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Meet the Tuckers [message #3536] Sun, 08 May 2005 09:24 Go to next message
Brooke  is currently offline Brooke
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(yes, it's a stolen title, but it fits).

I'm just starting this, and know it needs work. But I figured it was better to get feedback while it was still possible to change any major "oops" items.

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Travis was trying to eat, but he was worried about Valerie. He hadn't heard from her in days and regardless of what Lisa was saying, that wasn't normal for Val.

Sure, he was mad about some of the stuff she'd been hiding from him, but..

"... hospital ... Tucker kid ..."

Travis spun around. "Excuse me? Did you say 'Tucker'?" he asked the girl sitting at the next table.

"Uh, yeah. Why?" she replied.

"I've got a friend with that name that I haven't heard from for a while. And when I heard you say 'Tucker kid' and 'hospital' I wondered if something had happened to her.".

"Well, I dunno. I was doing my candy striper stuff at the hospital and a couple of nurses were talking about this kid that'd been brought in last week. I guess everybody was worried cause the kid'd been unconcious for 3 days after they flew him in from McAllen. I remember them calling him the 'Tucker kid', but they were talking like it was a guy. Maybe it's a relative of your friend or something?"

Travis's mind was spinning. It couldn't be. Could it?

"You wouldn't happen to know what room he's in?" he asked.

She thought she remembered a room number. Travis wrote it on a napkin and thanked her.

A quick call to the hospital confirmed that there was a Tucker in that room. But they wouldn't tell him anything else. He decided to go over after school.

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to be continued
Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3539] Sun, 08 May 2005 21:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Giving out the information that there is a patient in a hospital by a
certain name can be construed as 'improper divulging of private
information'. I'm not sure where the limits lie, either in law/policy
or in practice.

As for other comments... isn't it rather short? =)


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Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3540] Mon, 09 May 2005 00:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well, I had Travis find out from a candy striper who overheard nurses talking on purpose.

And knowing people, if you ask about someone by name, even last name, and room number, I figure there are fairly good odds that if you (accidentally, in Travis' case) phrase the question properly, you will get a "Yes, they are still there" answer.

It's a stretch. Not a big one though.

I was partly looking to see if there were any obvious "that doesn't sound right" goofs while I worked on setting things up so I don't wind up with a re-write of Romeo and Juliet.

Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3541] Mon, 09 May 2005 05:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Brooke wrote on Mon, 09 May 2005 05:17

Well, I had Travis find out from a candy striper who overheard nurses talking on purpose.

And knowing people, if you ask about someone by name, even last name, and room number, I figure there are fairly good odds that if you (accidentally, in Travis' case) phrase the question properly, you will get a "Yes, they are still there" answer.

It's a stretch. Not a big one though.


I guess if hospital security was foolproof, the Tuckers wouldn't feel it necessary to be paranoid about it.


Rachel
Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3550] Tue, 10 May 2005 14:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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rachel.greenham wrote on Mon, 09 May 2005 02:18

Brooke wrote on Mon, 09 May 2005 05:17

Well, I had Travis find out from a candy striper who overheard nurses talking on purpose.

And knowing people, if you ask about someone by name, even last name, and room number, I figure there are fairly good odds that if you (accidentally, in Travis' case) phrase the question properly, you will get a "Yes, they are still there" answer.

It's a stretch. Not a big one though.


I guess if hospital security was foolproof, the Tuckers wouldn't feel it necessary to be paranoid about it.



Well since there was this
Tuck 105: The Happiest Days Of Our Lives

Sadly, but not unusually, they didn't have much in the way of internal security in this place; once you got in, you were in, and as long as you didn't get in anyone's way, talk to anyone, or try to pry the door off a drug locker, no one paid any attention to you.


I'm going to assume that getting to Tuck's room will be trivial.

[Updated on: Tue, 10 May 2005 14:08]

Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3554] Thu, 12 May 2005 11:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As always in modern America, the policy is "Avoid anything in the way of action that could possibly get us sued." Answering a question on the phone is an action, by the hospital, that could get them sued in the wrong circumstances. On the other hand, 'reasonableness' and 'common sense' interfere with these guidelines all the time. And, Brooke, you're right; they'd be much more likely to confirm some information, than give it out - despite the fact that the two are almost the same in reality...

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Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3633] Sun, 05 June 2005 09:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Brooke wrote on Sun, 08 May 2005 23:17

Well, I had Travis find out from a candy striper who overheard nurses talking on purpose.

And knowing people, if you ask about someone by name, even last name, and room number, I figure there are fairly good odds that if you (accidentally, in Travis' case) phrase the question properly, you will get a "Yes, they are still there" answer.

It's a stretch. Not a big one though.

I was partly looking to see if there were any obvious "that doesn't sound right" goofs while I worked on setting things up so I don't wind up with a re-write of Romeo and Juliet.




Having worked in hospitals half my life, I can tell you that confidentiality is one of the hardest things to protect. There are constant reminders both written and verbal yet, I have heard hundreds of elevator and cafeteria conversations breech confidentiality and seen dozens of people fired for divulging information improperly (some quite recently). There are dozens of people in the hospital where Tuck is that have seen the name on lab test, appointment schedules, medical transcription forms, registration forms, billing, etc. It would be naive to think that the information that a particular person is indeed a patient would be kept sctrictly confidential. And, yes it is highly likely that a desk clerk would confirm a patient by a particular name especially if they thought the call came from within the hospital. If confidentiality is a major concern, as for celebrities, the hospitals will check them in under an assumed name and even then it soon becomes general knowledge.
Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3634] Mon, 06 June 2005 05:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I haven't worked in a hospital but I've known a number of folks who have. Which is exactly why I set that up the way I did.

I expect this is another reason the family wants Tuck out of therte ASAP.
Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3638] Mon, 06 June 2005 19:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I think I said it before somewhere: I was really surprised that once Tuck was conscious, he wasn't immediately moved somewhere --anywhere! -- else by the family, probably another hospital within driving distance. His entry from school via helicopter was just too high-profile, and Bill would have assumed (accurately) that just about anyone who was interested would know where Tuck was, or could easily find out.

Admittedly, the story's more effective with Tuck still there.

Eric
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I thought about that, Eric, but not only is it effective but there were a number of complications involved in the matter. As it is, within hours of arrival, you have a civilian preempting the treatment by a medical professional even if correctly. The fact that it was correct gives the Tuckers leverage, leverage that perhaps assisted them in their fairly out-of-course demand for 24 hour presence at Tuck's bedside, but if they withdraw from there now... they have resentment, which breeds gossip.

As well, for quite some time, Tuck was SEVERELY in danger and I do not think that, even if Bill and Sarah would have risked his health, their friend whose name escapes me, the doctor, SHE would not have allowed them to move him. The effects of the beating, pneumonia, etc etc.

Overall, it seems reasonable to stick there until he is able to go home. They have leverage, it is capable, they have the fix in... anywhere they go, there will be talk so why aggravate the situation?

-r
Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3726] Tue, 14 June 2005 13:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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So where's more of the fanfiction that started this thread?

*grin*


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Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3732] Tue, 14 June 2005 21:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ellen Hayes wrote on Tue, 14 June 2005 10:47

So where's more of the fanfiction that started this thread?

*grin*


Same place as Tuck 110. Smile

But since you asked so nicely...
Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #3733] Tue, 14 June 2005 21:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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(part 1)
Travis was trying to eat, but he was worried about Valerie. He hadn't heard from her in days and regardless of what Lisa was saying, that wasn't normal for Val.

Sure, he was mad about some of the stuff she'd been hiding from him, but..

"... hospital ... Tucker kid ..."

Travis spun around. "Excuse me? Did you say 'Tucker'?" he asked the girl sitting at the next table.

"Uh, yeah. Why?" she replied.

"I've got a friend with that name that I haven't heard from for a while. And when I heard you say 'Tucker kid' and 'hospital' I wondered if something had happened to her.".

"Well, I dunno. I was doing my candy striper stuff at the hospital and a couple of nurses were talking about this kid that'd been brought in last week. I guess everybody was worried cause the kid'd been unconscious for 3 days after they flew him in from McAllen. I remember them calling him the 'Tucker kid', but they were talking like it was a guy. Maybe it's a relative of your friend or something?"

Travis's mind was spinning. It couldn't be. Could it?

"You wouldn't happen to know what room he's in?" he asked.

She thought she remembered a room number. Travis wrote it on a napkin and thanked her.

***

A quick call to the hospital confirmed that there was a Tucker in that room. But they wouldn't tell him anything else. He decided to go over after school.

***

The afternoon dragged on. Travis checked his watch for the hundredth time.

***

At last, he was out of school and heading for the hospital. Why was the traffic so bad?

***

"Sorry Dan, I've got to help get Tuck moved back home."

***

The elevator took forever to arrive. He got off at the right floor and checked the signs.

Right, the room was _that_ way...

***

Sheila hated re-arranging her schedule, but since Eugene was going home, she'd thought it'd be easier to have another talk with him at the hospital rather than at home.

He did seem to be a bit more animated. Maybe it was starting to penetrate that it _hadn't_ been his fault.

She went to the door and let Eugene's father back in.

She'd opened the door and was about the leave when Mr. Tucker asked her something.

***

Ah. That was the room. and the door was open. Travis stepped into the doorway ready to apologize if it wasn't Val. Then he saw her on the bed. She looked like hell.

"Val?"

He started into the room.

***

Sheila saw Bill Tucker's face change as he reached under his jacket. She turned and saw a large male, looked like a football player or something coming through the doorway and staring at the bed with a distinctly unhappy expression on his face..

Bill saw an obvious "jock" coming through the door. His hand went to the gun under his jacket. He was starting to draw.

(to be continued)
Re: Meet the Tuckers [message #7066] Tue, 24 April 2012 20:44 Go to previous message
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Shocked I'm going to beg, plead and abase Embarassed myself asking that you please continue this story. I've often thought that this was the second most likely story line after Tuck is hospitalized.
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