SETTING: In the hospital room.
AT RISE: PATRICK is standing at the window
(Enters the room with NURSE KELLY and NURSE ANNE. NURSE ANNE is holding a new bag of morphine.)
Here we are. . .
(approaches the bed)
Mrs. Johnson – we’re ready to begin now.
I’ve been ready for hours!
Yes – well, I’m sorry about that.
(NURSE ANNE hangs the morphine bag and connects it to the pump while DR. LANDEN prepares the syringe.)
(Approaches the bed and takes his mother’s hand. Trying to be strong.)
Okay, mom. I’ll be right here the whole time. Don’t worry.
I – I love you, mom. . .
I love you too, dear. Love you. . .
(She turns her head to the doctor and quickly nods.)
It will be just like falling asleep, Mrs. Johnson. You won’t feel a thing. Here we go. . .
(He injects the entire syringe and MARY’s breathing starts to slow down. Removing the syringe, he turns to NURSE ANNE.)
Begin the drip, please.
(NURSE ANNE connects the drip line and starts the pump. “Beep.” This time everyone is looking at the morphine bag.)
(Inhale-Exhale… MARY’s breathing reaches a slow, steady rate. PATRICK is still holding her hand.)
(Seeing that MARY is unconscious, he turns the BiPAP off and gently removes the mask. Total silence as he places the mask on the table and leans down to check on MARY’s breathing. Looking at PATRICK.)
Her breathing is still pretty strong. This might take a little while.
(PATRICK nods and sets MARY’s hand on the bed. She is completely out.)
We’ll keep monitoring her to make sure everything is going as it should. There shouldn’t be a problem now.
(points at the morphine bag)
How long will that last?
About four hours at this rate. With each new bag we’ll increase the drip rate so she stays unconscious.
Great – thank you, doctor.
Will you be staying the night?
Is that a problem?
Not at all. We can get you a blanket if you want. Anything else I can do, or the nurses, please let us know.
(DR. LANDEN gives a final look at the drip pump and then leaves the room, followed by the two nurses.)
(bends down and kisses his mother on the forehead)
Sweet dreams, mom. Say hi to grandma for me.
(He walks over to the window and stares out at nothing.)
(END OF ACT)
On to Scene 11