Maggy buzzed them in through the double doors at Emerge where a nurse met them and hustled Cassy into a one-bed room in the left wing.
Heading to the phone she promised, “I’ll be right back”. They heard her calling Dr. Freeman. “You’re needed in emerge.”
Within moments, she arrived. “Cassy, what’s going on?”
“To tell the truth, I don’t know, Dr. Freeman. I am beyond uncomfortable – my eyes are burning and I can’t stand the pain.”
“How did this happen?” the doctor asked, daring to shine a light in Cassy’s eyes noting her involuntary flinch as she grabbed both sides of her head and rocked. This was indeed concerning as it indicated extreme light sensitivity. She continued the examination then stepped back and said, “Be right back.”
Dr. Freeman walked to the phone and placed a call to another hospital down island. A few moments passed. Cassy tried to eavesdrop on the one-sided conversation but only managed to catch a few words which indicated an immediate trip down island.
Walking back to where the two women waited, Dr. Freeman said, “Cassy, an excellent Ophthalmologist, Dr. Jamison, will meet you at emergency at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon at the Comox hospital.”
“Ok, good.” Her answer was quiet and relieved.
“As he hasn’t seen you and can’t make a diagnosis, all I can do for the moment is give you something to ease the pain, so we don’t complicate or confuse what is.”
“Thank god for drugs!” she laughed. “Never thought I’d hear myself say that, I guess once I exceed my pain threshold, nothing seems to help.”
“I believe there’s more to it than that Cassy, I’m not sure what. If anyone can come up with answers, he can.” She gently patted Cassy’s hand.
“Do you have a ride?”
Without hesitation, Maggy piped up, “She sure does, with me!
They left the emergency room after a shot of morphine was administered and although it hadn’t yet taken effect, Cassy desperately hoped it would and soon.
Maggy drove her home, unlocked the door and walked her inside. “You going to be alright, or would you like me to grab a bag and come back? It would make things less complicated in the morning.”