For The Love Of A Child
Chapter One- Old Friends Return
Lu smiled as she woke up and rolled over to see her husband Jonas smiling back at her. They had been married for the last two years and she still couldn't get over the ways she felt in his arms and how her heart still fluttered every time he touched her or they hugged and kissed.
"Hey baby." He said as he smiled his perfect white toothed smile.
"Hey." Lu said in a tone way to sexy for that early in the morning.
"What's on the agenda for today?" Jonas asked as he checked his watch….6:30
"Oh the usual, work, work, and more work. I better get a move on I don't want to be late." Lu gave him a quick kiss on the lips and headed towards the bathroom.
"If you hurry we can take the limo." Jonas offered although he knew that Lu would rather take her silver car. She still wasn't comfortable with the limo…in fact she hated it.
"No Thanks!" She called as she rinsed the Dove conditioner out of her perfect brown hair. She stepped out of the shower and wrapped herself in her favorite black jumbo fluffy towel. Lu walked back into her room to get dressed for the day.
"Who's taking Allison to day care?" Lu asked
"I'll drop her off. Unless you want to take her to the office with you."
"I can't not today. I have a day full of patients and the boss has still failed to provide us with a day care center in the clinic."
Lu lifted her three year old little girl up and spun her around. She checked to make sure that everything they needed was in the diaper bag and then she carried Alley to her Daddy so he could take her to day care, and she could take her car to work.
"Bye Baby Mommy loves you!" Lu kissed her daughter on the cheek before she got into her car and drove away. Leaving all of the comforts of home at home.
"Dr. Thorton to ER! Dr. Throton to ER!" A voice yelled over the loud speaker.
Kayla ran into the ER and found a young woman, mid 20's laying on the bed.
"What's going on?" Kayla asked as she looked the patient over.
"Female, twenty-three, pulse one o two and falling. We believe this may be a possible OD. We haven't had enough time to properly investigate though."
"OK I need a CT scan, portable chest and chest x-rays, I need a ultra sound, stomach pump, and a normal saline drip STAT! Lets move people!"
After many failed attempts to resituate the young woman Kayla finally put the shockers down and looked at her watch.
"I'm calling it." Kayla said as they charged the metal pads up for the fourth time and failed to resituate her.
"No! We have to try one more time!" One of the new 1st years yelled. As he started manual CPR once Kayla put the shockers away.
"We have to let her go! Look at her. She's already gone. We've done everything that we can do for her! She overdosed on Anti- Depressants and about fifty other prescription drugs. Pumping her stomach did no good! She's too far gone." Kayla explained to her intern in a gentle supporting voice.
"How long has he been at it?" Jennifer the head NOC asked.
"Ten minutes. But if you count the ambulance ride and the emergency shockers the total is forty-five minutes. Kayla said as she shook her head sadly.
"That's ENOUGH!" Jennifer yelled as she pulled the first year off of the lifeless body.
"Call it Kayla."
"Official T.O.D was 11:45am ." Kayla called as she checked her watch to be sure the time was in accordance to the time on the big ER clock. Kayla covered The young unidentified body with a white sheet and headed off to her office.
Dr. Dana Stow walked into the doors of RWHC with a mission in mind and a brand new baby in her arms.
She had moved away somewhat like around the area of five years ago to live closer to her parents so that her two adopted daughters , Annie and Luisa would have more family, but after the tragic death of her mother and father she sold the land to move back to her second home .
Annie now ten and Luisa now five were staying with Nick (who they thought was their Daddy and had never been told otherwise,) while Dana and little Emily who was only 3 weeks old, went to RWHC in search of a job. Her appointment was at two pm but first she had something more important to do.
"Hey Dana how have you been doing?" Lana exclaimed when she saw her.
"Hey Lana is Lu around?" Dana asked as she walked up to Lana's desk looking just as stunning as she did when she left five almost six years ago.
"Why didn't you tell Lana you were coming Dr.Stow?" Lana asked as she rushed over to give Dana a huge hug.
"Don't tell Lu!" Dana warned "I want to surprise her!"
"You can go wait in her office. She should be in form chat-room any minute now. Lana'll send her your way." Lana promised.
"What's on the agenda for today Lana?" Lu asked as she walked into the main lobby of RWHC with a Iced Mocha Decaf in the other.
"Youpe (Lana swallowed the last bite of her breakfast taco.) You have a new patient waiting for you in your office baby."
"OK cool where is her patient file?"
"Oh…Lana laid it on your desk baby….now hurry she's waiting for ya!"
"Ok…Ok…" Lu said in a barley irritated voice.
Lu smiled to herself as she walked into her office. Things were always a good mystery when your working with Lana Hawkins! But even though she was use to Lana's mystery's she could have never been prepared for what she saw when she opened the curtains and reveled what or shall I say whom was sitting on the exam bed.
"OMG DANA! I can't believe it's really you!" Lu cried as she rushed to embrace her ex partner. She was so happy that Dana was back!
"Careful…." Dana said returning the hug and Lu realized for the first time that she was holding a very small baby girl.
"Who is this BEAUTIFUL baby girl?" Lu gently touched the baby's cheek.
"This is my baby girl Katie. She was born three weeks ago today." Dana said as she rubbed her baby daughters back.
"She's shy isn't she?" Lu smiled warmly at the little baby who had snuggled her face into her mothers shoulder when she saw that Lu was smiling at her. " I have a daughter now her name is Allison! She's three years old."
"Just a tad. Well I have to run I've got a interview with Dr. Jackson in just a few minutes. Why don't we meet and have dinner today after work." Dana suggested
"I would like that."
Dana walked out of her office and into Bobs without even knocking.
"What is it now Dr. Delgado?" Bob said without even looking up.
"First of all its not Dr. Delgado." Dana smiled.
"Oh Dana! I'm so sorry! I thought…." Bob looked bashfully at Dana.
"I know….I should have knocked….I'm sorry." Dana shifted her daughter on her hip and handed Bob her paperwork. He looked over it quickly and then…
"Well Dana your references and records are as clean as spotless as ever." Bob Jackson started "And I would like to say on behalf of myself and the rest of RWHC welcome!"
"Thank you Bob." Dana said as she gave Bob a hug.
"Where will you and your three girls be staying at?"
"I bought a home not too far from here. It is the perfect size for the three of us."
"I've been meaning to ask you….how are your other children?"
"Annie's doing great! She's finally trusting that I'm not going to leave her, like her real mother did. "
"And how about the other baby? You know the one we found here at the hospital?"
"She's doing better. She's still underweight but she is totally HIV free. The withdraws and seizures stopped about a year ago. She's in school and making all E's."
"Wow they sure have grown up."
"Yes, Yes they have."
"JENNIFER MARIE SULTEN!" Lu scolded "You should have come and taken time to talk to me! If you would have came in earlier this may not have happened!"
"I know Lu I'm so sorry!" Jennifer said as she gently touched her blackened
"We need to get you into a shelter we need to get you help!"
"I can't Lu he said he would kill me if I left him."
"You have to or he'll wind up killing you anyway."
"Fine Lu but only because I don't want my baby to get hurt."
"Your making the right choice Jenny."
"If I'm making the right choice then why does it feel so bad?"
Lu pondered on Jenny's question for a few minutes before answering . But little did Lu know that in fact it would be her getting hurt. Hurt all over again and this time much, much worse than before.