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side sim - Starting Over (Tag Walker)

Posted Jan. 25, 2022, 11:26 a.m. by Lieutenant Alexis Bonner (Assistant Chief Medical Officer) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Commander Brad Walker (Chief Of Staff/Second Officer) in side sim - Starting Over (Tag Walker)

Posted by Lieutenant Alexis Bonner (Assistant Chief Medical Officer) in side sim - Starting Over (Tag Walker)

Posted by Commander Brad Walker (Chief Of Staff/Second Officer) in side sim - Starting Over (Tag Walker)

Orders and ‘paper work’ had gone through. It was official. Alexis was now the Assistant Chief Medical Officer again. Her green science uniforms had been recycled and replaced with the Ogawa’s new Nightingale class white medical uniforms. Alexis was usually quiet in the mornings, her mind ordering and analyzing what she had to do that day. But she was more quiet than usual this morning. She padded on bare feet to the replicator and put food down for Frigga. Frigga stared at her until she replicated something for herself and ate. She clipped Frigga’s harness on to her. She had a full day herself, starting with a PT session in the gym.

Alexis stared at herself in the mirror, while she braided and twisted her long hair into a bun. She took a deep breath and muttered under her breath. This was ridiculous, she had no reason at all to be nervous. Had she been this nervous the first time? She couldn’t remember, it seemed such a long time ago. She had time before she met with Dr. Walker. “Come on Frigga, let’s get you walked and to the gym.” There was no point jus sitting around waiting. Alexis, no matter what it was, was always more patient when she was doing something while she waited.

Just over an hour later, Frigga was at the gym and Alexis walked into primary sickbay and knocked on Walker’s office door.

Bonner, AMO

“Come in,” came the perfunctory response, though it sounded much closer to the door than usual.

Cmdr. Dr. Brad Walker
Chief of Staff

Alexis moved into range of the door sensor so it opened with a quiet swish. “Good morning Dr. Walker,” she greeted as she stepped into the office. She always found idle chit chat difficult because ‘small talk’ was not stimulating conversation, nor did she tell him why she was there. He knew it was her first day and part of her job was to meet with him so she could help him run the department. Stating the obvious was unnecessary.

Bonner, AMO

“Good morning, Dr. Bonner,” Brad replied, standing about midway between his desk and the door, studying a screen displaying a series of scan results. “Welcome back, officially.”

Cmdr. Dr. Brad Walker
Chief of Staff

“Thank you.” Her enthusiasm to return to medical was immediately tempered by her curiosity of the scan Walker was examining. “Current patient, consultation, or curiosity?” There were so many reasons that scans came across a doctor’s desk. She also didn’t want to invade anyone’s privacy, so she refrained from looking too closely for the moment.

Lt Bonner, AMO

“Curiosity, at the moment,” Brad said. “Though it could turn into a consult if Dr. McKnight isn’t able to make headway on this case today. It does appear to be something right in my wheelhouse, but there wasn’t an official request for assistance on the chart.”

Cmdr. Dr. Brad Walker
Chief of Staff

“The patient is getting worse then? You are the chief of staff. McKnight is very methodical but we all have trouble admitting we can’t cure everyone on our own.” It wasn’t Dr. Walker’s way to insert himself unasked, but she’d liked knowing he was always keeping an eye on all of them. And in order to do that, he had her to help with all the day to day.

“That’s the weird thing. There’s clear indications of heightened lymphatic activity and immune response, but some of the other symptoms have cleared up, and the patient is even slightly more responsive, if complaining of feeling as bad or worse from the symptoms that remain,” Brad said, before shaking his head. “I’ll be heading over to that ward around lunch and talk with McKnight, and then try to steer him into letting me see the patient for myself.”

Alexis stared at the scans and tapped a stylus against her leg, clearly processing. “There is a rare genetic anomaly in half Humans. Some times the genes from both parents that control the immune system are both dominant. Usually that’s good, makes them more resistant to illness, but sometimes they fight with themselves. So the body attacks itself and depending on which half of the immune system is winning at the time effects what symptoms are worse and better. If a genetic analysis hasn’t been done, I would recommend it.”

“Where do you want me to start today?”

Bonner, AMO

He picked up a PaDD off the table in front of him and tossed it her way. “Part orientation, part work. I’d like you to visit with the emergency response teams, then go around the ship with them and check that the outfitters properly stocked the emergency medkits on the Bridge, the Lounge, and Main Engineering. I’m slightly less concerned about the ones on the other decks, but if you have the time, you can check those too. Or just order the medics to do it, I guess,” he said.

It was clearly busywork, but they were basically just launched. There hadn’t been time for something to go catastrophically wrong yet.

Cmdr. Dr. Brad Walker
Chief of Staff

This was something Bonner had started before she left and was surprised that it had not been completed by her replacement. Alexis didn’t mind busy work. She was one of those rare people who could actually mentally multitask. The focus on busy work allowed her mind to process other projects in the background. The more mental stimulation, or brain food, she had the more focused she became. “It should only take a day or two to check them all. Unless we get really busy in secondary.” Alexis knew part of her job and something Walker had talked to her about the first time around, was not doing it all herself, but delegating tasks. “I think I will check them all with the teams. I never got to meet them all before, and I would like to at least be able to place names and faces.”

Bonner, AMO


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