Return Policy (Niki comes home to a surprise)

Chapter 18 After recognizing that the baby’s ET tube was blocked, and having the nurse gonads to pull the tube, I drove home from the hospital feeling victorious. Dr. Polk’s words, “Good job,” played over and over in my head, but they weren’t loud enough to calm my stomach when I thought about Corey, and the silent […]

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Is Everything Okay? (Niki’s nursing assessment saves a baby)

   Chapter 17 I woke up in the afternoon having slept poorly after the bad dream. Schlepping my way into the kitchen, I made a cup of tea. Simon dropped Maddie off from school, and then went back to coach practice. I helped Maddie with her homework while starting dinner. During dinner Maddie chatted animatedly […]

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The Most Important Thing (Niki makes a decision)

Chapter 16 Corey put his arms around me, holding me close. My face nestles in the warm triangle where shoulder meets neck, and I can feel his carotid pulse beating against my cheek. He smells like soap and water, clean and nice. I place tiny kisses against his smooth neck, tears welling in my eyes. […]

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Two Separate Worlds (Corey tells Niki how he feels)

Chapter 15 Corey’s hand is warm, and dry, its nails clipped and clean. I left my hand on the diner table under his longer than I should. “Hey Niki,” he said. I withdrew my hand. “Um, we should go. Thanks for the bacon, Corey.” I put a ten on the table as Corey flagged the […]

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It’s Not Like You Work Five Days a Week (Twelve-hour night shifts are hard on marriages)

Chapter 14  For the third night in a row, I returned to the PICU. Shortly after shift report, the father of the child I told how to ask for pain meds for his kid walks in carrying three large boxes of pizzas. He sets them in front of me, on top of the nurses’ desk. […]

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