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Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)
TITLE: The Castillion Caper
By Loretta Leonard
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From inside Room 325 came a sharp groan and a clattering of objects hitting the floor. Everyone hastened
down the hallway to determine exactly what had happened. Mr. Carter was clutching his chest and beads of perspiration were sprinkled over his forehead. His face was pale but he seemed alert and aware of his surroundings. His heart was racing and his legs and ankles were showing signs of edema. No doubt about it. He needed medical help and quickly.
“It looks like his chest cavity is filling with fluid and he needs to be aspirated. We’re lucky that we got here when we did. Only a few minutes later and he could have experienced a real heart attack. Okay, everyone, let’s get him to the hospital.” Brad organized the effort to get Mr. Carter on the collapsible gurney and into the ambulance promptly.
No one knew precisely what had transpired but Mr. Carter, on the other hand, knew why he had to take matters into his own hand. The chain of events initiated when he decided to call the nurse. He merely pushed the button at the side of the hospital bed. The nurse responded rather curtly and then neglected to follow through with checking in on him. His mind replayed his agitation over the evening.
Where’s that nurse? I don’t know why everything takes so long. I didn’t push that button just for fun. All right, calm down. Relax and wait for the nurse to come in. You’re being impatient.
Eight minutes passed. Blasted nurse! Where was she? His wrinkled hand paused over the button at the side of the bed. He pushed it again and the intercom came on. A different nurse reassured him that she would be there shortly.
I better hear you outside my door pretty soon. You think I‘m exaggerating but this old man isn’t imagining anything. My chest hurts and I can feel the pain.
Ten minutes. How dare they ignore me!! When I call for help I need it and I’m tired of waiting. What are they doing? Shopping at WalMart? Playing a game of Scrabble?
He climbed cautiously out of bed, pulled the IV along behind him and walked towards the hallway outside his room. He looked towards the nurse’s station. No one! Poof! Just like magic they all had disappeared. Call for help and you’re lucky to get someone within a reasonable time. Five minutes longer. That’s all. Then I’ll give them a piece of my mind.
Poppycock! Enough of this nonsense. Do you really think I want to die in this lonely old folk’s home? Not me. I guess I’ll have to take matters into my own hand. How to get their attention? The white phone at the side of the bed beckoned. Never underestimate Mr. Carter. He placed the call to 9-1-1. Yes, that’s how an elderly eighty-four year old gentleman outwitted everyone.
Back at the nursing home it was time to gain some semblance of order. Not one single nurse accepted blame for ignoring a patient’s call. Maybe things would quiet down for the rest of the evening. Looking towards the front entrance, Lily watched as an elderly gentleman was ushered into the lobby. There was something familiar about the face but with all the turmoil of the day, Lily dismissed the notion. Studying paperwork on the new patient, she made a mental note that therapy would be required. A lot of stretching and hard work would be necessary to get the muscles into place after hip replacement. Perhaps this patient would not be as unpredictable as Lloyd Carter. Glancing to the top of the page she read the name. Oh, no! It couldn’t be! Mr. Carter’s brother Lester was about to be admitted.
I Samuel 20:26A--Something unexpected has happened.
(Holman Christian Study Bible)
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