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Late Night Emergency ——深夜急诊

发布者: yingy1ng | 发布时间: 2010-9-10 16:58| 查看数: 1346| 评论数: 0|

  About 25 years ago, I worked as an orderly on the overnight shift in a South Carolina hospital to put myself through school. The building we were in at the time was one of those WPA jobs from the Roosevelt era, and even though it was small and somewhat outmoded, it had been the only place for emergency services in our county for more than 40 years. But at the time this incident I’m writing about happened, a new, state-of-the-art hospital had just been finished a few miles down the highway, and while we weren’t completely out of the picture, a lot of our services, including the emergency room, had been shifted to that site.

  Like I say, I was working my way through school at the time, and my shift generally ran weeknights from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. There wasn’t a whole lot to do after midnight, so sometimes after the shift supervisor had run out of creative ideas for make-work, and assuming our remaining patients were quiet and settled in for the night, she’d let me “relax” with my schoolwork in the employee lounge during the quiet of the wee hours.

  The lounge was right next to the second floor nurses’ station.

  大约25年前,我在南卡罗莱娜的一家医院做夜间护理员来挣学费。当时医院大楼虽然又小又过时,但却是由罗斯福时期的公共事业振兴署所建。40多年来,这是整个镇上唯一能接收急诊的地方。我要讲述的这件事发生前不久,沿公路几英里远的地方刚建成一所崭新的现代化医院,不过,我们服务和设施并没有完全被弃用,我们这里包括急诊室在内的许多部门都已经搬到新医院了。

  我说过,当时我正勤工俭学,所以我一般多是在周日晚上十点工作到第二天早上六点。午夜过后的工作不多,因此假如住院病人都平静无事的上床休息了,而主管也再想不出什么可做的事了,那么她也会让我在寂静的凌晨在员工休息室里“放松得”做我的作业。员工休息室在二楼,紧挨着护士站。

  One night I was in there catching up on some reading when I heard a loud crash from downstairs, almost like an I.V. rack had fallen over or something. I didn’t think there was supposed to be anyone down there on the first floor. I poked my head around the doorframe to see if anyone was in the nurses’ station, but it was empty, and I guess I kind of assumed someone had gone downstairs for something and made a mess. I figured sooner or later they were going to holler for me to come help clean it up anyway, so I left my books and went downstairs.

  When I got down there, there weren’t any lights on other than a few lit exit signs and whatnot. But I thought I heard something down at the far end of the old emergency services wing, a suite of rooms that were now being used for storage, or else kept empty.

  一天晚上我正在补做阅读,忽然听到楼下传来很大的撞击声,像是输液架跌倒了似的。我想楼下此时应该没有人在的。 我从休息室门口探出头看去,看是否有人在护士站,可是那里一个人也没有。 我猜肯定是谁到楼下找东西把什么给撞翻了,我想迟早他们都会喊我去帮忙整理,索性就放下书下楼去了。

  当我下楼,发现楼下没开灯,只有几个紧急出口标志牌之类的亮着,我想我是听见急诊科病房的尽头有什么动静了。急诊科的那几间房子现在有的被用作储藏,有的空着。

  I walked down the hall calling hello to what I assumed was my shift supervisor or one of the other two night-duty nurses who sometimes worked that shift. I didn’t get an answer, but I noticed through the frosted glass in one of the doors that a light was on in this one certain room. I opened it, and I got the shock of my life when I saw a young black girl huddled in the corner, shivering like she was freezing, and bleeding all over the floor! She only looked in my direction for half a second before scrunching up her arms around her shoulders and staring back down at the floor, but I never will forget how scared she looked, and how weak and pale. I was too shocked to remember later exactly what I said to her, but I must have blurted out something about getting help and telling her to stay put.

  I hustled upstairs as fast as I could. I figured somebody had dropped off an accident victim without realizing Emergency Services had moved to a different facility five minutes away. I’ve never felt my own heart beat as hard and as fast as it did right then. I was only 20, and I guess I had led a sheltered life, because I had never seen anything remotely like this. Here someone was bleeding to death, and without swift attention from a medical expert (which I most definitely was not), it looked to me like she was probably going to die!

  我想应该是主管或是另两个也总在这个时间值夜班的护士其中之一,于是我边走过大厅边打招呼。没人回答,但透过门上的磨砂玻璃,我看到有一间屋子的灯是亮着的。打开门,我差点儿被眼前的一切吓死了,一个黑人小姑娘蜷缩在角落里,像是冷似的不停发抖,血流了一地!她只看了我一眼便又双手抱肩紧盯地板,我永远不会忘了她当时是多么的虚弱、苍白、惊恐。我太震惊了,后来都记不清当时我和她说了什么。但我肯定本能得跟她说过让她待着不动,我去找人之类的话。

  我以最快速度跑上楼,我想肯定是有人不知道急诊科不久前已经搬到5分钟车程以外的新医院了,而把伤者留在那儿。我的心从没像当时那样跳得那么厉害。我当时20岁,我想我一直生活在别人的庇护下,因为我从没见过像这样的事情。这儿有一个快要血尽而亡的人,但却没有专业的医护人员(我肯定不能算是)对她进行救治,看起来她也许马上就要死了。

  I finally found Flossie, one of the night nurses, told her what was going on, and asked her to come with me downstairs. We went down there, turned on all the lights in the old wing, and went to the room where I thought I’d seen the girl. She wasn’t there! And there wasn’t a drop of blood anywhere on that floor! Okay, I figured I’d panicked and made a mistake about which room. Flossie and I moved down to the next room, the one right next to the one where I thought I’d seen the girl. The door wouldn’t open at first - something heavy was blocking it. Turned out it was a stack of file boxes left there during the big house cleaning when they were phasing out our emergency room. But it was pretty clear that no one but me and Flossie had been in that room for a week or two, if not longer.

  Flossie and I searched the rest of the rooms up and down that hall, and we never did find that girl, or anything else. After about ten minutes of this, Flossie gave me a short but blistering scolding (seasoned with her one pet expletive) and went back upstairs to whatever it was she normally did around there.

  To this day, I’m not sure I can explain what happened. I don’t live in the same state anymore, but that building is still there, only now some of my old buddies tell me it’s been remodeled into apartments. I wonder if the people living there have any late-night emergencies like the one I encountered 25 years ago.

  最后我找着了晚间值班护士弗洛西,告诉了她发生的事情并叫她和我一起下楼去。我们一起下楼,我打开走廊里所有的灯,走到刚刚我看到小姑娘的那个房间。她不在那!地板上连一滴血都没有!好吧,也许是我太紧张,记错了房间。我和弗洛西来到紧挨着这个房间的那个屋子。刚开始门打不开,有个重物抵着门。最后才发现不过是急诊科搬家大打扫时留下的一摞文件箱。很显然,至少一两周以来,只有我和弗洛西进过这个房间。

  我和弗洛西来来回回地察看了大厅的所有房间,但没有找到小姑娘,也没发现什么别的东西。大约10分钟后,弗洛西很严厉地把我批评了一顿(中间还时不时蹦出她咒骂时最爱说的一句口头语”),就又上楼做自己的事了。

  直至今日,我还是无法清楚解释那天发生的事情。我现在已经不住在那个州了,但那幢楼还在,只是,我的一些老朋友告诉我它已经被改建成公寓。我想知道住在那儿的人会不会也遇到我25年前遇到过的那样的深夜急诊。

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