The Clark family finished dinner and Shelly retired to the family room to relax in her favorite recliner after a long day. Her husband Tom and their two children, Ben, age eight, and Kaitlin, age ten, began their nightly ritual of washing the dishes while Shelly relaxed. Tom always tried to make these mundane chores fun by joking and making up funny songs. He stood by the sink singing a rendition of Row, Row, Row your Boat but changed the words to "wash, wash, wash the grease, gently off the plate, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, this is just our fate." The children laughed at the silliness and made up their own verses until they finished the chore.
Tom put the last dish away while Kaitlin headed for the dining room table to begin her homework. Ben went to the family room where his mom was resting and watching TV. "Dad, there's something wrong with mom!" Ben called from the family room. Tom rushed in to find Shelly lying on the recliner as if she were sleeping. As Tom approach he noticed the normal healthy pink glow of her skin had been replaced by a bluish tint. She made small gasping sounds as if struggling to breath.
Tom shook her, shouting, "Shelly? Shelly? Wake up, Shelly!" No response. "Ben, get my cell phone...NOW!" Ben ran into the kitchen to retrieve his dad's phone.
Kaitlin came in and began to cry. "What's wrong with mommy?" she said, sobbing.
"We don't know. Dear; just be calm."
Ben ran in with the phone and Tom snatched it from him and called 911.
The paramedics arrived in what seemed like a long time to Tom but in reality was only seven minutes. They immediately took control of the situation by running an ECG, administering oxygen and starting an IV. Within minutes Shelly was in the back of the ambulance heading for Tampa General Hospital with Tom and the kids not far behind. Tom soon lost the ambulance in traffic but continued driving as fast as he could while doing his best to appear calm for the sake of the children.
By the time Tom reached the hospital Shelly was already in the emergency room. An ER attendant met Tom and directed him to the waiting area to fill out paperwork.
"Can't I do this later?" he said with anger. "My wife might be dying in there."
A nurse approached him and said, "The doctors are with her now and are doing everything they can for her." Both Ben and Kaitlin were crying.
"Try to be brave," Tom said, trying to deal with the situation by comforting the children. "Mommy's going to be all right. Let's read some magazines. Look, here's one with some cartoons." The children began to calm down as Tom read the cartoon out loud.
Title: The X-Cure
Author: Bruce Forciea
Genre: Medical Thriller / Science Fiction
Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando’s stock, they call upon their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’ to maintain global domination.
Bruce Forciea is known for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand through engaging stories and simple explanations. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author and has written several books on healing and biology which include Unlocking the Healing Code, An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology and An eText of Anatomy and Physiology. The X-Cure is his debut fiction work. Dr. Forciea teaches Anatomy and Physiology for Moraine Park Technical College and Unitek College. Professional projects include writing and producing college science courses, producing digital media including over one hundred science videos, ebooks, custom labs and websites. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits for a defense contractor, treating thousands of patients while running successful chiropractic and wellness clinics and now teaching life science and wellness. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters.
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