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First things first

Posted on Tue Dec 22nd, 2015 @ 3:50am by Lieutenant Commander Soraya Delrisa

Mission: Trouble on the frontier

“Harrison to Commander Delrisa.”

=^=Doctor Delrisa here.=^=

“Doctor, I think the time is right for a return to duty. In line with Starfleet regulations, I would like you to run a full medical check-up. I don’t anticipate any problems but we had best make sure.”

=^=I'm available now, if you're free.=^=

Best to get it over with quickly, he thought. “I have an errand or two to run first, Doctor. Shall we say half an hour?”

"Yes, that will do," she replied. Almost precisely thirty minutes later Soraya smiled as the Captain walked into Sickbay.

"Your recent bloodwork looked very good," she said as she led him into Exam Four. "Have you felt tired or sluggish? Any dizziness?"

“I don’t have a constant ache in my chest any more but I do still get the occasional twinge high up on the sternum. Other than that....” Harrison paused to consider. “No, other than that, everything’s fine.”

"That's good to hear," she said as he sat on the biobed. "If you would lie back please." She kept her hand on his back as he laid down.

"Computer, full torso, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal scans.... vitals please?"

"Core temperature 34 degrees, blood pressure 110 over 79," the female voice intoned.

"A little low but nothing to worry about. Doctor Kelley said that you were diligent with your physical therapy, Captain," Soraya said as the biobed glowed beneath him.

“That blood pressure is about where mine is meant to be now that I'm on medication for it,” Harrison said. “As you know, it used to be at the upper end of the healthy region but the cardiologist wants it down at the lower end to relieve pressure on the remaining tear in my aorta.”

"Yes... he made a notation in your chart," she replied, scrolling through her terminal. The biobed light faded beneath her patient and the wall behind him showed detailed outlines of the systems of his body. The doctor walked over to the wall and expanded the area showing his heart.

"Beautiful, isn't it?" she said softly, almost to herself. She turned to him and grinned. "I can barely make out the scar, you can just see it here," she pointed to a hair-thin line. "You've healed remarkably well, there is even some new tissue growth at the aortic root!"

Harrison smiled. What Delrisa was saying meant nothing to him but, from her tone, it seemed like the appropriate response. “Does that mean I’m able to recommence duties?” he asked.

"Yes," she said, "And since you healed so well and didn't need emergency care after your surgery I think we can cut our umbilicus," she added. A moment later she had removed both of their plastic wristbands.

"Your next scheduled physical is in two months, unless you feel any pain or sudden weakness we'll follow up then." She made a notation on the terminal. "Is there anything else I can do for you today, Captain?"

“Thank you, Doctor but, no.” He rose. “You gave me the news I wanted to hear; I will leave it at that.”

With that he was off before his Chief Medical Officer could suggest otherwise.”


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