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Posted Jan. 26, 2021, 8:41 a.m. by Lieutenant Alexis Bonner (Assistant Chief Medical Officer) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Ensign Dr. Mariah Lee Grayson (Psychiatrist) in Side Sim - SB Observation Deck (open)

Posted by Lieutenant Alexis Bonner (Assistant Chief Medical Officer) in Side Sim - SB Observation Deck (open)

Posted by Lieutenant Drake Marshall (Emergency Medicine/Chief of Surgery) in Side Sim - SB Observation Deck (open)

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“The red tape can definitely be overwhelming,” Mariahreplied with an understanding nod. “Unfortunately, that’s not something we spend too much time telling you at the Academy. I think if they did, they would know many of us would’ve run away screaming,” she added with a chuckle. “I find taking short mental breaks every 30 minutes or so helps me stay motivated. I also like to set small goals when I’m doing that kind of thing… It’s like that old joke about how a person eats an elephant… A little bit at a time.”

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

Alexis chuckled a bit, “If they had told me I probably would have moved into command. I know that sounds so strange.” Her mind never turned off and was always going so paperwork was like meditation for her, and she actually enjoyed it. Oh and that reminded her, a piece of paperwork lost in the shuffle. “Since you are here Dr. Grayson, I sent a request for my onboarding eval when I first arrived, and it’s gotten lost in our bizarre circumstances. I need to send a new one.”
Lt Bonner, AMO

Grayson found the desire for a psychological evaluation, or at least the admission that one was required, refreshing. “If you’d like to send the request again just to consider it official, feel free, but I’m also happy to pass along your request through the department yeoman.” She hesitated and considered offering to make herself available for her evaluation, but she didn’t want to put her on the spot. she had no doubt the medical officer was capable of speaking her mind and expressing who she wanted to meet with, but Maria wanted to avoid the potential for making the position uncomfortable. After a moment, she decided to say just that, decided it was better to make her intentions clear rather than give me impression she was disinterested in Alexis’ psychological health. “I would be happy to meet with you myself, of course, but please don’t feel obligated to agree. I, above all, I want you to feel comfortable with whomever you meet.”

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

Alexis nodded, “Thank Dr Grayson. I would very much prefer your services over others.” Alexis had no desire to expose her inner most thoughts to Ever. The woman was bad enough reading her mind without permission and her horrible attitude and bullying.

She turned back to Dr. Marshall. “How are you finding your time here on the starbase, doctor? I feel at times that all we do is twiddle our thumbs, with two full medical staffs on base at the moment.”
Lt Bonner, AMO

“I’m fortunate in my line of work that they rarely refuse my assistance.” Drake sipped his coffee. “Surgical specialists are somewhat rare these days. It will be nice to be back in a normal realm of operation soon. Starbase hospitals are so… crowded.”

-Drake Marshall

Alexis had the same thought. It was just too crowded here. “This is the first time I’ve been on a star base for an extended period of time, and I hope to never repeat the experience. And with so many crews going in and out, it makes keeping up with records and evals and physicals…difficult.”
Lt. Bonner, AMO

Bonner’s response to her offer surprised Grayson, but she managed to keep her expression neutral as she offered with a nod, “of course, sir. I will send you a follow-up message as soon as I get back to my office.” Naturally, she was curious about The circumstances that prompted the comment, but now wasn’t the time to pursue it. Instead, she continue to enjoy her muffin and her drink, just enjoying the opportunity to speak to colleagues in a relaxed setting. “I don’t enjoy the red tape either,” Grayson admitted. “I do enjoy meeting the variety of people that we encounter here. There’s no end to the diversity of stories and backgrounds to explore. I suppose that is one of the advantages of my line of work. I never know what is going to come out of anyone’smouth, but I suppose if you’ve seen one set of organs, you’ve seen them all,” she added with a chuckle.

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

“Yes and no.” Drake chuckled. “Every body has a quirk.” He sipped his coffee. “I served on a starbase for a while. It’s always like this.”

-Drake Marshall

“I have to agree with Dr Marshall on this one. Even phisiologically no two patients are the same. There is always something unique about them, and let’s not get into the stories of the why’s and wherefore’s of their injuries,” Alexis commented and sipped at her coffee. “I am grateful that the star base had room for us to work in our own areas and not having to step on their crew’s toes.”
Lt Bonner, AMO

“You make a fair point,” Grayson replied, “No to people with the same psychological challenges are exactly alike either even though the criteria has gotten fairly refined. That was always my favorite heart about working in psychiatry. Everyone’s story is different. I agree it’s nice to have space, although there’s something to be said for closer quarters encouraging teamwork.”

~Dr. Mariah Grayson, Psychiatrist

Alexis looked out the observation window. A another ship was preparing to dock at the star base, but was moving around to the dry dock entrance. “Do you suppose that’s the Ogawa?” the angle was wrong to be able to read the ship’s registry on the fore hull.
Lt. Bonner, AMO


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