“I was running a test in here!” says Dutton. “The air’s thick with Andromeda. Experiment with your own life, damn it!”
“We won’t do it, Charlie. Take it easy,” says Stone.
“I know I’m close,” says Hall. “I’m sure it has something to do with blood chemistry and breathing.”
On the monitor, Karen Anson and the crying baby appear. “Dr. Hall…” says Anson. “May I feed the baby now, Dr. Hall? He’s been crying steadily for…”
“That’s what I want,” says Hall. “Keep him crying and run another blood value on him. Get his pH measurements.”
Anson slams the bottle down on the gurney, “Yes, Doctor!” shouts Anson.
“With all the yelling, blowing off carbon dioxide, the kid should have too little acid,” says Hall. “Alkaotic. A blood condition just the opposite from the old man. Too much alkali.”
“Well, what good does that do Dutton?” asks Stone.
“Karen, where is the blood test!” shouts Hall.
“It’s coming through now, on your console,” says Anson.
Jackson pokes his head up in front of the TV camera. “Hell of a way to run a hospital!” says Jackson.
On the monitor:
SUBJECT CODED > INFANT <
RECODED > MANUEL <
TEST NORMAL VALUE
——– ————– ———–
BLOOD PH 7.40 7.43
“Just what you expected,” says Stone. “Opposite blood chemistries, the baby and the old man.”
“One of them should be a dead opposite,” says Hall.
“But he’s not,” says Stone.
“There must be a connection!” says Hall, pounding his fist on the console.
“They both stayed alive at Piedmont – -” says Hall.