It Makes Me Shudder (When the line between victim & perpetrator blurs)

 Chapter 23  The police officer stands silently in the doorway of my patient’s room, watching as I listen to her chest with my stethoscope. Her breath sounds are clear and equal on both sides. Next, I check the tube threaded through her nose into her stomach. It’s draining dark green fluid into a suction canister […]

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After The Flood (Nothing angers a PICU team like child abuse)

Chapter 22 At Raquel’s house, I sat on the sofa listening to The Cowboy Junkies with a blanket wrapped around my shoulders. Raquel brought me another mug of cardamom-spiced tea. Upstairs, Maddie played with her cousins. Raquel sat on the sofa next to me, and put her head on my shoulder like she used to […]

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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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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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