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side-sim: Post Goo Check-up

Posted Nov. 24, 2023, 8:38 a.m. by Lieutenant Helena Laursen (Helm/Nagivation Officer) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Lieutenant Rachel Grey (Chief Medical Officer) in side-sim: Post Goo Check-up

Posted by Lieutenant Helena Laursen (Helm/Nagivation Officer) in side-sim: Post Goo Check-up

Posted by Lieutenant Rachel Grey (Chief Medical Officer) in side-sim: Post Goo Check-up
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Rachel had opened her mouth to speak when Laursen came stumbling into her sickbay again, but every time she’d opened her mouth either the Captain or first officer had put in some acidic comment or something other unbecoming of Senior Staff. As they exchanged comments her hands slowly rose until she had two fully formed fists on her hips and an expression of pure annoyance “Laursen drop off some samples on the table there then get into decon and shower off, same goes for the rest. Spread the word, and I’ll have someone taking samples from each goo’ed crew” She looked Helena in the eye for a moment “You did well” He said with a slight smile, indicating support if just quietly “Then I want you back here for a checkup”

“Yes ma’am,” Helena walked over to the table and let one of the medical techs scoop goo off of her and then headed straight for the decon showers. She scrubbed until she was almost raw. Someone brought clean clothes for them all and after she’d dried off, she slipped them on and then very abruptly sat on one of the benches while the scanners and filters did their job. She was suddenly very tired. She wasn’t quite sure how long she sat there when one of the other officers tapped her on the shoulder. When she stood up, she knew something was wrong. She hurt and her muscles twinged. Grey was going to yell at her, but Helena honestly had no idea what she’d done. She’d been very careful, and now she was good and worried. She made her way back to sickbay, walked in, and laid down on an exam bed.

Laursen, pilot

Rachel had been working on one of the previous arrivals and almost missed Laursen’s arrival. She finished up, whispering words of encouragement to the recently deconned officer before moving on. She put on the mock stern expression which melted away when she approached, replaced with concern which was immediately replaced with professionalism. She didn’t search for her scanner, taking it out quickly and starting “You scrub down good Laursen?” She asked in her most usual voice.

Dr. Grey - CMO

“I scrubbed till my skin was raw and the hit water ran out.” It might have been funny if Helena wasn’t dead serious. She did not want to get sick or infected by anything from that monster. Helena was quiet a minute while Grey started the scan then decided she shouldn’t wait for Grey to ask. “I’m really tired, like physically, my muscles keep twitching, and it was really difficult to walk back up here.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel suppressed a frown at the pilot’s description “There’s good scrubbing and bad scrubbing Helena” She spoke in a low voice, gentle not chiding, she did not dislike the woman “Any specific place it hurts or twitches?” She asked.

Dr .Grey - CMO

The corner of Helena’s mouth twitched. “My apologies doctor. I exaggerated. I didn’t scrub quite that hard.” Helena thought about it. “My R
Rectus abdominis and erector spinae muscles both hurt and are twitching. It’s hard to stand or sit and my quadriceps are spamming. They are sore but not as painful.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel quirked an eyebrow “Didn’t take you for such a muscle fanatic” She said with a mildly amused tone “Most people just say back, stomach or thighs” She spoke as she refocused her scans on the afflicted areas.

Dr. Grey - CMO

“I’m not. When I started PT after I recovered, my therapist made me learn. He wanted me to be able to recognize exactly where I was having trouble or pain and be able to communicate that to him and my doctors,” Helena explained. “After this last bad episode I thought I better review it.”

Rachel smiled at that “Good enough for me, remind me to join you some time for your exercises, I’ve found that the Armory staff are the only ones worth joining but my schedule is a bit hectic. I could use you as an excuse”

Helena chuckled. “Any time, Doctor. I would welcome the company.” Helena was there to keep healthy, she had no desire to show off for anyone. She had a tendency to push herself, but not because of anyone’s opinion but her own.

The scans showed that her muscles seemed to have been put under extremes of contraction and retraction and the nerves couldn’t seem to decide which they should be ordering the muscles to do.

Laursen, pilot

bump for me

Rachel pocketed the scanner and went to a nearby cabinet and searched through the vials, deciding on one and returning, arming her hypo “I’m going to give you some muscle relaxant and pain relievers, just to give you some time to heal on your own” She put the hypo to the woman’s neck and injected. She then reached into the cabinet next to the bed and grabbed a pair of small cloth-like contraptions “I’m going to put these on the affected areas, it’ll warm and massage your muscles, You can use this to adjust the settings” She handed Helena a small device “When you feel a bit better you can start with stretches and walking but I’d like to keep you around for a while” It was a suggestion not a medical order, Rachel was aware that Laursen had an important job and her Pilot’s ego wouldn’t let a little pain stop her from flying.

She made a face at the feel of the hypo. They didn’t hurt but they just felt weird to her. She took the small device and nodded. “Thanks.” Helena heard the suggestion and decided to take it as an order. She was a hot shot pilot, but she really didn’t want to annoy the doctor. Besides the ship was in orbit for now and with the clean up going on on the bridge she would just be in the way. “I’m not going anywhere.” The pilot sighed, “I swear I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary today. The planet wasn’t that bad and we just walked. No climbing or anything.” She was concerned with this sudden second flare up. “I was hit with a lot of the goo. Could it be a reaction?”

“I’m thinking of getting you a little plaque, mark this as your own bed” She joked.

Dr. Grey - CMO

Helena laughed, “That would definitely give me a reputation wouldn’t it.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel nodded in agreement before answering her previous question “It could be, I still don’t have the analysis on the goo but I’ll test it against some samples see if this might be an allergenic response.”

Dr. Grey - CMO

Helena blew out a breath. “Not sure which I would prefer. Another flair up so soon or an allergic reaction to some alien innards.” She fiddled with the controller turning the heat up and slowing the massage.

She knew people weren’t too happy that she killed the thing, nor that she was following orders. Honestly, it was almost put od the net. She watched it kill the NE and come d@mn near to killing Conlon. Helena would have shot it anyway. Not like she had access to a taser. Of course that could have made it worse. Maybe it would have fed off the energy. She wasn’t sorry though. But now she was… sick? Injured? Something. She was sure she would be told she deserved whatever she got. Helena knew that sometimes it was just that way. She had been out here enough to know that ideals didn’t last forever.

She hoped Renault was handling the conflict with Grace well. He didn’t need a bigger ulcer. Helena of course found amusement in imagining Grace experiencing Renault’s disappointed and angry Commanding Officer side. She almost felt bad for Grace - almost.

Laursen, pilot

After some time of treating other patients and getting more goo gathered Rachel returned to Helena, pulling a chair and sitting down “How are you feeling?” She asked, clearly the question wasn’t only regarding her physical state.

Dr. Grey - CMO

Helena turned her head to look at Grey. “Physically? Fatigued. The medication and compresses helped withbthe pain, but Mentally?” Helena shrugged, “I’ve seen worse, but it was pretty brutal. Is Conlon gonna be okay?”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel cocked her head to one side as if thinking of the answer “The lad’ll be fine, just a wee scratch” She righted her head in an almost feline manner “Just having seen worse does not mean that it wasn’t bad, does it?” She asked.

Dr. Grey - CMO

If what happened to Conlon was a ‘wee scratch’, Helena was a mediocre pilot. But his medical privacy was not hers to breach. She was glad he would be okay.

The pilot blee out a breath. “No, no it does not. I certainly never want to come in contact with one of those things again. If we have any luck, that was the only one on the ship.” She would willingly shoot on sight if ordered to. “I’m certainly not going to try and capture one if there are.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel cocked her head at the pilot’s remarks “I believe that’s why we have armory personnel” She smiled at that “Looked like quite the beast, you did well Leftenant”

Dr. Grey - CMO

“Honestly, I’m sure my visual perception is a bit skewed given the amount of blood and body fluid and tissue that was everywhere. Especially after we turned the grav plating off.” Helena chuckled, “Thank you for that, doctor. Though I don’t think Cmdr Grace agrees with you.” Helena got on with most people on and off duty. She was pragmatic enough to know that wouldn’t always happen. It would be a shame to be at odds with the Cmdr though. Either way though, it wouldn’t affect her work ethic.

Laursen, pilot

“Hindsight is 20/20, Helena” Rachel said, She wasn’t exactly trying to be soothing but she did speak softer than she normally would “Did you know I originally trained for combat duty with UNEM, specifically trained as a Combat Medic for the new MACO teams. Part of our training is understanding that sometimes taking lives is necessary, Starfleet wants to be better and hopefully will continue to become better, but sometimes we need to pull the trigger. The Commander can be upset at what happened but not why it happened.”

Dr. Grey - CMO

“Thank you, Dr. Grey.” Helena knew that all too well. She smiled gratefully, “No I wasn’t aware of that. What made you switch to Star Fleet?” Helena didn’t know if the woman would share the reason, some things were personal, but she wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to try and get to know her better.

Laursen, pilot

Rachel tapped her foot on the floor twice “MACO’s won’t get embedded in starships for at least a decade or two and I wanted out here sooner” She looked around her Sickbay “Was always the plan though, military training after medical school followed by Starfleet and shipboard service.”

Dr. Grey -CMO

“I have heard there is a lot of push back about having MACOs on ships. That their philosophy is too different. I think it will be an excellent idea.” Helena nodded, “I trained with the Marine aviators. That was before they came up with the concept for the MACOs. It was a grueling but very exciting experience.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel pulled up a stool and sat down “That’s true, Starfleet wants to have the structure of a Military but run by common sense and science, but I think there should still be armed forces available, if we’ve learned anything since First Contact is that not every alien out there is friendly” She crossed her legs “You trained with the EDF or was it a nation-state aviator branch?” She asked out of genuine curiosity.

Dr. Grey - CMO

“Part of the EDF, but the squad I trained with had a history going back to the beginnings of the USMC. They wanted to get aviators up into space and wanted the Academy to train them. Academy commandant arranged a co-training program. 6 of us, three from each branch, went through the program the first year,” Helena told her.

Laursen, pilot

Rachel nodded “Won’t be long till all services on the planet are acclimated entirely for space, most of the pushback I’ve seen is from the old navies, think they’ll get relegated, which they should be of course” She shrugged “Perhaps the pointies had a point in delaying Starfleet from exploring” She said with a sigh.

Dr. Grey - CMO

“I think they should keep to their professed rules - Non-interference. I don’t expect them to advance us and teach us what we can discover ourselves, but they shouldn’t actively hinder us either.” Helena shrugged. “There will be a place for the navies, air forces, armies, marines, and Star Fleet moving forward. Commerce and trade and safety and security still have to be maintained planetside.”

Rachel chortled with amusement at Laursen’s statement “I guess we’ll find out once we start properly exploring, especially considering that rumored warp five stuff their working on back home”

Helena grinned. “That will be something to see.” Helena had been part of the design for the warp 4 drives. Well piloting them anyway. She had no idea how to design or theorize on new ship engines and energy output and what not, but she could test them. “I can’t wait to get behind the controls of one.”

“So other than working out with a lack of suitable partners, what do you do when you aren’t chiding careless pilots?” Helena grinned. This hadn’t been careless. She had no idea what caused it, but she didn’t mind making fun of herself.

Laursen, pilot

Rachel put on a pensive expression for a few moments “Hmm well I enjoy reading, every chance I get I have someone print out some recent medical journals” She looked back at Laursen “I dislike making notes and corrections on a computer or tablet, red or green pens on paper feel more real.”

Dr. Grey - CMO

It did not surprise Helena in the least bit that this quirky doctor corrected already published work. It just seemed to fit her personality. “When I was posted on Earth I used to write my parents hand written letters. I’m grateful for the ability to still write to them, but I miss pen and paper.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel nodded for a moment “Well I’ve got this thing back home, next time you want to send messages back home you can send a handwritten note, it prints it out using a little mechanical hand that copies the handwriting in the file sent. I use it to send my brother corrections to his work. I like to call it my extra homework.”

Dr. Grey - CMO

“That would be a treat for my parents, thank you.” Helena chuckled, “Older or younger brother? Mine’s younger. He’s a doctor.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel gave a rather smug smile at the question “Younger, by about 23 minutes” She cackled at that “He’s a scientist back on Earth, working with the Starfleet theoretical physics department” She explained “We also have a younger brother, ten years younger, still in school back in Aberdeen.”

Dr. Grey - CMO

Helena laughed. “My brother is 5 years younger than me. He just got back from a long range run outside the solar system. I missed him by 2 days when we left.”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel gave Helena a sympathetic smile “I’m the first Grey to leave Sol, my Twin Charles was slated for one of the Warp three research vessels back when we first joined but he got an offer on Earth”

Dr. Grey - CMO

“I don’t know what he will do now. I always thought he would continue with carpentry like our dad.” Helena shrugged. “He likes being a doctor.”

“So, what’s wrong with me, Doc?”

Laursen, pilot

Rachel shrugged “Just a minor case of extreme muscle contraction” The contradictory statement seemed to make sense to her “Try to stretch” She put a finger up before Laursen could act “Slowly, carefully.”

Dr. Grey - CMO

Helena couldn’t figure out what she had done to cause extreme muscle contraction. She had been very careful not to over do it. She smirked at Grey, “Yes ma’am.” She stated by flexing and pointing her feet, then her arms.

Laursen, pilot


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