N is for Nancy

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N is for Nancy

Nancy Polenski was on duty at the nurse’s station. So far it had been a quiet night, and she was glad. For eight straight nights she’d worked the eleven-to-seven shift, and she was weary of it. Although there was less work to do—no bathing, few medications, and only an occasional doctor passing through—the boredom made the hours seem twice as long. Tonight she’d come prepared. Nancy was on page 76 of Peyton Place when she heard Paul’s monitor start beeping fast and loud.

“Holy Toledo!” she gasped and went running into his room. Paul’s eyes were wild with fear, blinking, blinking, blinking. His head swiveled right, left, right. Beads of perspiration rose up and rolled from his forehead onto his cheeks. He blinked again and again; each time the blinking seemed more frantic.

Nancy took his hand and tried to calm him. “It’s okay,” she said, sounding like the mother of a frightened child. “It’s okay. You’re in the hospital. There was an accident. But you’re going to be fine.” She switched on the room light. “See, nothing here to hurt you.” Nancy put her fingers to his forehead and soothed his brow.

Paul grappled for the tube in his throat.

“No, no,” Nancy said. “You’ve got to leave that in. It’s a tracheostomy tube. It’s there to help you breathe.” 

Paul’s arm fell back onto the bed as he looked up with a thousand questions in his eyes. His lips mouthed a single word. “Why?”

“Why” wasn’t a question Nancy could answer. There was never an explanation of why—why one man lived, another died. Only God knew why.

“Doctor Brewster is on duty tonight. He’ll be here in a few minutes,” she said. Her voice was soft and even. Paul heard the sound of his mother speaking. Everything will be all right, she was saying. Everything will be all right.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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