Going Up or Down?

Raquel Monday By Raquel Monday, 3rd Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Not all seeing is believing but when things vanish into thin air, one can't help but to think that there is more than meets the human eye.

Going Up or Down?

For about fourteen plus years, I worked the pharmacy and IV sections of a hospital pharmacy. I had been a candystriper before then while still in high school and knew most of the people that already worked there. It was one of the oldest hospitals in the city and rumors had it that if you worked late enough, you would be privileged to meet some of the hospital's permanent patients.

On this particular day, as luck would have it, I and another co-worker were filling in on the second shift which ran from 3pm until 11pm. As we usually did on a daily basis, we prepared the drug carts for the medication exchange up on the floors that night. It was eerily quiet as we made our way down the long hallway and to the nursing station on the fourth floor. Only the clanging of the uneven wheels on the carts were heard. Patients began turning in for a restful night's sleep, at least as restful a sleep as you can get while you are hospitalized, that is.

I prepared the IV's for the inhouse patients and my co-worker filled the drug carts to exchange the medications which would last until the following day. As we completed our exchange of meds and IV's on the fourth floor and were ready to return to the pharmacy to take inventory of the meds we were taking back with us, we decided to take the elevator that would drop us off the closest to the pharmacy which was located in the basement of the hospital.

Waiting along side of us was a male patient who was on his last run to the snack bar before turning in. The snack bar was also located in the basement and around the corner from the pharmacy department. He was of average stature; nothing out of the ordinary about him except that we thought it was a bit late for him to be wandering the halls. He stood there patiently waiting in his white hospital gown and smiling at my co-worker and me.

The elevator we were waiting for was the service elevator. It had two sets of doors that opened on both sides; the forward facing doors and the back doors that opened up in the basement. The back doors would open right next to the pharmacy department so it was very convenient for us to exit the elevator through these doors. Finally the elevator arrived and opened up in front of us. We motioned for the male patient to go ahead and enter so he could exit first once we arrived downstairs. Our drug carts were big and bulky and clanged noisily as we proceeded to enter the elevator after him.

Now, if we do the math correctly, it would be our understanding that three people entered the elevator on the fourth floor and it was the same three people that rode the elevator down along with two big, steel, noisy drug carts. However, when we arrived and before the elevator doors opened, we turned to motion for the male patient to go ahead and exit the elevator first, ahead of us. To our shock and confusion, he was nowhere inside the elevator and the elevator had gone straight down to the pharmacy without ever stopping between floors. He had simply VANISHED! before arriving to our designated floor. We had just come face to face with one of the hospital's notorious, permanent patients, none other than the fourth floor ghost!


Basement, Big, Bulky, Cart, Doors, Down, Drug, Elevator, Going, Hallway, Patient, Pharmacy, Waiting

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author avatar Songbird B
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Wow! what a great spooky encounter Raquel, and really well told..Nice article..

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author avatar Buzz
4th Jan 2012 (#)

You're story gave me the creeps, Raquel. Whew!

Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar ittech
5th Jan 2012 (#)

Very well done.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Feb 2012 (#)

Scary is not the word for it! This was much worse. Great read, thanks.

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