“If the old soldier missed his insulin treatment, he’d go into acidosis, the same as Jackson on Sterno,” says Hall. “I’ll bet Leavitt finds no growth on some of the blood cultures.”
“What’s wrong with the baby’s blood?” asks Dutton.
“Nothing,” replies Hall. “So far.”
“Then you’re back where you started,” says Stone.
“No,” says Hall. “Somehow, they’re all interrelated. I’ll have the answer when I know why sixty-nine year old Sterno drinker with an ulcer is like a normal, six-month old baby.”
Leavitt enters the conference room.
“Did you get any no-growth readouts on the blood samples?” asks Hall.
“No, but I’m not finished yet,” says Leavitt.
“You told me you’d be finished by conference time,” says Stone.
“Well, I’ve decided to play part of it back,” replies Leavitt.
“What for?” asks Hall. “The first time around should be enough to-“
“Knock it off, Hall!” shouts Leavitt.
“Wait, wait,” says Stone. “We’re all tired. Tired people make mistakes. We draw wrong conclusions, we drop things. That mustn’t happen. Starting now, I want the team to get six hours sleep out of every twenty-four.”