CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and NINETEEN
“Love always wins,” Jill said vaguely. “How is Julie?”
“She’s very ill,” John said. “For now, I’d like to keep this little family together. Paddie and Connor need their mother as much as she needs them right now. Their bond can be the difference between life and death for them.”
“We can take care of them,” Jill said and nodded.
“Does Nelson have a nurse?” John asked.
“He does,” Jill said. “We can get a nurse for Julie.”
“You may need one,” John said. “Her blood oxygen is low but not critical. At least, right now. I left a pulse ox to test her oxygen. If it falls to 80 or lower, then she needs to be in the hospital. I’d like to set up an IV but…”
John looked around the room, and then at Jill.
“Do you have IV saline here?” John asked.
“Not when MJ’s gone,” Jill said. “I will call the service when you leave and get a nurse here. If you leave the order, I can get it filled.”
“That’s a lot to ask for you to do,” John said. “You have a young family of your own to care for.”
“I do,” Jill said with a nod. “But we’ve asked Charlie and Tink to help with the kids. In fact, if you need help with the kids at your house, we can certainly take them. Plus, we have an empty apartment or two.”
“That’s very kind of you,” John said. “So far, we’re covered. My sister and brothers are doing the heavy lifting at home. I’ll tell you…”
John looked down at Jill and smiled.
“They are happy to have something new to complain about,” John said with a grin.
“I’ll write a detailed order,” John said. Pulling off his gloves. “Tell the nurse to call me if she or he has questions. Doesn’t your brother run a service now?”
“Steve?” Jill asked. “He does.”
“Brilliant,” John said. “Steve’s a good egg. I’m delighted that he’ll be able to help.”
Jill opened the door to the apartment.
“Would you mind if I shower here?” John asked. “I need to get home.”
“We have clean scrubs here,” Jill looked him up and down. “I think we have some in your size or close.”
“That would be very nice,” John said.
“I’ll show you the way,” Jill said.
She led John back into the medical offices. While he showered, Jill called Delphie and asked her to bring up some soup for Julie and food for the boys. She also called her brother, Steve, who said he’d come by the Castle to take a look at what Julie needed. John finished showering and changing. He said goodbye by reminding her to call him is she needed anything. He left through the medical offices.
Jill watched him go before heading downstairs to see what was next. She was just in the hallway when Delphie passed with a tray of soup for the little family. The smiled at each other as they rushed past toward their other duties.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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