Reaching into the Night
| It was a Wednesday, and Autumn's friends were figuring out who would help with respite care so Jason and Abbie could enjoy the weekend. Though they were going to stay at a place in town, it would still help them to feel refreshed when they returned on Monday. Autumn was sleeping sixteen hours a day, and swallowing was becoming more difficult for her.
""I can take her for her hospital stay on Wednesday before work." Jamillah, one of Katilyn's friends was saying.
"And my shift starts shortly before her schedule arrival," Sariah responded.
"Okay, so back to this weekend," Michelle interjected.
"I can be here on Friday morning at9:00, an hour before Jason and Abbie are set to leave. Abbie told me that they would bathe and put her in pajamas when she seems to be most alert so I don't have to do that. I don't mind doing those things, but I appreciate their offer."
"And I can come at," Kendall looked at a planner, "3:30 that afternoon. Will that shift be too long for you?" she asked Michelle.
"I'll be with her, remember?" Jamison asked, trying not to display his emotion. Jamison spent most of his days with her, and he was actually living with the family. He spent as much time with her as he could, but he couldn't be the only person responsible for her care.
"So whenever Michelle needs to leave is fine."
"Okay, I can stay until 9:00, and that's when my mom is coming to pick me up," Kendall finished.
"Then, so Jamison can sleep, I can be here from 12:00-8:00, since Jamison assures me that he can handle 9:00 to 12:00 with her," Lauren assured.
"And then, I'll be here at--" Katilyn began.
Before the scheduling had begun, Kambra went to check on Autumn. She had thought her friend would be sleeping, since the pain and nausea medications kept her sedated the majority of the time. However, a painfully-sleeping young woman was not what Kambra found. Autumn was having a seizure and aspirating vomit! Kambra quickly turned her on her side and stood with one eye on the clock, and the other on Autumn. When the seizure ended, Kambra went toward the bed to comfort her friend when she regained consciousness. Before she could reach the bed, Autumn started seizing again.
"I need help!" she opened the door and called out as calmly as she could, effectively cutting off Katilyn's statement. Jamison took off like a shot and was the first one to reach the room. He pushed past Kambra in his haste to reach the bed and didn't even notice Lauren and Judith right behind him.
"Oh, sweet Lord!" he exclaimed when he saw Autumn. Jamillah was already on the phone, summoning for an ambulance to take Autumn to a facility with which Autumn and her friends were far too familiar.
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