I got a phone call this morning from Stan (the security guard in my last post). He told me that after the incident with our nurse-ghost that he was too freaked out to stay on nights, and that he had switched to a first shift position. I was wondering why I'd not seen him over the past few months. He proceeded to tell me about the memorabilia that was put up in our hall ways last week to celebrate the hospitals 100 year anniversary. Administration put up pictures of the opening of the hospital, as well as pictures of the nursing and physician staff from when the hospital opened to present time.
He said that there's a black and white photo of a 1910 graduating nursing class that has each graduates name printed underneath of them. He went on to say that as soon as he saw the photo that one of the faces practically jumped out at him, and that right away he knew it was the nurse that walked with me that night. "Sally Mae Hatfield" he said. I repeated the name to make sure I heard him correctly. He assured me that was the name, and that it was definitely her. He said he just wanted to let me know and that I should check it out when I come back to work.
Well I worked last night, and today started my 4 days off. But I was so curious to see her face I went back in and checked the picture out for myself. After I found the photograph and picked out which lady she was, I got goose bumps over my whole body. I suddenly felt almost nauseous. I'm not really sure why my body started to act this way, but the feeling faded quickly. I stared studying the structure of her face she was a beautiful woman she looked very young in the photo, maybe in her mid 20's if that. She had long dark hair, and her cheek bones stood out as they seemed to be her main facial feature.
After standing in front of this picture for what seemed to be an hour or more (but truly was only like 20 minutes) I felt the need to know everything about her.
I went over to HR to see if there was any way to get information about the nurse that worked there so many years ago. I was told that even if there was a way to find any records on her that it would be against HIPPA regulations to give out any info they might have and that with her being there so long ago that any paper trail would have been long gone to another place where they store all the old records. So I felt hopeless. I grabbed a coffee, and went back to the photos.
As I walked back over to the photo there was an older couple standing in front of it. I overheard the woman say to what appeared to be her husband "and this is my mother's youngest sister, Aunt Sally" and she pointed to Sally Mae's picture. My jaw just about dropped to the floor. I was almost in shock.
Right then I interrupted them and asked her about her aunt's career there at the hospital. She pointed to another woman (Janie Rhodes). She said this is her mother. She told me that they both worked there for more then 20 years, and that she too had been employed by the hospital many years ago. She said her aunt and her mom both graduated in that class, that they both worked separate shifts in the ER. Janie worked days, as she had to be home for her children and husband when school got out, and Sally Mae worked nights. Sally hadn't married nor did she bare any children due to the fact that she was so wrapped up in her career. We walked over to the small cafe I bought them both coffees and we talked for about 2 hours. She never once asked why I was so interested in her aunt, and I wasn't comfortable to just tell her why I wanted to know so much.
Well she said that her mother had passed away at a local nursing home in 1980, and that Sally Mae didn't live quite as long. She said when Sally was 37 she was working an 8 hour shift in the ER and she was treating a young male patient that had been beaten pretty badly in a fight, and 2 men came in asking to see him saying they were family, and they were let in.
Sally was in a room with another patient when she heard the boy arguing with his guests. She walked into the room and one of the men had a knife and was actually stabbing the young boy. She ran over screaming for help and the man began stabbing her. The two guys ran off and were captured less then an hour later.
Sally Mae had 5 stab wounds and was treated at the hospital. She was doing well healing up good when she encountered a staph infection that went on to take her life after 4 weeks of treatment. The young boy was treated and left the hospital a week later with no problems.
This whole thing has blown me away. I can't get this conversation out of my head. I came right home and jumped on here to tell you all that were so interested in my previous posting.
Thank you all I will check back regularly for comments.