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Quick Recap: A drunken, disgusting young man — Willie Morse — was caught stealing at the mercantile. A pretty young woman — Hattie Mae — expressed her opinions of him. As she spoke to the store owners and shared a few thoughts about her decision to pursue a career in nursing, a crowd rushed forward. Hattie guessed at once that an accident had happened…and she figured Willie Morse was probably involved. Indeed, she stepped outside to a gruesome scene. Willie was lying in the road, bleeding profusely from a gash to his leg. She determined that he was still alive, and then rushed to the hospital. A procession of men carrying Willie followed close behind.
To Hattie’s dismay, the doctor’s wife — who usually assists him — was away. There wasn’t time to summon her. Although not trained, Hattie would have to step up and help Dr. Kellerman during the surgery to save Willie’s leg. Carefully following the doctor’s orders, Hattie administered ether. As the surgery continued, she founds herself gaining courage and strength. Afterward, she retreated to the porch where she was joined by Dr. Kellerman.
In today’s “snippet”, Hattie’s speaks to the doctor about Willie’s treatment.
“Will he be in much pain? Am I to give him laudanum?”
“Only in small doses, and only if the pain is unbearable.”
“How long will he require care?”
“He’ll need someone with him for the next twenty-four hours. He’ll probably be here at least until the end of the week.” The doctor rose to his feet. “I’ll have to send word to his mother. As far as I know, Willie’s got no place of his own to stay.”
“I’ve heard he’s been sleeping at the livery most nights.” Gossip was always thick in a little town like Sunset. Everybody knew everybody…and their business, too.
“Or sleeping it off in the back room at the Red Mule.” Dr. Kellerman’s expression looked sad. “That’s what drink does to a man.” He placed a hand on Hattie’s shoulder. “You’ll make a good nurse, Miss Richards. You should be proud of yourself.”
She smiled, but once again pushed aside any prideful thoughts. If she could provide comfort or soothe a hurting soul, it was only because the Lord had seen fit to give her the gifts of compassion and caring. She prayed she might use her gifts well.
“No Regrets” is the fourth book of “The Sunset Series”. It is scheduled for release from Secret Cravings Publishing in July, 2015.
You can find all books in the series at Amazon and other online book-sellers. Each book is a “stand-alone” story — no cliff-hangers, no unfinished endings. Follow the lives and loves of the men and women of Sunset, Colorado.
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