Medical Section Meeting - Putting us Through Our Paces

Posted May 31, 2023, 4:08 p.m. by Commander Janusz Korczak (Counselor) (James Sinclair)


“The sooner you do it, the less you have to dread doing it later, because it will eventually happen. Even if you managed to avoid it on the Centurion, you can’t realistically avoid him forever on Oed either.” Mika added. She smiled reassuringly, “We know you can do this.”

~ Mika, CNS

Oh yes she could. She recognized his presence, she could a oid him. Socially anyway. She’d been doing it quite successfully every time she was on the Fleet complex. So avoidance wasn’t good, but she really didn’t want to talk to him. Sharah sat up and looked at them, and sighed in defeat. She wasn’t afraid of him, so there was no reason to avoid him, except she didn’t want a confrontation. She wasn’t going to win this. Korczak was going to assign it for her homework. “Fine. Sooner is better, but right now that distress signal takes precedence.”


Korczak shook his head. “No, it actually doesn’t. Distress calls are the purview of the ship’s Command Team… the CO and XO. The CSO may be running the scanners, but this isn’t a long drawn out conversation, Sharah. This is you taking a definitive stand and drawing a line. That can be done quickly and without any interference in the ship’s activities. You simply go to him, tell what he did was wrong and why and demand it never happen again. Then it’s over. He doesn’t even need to speak. He needs the information you are going to give him and no more. So… go give it to him.”

Korczak, Counselor

“And Sharah, I can always manage sickbay for a while if we are needed. Should they need a counselor in the meantime, we have Commander Korczak as well as myself. So, really, you should have plenty of time to have a quick chat with him,” Mika added.

~ Mika, CNS

Sharah stood up, looking stubborn. “I will talk to him, after my shift. I am not marching up to the bridge and having this conversation there. It’s unprofessional and inappropriate. He might be willing to blur that line. I am not.”

Fayth, CMO

Korczak cocked his head and said “And after your shift, when we have reached the source of the distress call and we potentially have injuries to deal with, are you going to just stop then and have a talk with him? No, you won’t. Pulling a fellow officer aside and having a brief and pointed conversation is not unprofessional or inappropriate. In fact, it what they teach us to do in the Academy when we all take the Interpersonal Conflict Mediation course.” Korczak said pointedly. “We are not engaged in anything pressing right now. Later, we might be. He blurred the line. It now falls to you to make it very clear. So? Go do it. That is not just a part of your therapy, Sharah… it’s your duty as an officer.”

Korczak, Counselor

He was right, that course was required before their Academy cruise on the Challenger. Just in case something like this happened, so Cadets knew what they were supposed to do. “When someone blurs that line and you let them get away with it… They don’t stop doing it, they blur more lines. Getting in front of it now prevents future issues, so you and him can both perform your duties smoothly.”

~ Mika, CNS

Sharah really didn’t like this at all. She felt backed into a corner - by Markus and by them. She knew she wasn’t going to get out of having the conversation. It needed to be done, no matter how much she didn’t want to. As Korczak was fond of asking, what would she tell her own patient to do? However, being able to choose the time and place for that conversation was a small measure of control when she felt she had very little of it in her life. “Fine.” She sounded defeated. Why couldn’t the universe leave her alone. “Should have brought the d@mn head band,” she muttered as she walked out of the lounge.

Fayth, CMO

Janusz waited for her to leave and then looked at Mika. “I will go observe. Make sure she doesn’t falter, and be there to assist if she needs it.” He stood and took a breath. “Well… it certainly is not boring.” he said with a chuckle and then nodded at Mika.

He made his way to the door and simply melded into the traffic in the passageway.

Korczak, Counselor

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