Posted by Lieutenant Commander Sharah Fayth (Chief Star Fleet Medical Officer) in Governor’s Home - TMODJ (PRISM)
Posted by Civilian Kenzo B’tren-Hyrushi (Governor) in Governor’s Home - TMODJ (PRISM)
Posted by Captain Eela Dasca (Lt. Governor) in Governor’s Home - TMODJ (PRISM)
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Kenzo looked at her and knew she was experiencing a dissociation. He turned and walked out to the patio. “She is having an episode.” he said calmly as he turned and walked back in, taking a seat next to her on the couch. He rested a hand on her arm and simply waited.
Sharah turned and went back inside picking up her tricorder and scanning it over her as she sat down in front of Eela. She watched the readings. These were harmless unless something more went wrong, and at the moment that was all she was focusing on. “Caridee would it help for me to put in an emergency request to Healer Lagald?”
Caridee watched from close by as her mother’s absence seizure occurred. “It might. But I did state it was urgent. I have no idea what time it is on Halii, or if he’s dealing with his own patients, so I’ve been expecting it would take a little-” She paused as her mother started speaking suddenly.
“-I was think-” Eela paused in her suddenly continuation of her comment as she realized things had shifted around her and she gazed at Sharah. “Well, that’s unsettling.”
“Another seizure,” Caridee said softly. “Forty minutes,” she said, noting the time since the last one that she noticed after she first explained the situation to the Governor and returned to check on Eela. “We won’t know until the next if it’s consistent.” But the presence of the seizures at all made her think about the sequence of events. What if Eela not only had been deeply connected to Dash at the time of his death, but his death triggered the first seizure. Patients have no memory during that time, but their bodies could remember. Bodies almost always did.
There was a chirp that notified Caridee of an incoming transmission. “Oh, thank goodness, that’s Legald.” She turned to Kenzo. “The hall terminal still okay?”
~Eela & Caridee
Kenzo nodded, but remained silent.
Caridee nodded and gestured for Sharah to follow her to the terminal. “Here goes nothing,” she said softly.
Eela waited till the pair had left the room and pulled the blanket tighter around her. It was one thing to know that Dash was dead, and that she was experiencing some sort of traumatic response to that, but it was quite another to feel anything about it all. “I almost envy Jeanette her franticness earlier. As terrible a feeling as it must have been, to not understand what was going on, at least she can do something with the information,” she said to Kenzo, though she didn’t meet his gaze.
Kenzo reached over and took her chin gently in his fingers and turned her head so she faced him, black eyes locking onto hers. “This will be resolved, Eela. I promise.” he said with all the surety that a mountain knows it will stand up to the rain shower. “You will make it through, and you will be stronger. I do not envy you the pain that will come with it. Be prepared for that.”
“Better than this, I’m sure,” Eela said flatly. “But I’d rather miss him and feel that, than feel nothing about everything. I’d call it torture but there’s no pain.” It was such a strange way to exist.
Starting the call, an older Haliian man appeared with piercing green eyes and along grey hair pulled back off his face. ||Ahh, it’s one my favourite students.||
“Healer, thank you for meeting with us. This here with me is Doctor Sharah Fayth. She’s the primary care physician for the patient we’re calling about. Doctor Fayth, this is Healer Temmis Legald, a well-regarded healer and teacher on Halii.”
||Doctor Fayth,|| he greeted with a bow of his head. ||I understand you both have someone you believe is experiencing Kuuskaritz Syndrome. How might I help?||
~Eela & Caridee
Sharah pressed her hands to her heart and forehead. =/\=Healer Legald,” Sharah greeted, “Ues. The patient is disconnected. She has no empathic or telepathic awareness. Projection or reviewing. From her scans, I honestly don’t think she is even fully experiencing physical sensations. She is totally emotionless. Other empathy can’t get anything from her.” Then she read off the scan results Caridee had given her. “I understand that Kuuskaritz Syndrome is usually caused by physical injury, but we just found out that she shared the canar with her partner. He died shortly after. She keeps saying ‘It’s gone’.”
The healer’s brow furrowed against his forehead bulges. ||That is an unusual set of circumstances, but it would most definitely have a stronger impact on the nervous system. The canar amplifies a Haliian’s telepathic ability, to the point of being able to share that with even a non-telepath. It requires very high levels of psilosynine ad produces even more oxytocin than normal bonding experiences, both of which last for many hours afterward. To have that suddenly cut off would indeed be devastating on many levels. How long has it been?||
Caridee glanced at the time. “At most it’s been seven hours but probably a little less than that. We don’t have an exact time of death. And…” She paused, gathering her thoughts, but then shared her hypothesis about his death triggering the first seizure. “It makes sense to me because she didn’t know he was gone until she was told. If she was that connected, you would think that would have reverberated through their bond. But if she had a seizure then she won’t have any memory of it.”
Legald nodded thoughtfully. ||It is a reasonable conclusion based on what you’ve described. But the thing to keep in mind is that even if she has no active memory of it, her body will probably still remember. So we still have to balance the physical with the mental, emotional and spiritual.||
“The four pillars,” Caridee said, the tenets of Haliian medicine sitting foremost in her mind. “The question is now, what do we do? My first thought was that if the canar contributed to the severity of the break, can it be used to heal that mind-body connection?”
The Haliian healer tapped a finger to his lips. ||Quite possibly, actually, but your patient can’t receive, at least not consciously. The only way around that would be to put them into a semi-conscious state not unlike the sua soams.||
Caridee turned to Sharah. “It’s a ritual where an individual consumes a mildly sedating and hallucinogenic decoction that allows a Haliian to shed the boundaries of the mind and work through things that are more subconscious. It’s a deeply spiritual practice. I happen to know our patient was going to be doing the ritual during the upcoming Batarael festival, as is traditional. But we don’t have the 2 days to brew the drink, so if we think this is a viable path, then we need another option to the decoction. “
Sharah nodded, “She told me about it. She had asked about performing the ritual with her current medications and health.” Sharah’s gaze got far away. “There are drugs that will produce that effect. Depending on her susceptibility, from mild sedative, to anxiety meds, to opioids. Tramadol would be my first choice. What would you recommend Healer?”
Temmis considered their options. ||That medication could work at a high enough dose. Normally you would want to avoid psychoactive effects but in this case, we need that. The caution I would have is that it could increase her seizures and instigate more serious forms. I would have an anticonvulsant on hand. Hyperzine would be your safest.||
||Other things to keep in mind are the environment. You will want somewhere safe, warm and soothing. Also, whomever is going to connect with her, will have to expect resistance at first. While we are dealing with a physical condition, as you’ve mentioned, there was a severe emotional trigger that accompanied it. It makes it much harder to treat, and in my experience those cases tend to need different inputs. Don’t expect it to work right away, but also consider it a building up to tolerance. If you can have more than one person involved in turn, then they have layer on.||
“We need to rebuild the connections, remind her body and mind that they still exist,” Caridee said.
||Exactly. And, finally and most important, and Doctor Sevren you will know this from our time together, when and if you can heal that mind-body connection, feelings will come back. All if it. Physical, emotional. Everything. It can be quite alarming and difficult for the patient, but it is necessary. You can only hold all that off for so long before it builds to something more. So be prepared.”
Caridee nodded, mentally already creating a list of things to gather if her mother agreed to this. “Thank you, Healer. I appreciate your time.” She looked at Fatyh. “Do you have anything else you want to ask?”
~Eela & Caridee
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