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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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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Collusion (Niki coaches a parent on talking to doctors)

Chapter 13 The next night I returned to the PICU, and found that the eleven year-old transferred to the regular pediatric unit on schedule. As predicted, Dr. Eubanks not only discontinued the Fentanyl infusion before the transfer, but the puny IV morphine pushes too. It was out of my hands now. Or so I thought. Later […]

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