Vital Signs: Dr. Daiquiri

Marilyn Baker was hurting. But her doctor's prescriptions only kept her in thrall to her pain.

By Pamela Grim|Wednesday, July 1, 1998
Please, no surprises today," I thought as I picked up the first file of the morning. Marilyn Baker. Chief complaint: "Weak and dizzy." I leaned into the acute room and glanced at the patient, a pretty, well-dressed woman in her forties. But as I came closer, I saw that her face had a smudged look: crooked lipstick; shaky eyeliner. Alisa, the charge nurse, was standing beside her, trying to fill out her chart. "Medication?" she asked. "I don't know," the patient answered, looking around in a daz...

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