mr. Brown, my name is Penny and I’m...” The patient pulled off the ..."
60.
"... go downstairs and buy me some water? I only drink bottled water.” He held out a twenty dollar bill. Maria stood up. “You don’t need to pay. Your hospital bill takes care of it.” “There’s water in that pitcher but I only want ice.” A shiny bald spot on top of his head ..."
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"... 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 ..."
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"... thermometer and placed it under his tongue, timing it for three minutes. Maria came in and set two bottles of water on the bedside table. “They had three brands to choose from; I hope I didn’t get the wrong kind.” Penny removed the thermometer from Mr. Brown’s mouth. “Your ..."
"...“It’s getting ready to go up then,” he said. “My temperature always goes down before it goes up.” He turned to Maria. “Didn’t they have Perrier? When you go back for it get some fruit: orange and grapefruit sections, and cherries. I need Vitamin C. Take your time, though. I can start on these bottles for now...I should drink plenty of water.” ..."
69.
"... for now...I should drink plenty of water.” Penny and Maria made it to the staff room before they exploded: Penny in laughter and Maria fuming, “I never heard such! That man thinks if he sneezes the whole world will catch a cold!” Barb joined them for a description of the celebrity, ..."

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"...“I have to go home now and teach my blind music students to sight read,” he told Maria. “I bet you didn’t know I was born blind! Yeah, I had eye transplants in both eyes so now I give music lessons on my braille Yamaha.” He swiveled to leave, then turned back. “If Dr. Hutton sends Watt to a nursin’ home, his ass ..."

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44.
"... miss your visits, too.” Penny entered a party-like atmosphere in Oncology. The nurses were laughing over a joke someone had downloaded from America Online, and Maria handed Penny a copy. “I hope nobody gets fired over this, but it’s too good not to share!” MEMO ON COST CUTTING TO: ..."
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"... the medicine. Maria stuck her head into the room. “ER’s on the phone. They’re sending us a female with hypertension and a migraine: Dr. McDougal’s patient. Where do you want her? Holy shit! You two look like something the cat dragged in—are we out of scrubs?” “I left a ..."
76.
"... to page them to get anybody at night. I’ll try and get you some decent bottoms.” After day-shift left, Maria told Penny, “The antibiotic has been here for two hours; that nurse is just plain lazy.” “It’s all right,” Penny said. “I’m not busy tonight.” She collected an IV ..."
82.
"... restart your IV. I’d like to begin infusing your antibiotic so it can finish by midnight.” Maria knocked on the door. “I’ll take his vitals. Supervisor wants you on the phone.” Penny picked up the receiver at the nurses’ desk. “Hi Penny, it’s Leroy Crouch. I need to ..."
84.
"... picked up the receiver at the nurses’ desk. “Hi Penny, it’s Leroy Crouch. I need to pull Maria to Third because their unit secretary had to go home for a family emergency. Do you think you’ll be all right?” “I guess so,” Penny said. “We’ll have four patients ..."
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"... talked to Flossie Mae, sorry that she hadn’t kept in touch with her. “Because you’ve already got her mother: Josephine Banks is in 406. Flossie Mae is sick—her BP is 235/150. Tell Maria to go down to Third, okay?” Penny reentered 409 and Maria handed her Mr. Logan’s vital signs. ..."
"...Penny reentered 409 and Maria handed her Mr. Logan’s vital signs. “Don’t tell me,” Maria said. “I already know Leroy’s sending me to Third. Kerri Kenyon will bring you some uniforms when she gets off break.” Maria turned to Mr. Logan. “What you need is more flowers in here! ..."

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Chapter 26: Chapter Twenty-Six
53.
"... Memorial Funeral Home, so now I’m half-owner,” he said. Maria called Security on the desk phone while the other two day-shift nurses drifted into the staff room, bringing the total to five nurses gathered around Prader. He perked up for his audience. “I’m studyin’ to make a ..."
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"... reappearing with her arms full of linens as the phone rang. “They want you, Flossie Mae.” Maria handed over the receiver, picked up her purse, and turned to Penny. “Want me to bring y’all some supper before I leave?” “That would be great!” Stashing the sheets on a chair, ..."
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"... Stashing the sheets on a chair, Penny raided her locker for money. “I didn’t eat much lunch.” Carina handed Maria a bill. “I’ll take any little thing that looks good to you.” Flossie Mae turned from the phone. “Wait a minute, Maria. Let me go with you.” Mr. Logan called ..."
79.
"... much lunch.” Carina handed Maria a bill. “I’ll take any little thing that looks good to you.” Flossie Mae turned from the phone. “Wait a minute, Maria. Let me go with you.” Mr. Logan called for his sleeping pill so Penny medicated him, recorded his midnight vital signs, then ..."
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"... “Please call me if there’s anything you need.” When Maria and Flossie Mae returned, Maria scarfed down the last bites of an ice cream drumstick and clocked out, leaving Penny, Carina, and Flossie Mae with their supper in the staff room. “So you two know each other from working in ..."

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