Callie gave a quick knock of warning before entering her boss’s office. “Good morning, Norman.” She placed charts for their first fifteen patients on the corner of his desk and fresh coffee on the coaster in front of him.
The doctor lifted his head at her approach. Callie saw deep lines etched around his eyes this morning, a telltale sign that something was wrong. She sat across from the desk in one of the visitor’s chairs.
“Norman, what’s wrong?”
“Callie, Missy and Jeff Rich lost their baby yesterday.”
Callie closed her eyes and clutched locket at her throat. Those poor kids. “She only had a couple of weeks left. What happened?”
He shook his head. “We aren’t sure yet. Missy went into labor yesterday afternoon, a little early, but nothing to be alarmed about. The monitors started picking up some fetal distress around . I ordered a C-section, but we weren’t able to get the baby delivered in time.”
“They must be devastated. Why didn’t you call me?”
“There wasn’t a thing you could have done. Nothing anyone could do. Their pastor was there, all of the expectant grandparents, aunts, and uncles. I promised Missy and Jeff that you’d stop by this morning.
Callie nodded. She served as grief counselor for the clinic. A vital position that was, thankfully, under utilized. Having suffered a similar loss in the first year of her marriage, Callie understood what this young couple would face in the days and weeks ahead. “I’ll drive over there just as soon as we get our morning appointments underway.” Callie examined the doctor. “Did you get any sleep last night?”
Dr. Rayburn dismissed Callie’s question with a shrug, resting his head in his hands. “I know God has a reason for everything, Callie, but when you see such grief on the faces of two young parents…I have a hard time understanding His purpose.”
Callie let his statement pass.
The doctor took a deep breath and a long drink of his coffee. She saw his effort to get beyond this loss for the sake of the patients he’d be seeing throughout the day. “Keep them in your prayers, Callie. They’re going to need all the support they can get over the next few weeks.”
“Of course I will,
.” Callie stood to go. “I’ll go on over to the hospital just as soon as our morning rush settles down a bit.” Norman
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