This week, I used to be purported to digitize all of Dr. Marnen’s affected person recordsdata.
I used to be feeling good about my progress once I noticed it. A second submitting cupboard, hiding behind the cabinets, that I’d by no means seen earlier than.
Sighing with fatigue, I yanked open the primary drawer. I plucked out a file from the ‘A’ part and commenced to learn.
“Alright, Carla, let’s see should you’re within the system.” I set the file on the desk, sat down on the pc, and typed in her title.
Nothing got here up.
Oh, hell no. I’m not doing ALL the recordsdata on this cupboard. However I sighed, opened a brand new affected person file, and commenced copying the info. Carla Aberdeen… DOB 4/24/72… 5’ 9”, 176 lbs…
Lastly, I received to the physician’s notes. They had been written in messy script, as if in a rush. I placed on my glasses, and skim:
– Complaints of eczema
– Itchiness after consuming some fruits
– Lungs could also be helpful
I finished and re-read the final line.
Lungs could also be helpful
I shrugged, figuring it was some type of mistake or reference to one thing. I typed it into the pc and took the following file from the cupboard – a Mr. David Akowski.
However the physician’s notes had been even stranger, this time.
– Household historical past of coronary heart assaults
– Giant pores and skin floor space
I typed him into the system and stared on the display. Giant pores and skin floor space? What does that even imply?
Once I received to the following one – a Miss Katerina Alanson – I felt the knot in my abdomen tighten. It was a file for a bit of woman, and it learn:
– Night time terrors ever since sixth birthday
– Mother says elevated anxiousness
– Ft are excellent measurement
I rolled away from the pc. Coronary heart pounding, I picked up the file and studied it. There should be a proof.
However I couldn’t consider something.
I took a deep breath. Then I picked up the cellphone, and dialed the quantity on Katerina’s file. However what’s going to you say? I didn’t even know. I simply had a horrible, nagging feeling, and needed to do one thing about it.
However I wasn’t in luck.
We’re sorry. You’ve gotten reached a quantity that has been disconnected –
“What are you doing?”
I whipped round.
Dr. Marnen was standing within the doorway, his arms crossed over his white coat. “I used to be digitizing the recordsdata. Such as you instructed me to,” I stuttered, slamming the cellphone down.
“Not these recordsdata.” He violently grabbed the recordsdata from the desk, shoved them again into the file cupboard. Then he pulled a small key from his pocket and turned the locks on every drawer. Click on, click on, click on.
“End this up, okay?”
After which he was gone.
The silence pressed in. The ready room was empty and nonetheless. I checked the clock – 4:45. No extra sufferers can be coming in.
It was solely Dr. Marnen and me within the workplace now.
So I did what any cheap particular person would do. I shut down the pc, grabbed my coat, and began for the door. As I hurried in direction of the exit, I noticed Dr. Marnen on the finish of the corridor.
He was opening a door – the door he instructed me went to the availability closet.
However past him, I might see a set of stairs, snaking down into the darkness.
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