Pops His Pill Scene 4

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SCENE 4: CALEB IS NOT NURSE PAM

INT. ASHTON’S NURSING HOME ROOM-NIGHT

Ashton stands naked at his bathroom as he waits for Nurse Pam to step inside and clean him up. The door opens. Ashton closed his eyes, anticipating the rough wash cloths that Nurse Pam usually use which hurts his skin. Suddenly he felt a softer warmer fabric, he turned around, it was the student nurse Caleb.

CALEB

Hello Mister Ashton, I’m Caleb,

your Student nurse tonight.

Sorry to keep you waiting,

I just got tied up with the other

residents.

ASHTON

Huh?

CALEB

Mister Ashton let me finish

cleaning you up first so

you’ll feel much better.

I’m going to apply a moisturizing

ointment because it seems

you’re having some diaper

rash. If it stings let me know,

I’ll apply it more slowly.

Ashton closed his eyes as Caleb applies the lotion around his pubic region. Caleb continued using couple of wash cloths to clean Ashton’s legs, chest and face. He then helps Ashton with his diaper, and pajama tops and bottoms. They both step outside the bathroom. Caleb fixes Ashton’s bed.

ASHTON

So you’re a student Nurse,

that means you want to be a Nurse?

CALEB

Geriatric Nurse Mister Ashton.

ASHTON

Ashton, call me Ashton.

CALEB

Of course Ashton.

ASHTON

Why geriatric nursing? Don’t

you get tired of taking care

and looking at

old people? They said

Nursing saves lives,

but what lives can you save?

We’re all here, waiting to die.

CALEB

Ashton…

ASHTON

Why? that’s true. You might

not get it right now

because you’re young,

when you get to my age,

you’ll realize how cruel

time is. So, Caleb, how old

are you?

CALEB

20.

ASHTON

Do you know how old

I am?

CALEB

Happy Birthday, belated.

I studied your records.

That’s why I knew that

you recently just turned 90.

ASHTON

Thank you. I actually

stopped counting,

decades ago.

CALEB

Ashton, can I ask you

something?

ASHTON

Anything.

CALEB

Why am I nervous

right now?

ASHTON

Nervous?

CALEB

This is a really weird

feeling. Can you hear

my heart beat?

Before Ashton can even say something, Caleb puts his chest next to Ashton’s ears.

ASHTON

Have you eaten?

CALEB

I’m not hungry.

(Suddenly his stomach

growled)

ASHTON

Would you like this?

(Hands Caleb a pink

cupcake from his bedside drawer)

It’s good. Olive my best

friend here, brought it for me.

CALEB

(Takes the pink cupcake)

Thanks. I think Ashton

I’m nervous because

you’re giving me a reason

to be nervous.

ASHTON

I can’t even wipe my

own butt. That’s my

everyday reality.

And everything from

there gets really tough.

Look at me Caleb,

why should you be nervous

around me? I’m just an old man.

CALEB

Mister Ashton…

ASHTON

Ashton…

CALEB

Ashton, you’re giving me

an experience of a lifetime.

Everything that I’m

learning and experiencing

from this rotation will help me

become a better nurse,

a kinder nurse.

Right now, you’re the one

sitting at that Nursing home

bed, but someday,

I’ll be sitting on the same

bed, looking straight at the

eyes of a nursing student,

with one question in my mind,

will he be kind when he wipe

my butt? (A tear fell at

his eye)

Caleb divided the pink cupcake and gave the other half to Ashton. They stared at each other as they silently ate their cupcakes.