Golden Time - Chapter 155
Three weeks passed, and Suhyuk saw the patients at Daehan Hospital as usual .
Whenever he had a call from the operating room, he wore surgical globes .
He was wanted not only at the cardiothoracic surgery department but at other clinical departments such as internal medicine, Ob/Gyn, urology, etc .
The patients there cried out for Suhyuk .
Making the rounds of patients absent-mindedly, he was having a late lunch .
At that moment his phone buzzed .
“Dr . Lee, this is a pediatrics department . A patient’s guardian insists on receiving your treatment . ”
“What’s her name?”
“Lee Narae . ”
“Got it . Let me come in a moment!”
After the call he began eating hurriedly .
He didn’t touch the side dishes, only having soup .
Quickening his pace, he tied up his gown before an elevator .
<The door opens>
When he got off the elevator, he saw a woman holding her child .
Looking at them standing close to his clinic office, they were obviously the patient and the guardian that the pediatrics office called him about .
Approaching them, Suhyuk opened his mouth with a smile,
“You must be Lee Narae’s guardian, right?”
“Oh,are you Dr . Lee Suhyuk?”
“Yes . ”
He then looked at the child holding her mother’s hand, sayng
“How cute! What pain brought you here?”
She opened her mouth quickly, “She swallowed a iron marble . ”
Nodding his head, he stroked her head softly, saying
“Please come on in . ”
When she and her guardian sat, the nurse came in, saying
“I sent you her CT on the computer . ”
“Thanks . ”
After the nurse went out, Suhyuk told the guardian after turning on the PC monitor,
“I saw a patient who swallowed fragments of a razor . ”
The guardian was stunned .
What would have happened to the patient’s organs? Broken into pieces?
Contrary to her nervous look, Suhyuk fixed his eyes at the monitor with a relaxed smile .
“She was discharged with no damage at all . The organs in our body are not that weak as we think . ”
She turned her head and looked at her daughter .
She was not aware of what she had eaten yesterday . She said in the morning all of a sudden,
“Mom, I swallowed a marble . ”
She had no choice but to take her to the hospital urgently .
“If you take a look at this…” said Suhyuk, turning the monitor toward her .
“Obviously it looked like a marble . Fortunately it reached to the intestine . I feel it will come out of her body without any trouble . ”
“Are you serious, doctor?”
“Yes, she doesn’t need any medicine or a shot . ”
The girl’s face, who was wearing a crying expression, now brightened .
“Next time you eat something like that, let me follow you and give you a shot, okay?”
“No, no! I won’t swallow it again . ”
It’s 9pm .
Suhyuk was heading to Prof . Han Myungjin’s office .
Knock, knock, knock .
“Come on in”
When he went it, Han greeted him with a smile .
“So, were you busy again today?”
Suhyuk was the busiest doctor at Daehan Hospital these days .
And the whole medical staff knew it .
“A bit, sir . ”
“Thank you . ”
A fragrant coffee smell filled the office . The cars seen through the window let an usually long trail of light behind today .
Offering him coffee, Han took a seat, saying
“So, you made the decision?”
“Yes, sir . ”
Han nodded his head .
Though he wanted to stay with Suhyuk and watch him grow, there was no way of stopping him .
Suhyuk took out a white envelope from his pocket and put it on the table politely .
Han said with a bitter smile,
“Wasn’t the hospital director opposed to your resignation?”
“He said just he could not take it . ”
Han nodded his head again faintly .
Even if I were in the director’s shoes, I would have done the same thing, discouraging him from resigning . But I’m a doctor .
“Let me convey it to the director on your behalf,” said Han .
“Thank you, sir . ”
Taking a sip of coffee, he rose from the seat in no time .
“I’d like to take my leave then . ”
“Sure, sure . Have a good rest . By the way, How about me sending you an orchid?”
Suhyuk smiled, saying “Please do come empty-handed . Bye for now, sir”
Bowing to him deeply Suhyuk went out of the office .
Han looked at the door through which Suhyuk just went out .
Wrinkles on his eyelids, Han smiled, murmuring,
“Now you have full wings to fly bravely”
Not hearing Han’s murmuring, Suhyuk headed to the VIP room .
The name plate placed on the door of the patient’s room .
Suhyuk cautiously opened the door and went in .
It was bright inside with the lights on . There was nobody, and Prof . Jung lay in bed .
The humidifier on the side was puffing out while fog, and the professor’s oxygen respirator formed steam inside .
“How are you, professor?”
Naturally there was no reply from him .
Suhyuk sat on the sofa beside him .
“Professor, I’ve got some question . Are you really the person that came up in my dream? If so, please open your eyes like miracle and say something like you did in my dream . ”
Suhyuk only heard the faint puffing sound from the humidifier .
He then rose from the seat and held the back of his hands softly .
The second hand of the clock was pointing at 11pm .
“I’ll see you again, professor . ”
Suhyuk went out the room cautiously, and headed to his original lodging .
Though it could accommodate only two persons, there was nobody when he visited .
For Daehan Hospital provided Suhyuk with an exclusive lodging .
Suhyuk rejected the hospital’s offer to give him a separate office there .
He was not a professor yet .
Sitting on the mattress and touching it, Suhyuk soon lay on the bed after turning off the light .
It was quiet . Only ticking sound of the watch and Suhyuk’s breathing sound were heard .
He fell to sleep like that before he knew it .
“Did you come?”
Suhyuk nodded his head calmly .
A world of white .
A man walking toward him from the far distance .
The moment Suhyuk felt it was only a dream, he greeted the man gladly .
When the man in a surgical gown approached, he cast a long shadow that reached the tiptoes of his feet feet .
Looking at his eyelids, Suhyuk opened his mouth .
It was strange, though . Though he said, he could not have his voice heard .
‘Prof . Jung Jisuk . Are you him, sir?’
That moment the man who watched Suhyuk’s lips made a good smile .
“Are you leaving now? You’ve made a great sacrifice here . But you’re now starting a new journey, right?”
At his remarks, Suhyuk shook his head and said,
‘I just start a journey chasing my dream . ’
As if he was proud of Suhyuk, the man nodded his head slowly .
‘By the way, Prof . Jung Jisuk…’
Suhyuk could not think any more because something surprising was happening before his eyes .
A white fog was coming out of the professor’s hand, and it slowly started to make a human figure . Soon it began to reveal its identity fully, and Suhyuk had no choice but to be stunned .
There was the same self of him when he was young, who resembled him exactly, was holding the man’s hand . This another Suhyuk was making an annoying expression, but he looked like a child before him . It looked as if he shaked off the man’s hands and dashed toward him . But he couldn’t because the man held him tightly .
“This is all I could do for you,” said the man .
He looked at the young Suhyuk he was holding tightly and then turned his eyes at Suhyuk .
He didn’t say any words, and that was very brief .
He turned back and began walking .
The young Suhyuk resisted following him, but could not help being dragged along .
On the contrary, the man in a surgical gown looked as peaceful as ever .
Suhyuk reached out his hand quickly to get hold of him, but failed .
The man had already disappeared .
The ticking sound of the watch woke him up .
It’s 4am .
He had fallen asleep before he knew it . Though he slept a little, he felt unusually great .
Rising from the bed, Suhyuk put his white gown on the hanger .
It was time he would leave the place .
Who said time flies like an arrow?
One season passed quickly, and Suhyuk could not be seen any more at Daehan Hospital .
Still there were many patients visiting the hospital .
It was where Suhyuk, the Nobel Prize winner, once worked .
Patients felt it regrettable not to see him any more . It was only natural that they wanted to be taken care of by a famous doctor like Suhyuk . Nonetheless, there were many talented doctors at Dahan’s . They just did their best to see and treat the patients .
Among them was a doctor who had an unusual high voice tone .
He was none other than Park Sungjae .
Park was touching the foreheads of interns as if he didn’t like their performance .
‘You guys are troublemakers…’
Soon Park opened his mouth,
“I told you to gather by 2am, right?”
Then he went up to a female intern, saying
“You set the alarm, but it didn’t buzz? You did have a sound sleep, right?”
Shaking his head, Park’s eyes met another intern’s for the last time . As the intern came intern came on time, he was confident .
“You didn’t do anything good, either, dude . You alone came here on time . Good! So, you expected me to praise you for that? No way . You should have brought them here the moment you found your fellow interns were not here . ”
Letting out a long sigh, Park looked at the interns who now stepped back, scared at him .
“You guys said you wanted to be a doctor like Lee Suhyuk, right?”
“Did you see him?”
“Yes, I saw him during the medical college days . ”
Suhyuk once gave a lecture to the medical students at the request of his alma mater .
“There is a rumor that he didn’t sleep much even during his internship . Actually I’ve never seen him nodding off when he worked with me . When I came to work early in the morning, he was already in his office looking at the charts and beside the patient . What about you? You are saying Dr . Lee is your icon? Respect him? Never say that wherever you go . Each of your behavior will stain his name and honor . Anyone who doesn’t work hard enough doesn’t have qualification to even mention his name,” said Park .
“I’m sorry, sir .
“Did you attend his marriage ceremony?”
At Park’s sudden asking, the interns blinked their eyes .
“I mean, Dr . Lee Suhyuk’s marriage ceremony . ”
“No, sir . ”
Park shook his head, disappointed .
To him, they were just smooth talker even though they respected Dr . Lee, chasing after and looking up at Dr . Lee’s fame alone without any consideration .
He felt that they needed some sort of tight discipline .
“You guys, just keep thinking ‘I’m not the person of what I am supposed to be’ for the next one month . ”
It was a place where shally villas were located here and there .
Though it was early in the morning, the atmosphere was eerie around the cracked buildings with peeled-off paints . There was a big mountain behind . Actually the place was crowded with many shabby houses with the winding steps . The houses were located face to face, and the gap between them was narrow like an alley .
Tweet, tweet, tweet .
Some sparrows flying over the area perched on the electric cords of the utility poles .
Then the sparrows suddenly flew away at the walking sound of a human being .
It was an old woman in her late 60s, who wiped sweats from her face, looking at a building .
“It’s true they’re accepting patients there!”
A thick shape of cross in green that was painted at the entrance of the building .
It was a hospital .
The people in the neighborhood, watching lots of interior renovation work, boasted that whatever business they started, they would go to ruin .
Actually many start-up business were ruined like that, including a chicken shop, clothing shop, etc . Whenever they opened a store near the building, they would soon close their shops and left because of the poor location . It was a place where most of the residents were poor .
Even though they were sick, most of them didn’t visit the didn’t visit the hospital to save money .
A new hospital was open in such a situation .
Some said as they’re smart, the doctors would find out the realities belatedly and change their mind not to open the hospital .
Despite that, the hospital was opened today!
“Good for me,” said the old woman .
She didn’t go to a faraway hospital for physical therapy .
She went into the hospital slowly .
The hallway was long, contrary to her expectation .
As the building was big, its hallway was naturally long, she thought while walking on .
She saw various paintings on the wall while she passed by .
Then she heard a woman’s voice in front of her .
“Yes, we’re looking for experienced personnel who can get down to work right away . You said you have two years of experience? Okay, then . When are you available?”
At the moment the woman talking at the front desk found her .
“I’ve a new patient here . Can I call you back in a minute? Thanks . ”
Putting down the phone, she smiled brightly at the old woman .
She was the first patient of the day .
Coming out of the front desk, she made a polite bow to the woman .
“Hello, grandman . What pain brought you here?”
At her asking the woman looked around .
She felt as if she was in a big hospital . The TV set was huge and there were many chairs in the waiting room . It was clean more than anything else . But there was no patient around .
“Have you not opened yet?”
She shook her head lightly . Then her nameplate glittered at the sunlight .
“There are no patients yet because it’s not yet the business hour . Today is the first day our hospital opens . The nurses will be here soon . ”
Hana was not a nurse . She was supposed to take care of simple tasks and accounting .
“Oh, I got here too early . Can I take a seat over there and wait?”
As it turned out, it was not yet even 8am .
Hana made a smile, saying,
“No, you can see the doctor now . He is here . ”
“Oh, I’m so sorry . . . Thanks . My back is terrible, so I want some physical therapy . ”
Hana showed a worried expression, saying,
“Ooops… do you feel only physical therapy would do?”
“Uh? When I visited a big hospital, they wanted to take something like an MRI . But it’s too expensive, so I want only therapy…”
“Well, you can pay only 10,000 won for it here . You might have it taken for 1,000 won if you’re talking to the doctor well,” said Hana .
The woman laughed merrily .
After all, this is not the place like a traditional market where all kinds of bargaining was made .
Then the door of the examination room opened, and appeared a doctor in a white gown .
The woman’s eyes were widening gradually at him .
She saw him a lot on the TV news that said he received some great award . Wasn’t he the same doctor?
“Come on in!”
Greeting her gladly, Suhyuk made a bright smile .