Trish and Shawn's cousin's have to leave again but Shawn and Jesse get some good news.
morning Trish and Shawn met up with Danny and Colby in the breakfast room of
everyone except Shawn had to work on Monday they would go back to Washington
that afternoon. Over breakfast they decided that Trish would leave at the same
time Shawn’s cousins would leave. That way she didn’t have to drive back by
the hospital Jesse was awaiting them and a smile brushed over his face as they
all trickled into his room around eleven.
looked like he felt good. He had been on strong pain medication the whole time.
So far the temporary external fixator was holding his femur bone together and
his tibia was braced but since the swelling was going down, the surgery would
have to take place in the next few days.
guys greeted Jesse with a hand shake and Trish leaned down and planted a kiss
on Jesse’s cheek. He was obviously happy to see everyone.
wheeled up to the bed, “How are you today?”
all pulled up chairs and sat around the bed. Colby and Danny talked about their
night out and Trish and Shawn sat there holding hands and just listening.
was around five that afternoon when Colby, Danny and Trish eventually said
their Good Bye’s to Jesse and were ready to get on the road to go back home.
wheeled out to the parking lot with them and while Colby and Danny headed to
Colby’s pick-up truck, Shawn and Trish walked to her car.
Trish sat down in her driver’s seat, Shawn pushed his wheelchair right up to
her. He placed his hand on the door holding on and leaning forward a bit.
smiled at him, “I will come back down next Saturday.”
we will find out this week if or when Jesse can get transferred back home.”
touched her hand to Shawn’s knee and he looked down for a moment, then up smiling
weakly, “I hope we can be together all the time soon.”
touched Trish’s hand with the fingers of his casted hand, “Trish, last night…it
laughed lowly, “It was very awesome. I love you Shawn.”
looked at her from under his bangs, “I love you too. I am going to miss you.”
said their Good Byes and Trish leaned over to Shawn and they kissed and it was
hard to let go of each other. Trish took off and following Colby and Danny in
their truck, in her mirror she saw Shawn wave and her heart was heavy at leaving
would have to take a taxi back and forth to the hospital now since no one was
there with him anymore. Trish was a little worried about him, but there was
nothing she could do. She had to go back to Olympia to be back at work on
wheeled back into the hospital and made his way to the ICU, where Jesse
was lying awake in his bed.
wheeled up to the bed and Jesse asked lowly, “Everyone gone?”
you all right?”
was usually sensitive enough to know when Shawn didn’t feel good and he knew it
was difficult for Shawn to be there with him and now be by himself.
said lowly, “Shawn, if I don’t get transferred back to Washington….this week, I
want you to go back…home next weekend.”
looked up in surprise and argued, “No way, I am staying here until you can come
back with me.”
swallowed and sighed, “Shawn, don’t fight me on this…you need to be at home and
you should be…with Trish.” As Jesse moved slightly his face changed into a pain
stricken expression and he moaned, “Fuck!”
was alert, “What is going on?”
my ribs…it hurts when I breathe.”
I call the nurse?”
took a couple of breaths and said, “I mean it Shawn…I want you to go back home this
knew Jesse had made up his mind and he didn’t want to argue with his injured
brother but he stated carefully, “Jesse, maybe I can talk to the doctor tomorrow
and maybe you can go back to a hospital in Washington this week. Maybe they can
do the surgery on your leg there.”
spent the rest of the evening watching some TV, Jesse was tired and his pain
started to get worse again around eight and once he had more pain medication in
his veins he got sleepy and it was time for Shawn to go back to the hotel.
got a number for a local taxi service from the nurse and called for a taxi to
didn’t take long and he was picked up in front of the hospital and taken back
to his hotel.
felt lonely in his room that night and when he looked at the bed he pictured
the scene from the evening before with Trish moaning of pleasure and arousal.
he came to the hospital on Monday morning he found Dr. Peterson in Jesse’s
room, sitting on a chair next to the bed and talking to Jesse about his leg.
Shawn appeared in the doorway Dr. Peterson turned around and greeted him, “Oh
Good Morning Shawn. Perfect timing. I am just discussing with Jesse what we are
going to do.”
wheeled up and reached for the doctor’s stretched out hand, “Good Morning,
nodded a greeting to Jesse, who to his surprise was without a neck brace this
morning. Jesse was able to turn his head slowly, facing Shawn and smiling.
Peterson started, “So Jesse is trying to convince me to let him go back home to
nodded and looked from Jesse to the doctor, “Oh yeah?”
wanted to do the surgery on his leg on Wednesday but I know it is difficult for
you guys to be stuck down here in Oregon. I could have Jesse transferred back
tomorrow but the surgery has to get done sometime this week. I will contact my
colleagues in Olympia; that is where you would want to go, right?”
nodded, “Yes, St. Peter Hospital there would be ideal.”
will call up there when I leave here and let you know later on today. Dr. Runkel
cleared Jesse for his head. The swelling in his brain is almost gone and he
just has to take it easy right now, no sudden movement or anything of that
kind. We took off the cervical collar this morning to give Jesse some freedom
in his movements but he has to take it easy.”
is good news.”
Peterson looked over to Jesse, “So would that be a good thing for you Jesse?”
nodded slightly, “Yeah, it would be so much easier for my brother and the rest
of the family.”
doctor got up from the chair, “Well, I am going to make those phone calls and I
will come back as soon as I know more.”
guys thanked the doctor and Dr. Peterson walked out.
wheeled up to the bed and Jesse looked over at him.
smiled, “You look so much better without the neck brace.”
were quiet for a moment until Jesse asked, “Did Trish make it home all right
Colby and Danny too. She followed them up there.”
I hope they can get me back to Washington tomorrow.”
glanced down at the sheet, then back up at Jesse, “What are they going to do
with your leg?”
sighed, “My thigh bone is fucked up. Doc said they have to use screws and rods
to align it. The tibia fracture is closed so they are going to just try to use
a splint or cast. The knee is an issue too, I completely tore my ACL and there
is not much they can do for that before the bones are healed. I will probably
always have issues with my leg from now on.”
looked down, “What about your job?”
not sure what is going to happen.” Jesse took a deep breath, “I am trying not
to worry about anything but I am really scared.”
looked up at Jesse’s declaration.
thought for a moment then replied lowly, “I am worried too but I am just glad
you are alive.”
looked over at him and Shawn added, “I don’t know what I would have done
without you. Getting those phone calls about you having been in an accident, I
really tried my hardest to not totally freak out. I was so scared Jesse.”
held his fist out to Shawn and he knuckle bumped him as Jesse said lowly, “I
wasn’t going to just die on you.” They both laughed a little.
rest of the morning went by uneventful and Shawn just hung out in Jesse’s room.
When Jesse fell asleep Shawn made his way to the cafeteria to get some lunch.
With a tray on his lap, the bottle of Pepsi laying down on it he found a table
with easy access. He set his tray on the table and arranged his items, pulled
out his phone and started checking some of his sites and eating his lunch.
couldn’t help glance up when he felt someone’s eyes on him and was surprised to
spot a nurse two tables down checking him out and when he looked up she quickly
looked away. She was sitting over a sandwich and had her phone next to her on
the table. She was in scrubs and had a badge dangling on a clip on button,
underneath her name the letters “RN”. Shawn looked at her for a moment. She was
nice looking with brunette hair, up in a ponytail. He still had his eyes on her when she actually looked up
again and this time she didn’t move her eyes and threw him a gorgeous smile and
her lips forming the word “Hi”.
grinned and felt a bit embarrassed. The woman waved a little and he nodded at
her with a smile. To his surprise she got up and came straight toward his table
and he felt his hands get sweaty.
stood over him smiling, “Hi, I am Eileen.”
had to look up at her some and lowly introduced himself.
asked bluntly, “Can I sit down at your table for a moment? My lunch is almost
nodded at an empty chair, “Sure.”
sat down and they looked at each other when she remarked, “I haven’t seen you
around here before.”
was still unsure about this situation but answered, “I am not from this area. I
am just here because my brother is here in the hospital.”
I am sorry. I hope it is nothing serious.”
is actually. He is in the ICU, he was in an accident.”
smile turned serious, “Is he going to be o.k.?”
nodded, “I think so.”
are you from?”
answered her honestly and Eileen pouted her lips at his answer, “Oh man! That
is in a whole other state.” She smiled and then added, “I don’t get to see a
lot of hot guys in wheelchairs down here.”
was very surprised at her blunt comment and all he could say was, “You are a
but I work on the pediatric floor with the little guys.” She smiled at him
didn’t know what to say to her but his mind was racing at her comment about the
wheelchair and he thought of everything he knew now because of Trish.
rested her chin on her fist, “You probably have a girlfriend, right?”
looked down, then up at her, “Yeah, actually I do.”
I figured but I thought I would give it a shot anyways. I like your wheelchair,
nice ride.” She laughed lowly and Shawn joined her.
was definitely pretty and Eileen added, “So your girl…where is she?”
explained the situation quickly and ended with, “So, hopefully my brother can
get transferred tomorrow and we get to go home.”
shifted and still smiled, “Dang again…”
sighed, “Well, I guess I should get back to work.”
kept his eyes on her and shrugged his shoulders. He tried to think of something
to say. Eileen seemed nice and she was very attractive but he knew where his
heart belonged but she did stir his curiosity about her comment pertaining to
when Eileen shifted to get up, Shawn said quickly, “Eileen, wait up!”
moved up to him and said with a seductive smile, “Yes….”
smiled at her and started lowly, “Hey thanks for hanging out with me for a
little while. You are really attractive.” Eileen smiled and he continued lowly,
“Can I ask you something?”
leaned over some more, “Shoot!”
took a breath and started with a stutter, “Are you…are you….I guess I wanted to
know if you…know what a devotee is?”
leaned back some and she pressed her lips together but still smiling at him.
nodded and just when Shawn was going to say something else she replied lowly,
“Yes, you have one right in front of you.”
took another breath and nodded.
kept her eyes on him, “Why are you asking? Is your girlfriend a devotee?”
nodded again and answered lowly, “Yes.”
turned serious, “Is it a problem for you?”
shook his head quickly and replied, “No, it is not a problem, but I….I
basically just…found out about all of this stuff.”
sat back and laughed, “O.K., Shawn…I am going over my lunch break now. So you
are a newbie then?”
nodded and to his surprise Eileen put her hand on his right hand on the table
and leaned over some, looking him directly in his eyes, “Shawn, don’t let her
get away, ever. She is a very lucky girl and you are in for the time of your
life. Women like us and men like you are a match made in heaven. Don’t forget
that and enjoy this ride with your girl. Is that what you needed to hear?”
nodded slowly and Eileen added with a warm smile, “I wish I would find someone
like you. So if you have any wheeler friends please send them my way. I would
love to meet them.”
that she wrote down her number on a napkin and then got up, sliding the napkin
toward Shawn, “It was nice meeting you Shawn. Best wishes for your brother and
good luck for you and your girlfriend.”
couldn’t say anything else as Eileen just patted his hand once more and then
walked away. He turned around and looked after her, still thinking about her
words. Eileen was another living example of women Shawn never knew existed
before he met Trish.
the sudden he missed her more than ever and he wanted nothing else than to be
with her. He pulled his phone over and texted Trish, “Hey Trish, I know you are
probably at work but I just wanted to tell you I love you and miss you so
came back from Trish but he knew she was at work and most likely didn’t have a
chance to text him back.
eventually went back to Jesse’s room and Dr. Peterson came later on in the
afternoon as they were watching TV.
and Shawn turned toward the doctor and Shawn turned the TV down when Dr.
Peterson announced, “So, good news Jesse. We have a transport arranged for you
tomorrow. We will get you discharged in the morning, the ambulance will come
and get you about noon and take you back home to Olympia. I talked to Dr. Strickland
at St. Peter Hospital and he will take over when you get there. He will also
schedule your surgery for Friday.”
Peterson smiled happily to bring the good news to Jesse and Shawn and the first
question Jesse asked was, “Can my brother ride back with me?”
am sure he can ride in the ambulance with you.”
and Shawn looked at each other and Shawn was very relieved to hear the news.
talked in detail for a few more moments with Dr. Peterson.
Dr. Peterson was gone Jesse said lowly, “Thank God.”
nodded, “Right on.”
talked to Trish that evening at the hotel and she was more than happy to hear
the news, “Oh Shawn, I am so happy they are sending Jesse up here. I hate being
away from you.”
know, I hate it too but it is almost over now. Honey, I am coming home.” Shawn
laughed a little at his little joke.
talked for a little while and Shawn was relieved that it was his last night in
packed his things in the morning, checked out of the motel and took a taxi over
to the hospital at ten o’clock.
was awake and his nurse was prepping him for the pick-up and the ride. Jesse
felt anxious and nervous which had caused his vitals to act up some and he was
having some difficulties breathing when Shawn got there. His nurse Samantha was
just in the process of hooking Jesse up to Oxygen, the small tubing over his
face, two cannulas delivering oxygen through his nostrils.
wheeled up to Jesse and asked a bit worried, “Hey bro, what is going on? What
is with the breathing?”
said it with a small attitude but really he was just worried about his brother.
was taking some quick breaths and slowly moved his head to look at Shawn. He
wanted to try to be stable but anxiety about leaving and taking a four hour
ride and also getting closer to the surgery somehow made him nervous.
then softly touched Jesse’s arm, “It’s all right Jesse. We are going home
nodded but he didn’t say anything as he was focused on taking good breaths upon
Samantha’s order, “Jesse, try to breathe steady, not too many gasps o.k.
looked at Jesse somewhat worried and then at Samantha, who met Shawn’s eyes,
“He is just anxious to go on the trip. We will get it right.”
leaned over Jesse, “O.K. Jesse, just breathe normal now. You are O.K. You want
to go home right?”
nodded but his eyes were flickering nervously. Shawn realized the distress
Jesse was in and after a slight hesitation he took Jesse’s hand and squeezed,
“Hey Jesse, look at me!”
looked over and to Shawn’s surprise he saw Jesse’s eyes watery, “Jesse, what is
going on? I am here, I am going to ride with you in the ambulance. You are
going to be all right man. Don’t think about anything, just focus on being back
home later on. Well, not home but at least our hospital and I will be close and
Trish will be there and Uncle Randy, Ceci and the guys. We can visit you every
day then. It will be all right, o.k. “
nodded again but didn’t say anything. He seemed off a little but Shawn kept
holding his hand and just sat there with him while Samantha was observing
Jesse’s vitals and adjusted accordingly.
Dr. Peterson came in to finalize the discharge and transfer, Jesse had calmed
down somewhat and laid very still. Shawn still held his hand and Dr. Peterson
quickly glanced at their hands interlocked and said softly, “We will give you a
little bit of medication to relax, Jesse. I know you have been anxious this
morning so I think it will be a good idea to have you sleep through the trip.
What do you think?”
actually nodded in reply and Shawn looked from Jesse to the doctor, who then
addressed him, “It will make the trip easier for him.”
was hooked up to IV fluids still and right before the transfer Samantha
injected the ordered sedative into the IV line. Jesse kept looking at Shawn for
reassurance and Shawn tried to look at him with confidence, trying to make
Jesse feel at ease. Jesse’s eyes stayed on Shawn until they slowly closed and
he fell asleep.
three paramedics from a local ambulance transport brought in the mobile
stretcher and Samantha called for two more nurses who would help lift Jesse
from his hospital bed onto the stretcher, three people on each side and
grabbing the sheet to carefully lift Jesse over. Shawn sat close by watching as
his brother got strapped down on the stretcher, his IV-fluids and pain medication
on the metal posts on the stretcher, the urine bag moved over to the foot end
of the stretcher and secured there. Samantha had emptied the bag right before
the paramedics got there.
was on pain medication, IV fluids, still had a Foley catheter, his
right arm was still braced in the sling for the collar bone fracture, and his
head was still bandaged.
Shawn watched them transfer Jesse over and secure him on the stretcher, he saw
a little bit of yellow liquid run into the urine bag. At the moment Jesse was
in the same situation he was in every day, not knowing when he had to pee. It
reminded him of his own catherization. He wanted to get this done before they
would get on the road. Just in case he had slipped into an incontinence brief
in the morning at the hotel. When he now wheeled into the disabled stall and
unzipped his jeans he was glad to see the briefs were still dry and clean. He
performed his catherization and after washing his hands, adjusting his backpack
on the wheelchair he wheeled out to the front of the hospital where the
ambulance was waiting for him.
paramedics had brought Shawn’s larger bag down with them and they just finished
attaching the stretcher to the frame and pushing it into the back of the
thanked Samantha for all she had done and she shook his hand warmly, “Hey, it
was nice meeting you guys. I hope Jesse will be up and on his feet soon. Stay
in touch, let us know how he is doing.”
will. Please tell Scott Hi as well and thanks for everything to everyone in
said their Good Bye’s and Shawn then turned toward the back of the ambulance.
He actually didn’t have a ramp to go up into it, so the two male paramedics
lifted him up in his chair into the ambulance. Shawn was holding on a bit
wobbly but once up in the ambulance, he parked in an assigned spot and put on
Kristy sat with him in the back, the two others, Steve and Clay climbed into the
front of ambulance.
would keep an eye on Jesse the whole time, making sure he was doing o.k.
Clay closed the door, Shawn waved once more quickly at Samantha outside and
then the door was closed.
trip was over four hours. They stopped twice for small breaks and Kristy kept
an eye on Jesse for the first part of the trip, then she switched with Clay,
who sat in the back with Shawn and Jesse then.
all chatted with each other, Jesse stayed calm and sleeping, his vitals were
strong, he was breathing normal with the Oxygen and Shawn was relieved his
brother was making the trip all right.
texted back and forth with Trish, who was very excited to have the guys back
was around five in the afternoon when they pulled up in front of the Emergency
Room entrance of St. Peter Hospital. Jesse already had a room assigned as his
arrival had been planned and expected. He was waking up a little at that time
and when they were in the elevator going up to the 6th floor for
Jesse’s room, he moved his eyes around the elevator and Shawn pulled up closer
to him and said lowly, “Jesse, we are at St. Peter hospital. You made it.” Jesse
nodded weakly and looked up at the ceiling again.
in his room, the paramedics transferred all the IV’s over and Jesse was lifted
into a hospital bed again. He made a pain stricken face as he was lifted and
Clay informed the nurse that Jesse was due pain medication again.
the paramedics were done with their job they said their Good Bye’s, wished
Jesse and Shawn all the best and Shawn thanked them.