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Mistakes Were Made

Posted on 11 Aug 2021 @ 7:24pm by Lieutenant Khaled al Rashid & Lieutenant Claudia Sandoval

Mission: The Happy Wanderer
Location: Minerva - Deck 7 - Sickbay
Timeline: MD 1 - 1114

There was a gentle hiss as the sickbay doors parted, admitting a lieutenant cradling his right hand.

"I'm ok. I'm ok," he insisted as one of the nurses approached. "Just me being my usual careless self."

Claudia was in her office doing reports when the Lieutenant entered sickbay. She flipped her stethoscope around her neck and picked up the blocky black and chrome tricorder sitting on the edge if her desk.

"Hello Lieutenant," Claudia announced in an all business like fashion. "What brings you in today?"

"Me being me," al Rashid answered. He held out his injurb yed hand. "I was tried to hook a data transfer cable to a navigation buoy without powering it down first. It smarts, and it's a little tingly." He lifted it to his nose and sniffed. "Might have also singed some hair too."

She looked at the hand, "Well, I don't see anything externally wrong. So, an electric shock?" SHe asked as she put the ear studs of her stethoscope into her ears and pressed the bell around his abdomin listening to his heart and lungs.

"Let's get you a mild pain reliever. Other than some tingling and pain any other systems?" She turned to a nearby cart and rummaged around in it before pulling out a hypospray. She loaded the device and pressed it against his neck, injecting the pain reliever. "Be thankful it hurts. Third-degree burns don't really hurt. It kills the pain receptors."

"No, just the usual. pins and needles and pain. This happens every other week. You'd think I'd learn." The first officer looked at the instrument hanging around the doctor's neck, the one she'd pressed against his torso a moment ago. "Don't think I've ever seen that contraption before. New medical technology?"

"Very old technology," she replied. "The first stethoscope was invented in the early 19th century. I can use a tricorder, and I do, but a tricorder gives me cold data. Which is fine, but there's something about hearing the heart beat. The flutter of the valves, and the air coming and going from your lungs that tells me what's really going on. I can get a feel for it, and it gives me a frame of reference to the raw information. Besides this never requires calibration, a Nausicaan can throw it across the room and it probably won't break, and the battery never dies. Just because something is old doesn't mean it has no place."

The first officer nodded. "I get it. The Minerva isn't the Excelsior, but she's still big. Can't stop on a microcredit and even if she could, the inertial damping system prevents us from feeling the effects." He looked wistful. "But back home I flew a glider - no power, no inertial dampers or tractor beams. You can feel the wind and you have to respond to it." The lieutenant let out a contented sigh. "Scared the hell out of me."

"And an apparent desire to break your neck," Claudia replied dryly. She rubbed some salve into the burns and then individually wrapped his fingers. "There that should do it. You should be able to remove the bandages tonight. The salve will have healed the burns by then. But, do try not to open anymore technology with a connected power source in the future."

"You won't have to tell me twice!" He looked down at his wrapped fingers and grimaced. "Thanks for putting me back in the action. Time to return to the mystery!"

Claudia smiled, "Enjoy your mystery. If you need me you know where to find me."

 

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