Sickbay - Cadet Starr boarding exam

Posted Aug. 27, 2018, 6:29 a.m. by Cadet Simon Starr (Security Officer) (Ben Simons)

Posted by Cadet Alex Winters (Doctor) in Sickbay - Cadet Starr boarding exam

Posted by Cadet Simon Starr (Security Officer) in Sickbay - Cadet Starr boarding exam

Posted by Cadet Alex Winters (Doctor) in Sickbay - Cadet Starr boarding exam
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“Just based on the fact that you’re sitting here wearing a security uniform, I’m going to assume you aced your most recent PFT, and are in good physical health, overall.”

“With flying colours” he replied, with a smile. “Probably the only department to actually enjoy them as well” he added.

She pointed at the console behind her. “Don’t worry. If I’m wrong, we’ll know soon enough. The algorithms are pretty good at spotting minute irregularities in repetitive data patterns such as heart rythm and breathing rates, these days. Also, if you have any significant medical history, it’s probably already in your file.” She gave him a small smile. “But in the interest of getting you out of here with a clean bill of health before I can do anything to intimidate you, is there something in particular I should know? Have you had surgery in the past? Major injuries or ilnesses? Near-death experiences? Dismemberment?”

Cadet Alex Winters

“Nothing out of the ordinary, just a couple of broken bones.” He mentioned, it was at this point the tricorder picked up an irregularity. There was some sort of blood flow restriction to his left hand. Confirmed when Simon clenched his fist on his left hand to get the blood circulation going again, similar to a numbing sensation in the hand at the time. “Oh, and sometimes blood flow problems, but they usually pass pretty quickly, always to the left hand, and no-one has ever figured out why… I’ve always said at least I’m right handed…” he joked.

Cadet Simon Starr

Alex nodded, and then systematically moved down her mental checklist of things to verify during a standard boarding physical, as she continued to move the tricorder’s probe across the Cadet’s body. His blood pressure and respiratory rate were within normal parameters, for someone of his age and general fitness level. The console flagged his resting heart rate as being on the low side of normal, but Alex knew not to worry about that. Physically fit people often had low resting heart rates. The device detected no abnormalities in blood composition or respiratory output, no lumps, aneurysms or soft tissue defects of any kind. There was a slight increase in bone density here and there, but that jibed perfectly with what the Cadet had said about the occasional break. The Cadet’s body appeared to be in perfect working order, except …

Alex frowned, and looked up from her tricorder at Simon. “I am indeed detecting a slight obstruction of the blood flow into your left hand. It’s almost subtle enough that it could simply be the result of natural variance in blood vessel width, but if it’s bothering you — and that thing you just did with your fist seems to suggest that it does, at least occasionally — then perhaps we should look into it more. Have you ever injured your left hand in any way?”

Cadet Alex Winters, Doctor

Starr looked down at his hand, realising he was clenching his fist, as if for the first time. He thought back some time “Well, when I was about 9 years old, there was a… minor accident. You’d be surprised how heavy hay-bales are, and well, as I was sitting down, one fell about 6 feet onto my left hand. Whether that is residual from that, I don’t know.” Looking at the scans in more detail, there is three blood vessels in particular that seem to be about an inch or so smaller than the rest.

“It could have been that, or as you said, just a natural thing” he shrugged.

Cadet Simon Starr

Alex nodded. “The incident you describe doesn’t sound like something that would have permanently damaged any blood vessels in your wrist, unless there was more to it than you’re saying. Was your wrist swollen or discolored for any appreciable amount of time afterwards? Did you or do you ever notice any decrease in mobility or sensation in that arm?”

“Not that I remember” Simon said, thinking back to the incident. “I mean, I was young, so I can’t say how long it lasted, as everything seems to feel like forever at that age” he said. “But it may have been trapped there for a few minutes before someone was able to come and help”.

She moved the tricorder probe over the offending wrist once more, and frowned almost imperceptibly. “I’m not seeing anything obvious, except a few blood vessels that seem a bit narrower than they probably should be. It doesn’t strike me as anything particularly worrisome at this point. But if you like, we can do detailed magnetic resonance imaging. That will allow me to construct a holographic model of your wrist, which would give me better visibility. Perhaps I’ll see something then that isn’t obvious now.”

Cadet Winters, Doctor

“If you think that will help, I’m up for that.” Simon shrugged. “To be honest, it doesn’t happen too often, so if you think it needs to be checked, I’ll follow the doctors recommendation” he smiled.

Cadet Simon Starr

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