Friday, November 4, 2011

Paperwork ?!?!

Greetings troops,

I would like to welcome you to the first installment of Zombie Friday - a weekly blog post set in a post apocalypse zombie world.  The story, rules and characters are developed with the Savage World Rules.

Sit back, grab a cold adult beverage and enjoy ...


"You forgot the paperwork?!?!" - Nursing Home LPN

     Sirens and red lights cut through the night as the ambulance screamed down the empty road.  The initial call came out as a routine transport call from the local nursing home facility.  Routine meant a one unit response and didn't require a fire department unit to respond as well.  The call was upgraded to lights and sirens about a mile before the location.

     The Paramedic and his EMT partner arrived to find out the call was more than routine.  The elderly patient appeared to be having a stroke or heart failure.  The patient's skin appeared pale, skin cold to the touch and mouth gaping wide open.  The crew didn't waste anytime loading the patient to the stretcher and running past the nursing station.

"You forgot the paperwork!" The LPN shouted to the crew as they hurried by.

"Couple more minutes and we will need the funeral home Ms." shouted the Paramedic.
      The crew loaded the patient into the back of the ambulance and climbed in back to begin patient care.  The medic looked up and nodded to the front seat.  "Get us to the nearest hospital Jimmy. I will get things straight on the way en route to the hospital."  Jimmy nodded and climbed up front.  His partner had more years on the job than him so no questions were needed.  The ambulance surged forward.

     The medic began to get his equipment ready as the ambulance moved down the road.  A sudden toss and bang reminded Harry that his partner was still wet behind the ears regarding his experience.  "Jimmy, don't kill me getting us to the hospital." shouted Harry from the back.

     Jimmy rolled his eyes.  "Don't worry Boss, I got ya covered." Jimmy replied.  Harry had been riding him all day about his driving and lack of compassion for his partner in back.  Jimmy reached over and turned on the radio and adjusted the volume as Guns N Roses' Welcome to the Jungle started.  Welcome to the jungle indeed thought Jimmy as he hit the gas pedal.

     Harry reached over and turned on the EKG monitor.  He quickly placed the pads and leads on the patient and began to get his IV supplies ready to use.  He glanced up and did a double take.  The monitor was showing flat line.  Quickly he reached over and hit the button to charge the defib.  As the machine was charging he felt for a pulse.

     Without warning, the patient's arm shot out and grabbed Harry by the neck.  With an intense strength the patient began to pull the medic closer just Jimmy hit a rough patch of holes in the road.  Harry screamed as the elderly patient pulled him in and took a huge bite out of his neck.  Jimmy shook his head but didn't look back.  "I told you relax Harry, I got ya covered.  We will be at the hospital in 5 minutes."

     The ambulance arrived in the ER parking lot and backed up to the doors.  Jimmy ran to the back of the ambulance and opened up the doors.  The cold air was the only thing that kept Jimmy from passing out.  The back of the ambulance looked like a deer was field stripped.  Blood was everywhere.  The patient or what he could figure as the patient was in the corner with his head bashed in.  Harry was on the floor bleeding heavy.  He was placing direct pressure on the neck wound and breathing heavy.

     Jimmy ran for the ER staff to help.  Quickly they rushed Harry into the ER but it was too late.  Harry died within 10 minutes.  Both bodies were placed into the hospital morgue as the police began to investigate the ambulance and crime scene.  Unfortunately, the state's coroners office would have to come get the patients in the morning.

     8 hours ... it was all that was needed.  It was too late.