I woke up and the sheer pain of my leg almost made him pass out. Without Vicodin I was barely surviving. As I massaged my leg vigorously, along came Cuddy: Dean of Medicine, my boss and the best part, my girlfriend.
"Fifteen-year-old ADHD, dyslexic, Caucasian boy started seizing." She said.
"And a good morning to you too." I replied with as much sarcasm as I could. "Sounds boring to me." I said wondering why she chose this case.
"It would be" Cuddy replied, "Except his blood isn't normal."
"Still boring!" I replied I know it sounds whiny but I couldn't stand the thought of sitting through a case solved in five minutes flat. My leg hurt thinking of it.
"By 'not normal' I mean the other doctors couldn't figure out what half of his blood is. Is that boring to you?" She dropped the case file on my desk knowing she had me hooked, and was about to leave when she turned around and added, "Oh and one more thing, I have given you a temporary female replacement until you hire someone to replace 'Thirteen'. You can't fire her and if I hear anything about you torturing her then you'd better be sorry you were born."
"Bye then!" I said, already thinking of ways I could torture the new replacement without her reporting it to Cuddy. It made me happy just thinking of it. I turned away from my desk to face my diagnostic team and I was stupefied. There were the three bozo doctors I was used to pushing around and there was also a blonde teenager 14 maybe 15. Was she the replacement that Cuddy got me? I turned around and ran after her, well, as best as you can with a limp.
"What the hell is the meaning of this?" I practically yelled at Cuddy.
"Of what?" Cuddy said in mock surprise. "Oh, your replacement, think of it as punishment for not having a doctor yet."
"Come on," I whined, "They were unqualified, but at least they went to med school."
"She did go to medical school," Cuddy said to my astonishment. " She is a genius and has a degree, think of her as in intern if you are so focused on her age. Honestly I thought that was the last thing you would notice."
"What?" I said. "Well if this patient dies and the parents threaten to sue, then it is entirely your fault." With that I stormed off.
When I walked in: the teenager and Chase were deep in discussion, Foreman looked like he wanted to be anywhere but here, and Taub looked suspicious. 'Interesting,' I thought 'I could work with this…'
"Fifteen-year-old ADHD, dyslexic, Caucasian boy seizes, go!" My boss House said as his usual greeting. So far the morning had been pretty normal except for the new girl. I assumed she was House's idea of a joke but she seemed way to young for him. And she definitely wasn't lost. When I asked her if she was, she just scowled and told me to GET lost.
"Percy does a lot of physical activities, it could be linked to head trauma. An MRI will reveal if something like that happened and just to be sure we should do an epilepsy test to see if he has epilepsy or something like that. . " The blond teenager said "And by the way my name is Annabeth Chase and-" I cut her off.
"Seizures can be caused by any number of things, ruling one out won't make it any easier" I said in a bored tone of voice.
"We can at least rule out the most likely one." Annabeth said.
"What will we do if it isn't it?"
"Well I assume that you have a brain of your own and can figure out what to do next. Another thing to test for is infection unless that is too difficult for you. Also if there are no more seizures it could have been just a one-time thing."
The doctors looked to House.
"You heard the lady, move!" House said. The second that the team left the room I went to treat other, more interesting patients that really needed my help; Taub followed me; that left Annabeth and Chase to do the medicine.
"Hey wait up!" Taub called after me.
As the Australian and I entered to room I was shocked to see none other than Rachael Dare sitting by Percy's bedside.
"What are you doing here?" I asked in astonishment.
"I wanted to make sure that Percy was ok while you played doctor." Rachael responded smugly.
"I am not playing doctor I have a Medical Degree." I said quickly. Percy looked shocked.
"Annabeth you never said that you had a Medical Degree." Percy said, astonished.
"I'm sorry, but this catching up will have to wait until after the MRI." Dr. Chase said. When they started to leave Rachael tried to follow but I turned around and cut her off saying,
"I'm sorry this is only for patients and their doctors. So you can't come and fawn over Percy like a lost puppy."
"Well if it's just patients and their doctors then Annabeth you should wait with me."
"Whatever, lets get that MRI." I muttered. As we wheeled Percy to the MRI room I tried to talk to him but he seemed tired from all of what was going on today and he almost fell asleep. When the finally got there they put him in and waited for the results.
While waiting for the results the teenager turned to me. "Why does Forman hate me so much? I mean yes I am kinda young to be doing this, but still it doesn't make a lot of sense." She let out a sigh of frustration. "All I wanted to do was help and now I feel like I just screwed everything."
I was about to say something to cheer Annabeth up when she started off again. "And why did she have to be there? Percy and I are getting along fine and that freaky redhead decides to show up. Gods, what does he see in her?"
I tried again to interject only to be cut off again. I tried to remember if 'Thirteen' was this chatty. I started to wish that I'd gone with Forman and Taub. "What does she have that I don't have, hrmm? In fact I am soooo much better than her in so many ways like…"
"I think the MRI's done." I said relieved to finally get a word in, and stop Annabeth from talking my ear off.
As we pulled Percy out of the MRI Annabeth noticed something strange. "Is it just me or does Percy breathing seem to be quicker and shallower than it was before?"
Percy was just able to gasp out "I can't breathe" before collapsing into the bed.