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Waking up

Posted on Sun Mar 12th, 2017 @ 9:56am by Lieutenant JG Imogen Kaz

Mission: S1E4 - Remnants Of A Lost Cause
Location: Sickbay

Imogen woke up to feel pain. Not alot of pain, but enough pain to feel it. She slowly opened her eyes and looked around. She was in Sickbay. She attempted to sit up, and instantly fell into a coughing fit, which led to even more pain. She couldn't talk for some reason and her throat felt incredibly dry.

The monitor at the nurses' station beeped as Imogen's heart rate increased with her movement. "Looks like Imogen is awake," she said as she got up from her seat and started out of the nurses' station. "Someone want to page Dr. O'Reilly?" she called over her shoulder as she rushed into the room and over to the bed. "OK, sweetie...I know it hurts. But you have to cough that stuff out or you'll get pneumonia," she said as she grabbed one of the pillows from behind Imogen's head and rolled it up. "Here....hold this tight against your chest when you cough. It will help,' she instructed as she placed her hand on Imogen's back for support.

Imogen nodded, taking the pillow from the nurse and holding it tightly against her chest, coughing more and more, bringing up the gunk which had decided to reside in her chest. She spat it out into the bag held by the nurse. The pain was slowly easing, and she felt her heart rate decreasing. "What.....happened?" She asked, slowly.

"You were injured during the mutiny attempt," the nurse explained as she held the sputum cup for Imogen to spit in.

Cara walked through the door and walked over to the other side of the bed. "You were found in your quarters unconscious with a collapsed lung," she said. "Upon re-inflation of the lung we discovered a small tear in it that caused you to suffer a tension pneumothorax. That's when air escapes through a tear in the lung and fills the chest cavity with air, putting pressure on the lungs so they can't inflate properly. We had to put in a chest tube to release the pressure," she said and pointed to the small bruise left from the temporary incision for the tube that had sense healed over. "You developed an infection...similar to we kept you sedated to give the antibiotics a chance to work. Which they have. We removed the chest tube yesterday and you are on the mend."

Imogen nodded. "So how long....till i'm.....ready to....go back to work?" She asked, slowly, trying to minimize her pain.

Cara smiled. "Not for a while," she said. "I want to see you breathing better without so much pain and that crud in your lungs to break up. I'll be sending a respiratory therapist in to start you on some breathing treatments and some physical therapy and I will check on you tomorrow to see how things are going. Now that you're awake I can prescribe something to help ease the pain when you cough and something to help you sleep. Do you need anything else?" she asked, making a few notes on Imogen's chart.

"Nothing I can think of." She said, managing a full sentence without to much pain. "I should probably go speak to the captain..." She remarked.

Cara gently placed her hand on Imogen's shoulder to prevent her from trying to get out of bed. "You're not going anywhere, young lady," she said with a smile and a firm look in her eyes. "I will tell the Captain you want to see her and she can come to you. Now don't make me sedate you again." To the nurse she said, "if she gives you any trouble you have my permission to tied her to the bed."

The nurse giggled. "Yes, doctor," she said as she began to fluff Imogen's pillows and tuck the covers back around her legs.

Waggling her finger at Imogen, Cara said, "I mean it. Stay put and rest. I'll check in on you in the morning." She handed the chart to the nurse and turned, walking out of the room.

Imogen looked at the nurse. "Don't even think about it..." she said, only slightly serious.



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