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It was early evening by the time Bette got home. After seeing the old picture of her and Laura, she wasn’t in the mood to continue sorting through the boxes. James wanted to stay, but she sent him home. It was all well and good that he wanted to help, but he was still recovering from being sick. He negotiated with her and ended up taking a box home with him. His excitement was palpable, which somewhat lifted her mood.
It was still cool outside, but the rain seemed to have passed for now. You can always count on a short rain in California, even during rainy season she thought, as she walked in and put her keys in the bowl. She pinched her nose and squinted her eyes, another head ache. She sighed walking into the kitchen, taking off her coat along the way and dropping it over the breakfast table chair.
Bette reached into the cabinet for the bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol and poured out the last two tablets. ”Shit,” she said out loud as she grabbed a cup. She poured some water into it from the facet and then took a drink washing down the pills.
Tina walked up quietly behind her and leaned against the doorway. She watched as Bette placed her hands on the counter and lowered her head. ”Have you called the doctor about those head aches?” She asked with concern.
Bette raised her head startled by the words that came out of the silence. She sighed loud enough for Tina to hear, nodding her head. ”They’re not taking appointments right now…. The doctor’s office told me to call back in a week. I guess they are trying to figure out how to meet the needs of the patients. I was told if it was something serious then I would have to go to the hospital.”
”When was that?”
”Last week,” Bette said with a half smile. ”I’m fine, it’s just a head ache.”
”Baby, the last time you said you were fine you ended up in the hospital having surgery. I’m getting really worried about the head aches.” Tina walked over to Bette and rubbed her back. ”Please call again tomorrow,” she said with gentle concern. ”I heard they are now doing this thing called Telehealth for basic consultations with doctors.”