Posted by Lieutenant Commander Gravel Mardusk (Chief of Security) in side sim - Helping a Friend - Revna’s Office [TAG Mardusk]
“So the nightmares are almost always when she is really tired. Days off, even if she has one, are pretty mild. Fidgeting in her sleep, talking… but not really understandable. Sometimes she jerks awake and then falls almost always right back to sleep and is fine the rest of the night.” He paused and took a deep breath as he leaned back into the couch.
“But when she’s tired… or hasn’t eaten… they are bad. Screams… flailing about… yelling and crying. Those are the second worst ones. The worst are when she just cries and sobs and curls up in the fetal position and shakes for hours on end. I think those are the ones that hurt her the most… know they are for me.”
Revna listened and didn’t speak for several minutes, lost in thought. Finally she picked up a PaDD and started listing off several days in the last month. “Are those the days she had the worst ones? If so, she’s picking up double shifts those days, some times more. It’s possible she’s taking on more shifts to avoid and distract herself. So, I’m taking that away from her. And if that’s not the connection extra shifts will still make her over tired.” She sent a very formal and quick letter to the CE letting him know that Lera was restricted from extra shifts for medical reasons. “How often does she skip meals? Have you noticed any connection with it. Is she distracted, distant, agitated, withdrawn, or maybe even overly or forced happy, hyperactive?”
“Not too often… at least… not more than any of us, I guess. And she is pretty even in her demeanor, no noticeable agitation or hyper activity that I’ve seen.”
Moving back to the actual nightmares, Revna asks, “Do you ever try to talk to her? Soothe her in anyway? How does she react? I know that may seem incredibly invasive, but I need to know so we can come up with a way on how to manage them when they do happen.”
Lt. Edman, Counselor
Mardusk nodded and said “I only talk to her if they wake her up. Otherwise, I just make sure she is safe and comfortable until it fades and she simmers down. We’ve talked about the dreams before, but she says they are always the same… just reliving different times while she was captured. She does go back to the first time she figured out pissing them off kept the… well… more invasive things from happening often, though.”
Revna listened thoughtfully. “So she does remember? She told me she doesn’t remember any of them. That she knows she’s had them, but not what they are about or how bad they are. I’m going to change her appointments to twice a week.”
“She’s not going to be okay for awhile. Be aware of that. I want you to call me, even in the middle of the night if the nightmares become more frequent or worse. If she’s mumbling or talking in her sleep, you can try to talk to her, it might help her, make her brain change gears, but don’t do it if it makes it worse or you aren’t comfortable. Also,” she taps on her PaDD, “replicate this for her. I sent it to your console in your quarters. It’s an old fashioned idea, but it works. It’s a weighted blanket, set for proportion to her height and weight. Sometimes they help to calm the bodies response to the mental stimuli. I’ll tell Lera about it too. I also send you her appointment times. It’s very likely at first, she’s going to run from me.”
“Anything else you can think of right now? I don’t want to keep you too long, and I’m going to get Lera back in here today or tomorrow.”
Lt. Edman, Counselor
Marduak shook his head. “Nothing on my end. I’ll let you know how she is if I see any thing concerning. Otherwise, I’m here to support her and help you.” and the massive Orion stood up. “Anything else, Doc?”
Revna shook her head. “Not right now. I will send you a copy of what I send out. Also,” she checks, “I have time today. So She’ll be scheduled to come back today after her shift.” She sends the notice right then to Lera and Mardusk. “Thank you.” She meant it. He had given her invaluable insight into Lera and would be there to support Lera through this. That was no small thing in Revna’s mind.
Lt Edman, Counselor
“No thanks needed. You and she are the ones doing the heavy lifting here… I’m just there to catch things so they don’t fall and break. See ya around, Doc.” and he held out a massive green hand to the Counselor.
Revna shook his hand. She had no doubt that Mardusk would catch Lera. And he would, because Lera was going to fall, a lot. “See ya round.” Revna moved back to her sea and wrote two letters. The first to the CE about Lera’s work restrictions and the second to Lera telling her she had an appt later that day. She forwarded it to Mardusk. She sat back and closed her eyes in thought. Lera was going to hate her, but that was okay with Revna as long as in the end, Lera was better.
Lt Edman, Counselor
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