SUMMARY: When Kerry fnds out that a friend is ill, she makes a trip to see them.
Kerry Weaver walked into the lounge with Alex in her arms. Alex had been very fussy the night before, keeping Kerry from getting any sleep. Carter had worked the night shift, and had come home around seven exhausted. He had offered to watch Alex but Kerry had insisted that he get some rest and that she would take the baby to work with her. Kerry sat Alex in her carrier and put her stuff away in her locker. Then Carol came into the lounge and picked up Alex.
"Did you let your mommy get some sleep?" Carol asked.
"No, she did not," Kerry said. "I got no sleep what so ever. Let's just say Alex is going to win the out all night award."
Carol laughed. "She sounds exactly like Tess and Kate." Carol handed Alex back to Kerry and went over to pour herself a cup of coffee. "I saw Carter this morning, he said that Julie was at a friends house last night."
"Yeah, she spent the night with Ashley," Kerry said walking toward the door with Alex on her shoulder.
"Morning Kerry," Mark said coming up to her. "Did Alex let you sleep last night?"
"No, she didn't," Kerry said. "I'm fixing to take her up to daycare."
Kerry headed for the elevators with Mark following.
"How's Julie doing?" Mark asked as he stepped inside the elevator with
Kerry and pressed the floor to daycare.
"OK," Kerry said. "Mark I never knew motherhood would be so demanding."
"Believe me, it only gets worse." Mark said as the elevator doors slid open.
Kerry sighed and headed for the daycare room. After dropping Alex off Kerry went back down to the ER. She checked the board, and grabbed a chart from the basket. Thirteen-year-old girl with severe headache. Kerry headed toward exam three and went over to curtain area two where a girl with blond hair sat on the bed "I'm Dr Weaver and you must be Lindsey Cole?"
"Yeah," Lindsey said. "My head has been giving me some trouble for the last few days. I don't want to end up like my other doctor who treated me back in Providence."
"What happened?" Kerry asked as she checked Lindsey's eyes, and ears."
"She went into a coma from a disease called encephalitis. She just woke up
about a week ago and is now undergoing physical therapy."
Kerry nodded, hoping it wasn't Sydney Hansen. "How did you find out?"
"When I went to get a check up at the clinic the nurse told me why she wasn't there," Lindsey said as Kerry listened to her lungs and heart.
"So what brings you here to Chicago?"
"I'm on a field trip with my class," Lindsey said. "The doctor that I was telling you about, her name was Dr. Hansen."
Kerry looked at Lindsey with a concerned expression on her face. "Lindsey
will you excuse me for a minute." Kerry went over to Abby, who was
stitching up a cut on a four year old. "Abby can I speak with you for a
"Sure," Abby said. She put a bandage on the cut and helped the little boy
down. "Come back in three weeks and have them removed," Abby told the
mother. Abby followed Kerry out the door. "What's up."
"I have a patient who I believe knows Syd. She says she's from Providence.
She told me that Syd was in a coma a week ago from encephalitis. I need to
call and find out what's going on, can you cover for me?"
"Sure," Abby said. She headed for exam three, curtain area two.
Kerry went to the lounge where she could talk in private. She dialed the
Hansen's number and waited for someone to pick up. Finally on the third
Joanie picked up.
"Hansen's?" Joanie said.
"Joanie, it's Kerry Weaver," Kerry said.
"Hi, how are you?" Joanie said. Then she became quiet. "I'm sorry Syd
isn't here, she's coming home from the hospital today. Dad just went to
pick her up."
"That's what I was calling about," Kerry said. "One of my patients is from
Providence, and Syd was her doctor. She's the one who told me that Syd was
sick. How is Syd doing?"
"OK, considering she just woke up from a coma a week ago," Joanie said.
"She's undergoing physical therapy right now, by a new age, handsome
"Tell her to call me when she feels like it," Kerry said.
"That may be a few days," Joanie said. "Dad just called, right before you
and said that Syd was still very weak and tired," Joanie said. "Thanks for
calling, I'll tell Syd you called."
"Thanks Joanie. I'll talk to you later," Kerry said. She said bye to
Joanie and hung up.
Jim Hansen helped Syd into the wheelchair. Syd still looked very tired and
weak. She didn't say a ward the whole trip home.
"Dad I'm still kind of concerned about the treatments John recommended for
me," Syd said as her Dad helped her out of the car. "He acts as though he
has no idea what he was doing."
"I'm sure everything will work out fine sweetie," Jim said. "Joanie wants
to see you." Jim helped Syd into the house and she sat down on the couch.
"I think I'll sleep here," Syd said. "I'm too tired to move."
"Syd," Joanie said. She gave her sister a hug. "I'm so glad you're home."
"Me too," Syd said with a smile. She closed her eyes for a second.
"With Robbie out in the yard," Joanie said. "Kerry Weaver called."
"Why?" Syd asked.
"She said that she is treating a patient of yours, who told her what
happened to you," Joanie said.
"Shoot. I didn't want to tell them yet," Syd said. "I didn't want the
phone ringing off the hook every five minutes."
"Syd you get some rest, and we'll worry with the phones," Jim said. He got
a blanket and put it over Syd.
Kerry paged Elizabeth and met her in the lounge.
"You wanted to see me?" Elizabeth asked. She sat down on the couch with an
"Yes, it's about Syd. One of my patients knows her and said that Syd has
been in a coma for the past week. I just got off the phone with Joanie, and
Syd is home now but still very weak, and tired," Kerry said.
"Is she all right?" Elizabeth asked. "Do they know what she had?"
"Yes, encephalitis," Kerry said. "Joanie said that Syd won't feel like
talking for a few days."
"I wonder why no one told us about it?" Elizabeth wondered.
"Maybe they just forgot, at least we know now," Kerry said. Then her
beeper went off and she looked down to check it. "I have to go feed Alex,
catch you later." Kerry waved bye to Elizabeth and rushed toward the
daycare. When she got there she picked up Alex.
"She has been sleeping all day," the daycare worker told Kerry as she fed
"I'm not surprised," Kerry said trying to get Alex to eat. "She kept me up
all night last night."
After Kerry fed Alex she went back down to the ER and checked the board.
Her patient who knew Syd had been released while she had been feeding Alex
by Dr. Greene. Kerry picked up another chart, hoping it wasn't another
person who knew Syd. Kerry couldn't stop thinking about how Syd must be
feeling, playing patient. Around two thirty that afternoon Kerry went into
the lounge to find Julie there doing her homework.
"Hey kiddo," Kerry said giving Julie a quick hug.
Julie took off her earphones. "Hi. Where's Alex?"
"Up in daycare," Kerry said sitting down at the table, putting her crutch
beside her. "Isn't Carter home?"
"He wasn't when Ashley dropped me off, so I just decided to come here,"
Julie said. "So, how was your day?"
"OK, I guess. I found out that Syd has been sick," Kerry said.
"With what?" Julie asked. Julie had gotten to know Syd really well over
the past few months and now she was like a big sister to her.
"Encephalitis, she's been in a coma for the past week and got out of the
hospital today. She's home now but isn't feeling up to talking."
"When can I call her?" Julie asked.
"Not for a few days, maybe by Monday she'll feel up to talking," Kerry
said. She stood up and headed for the door. "Well, I have to work a few
more hours so when you're done with your homework come to the admit desk."
Julie nodded and put back on her earphones to finish her homework. Later
that night Julie was on the internet when Kerry came into the room.
"What are you doing?" Kerry asked sitting down on the bed holding Alex who
was asleep on her shoulder.
"Chatting," Julie said. "Don't worry, I'm being really careful."
"Good," Kerry said. "Carter should be home soon. He's going to eat with us
before he starts the graveyard shift."
"Is that what you call it?" Julie asked turning around.
"Well, we get a lot of strange patients at night," Kerry said. Then they
heard the door slam. "That must be Carter. Come on let's eat." Kerry went
into the living room and found Carter hanging up his coat. "Hi, where have
"I went for a walk," Carter said. "I ran into Elizabeth Corday, she said
Syd has been sick."
"Yeah, she just got out of the hospital today actually," Kerry said as she
sat Alex in her carrier. "I was thinking maybe we could go see her, try to
cheer her up."
"Sure, if the boss will let us have some time off," Carter said. He kissed
Kerry on the lips.
"I don't think the boss would mind too much," Kerry said. She smiled and
headed for the kitchen.
Later that night Kerry called the Hansenís. She asked about coming to
see Syd and Jim said that it shouldn't be a problem. He said that maybe
Kerry could convince her that she's not the only doctor out there. Kerry smiled
as she hung up after talking to Jim for an hour. Kerry couldn't imagine
having one of your family members in a coma, then again, she had had her
share of problems. When Kerry told Julie about going to Providence she was
more than excited.
"I've never been to Providence," Julie said as she sat listening to a book
in her room, Kerry sitting on the bed beside her. "Going to Syd's house
should be fun. Didn't you say her Dad is a vet?"
"Yes, he owns a basement clinic in the basement of their house," Kerry
"Are we going to take Alex?" Julie asked.
"Of course, Syd hasn't seen her yet," Kerry said. "I'm not even sure she
knows I even have a child."
"When do we leave?" Julie asked, sounding more excited by the moment.
"Not until Friday. That will give Syd some time to rest before we come.
Remember Julie she just got out of the hospital, she won't feel like being
your tour guide."
"Maybe her Dad or someone could do it," Julie said. "We'll see."
Kerry laughed and gave Julie a hug. Then she heard a familiar cry from the
other room. "I think someone is awake." Kerry got up and headed for Alex's
room. "I'll be right back."
Julie nodded, and put back on her earphones. She couldn't wait to go to
Providence to see Syd.
Four days late Kerry, Julie, Carter and of course Alex stepped off the
plane in the Providence airport. Jim met them at the gate.
"Well, who is this?" Jim asked referring to Alex.
"This is Alex," Kerry said.
"Syd was going to come to the wedding but she had an Emergency and
couldn't make it," Jim said. "Joanie and Syd are dying to see you."
"How is Syd doing?" Kerry asked as they walked toward the baggage claim.
"Well, not as out of it as she was three days ago but still very weak. She
has a slight limp which will hopefully go away soon. Syd will be so
surprised to see Alex. She was so excited when she heard."
"I don't remember telling her," Kerry said as she handed Alex to Cater and
let Julie take her wrist.
"Elizabeth told us when she called one day, about a month ago I think,"
Jim said. He led the group out to the car and helped them load their stuff
into the trunk.
"Kerry, promise me that you will describe the city to me," Julie said.
"Don't worry Julie, I'm sure Joanie will see to that," Jim said.
"Well, your new good looking therapist isn't here making you better?'
Lynda asked as she appeared beside Syd.
"Please, mother not another lecture," Syd snapped giving her mother a
stern look. "I've had enough advice for one day. I've been so afraid every
since I came out of the coma. Mom, I may never practice medicine again." She sank back down on the couch in the living room.
"Syd just because you have a slight limp doesn't mean you can't practice
medicine," Lynda said. She sat down beside Syd. "Kerry Weaver has a limp
and it doesn't bother her."
"Mother I'm not talking about my leg. I'm talking about my mind, my
emotional being. I'm afraid I'll pass out or suddenly freeze while doing an
examination." Then they heard the sound of a baby crying.
"Well, that's my cue," Lynda said and she was gone.
Syd awoke with a start and heard voices coming from the kitchen. She went
into the kitchen to find Kerry, Carter, Julie and someone new there.
"Syd," Kerry said. She gave Syd a hug. "How are you feeling?"
"OK, I guess," Syd said. She sat down at the bar. "Congratulations."
"Thanks," Kerry said. She took Alex from John and placed her in Syd's
arms. "Alex say hello to my good friend Syd Hansen."
Syd stared down at the tiny infant in her arms. "Maybe we should move to
"Good idea," Kerry said. She took Alex from Syd and followed her into the
living room with the rest of the group.
Syd sank down onto the couch and took Alex from Kerry. "Julie, hi. I'm
sorry I didn't even see you there, how are you?"
"Fine," Julie said. She came over with the help of Cater and sat down
beside Syd. "I heard you were sick."
"Yeah, I was," Syd said. "I'm still not completely better but I'm getting
there. Is this your first time in Providence?" Syd gave Alex who was
getting fussy back to Kerry.
"Yes," Julie said smiling. "I can't wait to see the city."
"Don't worry, I'm the official tour guide," Joanie said. "I'm going to take
Syd laughed at her sister's comment. "Where's Hannah, and Robbie?"
"Robbie should be home soon and Hannah is asleep upstairs. In fact I need
to go check on her. Do you want to come with me Julie?"
"Sure," Julie said. She stood up and took Joanie's arm. Joanie led her
upstairs to Hannah's room.
"Is Alex sleeping well?" Syd asked.
"No," Kerry said. She rubbed Alex's back trying to get her to sleep.
"She's a lousy sleeper, with the exception of when I don't want her to
sleep, which is now."
Syd laughed. "I bet. How's Lizzie?"
"Fine, and Mark and her are still going strong," Kerry said.
"Oh, Kerry while you're out and about tomorrow would you mind stopping by
the clinic to see how everything is going? I called yesterday but got the
machine. Lizzie told me about the new doctor filling in but I just want to
"Sure, not a problem," Kerry said.
"Have you gotten any more visits from Paul?" John asked. Carter and Jim
had been talking quietly for the past few minutes.
"No, not recently," Syd said turning to face him. "Hopefully I won't
"So, what do you guys say we order out for dinner?" Robbie said suddenly
appearing in the kitchen doorway.
"Where have you been?" Syd asked, turning to her brother. "Off catching
"Be quiet," Robbie said. He sat down in a chair. "So, what's new?"
The next day Kerry, and Julie toured the town with Joanie as their tour
guide. Kerry stopped by the clinic and got an update on how things were
from Syd. Lizzie said that things were great and Syd shouldn't worry. Syd was
getting more and more strength as the week passed but was still too weak to
do any running around town.
Kerry and Syd sat in Syd's room the next night after a full day of running
around and shopping catching up on each other's lives.
"I guess we have something in common now, huh?" Syd asked referring to her
"Hopefully not for long," Kerry said. She took Syd's hand and squeezed it.
"Syd are you OK with everything that has happened?"
Syd sighed and looked over at the picture of her and Lynda. "I don't know.
I just feel so confused right now. I thought I was going to die Kerry. I
wasn't ready to die, I still have some much left to do."
"But you didn't die," Kerry said. "You're strong Syd, you can beat this
"I've been so afraid ever since I came out of the coma. It's not about my
leg I'm worried about. Kerry what if I can't practice medicine anymore?"
"You're strong Syd, I know you can do this," Kerry said. She gave Syd a
Syd sighed, she hoped Kerry was right.
That following Saturday the Hansen's said goodbye to Kerry, Julie, Carter
and Alex as they boarded a plane back to Chicago. Syd had loved having
Kerry visit and she had been right, Syd did need to be strong and get on
with her life.
"Tell Lizzy I said hi," Syd said. Syd had felt well enough to come to the
airport with the rest of the group.
"I will," Kerry said. She hugged Syd.
"Bye Syd," Julie said. She hugged Syd and then took Kerry's wrist.
"Bye little one," Syd said kissing Alex on the forehead. "I want a daily
update on this kid."
Kerry laughed. "You got it."
After hugging everyone goodbye the Hansen's watched as their Chicago
friends boarded the plane. Syd hoped that it wouldn't be six months before
she would see them again.
As the plane roared into life Kerry looked back on the week's events. She
was glad Syd was going to be Ok. Kerry rested Alex on her shoulder trying
to get her to sleep and soon, she herself was asleep in minutes. Two hours
later Kerry awoke, and looked down to see the city of Chicago. She sighed,
it was back to the ER at Cook County General.