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I have no idea why I am still here right now. My shift ended ten minutes ago and they just keep asking me to help. Oh finally, someone came in from their smoke break, I am leaving and never coming back. Oh, shoot! I’m glad I am getting out of here, that guy’s face is pretty much burnt off and showing his jaw implant. Sorry, my name is Hannah, I am a nurse at Evangelical Hospital in the intensive care unit. I see everything in there, trach tubes, intubations, and the number of monitors is insane to the average person. On top of that, this is the worst drought in California. People all over have resorted to up and moving everything they have because they can’t support themselves here. I, as essential personnel, do not have that luxury. I have to stay here and make all the sick people who decided to stay here a little better. I hate these computers here at work too, they run like a turtle and it takes me thirty minutes of my shift just to clock in and out. Personally, the government doesn’t need to know that my dog’s name is Brownie, or that my dad’s middle name is Jefferson. On my way home to my beach-side housing, I blare Taylor Swift and try to stay awake after my twelve-hour shift as I just want to sleep and have my boyfriend, Ben, make me something to eat. I get in the door, and he doesn’t even move…rude. Then I vaguely see why, he is infatuated in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” on his MacBook. I’ve never understood the fad of MacBooks, they’re the same thing as a PC, but run off of Google products. Suddenly there was a vibration in my pocket, as I answered, wish I never had. “Hey Ben, I have to head back to work, some emerging virus is making a lot of people sick”, I said. There was no answer, but I left anyway.
Upon returning to work, it was chaos, metal pieces were randomly everywhere and every patient was extremely agitated. I know I said I don’t like the government, but I immediately reported this to the CDC to get some reinforcements down here. Just after I finished up the report, all computers simultaneously shut down creating a reaction in every patient on the floor. I found this to be very strange. As a nurse, I don’t do many diagnostic examinations, but I could see that these metallic patients were somehow here because of technology. Their eyes became blue, presented with a fever, metal radiated with a starting point in the head, controlling neurological functions to behave robot-like with stiff movements. I mean, it was like I was in the future with the amount of technology I was surrounded by. Like were these men and women going to turn into some rendition of Iron Man? Okay, that would kind of be cool, but seriously, these people were out of control! I soon overhear the IT department collaborating with the military that was sent to help. Something about “military-grade hacking”, so now that they know our patients are here, they shut everything down so we can’t effectively help them. Great, just great. Abruptly, my colleagues start falling and seizing one after the other. I confronted the military personnel, “What the hell is happening to my team?”, he responded unfazed, “Well were they here when all of the computers went out?”. I nodded and he reached for his walkie-talkie, radioing in saying that the virus affects more than those they hit. What did they mean by ‘people they hit’? Why am I not affected? “Sir why am I not like them?”, I said, “Are those prescriptions?”, “No, I spend the entire day charting on a computer screen. They are blue-light glasses to limit tension headaches and migraines,”. And that is where my life was inevitably saved. “Yes ma’am, the virus has been reported to affect those who were in our experimental computer hacking prevention system, but it seems that it has gone out to every computer that shut down during our trial.”, the man said. I knew the government had their hands all over this… all they ever want is human demise in exchange for profit. After receiving more information, the man revealed that this was state-wide. They knew that California was in a drought and that this would be the best place for a computer virus. Hearing that, my stomach dropped, Ben was watching his movie as the computers went down, and he was acting funny before I even left.
I had to get out of the hospital, I ran and ran, almost falling downstairs an embarrassing number of times. Breaking every speed limit and traffic law there was to get home was the only chance I had to get to Ben as fast as possible. I smelled the faint burning scent that I hoped I left at the hospital. When I found him, his face was half melted off, his eyes were completely blue like the depths of the ocean. He usually had ocean blue eyes, but in a better way, and only as his iris. I had to get him into the car and to the hospital. Once we got there, I saw an open bed and fought another person off for it because I needed him. The ocean… the whole reason why the government tried this virus here was because there was a drought, and people’s eyes turned blue from the blue light emitted from computer screens. I quickly picked up Ben (he’s lucky I went to the gym), and sprinted out to my car. I needed a place to completely submerge him at this point. AH! We only lived ten minutes away from the hospital and the beach was right outside our house, and right under my nose, this entire time! Quickly, we made it to the vast ocean outside of our house. After leaving him in the waves for what felt like forever, his body returned to its original limp state after being stiff for so long. After these results I had him help me to get as much water as possible to all of the patients in the hospital. Once they came down most of the way, IV solutions were pumped into everyone. Everyone exhibited a full recovery just as they would with a normal viral infection. As the government wrapped up their human lab rat experiment, I made sure to get at least four new pairs of blue-light glasses for Ben and me.
Evangelical Hospital, Lewisburg, PA, and 928 S Crossbow Ln #4, Anaheim, CA 92804 found on Zillow
In this hospital, every floor is organized the same way, giving some familiarity between the floors. The cool tones and blue, grey, and white line the halls as nurses run up and down to answer call bells. This is the hospital that I work at when I am home; therefore, I chose it because I know both its room structure and building layout. As far as the house, I wanted to set the scene in California and looked for a 2-bed house because I wouldn’t get anything above that for just me and my boyfriend.
Ipl.org. “Meredith Greys Anatomy Character Analysis.” Essays, Research Papers, Term Papers, 19 Feb. 2021, www.ipl.org/essay/Meredith-Greys-Anatomy-Character-Analysis-PJACXSNMGZT.
Meredith Grey is a twisted character with dark humor. I would want her to act out my part just because we both get the medical setting and we both have very sarcastic attitudes towards life. While her rank of doctor is a bit above a nurse, I still think she plays a vital role in the show Grey’s Anatomy because she gives life to the show’s dramatic plots. She hides a lot of her true emotions to get the job done, but this creates unhealthy coping mechanisms later in the show. She has a soft spot for her person Christina Yang whom she would do anything for. In this story, I would be the Meredith Grey character that would save her person (BEN) from the computer virus that infected him during the trial run of the virus. Additionally, there are plenty of tragic scenes in Grey’s Anatomy including plane crashes, shootings, etc and I feel confident that my story matches the feel of those types of episodes.
Zegzhda, Dmitry, et al. “Modelling Artificial Immunization Processes to Counter Cyberthreats.” Symmetry (Basel), vol. 13, no. 12, 2021, p. 2453, https://doi.org/10.3390/sym13122453.
In this article, it is theorized that we can start to prevent computer viruses with a vaccine substitute like humans get for varying illnesses. These mathematical processes try to strengthen the computer’s security system by providing symmetrical responses that neutralize attacks. This would create a stronger base to fight off cyber threats. In this story, I’ll use this concept as a malfunction of this system, which causes the deadly virus to transfer from computer to human. I based this off of animal-based diseases but transferred it to humans through fecal matter, food, etc.