Sickbay - Cadet Katherine Hobbes Check in

Posted Sept. 25, 2021, 10:26 p.m. by Cadet Katherine (Katie) Hobbes (Engineer) (S. Kimmel)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Ven Miya (Chief Medical Officer) in Sickbay - Cadet Katherine Hobbes Check in

Posted by Cadet Katherine (Katie) Hobbes (Engineer) in Sickbay - Cadet Katherine Hobbes Check in

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Ven Miya (Chief Medical Officer) in Sickbay - Cadet Katherine Hobbes Check in
Posted by… suppressed (5) by the Post Ghost! 👻
Katie smiled and took her PADD from the Bajoran woman and set it on the small table next to the biobed. After a slight nod in the general direction of the Bolian, Katie sat on the biobed, rotated her legs and laid down. A second later she frowned.

“Lieutenant Ven Miya… not Doctor Ven Miya,” Katie said. She rolled onto her side to look at the CMO more closely. “Are you a doctor or are you, perhaps, a holographic physician program? Not that it makes much or even any difference. But if you’re a hologram, you’re probably the best one I’ve ever seen.”

=/\= Cadet Katherine Hobbes, Engineer

Miya couldn’t help it: she laughed. Nobody had ever asked her that before! Though it was a fitting question from an engineering cadet, she had to admit.

“Well, if I was a hologram, I’d be flattered - but, sadly, no, I’m just a doctor. Technically, I suppose it’s Lieutenant Doctor Ven Miya, but who has time to say all of that? Not me!” She input the cadet’s name into her PADD and sent the information to the biobed so it could scan the young woman and calibrate her medical details, then compare them to her Academy baseline. “Would you mind lying on your back, please? It’ll allow for a more accurate scan.”

Depending on how much information was held about the cadet in Starfleet’s medical records, it could take a short while for the results to come through. Miya glanced from her PADD to the cadet. “So what are you looking forward to most about being aboard the Challenger?”

(OOC: I’ve had a look at Katie’s bio - she’s had an interesting life already, for sure! Are there any major changes likely to have happened between this scan and what’s in her bio? Also, is there anything you’d like Miya to pick up on during this exam - like her injured hand, or her liver damage? Just let me know and I’ll bring it up in character, so we can talk about it!)

[Lieutenant Doctor Ven Miya, non-holographic CMO]

OOC: No major changes, though if you’d like to pick up something from Katie’s task in the sanitary waste treatment plant on the starbase that would be fine. The hand is a minor issue; the small finger can’t her palm. Some appropriate advice about her alcohol consumption would be appropriate… assuming they actually consume ethanol on the ship and not some synthanol. She’s not so far gone as to have serious liver damage but…

“Of course, Doctor,” Katie said. She laid flat on her back with her hands at her side. What did she look forward to the most about this assignment? Though she hadn’t given it a great deal of thought, the answer popped into her head. Two answers actually. “On one level, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a real warp drive. The simulators must be pretty good but the real thing must be better. On another level, I’m looking forward to working with new people; new species. That sort of thing. Like you, for example. You’re the first Bajoran… you are Bajoran aren’t you?… I’ve ever had a conversation with.”

=/\= Cadet Katherine Hobbes, Engineer

OOC: I note near the top of this thread that there was a post “suppressed (1) by the Post Ghost. What is that all about?

(OOC: well spotted! The Post Ghost automatically hides some of the posting information at the top of the thread - character names and the like - so it doesn’t become too long. You’ll also see <snip> starting to appear in threads when they get bigger - that’s to show someone has removed one or two posts to avoid the thread turning into a Scroll of Doom (TM). A good rule of thumb, according to my first DH, was to look at the arrows at the beginning of each post and snip posts which had more than three or four arrows at the start - for example, there’s five arrows here: >>>The doorway to Challenger’s sickbay slid open as Katie stepped toward it … so we might want to snip that post. However, there’s only two of us in this thread, so we can let it get a little longer before starting to snip! When you get lots of people in a thread, though, as quite often happens in main sims, the rule of thumb is to try to leave at least one post from each character so people can get an idea of what’s going on without having to hunt down previous posts. Next time you post in this thread, feel free to snip the first couple of posts and add <snip> to show you’ve done it! And if you forget … that’s what the edit button is there for! ;-) It’s saved me so many times. Also, thanks for the helpful info about Katie’s health - I’ll add it into this post!)

Miya listened to the cadet, her head tilted to one side as she took in her excitement about being aboard the Challenger; at the same time, she was scanning the information now scrolling up on the biobed’s screen and comparing it with the benchmark data from Starfleet Academy.

“Yes - I’m Bajoran,” she replied with a smile. “A long way from home, but then, so are a lot of us aboard the Challenger. You’ll have plenty of chances to work with different species here and I’m sure you’ll get your hands on the warp drive too, though I’d recommend speaking to Lieutenant Stadi to get permission first!” She knew the cadet would have checked in with her department head first, so she wouldn’t have to explain his rank, at least.

Some anomalies on the scan made her pause the biobed’s report; she put down her PADD, picked up a medical tricorder and started to move it over the cadet’s abdomen, pausing briefly to read the results. “I know this is going to sound strange, but … have you been in contact with sewage recently, Katherine? Raw sewage, in particular?” Miya’s brow furrowed as she checked the tricorder again, but no, the results were the same. Some unusual coliforms were showing in the cadet’s gut - not in concentrations high enough to cause problems, at least not yet, but Miya was perturbed about how the young woman had contracted the bacteria.

[Lieutenant JG Ven Miya, CMO]

Katie grimaced and took a deep breath. Of course, she thought. Lousy starbase assignment. Lousy environment suit. Lousy sonic shower. There was nothing to do about it but admit everything.

“Ah. E. Coli. Its the best. I could say ‘I’ve been swimming in raw sewage and I love it” but I don’t so I won’t,” Katie said. She shook her head. “I had to do some maintenance work on the Starbase sanitary waste treatment unit just before I came to Challenger. Apparently my isolation equipment was substandard. I did three rounds in the sonic shower before I disembarked. So, Doctor. I assume this doesn’t mean that life expectancy just dropped from 55 years Martian to 13.”

=/\= Cadet Katherine (Katie) Hobbes, Engineer

Miya listened, nodding occasionally as the cadet told her story. Her fingers danced over her PADD as she double-checked drug doses and considered a treatment plan. “No, your life expectancy is going to stay just as it should be - but the bacterium isn’t actually E. coli,” she added with an amused smile at the cadet’s guess. “If it was, you’d know by now as E. coli is quite fast-acting. It’s citrobacter, which in adults tends to affect people who are immunocompromised. You’re in good physical health so it hasn’t given you any symptoms - yet - but we don’t want to store up potential difficulties for the future.”

Half-turning to the workbench alongside the biobed, she started to prepare a hypospray. “I’ll give you a shot of antibiotics which will take care of the coliform, but it may also affect the good bacteria in your gut. I’d like you to return to sickbay tomorrow afternoon for another shot that’ll help to re-establish your intestinal flora.” Miya offered the cadet a look of sympathy. “I’m sorry for the return visit so quickly, but I want to make sure we squash this bug before it can build up. You’re in good health now and we want you to stay that way!”

Returning with the hypospray, she prepared to inject it into the cadet’s neck. “So, Katherine,” Miya sought to distract her, “tell me how you found studying at Starfleet Academy. It’s very different to life aboard the Challenger, as you’ve probably realised by now!”

(OOC: sorry for contradicting Katie, but I’d already found a coliform which worked for this scenario! I’ll pick up on the liver issue in my next post. ;-) You may notice that I’ve also snipped the first couple of posts in this thread - feel free to <snip> some more when you reply!)

[Lieutenant JG Ven Miya, CMO]

OOC: No need to apologise. Anyone who expects a cadet engineer to know their microbiology as well as a physician is in for a rude surprise.

“The academy was a lot harder and a lot more fun than school at the Arcology… that was my school on Mars,” Katie said as she felt the hypospray on her neck. “Is this the point where I’m suppose to shriek in pain at the injection. I’ve been told I have a very good shriek. Given the number of injections I had to get before I could attend the Academy on Earth… a veritable cesspool of pathogens compared to Mars… ”

Katie stopped talking. She was babbling again and she sense that it passed time to be quiet. For a change.

“I’m sorry. You may have noticed that sometimes I have a tendency to talk too much,” Katie said. She took another deep breath. “Like now.”

=/\= Cadet Katherine (Katie) Hobbes, Engineer

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