A Mother's Long Night
Sean had been in and out of consciousness since he arrived at the hospital. After some CT and MRI scans, the doctors determined that even though there was some swelling in his brain, they would wait and see if his condition would improve. Sean's mother, the lady who mistook Molly for a nurse, had been with her son practically from the moment she stepped into the hospital after she learned of the accident. She was worried and upset. Why did it have to happen to her son? It seemed not too long ago that she had been in the hospital for her husband's stroke and subsequent surgery. Now it was Sean.
When the machines started beeping and making alarming noises, she had been sitting in a chair next to Sean, resting, exhausted from the night's ordeal and a whole week of working two jobs. Fortunately after the nurse - the real one - looked at Sean and consulted the doctor, she gave Sean some medication that seemed to help. "He should be okay. Don't worry too much," said the nurse. "He's stabilizing and we're moving him to another room. He'll be all right."
Sean's mother went alongside as they moved him. After Sean was settled in, the nurse came again and urged her to get some rest. "You look very tired. You really should get some sleep. You've been up all night," said the nurse.
"Will he be okay?" asked Sean's mother, wanting some reassurance.
"He's stabilizing. The swelling seems to be going down," replied the nurse.
"Will you call me immediately if anything happens?"
"Yes, ma'am, I will. I promise," said the nurse earnestly.
Taking the nurse's advice, Sean's mother decided to go home. After all she needed to tend to her husband. Besides, she was not that fond of hospitals. They brought back bad memories.
下期续 to be continued.
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