The doctor sat back in his chair, folded his hands across his chest and sighed; “Thanks to both of you, I’ll sleep tonight knowing I have a team to help with this complex situation so come back tomorrow about noon and we’ll have more information regarding Ms. Brown’s condition.” Hand in hand the young couple walked out of the hospital and Charlie noticed the spring moon cast a halo on Cassidy Rae’s light hair. He stopped to touch her silky curls fallen around her shoulders. “I’m a mess after a day like this with first the long drive, then finding Grans in a heap. Oh goofy me, I locked Tommy in the house without food and I need a ride home, um, from you since my car’s in the driveway and soup’s still on the range.” “You’re beautiful.” Startled, she stepped back and said, “I’m a wreck!” Charlie shook his head and reached for the girl he’d loved years ago, knew in his heart he still loved her. “I love you, CassidyRae. I did back then and still do.” All she could say was ‘Oh’.
At this early point, it’s a possibility. Please hear me out.” Charlie reached for C.R. to pull her back to the chair next to him. The nurse entered with a tray full of sandwiches and soda and encouraged the young girl to bite into a hamburger. As if they were just hanging out, the doctor joined them in the snack and slowly picked up the conversation. “Dementia is a syndrome that has to do with memory and performance of daily life and the important information I’ve studied is there are ways of overcoming this.” The young people lifted their heads to fasten on his every word. “Music is one way to bring life back to the patient plus exercise is good and another way is being with people and having a purpose like simple tasks.” He sipped his coffee, bit into a juicy sandwich. “For instance, Grans loves her dog and since you are studying to be a Veterinarian, the town can pitch in and start a small business for your grandmother. Maybe starting a collection for a small kennel to be used to care for stray pets and this may be a great outlet for her with someone to help until she learns and gets back on her feet. I’m thinking fast here because I have an elderly uncle who is going through a bad time. The family is up in arms trying to do the right thing but the problem is everyone’s too busy with their own life to take bothercare of uncle Edtime for Uncle Ed.”
“At this early point, it’s a possibility so please hear me out.” the doctor said. Charlie reached for her and led his friend back to the chair next to him. The nurse entered with a tray full of sandwiches and soda to encourage C.R. to bite into a hamburger. As if they were just hanging out, the doctor joined them in the snack and slowly picked up the conversation. “Dementia is a syndrome that has to do with memory and performance of daily life, the good news is there are ways of overcoming this.” The young people lifted their heads to fasten on his every word. “Music is one way to bring life back to the patient and exercise is good plus another is being with people and having a purpose like a simple task.” He sipped his coffee, bit into a juicy sandwich. “For instance, Grans loves her dog so since you are studying to be a Veterinarian, the town can pitch in and start a small business for your grandmother like starting a collection for a small kennel to be used to care for stray pets. This may be a great outlet for her with someone to help until she learns and gets back on her feet. I’m thinking fast here because I have an elderly uncle who is going through a bad time and the family is up in arms trying to do the right thing but the problem is everyone’s too busy with their own lives to take time for Uncle Ed.” http://www.wewriwa.com/
Day turned into night as doctors examined her Grans and C.R. watched with care, always ready to pounce if she thought Grans needed her. How foolish, she realized ’cause I’m in a room filled with experienced doctors but she’s the love of my life and we need each other. Dear God, please be extra kind and save my Grans and she held Charlie’s hand tighter to realize he had grown into manhood when she wasn’t looking. She watched the doctors confer, nod and leave the room except for Doctor Burns who beckoned for Cassidy Rae to follow him so keeping Charlie by her side, they followed the doctor to his office. He asked the nurse to bring sandwiches in and requested the young folks to sit.“My colleagues and I discussed possibilities and I sense you’re both very bright, otherwise I wouldn’t bring this up so here goes. Cassidy Rae, You’ve been away at college for a while and your grandmother is alone since your Grandfather died last year so she’s alone most of the time.” “She shook her head,“No Sir because she has Tommy, our Pit Bull; we used to have a German Shepherd Shephard long ago.” A tear fell as she thought of the old days.“Of course. Tommy is a pet, a companion but he’s not a person like you or her husband and that’s a big difference so she may be lonely and this is the time in her later years when it’s possible for her to get a condition called dementia.”Horrified, C.R. jumped up to storm around the room, “NO”, she cried, “Absolutely Not My Grans.” http://www.wewriwa.com/
“Doctor Burns,” Jim said, “this is Cassidy Rae; Ms. Brown raised her since she was a pup. Let’s get cookin’ and find out what’s happened to the best citizen in this town.” The doctor nodded and they all hustled to the nearest room. Charlie moved in close to Cassidy Rae to hold her hand. After a quick examination to the sleeping woman, Doctor Sam ordered for the x-ray nurse to hurry in with needed apparatus. Silence in the small room as everyone held their breath.
In a few minutes, the doctor nodded, “Ms. Brown has a nasty twisted ankle, no fracture. I’ll have to take more tests regarding possible stroke or other problems so Cassidy Rae, please hang on to your calm and say a prayer. Charlie, keep her company in the cafeteria while I call one of the senior doctors for consultation.”
“Doctor, don’t think for one minute I’m a kid ’cause I’m twenty-two, almost finished with Veterinarian College and I’m gonna be right with my Grans while you do your work. I won’t get in your way, that’s a promise.” She turned to Charlie, “Stay with me, please since we’re old friends and I need you.” He squeezed her capable hand.
Emergency doors opened to the sound of the ambulance. A team of interns hurried out to aid the EMT’s on duty. “Hurry,” Jim O’Connell called. “Ms. Brown is hurt. Get the best doctor in emergency right quick.” The hall buzzed with activity as on call, Dr. Sam Wilson hurried to see what happened. He recognized Jim, everyone’s favorite EMT. “Speak to me, Jim.” Before Jim spoke, Grans, eyes still closed, whimpered obviously in pain. Cassidy Rae jumped in.“She’s my Grandmother. I don’t know you but you better take good care of her and fast.” CassidyRae, face flushed, looked as if she wanted to fight. ”Sir, sorry. She fell, hurt her ankle but I think something bad happened before the fall. Maybe she has a brain thing like Alzheimer’s or something.” She pleaded with herself, searching for a reason. “Maybe she had a stroke. Just save her. Please save my Grans.”
save my Grans.”
“What do you think, Dad? To me, it looks serious. Maybe she had a stroke and fell fracturing her ankle.”
His dad frowned, a mop of gray hair blew back in the wind; “It’s to be decided when the doc in Emergency takes a look. Hey,” the father looked up at his son, “as I recall, you were nuts for this special girl. Her mom died in Afghanistan and she lived with her grandmother until she left for Veterinarian School. We must keep Ms. Brown in good shape, Charlie, ‘cause C.R. needs her and so does the whole town.” As they carried the stretcher to the waiting ambulance, a loud shriek pierced the air. Birds flapped their wings close by and seemed to caw.
“Pops, that sound came from this delicate woman.”
“Son, she always made herself known.” They hurried to lift Ms. Brown into the ambulance. On their heels ran Cassidy Rae to settle in the ambulance and murmur sweet words to her Grans. Her eyes remained closed.