Patient eloped yesterday. Late-stage liver disease. Didn't want to be here.
I get paged today by the nurse's station. I walk over there and one of the nurses hands me her cell phone.
"Huh? Who is this?"
"Just say hello."
It was another one of the nurses on our unit. On her lunch break.
"I found that guy who eloped yesterday."
"You found him? What do you mean you found him?"
"He's passed out, in the alley behind [the liquor store three blocks from the hospital]. I saw him, recognized him. The owner was about to call the cops."
"So he's coming back."
"Yeah, he's coming back."
I hung up the phone.
Did not cross my mind until later to wonder why the nurse was hanging out in the alley behind the liquor store during her lunch break, but, hey, I'm sure she had a good reason.