JD yawned as he waved at Josiah on his way into work.
Josiah smiled and help open the door for him. Something had zapped that
boys zip. Usually he bounced in grinning from ear to ear and stopped
to chat for a minute.
Buck, JDs headed in. He, well, he doesnt seem himself,
Josiah passed his concern along to Buck, the young techs adopted older
On my way, Buck responded instantly. He had been at=2 0a
girlfriends house last night so he had not seen JD that morning.
With all the people checking in and out it was a zoo. After a near collision
with a woman and her zit faced teenaged son, an artful zigzag had Buck over
to his young friend almost in time to see him before he disappeared into
the employee only area.
Thankfully Buck knew where he was headed. Vin, Chris, JD is headed
up your way. Something aint right with the boy, Buck informed
them, passing on Josiahs concern as well.
The two men acknowledged the warning.
Reckon JD was okay when we went for ziti last night, Vin offered.
Chris nodded. They would see what was amiss when JD arrived momentarily.
The more he thought about it though, JD might have been fine yesterday, but
he hadnt been his usual zany self for a couple of days now.
Ezra checked his zipper before heading out of the mens
room. A gentleman did not have wardrobe malfunctions.
A groaning from one of the stalls raised his eyebrow. Gentlemanly behavior
did dictate a certain zone of privacy around a man in the lavatories. However,
he was obviously in some distress.
When a familiar form was seen sliding to the floor in the stall and retching,
manners be damned, Ezra moved!
As the door was locked, he slid under the door narrowly missing hitting JD
or the toilet.
JD looked up at him the picture of misery and suffering. Certainly he lacked
all of his usual zest for life.
Ill get you seen to immediately, Ezra assured him, while
holding him and keeping his hair back as another bout of wrenching hit the
Vin, please get Nathan, we have a medical emergency in the mens
room on the main floor. Its JD, Ezra spoke into his microphone.
Chris is already on his way, Im calling Nathan now, Vin
Thank you, Mr. Dunne appears to be in a great deal of discomfort,
Ezra said, unlocking the stall door and helping JD to lay down.
Chris and Nathan came barreling at almost the same time. Both sucked in a
breath at the sight of the young man with zero color to him and sweating
Ezra stepped back and Nathan came along side of JD.
Easy JD, lets see what we can do for you, Nathan soothed
as he began examining him. Somehow the doctor managed to calm his patient
while mumbling the readings to himself.
Alright, Im gonna try something. Does it hurt if I press here?
No, not worse than everything there is, JD groaned.
Okay, how about on the other side? Nathan gently prodded.
JD screamed and almost passed out.
Chris, call 911 and get an ambulance, Im pretty sure we have
a case of appendicitis, Nathan instructed.
The blonde already had his phone out.
Pe..people die of that, JD stammered.
Just relax, JD, I dont think its burst yet, Nathan
Twenty minutes later, Buck and Nathan were riding to the hospital with JD
in the ambulance while the others followed.
Nathan, how is he? Chris asked as he and
the others joined Buck and Nathan in the waiting room on the emergency surgery
It ruptured right before they got him open so the doctor doesnt
think peritonitis will set in, but hell be here for a few days to be
sure, Nathan told them. They had all come, but once the emergency was
past they had had to go back to get things in order for the rest of the day.
Once JD was awake they would all be staying with him.
The surgery went okay? Chris asked.
It was his appendix just like Nathan said, they took it out and hes
being moved from recovery to a room now, Buck assured them.
What caused it to act up now? Chris looked at the two men who
had talked to the doctor.
No one knows what causes an appendix to go south. Usually something
gets blocked or inflamed so that bacteria builds up and then you get an infected
appendix, Nathan gave a basic answer.
Okay. Why did you want me to get a stuffed zebra for you? Chris
asked holding out the plushy.
Tradition, Buck told him taking it.
As one the men moved to the private room Orin had arranged for.
Hey guys, JD said weakly.
Here, Buck trust the stuffed animal at JD. Its from
all of us.
JD grinned, the first real one all week, even if it wasnt up to his
usual wattage. I told you about Stripes?
Yep, your ma got him for you the one time you were in the hospital
and you lost him right before you moved to Las Vegas. Well, Stripes has
returned, Buck smiled broadly.
Chris gave one of his half smiles. Buck never forgot anything. He would thank
him later for thinking of this.
Why where you in the hospital before? Josiah asked, curiously.
I was about three, I had to have my adenoids removed. I had had almost
non-stop ear infections and strep-throat. They found out I was about seventy
percent deaf, when they took out my adenoids I was fine, JD yawned.
The security computer tech settled on the bed clutching Stripes II like a
child and fell asleep. Buck and the others settled into chairs to wait. Their
youngest was safe and they would see to it that he stayed that way.
The Las Vegas Chronicles