I grow tired of my water bottle, so with the ER being slo....uneventful...I sneak away to the cafeteria for something a little bit more exciting to drink.
As I walk in, I notice that it's pretty empty, but that's no surprise, it's between meal periods. I walk over to the drink display, bypassing all of the snacks and prepackaged foods. I grab a bottle of Sprite Zero and proceed to the check out.
The cashier scans the soda, $1.50 pops up on the register display. I hand my ID badge over to the cashier. She swipes it and presses a few buttons on the touch screen register.
'You're all set.' she says. I pick up my drink and proceed out.
One of the many perks physicians have at this hospital...we get a limited food credit in the cafeteria.
As I'm exiting, I decide to take a quick little detour outside to get a few seconds of fresh air. As I exit to the outdoor seating area I notice Dunne sitting at the table just outside the door.
God, I know i've seen him before...but where?
I think hard, trying to recall where I recognize him from. Then it comes to me.
That's right. I treated his sister for a UTI yesterday. I wonder how she's doing. Dare I ask? Once she's left the ER, I can't really access her records since I'm no longer involved with her care, so there's no way for me to find out otherwise.
I fight with myself for a second and finally give in to my own sense of curiosity.
*I walk up to the table and politely try to introduce myself again*
'Excuse me? Hi there...sorry to bother you...I treated your...*I think for a second* sister? ... yesterday in the ER.' I say as politely and non-intrusively as possible.
'May I ask how she's doing?'