Before I start my story, I am referring to the Saturday before Halloween, Oct. 27th, as Halloween Saturday. SO.... let’s back up a couple days from there to start. I was working Thursday afternoon when Laurie Rogers came in to check on her jewelry inventory. Laurie LOVES Halloween and she asked if it was OK for her to dress up for work on Halloween Saturday. I told her as long as it was appropriate, I didn’t care. Now, I was scheduled to work Halloween Saturday morning shift with Laurie. And I also had to work Friday so I did not have time to put a costume together. On Saturday morning I grabbed the only thing I could think of.... some scrubs and a stethoscope and went as a nurse. Nothing original or outside the box about that since I am/was a nurse.... but it was better than nothing. I go to work, I get there first. In comes Laurie...dressed as Laurie. No costume, no nothing. Zippo. I was going to go home and change but she said no and insisted that she could come up with something. With some toilet paper, a red marker, ketchup, and eye make-up, we turned her into my patient. But we couldn’t just stop there, we took pictures (when there wasn’t any customers around).
And here’s our story: Saturday morning Laurie Rogers, an artist at The Blue Door, was found bleeding and lying in the alley. Reliable sources report last seeing Laurie around 3:30 A.M. carrying a plain brown bag, possibly containing a bottle of some type. Rumor has it that she was stumbling through the alley when she tripped on a knitting needle, but that has not been confirmed by the authorities. Jan Boucher, RN, owner of The Blue Door, discovered Rogers on her way into work. Boucher managed to get the bleeding under control using a role of toilet paper that was conveniently laying nearby, pretty sure it was clean. However, Rogers heart arrested and Boucher performed CPR, bringing Rogers back from the brink of death. Boucher then managed to drag Rogers further out in the alley and yelled for help. Blue Door artists Debi Lorenson and Karla Cosand came to help. Cosand was so hysterical that she wasn’t much help but Lorenson did have the sense to call 911 after she recovered from passing out at the sight of the blood. Rogers was admitted to an area hospital with head and arm wounds (after working her shift at The Blue Door). She is expected to recover and be back to work by Nov. 17th, just in time for the Holiday Open House at The Blue Door.