August 2004, Volume 34 Number 8 , p 76 - 76
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8) August 2004 p 76 Ghost story [MOMENTS]
BENTLEY, MICHELLE RN, CDE, BSN
“MICHELLE, WOULD YOU come here for a moment?” my charge nurse asked. I joined her at the bedside of Sarah, 26, who was N.P.O. after a cholecystectomy. “Where did that come from?” my charge nurse asked, pointing to a cup holding half-melted ice chips.
“I have no idea,” I responded. I'd been in Sarah's room several times that night, checking her condition and monitoring her I.V. line and nasogastric tube. Each time I'd stopped in, Sarah had been sound asleep, but she was awake now.
Sarah told us that her nurse, “Mary,” had given her the ice chips to soothe her stomach. Our small hospital didn't employ anyone named Mary, and everyone in the unit knew that Sarah was N.P.O.