Carol tells Mark to let her know if he needs anything and follows Conni into Mrs. O's room to find Mrs. O moaning weakly, "Where -- where am I?" Carol asks Conni to get Kerry as Mr. O tells Mrs. O she's in the hospital, and Mrs. O moans that no, she doesn't want that. Carol introduces herself to Mrs. O and explains that Mrs. O had to come in to the hospital because she'd gotten dehydrated; Mrs. O whimpers that she wants to go home. Mr. O tells her gently that they have to get her admitted "so [she] can feel better," but Mrs. O repeats that she wants to go home. Enter Kerry, who asks Mrs. O, "You want to go home?" Mrs. O nods feebly. Kerry asks, "And you don't want to be put onto any machines?" Mrs. O shakes her head: "No, please -- no machines." Mr. O tells his wife that "they can help you if we stay -- they'll give you something for the pain," but Mrs. O continues saying "no" and "home," and when Mr. O says, "Please, sweetheart," Kerry pulls him aside and tells him that she'll start a morphine drip on Mrs. O, but she thinks he should consider home hospice care for his wife. An ambulance will take Mrs. O home, and a health-care worker will take care of the meds and IVs: "It's clearly what she wants." Mr. O doesn't think Mrs. O can decide for herself, but Kerry thinks she can: "She was very clear. Don't you think she deserves to die where she wants to, at home, with her family, in her own bed?" Carol, listening in, looks down uncomfortably. At last, Mr. O nods, and Kerry says, "Good. Why don't you go tell her? I think it'll help calm her down." Mr. O goes to do just that, and Kerry makes to leave, calling Carol to her side; she mutters that she really didn't need this today and tells Carol to call Social Services. Carol says that "maybe the husband's right" and they could admit Mrs. O for a couple of days to "get her buffed up," but Kerry covers her eyes and groans, "No, no, Carol, please -- not today." "She would go home eventually," Carol argues, but Kerry doesn't want to hear it and tells Carol that Mrs. O wants to go home to die, and they can't keep her there: "I know it's not pleasant, but we have to respect her wishes." Carol contends in a fairly snotty tone that Mrs. O "is in excruciating pain, and we didn't even try to explain the options to her," but Kerry puts paid to that: "Just call and set it up." She crutches away. Carol can't believe that the rays of her halo didn't touch Kerry's stony heart. She makes a sulky face and turns to look at Mrs. O.
Episode Report CardSars: D | 303 USERS: B-
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