"Easy.." Dr. Brackett said. "Here," he said.|
"Follow that I.T. with this saline flush. His
will absorb it better osmotically."
And he handed DeSoto a 5cc saline syringe.
up. Mike immediately reconnected
the ambu and forced O2 flow deep into
Marco's lungs to make sure
the serum reached
as many spaces as possible inside his pulmonary
tree. Then he slowed and lessened,
off once more into a normal vent rate for a
light, but firm ambu maintain.
we wait.." Dr. Brackett said.
Somehow, the black night blanketing the shattered
a little less oppressive to
everybody surrounding Marco's bed, than it had
just minutes before.
Just as the new sun was rising over the
Lopez responded to epinephrine and
soon began to gasp actively, fighting his airway.
"Anyone's guess whose smile's
bigger.. Way to pull it off, Marco..!" he said
rubbing his shoulder
His last sentence was drowned out by|
In the mean time, Dr. Brackett and
Brice concentrated on getting Marco
extubated. Kel shouted.
"Marco!.. on the count of three,
you to exhale as hard as you can. Don't
swallow. I know the tube's uncomfortable,
we had to wait until you were ready
to go solo. Ready? One, Two..Three.."
Lopez let out a
gushing liquidy breath
and Brice removed the EOA quickly,
by deflating its gastric bulb with a
2 syringe and drawing it out with a
fast careful pull to not snag the tender
Roy had a suctioning probe set and
soon, he was coughing only
as his weakened muscles
decided they could learn how to
breathe again. Stoker helped him on
demand valve enough to keep Lopez mostly
awake to work out fluid and blood still
interfering with good
Marco's hands finally pushed away the
resuscitator a few minutes later.
fluttered open, squinting in
the bright sunlight through the holes in
the station roof. "Hey,
gang. Mama here
yet? "he whispered. "She'd better have
brought breakfast, I think...I think I'm..
getting hungry...Maybe,, maybe even
for some b- bacon...Any left?"
At his feet, Bonnie
barked, and reared up on
her haunches with her terra cotta bowl
balanced daintily in her mouth.
Three hours later, Marco was stable
enough to be flown out by
Johnny leaped out of the helicopter
with a dirt eating grin on his face
mom flooded his face
with kisses for saving her son's life,
promising a whole year's worth
Monday morning burritos..
"It's the least I can do for the amigos|
of my Precious Hijo.."
Rosa Marie Lopez said.
I heard that mama.." Marco's
voice hollered out before the copter's
chopper doors closed him off.
"Wait on that regime til I'm back at
the stationhouse working..! I don't
want the guys to eat
them all before
I get back there."
"Silly boy.." Marco's mom chuckled
in a deep warm voice
filled with a spanish
flavor. "He still thinks Mrs Bandido and I
cook on a limited budget. Just
I tell him we won de big California lottery, eh?
Same day as the quake.."
At Rampart, days later..
Johnny and Roy were telling the rapt
Dr. Early and Dixie McCall all
three day, earthquake survival story.
"Yeah.. when I woke up, I had a rod
out of my left hand.
This long.." he said to Dix, enjoying
the willies he was driving out of her.
"Johnny. Cut it out.. Don't you know I'm
squeamish?" she giggled.
"You are?" Roy asked., blinking in surprise.|
Dr. Early mumbled. "Yep. Why do you think she's
the front desk of Emergency so much?
Haven't any of you noticed she only goes into
rooms of people who aren't
gushing blood all over the floor?"
Dix smacked Joe good on the
for letting out her very very old secret.
"Dixxxxx..." Johnny egged, teasing her.
if Kel ever found out. I'd be mortified.."
"Who'd be mortified?" Dr. Brackett said,
leaving an elevator from an upper floor.
"uh, nuthin.." Gage said. "She was actually
"Morton confided".. Yeah, that's it.
Morton confided that he can only sing in the
shower. So that's
why he got drunk and
sang to us all on the guitar under the sprinkler
like he did. He's got a great
"Soaking wet you mean.." Kel said, ruefully shaking
his head. "I almost had to
give him some Narcan
to sober him up..." he joked.
Gage waxed serious.. "Wow, you doctors and
nurses really throw a wild party. I even think Cap's
wife blushed at a few of those dance moves of
yours, Morton. Where'd ya learn em? Maybe I could
..you know.. use a couple of them going out
dates and stuff.. Maybe I can finally snag
a nurse who'll take me for who I really am, know
I mean? "
Their happy chitchat made the trip up to visit
Marco in his hospital room, bright.
And Lopez was very very glad to see them all
to hear about the huge Rampart to Fire Department
wingding he had missed that weekend.
"And so there you have it boys and girls.." Johnny|
said, "A dozen tons of red steel and chrome
enough hose power to snuff out a whole three
story house fire in just under an hour.." he said to
very attentive Groverland Middle school tour children
dramatically. He made them jump by hitting
the air horn,
in its richest full brassy tone."Heheh.." he laughed.
And they soon laughed along
"Glad to see you all back at the station..
Quite a different place than when you last left
it a month ago, isn't it?"
A blond boy with glasses pushed forward.
"Can I see the radio mike room again?"
Johnny jumped down from top of the
engine roof and waved Stoker out
of the cab where he had been
lights and firing off that blast cue for
Gage. "Oh, hey Robbie.." Johnny said,
by the child's side. "I've been
wanting to see you."
"Yeah.." Johnny said.
"I just wanted to
thank you for doing what you did the
day of the earthquake. You..probably
all our lives.." he said, poking the
boy in his nose. Robbie giggled.
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