"Alright, patient, 456, let's see how you're doing." Said the Nurse as she put her clipboard down and raised her hands, her palms facing a confused-looking girl. The girl nodded and took a deep breath before starting to sing.
"Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker's man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it and prick it and mark it with B. Put it in the oven for baby and me." Sang the girl as she clapped her hands against the Nurse's outstretched ones.
"Hmmm," mumbled the Nurse. "Function seems normal."
"Function?" Asked the girl with confusion.
"Don't worry your pretty little head about it," smiled the Nurse as she produced an unwrapped candy from her pocket and pushed it into the girl's mouth. "Everything is okay!"
The girl gagged a little bit before starting to reflexively suck the candy. It tasted weird, but she didn't spit it out. In fact, she couldn't seem to make her lips do it.
"Good, let's try with increased dosage," smiled the Nurse as the patient started to sway a little. The Nurse lifted her hands once more and smiled. "Begin."
"Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker's man," started the girl, her first attempt at a clap missing the Nurse's hand by a mile. "Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it and prick it and mark it with a. Ummm," mumbled the girl, her eyes crossing for a moment. "B? B, right? Mark it with a B. Put it in the oven for baby and me!" She added before nodding, almost like she was trying to convince herself she was right.
"Interesting," nodded the Nurse as she picked up her clipboard and looked over some notes. "It is having an effect. But I think a higher dosage is needed."
"Higher dosage?" Mumbled the girl. However, before another word could come out, the Nurse produced another candy from her pocket and forced it between the girl's lips. The girl started to suck away at the candy without thinking. Her eyelids fluttered as a strange, almost acidic taste coated her tongue.
Once she finished sucking, the Nurse smiled at her. "Let's try again, okay?"
"Umm," groaned the girl, now clearly swaying from side to side. "Sure. Okay," she slurred. The Nurse raised her hands, and the girl swung her palm towards one of them, nearly falling out of her chair as she did.
"Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker's man. Bake me a cake as," said the girl before trailing off. She sat in silence for a few seconds before quickly starting again. "Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker's man," she slurred, only to once again trail off.
"What is wrong?" Asked the Nurse. "Are you struggling?" She added as a smug grin formed on her face.
"What comes next?" Asked the girl, only for the Nurse to drop another candy into her open mouth, forcing the girl to stop talking as she once again sucked on the strange treat.
"Nothing to worry yourself about." Smiled the Nurse. "How is the candy?"
"My head feels fuzzy," gurgled the girl.
"Good," nodded the Nurse. "What is your name?"
"I," said the girl as her eyes crossed. She wrinkled her forehead for a few seconds, obviously trying to focus on her thoughts. "I don't know."
"That's okay," replied the Nurse. "You're patient 456."
"Patient, four five," started the girl, only to trail off.
"Don't worry. Here," smiled the Nurse as she pulled a sticker from her clipboard and stuck it to the girl's chest. "Now, everyone will remember your name."
"But, I don't remember," started the girl, only for the Nurse to raise her hands again.
"Let's try again." She said firmly, causing the girl to instantly stop trying to speak. The girl tried to clap hands with the Nurse, but her swaying mixed with her clumsy movements meant she didn't even come close.
"Pat. Pat. Pat," mumbled the girl as her eyes crossed. "Patta. Pitter. Pappa? Dadda? I. I a." She continued, her mouth dropping open as she spoke.
"Yes?" Asked the Nurse with a smile.
"I forgot." Mumbled the girl. "Who are you?" She slurred.
"I'm your best friend and caretaker," nodded the Nurse. "We're going to be good friends. You're patient 456."
"I," slurred the girl as her head slumped forward. "Me sleepy. I don't know."
"I know you are." Chuckled the Nurse. "You rest a while, and we'll continue later," she said before picking up her clipboard and walking out of the room.