"Dwight.... Dwight?" Savannah whispered softly into his ear. She had watched him fall asleep a few hours ago. Unable to doze herself, she stood at the window, crossing her arms to fight off the chill. Nicholas had cried out several times in his sleep. She'd just stroked his back until he fell back to sleep. She's watched the sun trying to rise, painting the sky roses and reds and oranges to mix with the blues and purples that night had created.
Dwight was sitting in the recliner on the other side of the bed, He had managed to stay up late with her but had finally succumbed to slumber. Now he looked as helpless as her own son, his features having softened during the course of rest. He stirred slightly before finally opening his eyes. He smiled when he looked up and saw her.
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to fall asleep on you," he stretched before standing up.
"It's okay. I just wanted to say thank you for sticking it out with me." She smiled.
"No problem. I wish I had someone there to help me out when Izzy had to go to the hospital. How are you feeling this morning?"
"Despite the massive headache and the puffy eyes, I'm okay. Just ready to take him home, you know."
"Have you talked to anyone yet?" He glanced down at Nicky and touched his foot.
"Yea. They said that I should be able to take him home in a few hours. I called my job and told them I wouldn't be in for a couple of days. Good thing because I almost forgot that I had an appointment with a potential client."
"Work will always be there." He glanced at his watch. Savannah noticed.
"Speaking of work, are you late? I saw you looking at your watch."
"No. Just seeing if my sister is up yet. She's not really an early bird. I'm actually off today." Dwight pushed her hair back behind her ear. "You're so pretty." Immediately his face flushed and he jerked his hand away, moving to the foot of Nicky's bed. "I'm sorry."
"It's okay. I'm not going to kill you. If you need to leave, I understand. I'll give you a call later, okay?"
He smiled softly. "Yeah. I think I'm starting to smell." He kissed the top of her head. "I'm going to relieve my sister. Please call me Savannah. For anything." He stroked her cheek before leaving.
Almost immediately after he left, she felt a tug on her arm. She looked down to see Nicholas' big brown eyes looking up at her. "Mama..." he cooed.
"Hi baby! How's my big boy?" She picked him up despite the cords attached to him. She cradled his head in her arms and he rubbed his little hand across her back.
Nicholas laughed softly in her ear but that was it. She was sure the attack took a toll on his little body. She saw Dr. Park enter the room, with a little toy monkey in her hand.
"I just came to check on him." She smiled. Nicholas lifted his head up and reached for the monkey. The doctor handed him the toy. She stroked his head. "I need to talk to you about your son's medication. I want to switch him to a medicine that I have had much success with and that has been very instrumental in helping children cope with asthma." She pulled a yellow sheet out of her pocket and handed it to Savannah. "I have attached some information about it on the back. I'll be back in a few minutes."
Savannah nodded and took the slip. Dr. Park walked out of the office just as Mike walked in. Savannah held Nicky closer to her body. Mike stood in the doorway, glancing at her before turning his attention to his son. "How is he doing?"
"Better," she answered quickly. "I'm getting ready to take him."
Mike looked around the room. She guessed he was looking for Dwight. She paid him no further attention as she dressed Nicholas in the clothes she had in her bag for him. His little body barely responded as she lifted each leg to put inside of his khaki pants. She put his carefully through the arms of his tee shirt and once she had his tennis shoes on, she started reading the information from Dr. Park.
"So that's it, then? You're done talking to me?"
Savannah looked up slowly. "I don't know what you expect from me."
"I want you to stop treating me like I'm some kind of wall or something."
"Mike, whatever it is you're looking for now, I can't give it to you. I don't even want to. You made it very clear what you wanted when you did what you did. Sorry you feel like a wall, but that is something that you control, not me."
Mike rubbed his eyebrows with his fingers. "All this came up when I started messing with Tracey. We used to be friends and now you don't even have two words to say to me."
"Say hi to Daddy, Nicky." Savannah turned her son around so he could see his father.
"Hey man, how you doing?"
Nicholas lifted his little fingers in a wave and they slowly fell to rest on the fabric of Savannah shirt. He nuzzled further into her neck and she had she pull her hair from underneath his little body. "I don't have time for this. What do you want from me?"
"I want my family back." Mike stared at her. She stood there for a few seconds, unable to process, or even believe what he had just said to her.
"What?" She laid Nicky, who had drifted off to sleep, on the hospital bed.
"Seeing you here last night with that other dude made me realize that I don't want to be with Tracey. I want to be here with you guys."
"You've got some nerve comi-," Just then Dr. Parks walked back.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know you had company. I'll come back." She turned away.
"No. It's okay. This is Nicholas' father."
Dr. Parks looked from Savannah and Mike. "Oh. Okay. Well, I'm sure you're happy to hear that Nicky is do just fine. We monitored him last night and he did wonderfully. I was just telling Savannah that I wanted to change Nicholas' medication. Something that I think will work better."
"I was just reading about this Theophylline. It's a pill or liquid?" Savannah asked, totally ignoring Mike.
"Yes. Now, I'd want him to continue to take the medicine he does now for the quick relief of his symptoms. BUt for long term treatment, he would be taking the Theophylline. There are no contraindications for these two medicines. I wrote you a prescription for refills and had some sent up from the in-house pharmacy." She handed them to Savannah. "Now take him home, give him a dose and let him rest." She glanced at Mike, nodded, and left the room.
Savannah looked around for any other things that belonged to them before she started for the door herself. "You ocan come by the house if you want to see your children. But if you want anything else, you might as well stay where you are." She brushed past him and hugged her baby tighter to her chest.