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SunLit Excerpt: In “Break Bone Fever,” emergency cases hint at trouble to come

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Chapter One

September 26, 2018

Galveston, Texas

As the automatic double doors of the Emergency Department whooshed open, the refrigerated hospital air collided with the terrarium-like atmosphere of an autumn Galveston evening. Louise Finnerty braced herself for a twelve-hour, overnight shift. She wished she had reached Marnie earlier. I hate the way she screens my calls. It had been a challenge to provide support without invading Marnie’s grieving process. Walking briskly, transitioning into work mode, she cleared her head of home/life tasks. 

“Dr. Finnerty, we need you right now!” a voice yelled.

This was not the first time Louise had heard a call for help upon entering the ER. Already in her scrubs, she threw her lunch bag on the cluttered counter the physicians…

Dr. Wanda Venters

2022-08-21 02:15:00

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