Little Earthquakes (Niki has a stress dream and learns about earthquake kits)

Chapter 5 I pulled into the driveway of our rented house. Simon’s left, so I park in the garage, closing the door. I removed the groceries from the backseat and set them on the washing machine before sliding off my scrubs, dumping them into the laundry hamper. I’m always worried about bringing home germs from […]

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Call 911 (Niki comes to the aid of a family in distress at the grocery store)

Chapter 4 The rest of that shift was uneventful. Once dayshift arrived, I gave report on the new admission, and my other patient too. I wash my hands, use the restroom, and wash my hands again. Never get into a car with a full bladder. I leave the hospital by the ER exit on my […]

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Myopia (What happens when a Child’s Only Access to Health Care is The ER)

Chapter 3 “Fuck! Liz, get in here! I need more light.” Dr. Polk, the PICU intensive care doctor is renowned throughout the hospital for his skill at inserting central lines into even the smallest child, and also for his use of colorful language. Middle-aged, however, his eyesight is worsening. This makes the placement of central […]

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A Good Shift (Niki introduces two coworkers)

Chapter 2 One good thing about working twelve-hour night shifts in a Southern California hospital is driving against traffic for the commute. Californians don’t measure commutes in miles, but by how long it takes them to get there. Everyone knows to stay off the freeways, and take surface streets. I pull into the hospital staff […]

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