narrated by: Hadley
My sister moved in with me this past month, we shared a room our entire lives until university, so it isn’t that much of an adjustment, except that I live in a one bedroom student rental. It’s not exactly allowed, since my unit is for Med students. It barely matters as I’m rarely home, so she just steals my bed on those nights.
It isn’t a permanent solution, and there is a two bedroom version of this house next door even, but that requires effort to pack up, and carry every thing over. Julia doesn’t know how long she intends to stay, so I haven’t been fussed over it.
There is only one bathroom as well, but that was the same set up, (for the second floor anyway) when we were growing up. I don’t believe there is a single other person I would share a bathroom with, even my younger brother Simon wouldn’t do.
Med School is intense, I’m getting prepared to start my third year and will have actual residency and less class time. I’m paired up with Neal, we have to log so many hours in the stimulation lab. I was pretty cocky about it all at the start.
He tried coaching, and I pretty much blew him off. I have a natural knack for most things, that I’ve never been concerned over things like tests or labs.
Then the stupid dummy started flat lining, and kicked my butt down a few steps. I don’t intend to be a weak-kneed, afraidy cat, but I might be less vocal about my awesome-ability until I’ve actually excelled.
Dr. Morgan oversees the labs, and she has it out for me. I can’t have a dummy die or she’ll bench me for floor rounds. Neal would be at risk, since we are partners, so he was especially keyed up.
I managed to save our patient, while he nearly fainted, and we both wound up on the main floor of the Science Faculty Center to stuff our faces full of pancakes. Saving lives, even synthetic ones is stressful.
We started budding up for studying in our narrow corner of free time, and to Julia’s disbelief I seemed to be making a friend. Something I fail hard at, but don’t actually try for ether.
We even hit Duffy’s campus bar when the mood strikes. It turned out that Neal wasn’t as confident as me, but he wasn’t an idiot. It’s hard to find a man that isn’t plain dim. I still chuckle when I recall Chad hiding from a football!
Julia likes to tease that he’s the guy I’ll marry, but I really don’t have time for that. This works, because we are both extremely busy and neither has time to be jealous or concerned. It’s very low-key, I could go days without even thinking of him, let alone contacting him outside of med school.
Whereas Julia is still seeing Cabot, I don’t see him as much as I would have expected. She doesn’t even have a job yet, all the newspapers have turned her down despite her great work on the campus paper. There is no reason for them to not be making out on the sofa all day long.
Mom would be glad, Julia is mostly focused on getting herself set up and getting a job is first on her list. Which is great since I’m not exactly rolling in money to pay for both of us. She answered a listing for an Event Planner’s Assistant and met with Eva Prince downtown.
Julia got a degree in Political Science, with the full intention of being a journalist from the jump. But she managed to show a heaping load of enthusasim for stranger’s weddings, and impress Eva.
It doesn’t hurt that we all hail from Millwood, the smallest town around. We live on the same street as Eva for pity sake, though we aren’t acquaintances outside of waves and nods.
She ended up getting the position, and the pay is actually decent, so we can stop eating microwave noodles.
Now that she’s occupied outside of the house, I don’t see her as often. It’s Morgan’s policy that lab partners don’t actually make rounds at South Metro together, so Neal works on different nights than me. Morgan is afraid that partners would become reliant on the other and not themselves.
Makes sense, but I have zero friends at the hospital. I’ve been working here since I was a candy striping teenager, and it seems some don’t like my confident personality.
The worst has been the return of Dr. Marcus Dwyer. Originally he’d been butthurt for not getting Chief of Staff and left with his tail between his legs, but now he’s back. If Nurse Caroline thinks I’m arrogant, then she should really pay more attention to Marcus. He is the worst.
He’s been especially condescending towards me, ‘med kid’ as he likes to refer to me, since Morgan’s own mother, Regina was brought in.
Her Dad just sleeps in the chair. Most spouses are grateful towards hospital staff, but he’s a grumpy, clipped man, and I would prefer him to go home and sleep.
Her Mom terrifies me too, and she spends most of her time sleeping. Morgan is guarding her charts to only a select few which isn’t me. I did catch from Marcus and Caroline talking that it has to do with her heart, it isn’t terminal, but it won’t get better, and the complications are serious.
She isn’t expected to stay in the hospital for more than a week, recuperate, hydrate her, and get her set up for cardiac rehabilitation. And I can say that I am most anxious for the day that the physical therapy floor has to deal with her and not me. Morgan and her Mom have never been members of my fan club, but this has made them both Queen B’s towards me, and I’m totally over it.
When I met up with Julia at the Quad, she was shocked. She thinks I’m being callous, but this is why I’m a good candidate for medical, I don’t let emotions get in my way.
Neal gets it, he hopes the best for Morgan’s Mom, but he isn’t about to melt into a puddle over it. He’s actually allowed on her case, but hasn’t filled me in on much. What he has said definitely points to heart disease, but he refuses to deny or confirm. He is extremely wary of Morgan finding out and getting expelled out of the program.
Notes: Hadley is working (using Job Stopinator to keep her in the low medical field), and came home with Neal. Apparently he wants to be a doctor too. I just used him for a classmate, but then they hit it off. I’m humored that she’s dating a Neal, and her sister is dating a Cabot, seems like their names should be opposite for these girls.
Now Julia, she cheated on Cabot while at the dorm, they broke up, she rolled wants to get him back, and now they are back together. It was such a whirlwind that I didn’t have the chance to even write it (this was before this play session). So lets just say that they have had troubles, and are taking things slow.
With all these elders, I thought it would be fun to add in some medical issues. I’m thinking heart disease for Regina. I need like a list of common ailments for my medical people to treat so I’m better prepared, I don’t want to spend time fussing around with that aspect, but I do want to include it.
Thanks for reading!