Posted on Monday, 13 April 2020 - 3:02pm by Commander Soral & Lieutenant Ryan Rose MD
Timeline: 2393 (Just Prior to Arriving at the Camalot)
It was well past midnight. He wasn't expecting anyone to be there, he was all prepared to activate the EMH. Soral stumbled into sickbay, Bones barking all the way.
The barking woke Ryan, who had fallen asleep on his couch. Quite by accident this time, as he had settled back into his normal quarters. He flew out of his quarters, rumbling lab coat almost falling off one shoulder. "Soral, what's wrong?"
Soral turned and just as he stepped he fell to his knees with a groan. Vulcans were not known for giving into pain.
Bones whimpered and looked up at Ryan as if imploring Ryan to help his master.
Ryan called out for the night nurse, then paged another nurse. He grabbed a medical tricorder and slunk down to the ground next to Soral.
"Shit." Ryan let out a curse under his breath. The scans he'd run previously had shown no sign of becoming what he was now seeing. "Help me get him up." The nurse he'd paged came in, and the three of them got Soral settled on a bio-bed. Ryan was quick to administer a hefty dose of painkiller, and started a low wave pulse at the telepathic region of Soral's brain. It should calm down the hyperactivity, and give the swelling in the vessels of his brain a chance to relax.
Within seconds of the hypo the pain was gone. The easing of the vessels causing deep emerald blood to drip out of his nose.
Bones made his way over to the bio bed and sat underneath it.
Soral looked over. "I... I do not know what happened."
Ryan immediately grabbed a sterile cloth for Soral. "Were you using your telepathy?" Ryan asked, now able to take a closer look at the readings since the acute symptoms were dealt with.
He gratefully accepted the cloth. "I have not. Not since we left the station. I have had no need for it."
"From the look of these readings I'd say you've been in a mind meld the whole time, or some kind of telepathy almost constantly. There's also an excessive amount of activity around the area of the brain that handles emotions."
"Fascinating." He thought. "I have noted that my dreams have been stronger for while now. Each time...I wake feeling disoriented and then a headache sets on."
"It's a rather fast onset. The last set of scans we did were nowhere near this." Ryan commented, remembering Soral's initial complaint. "I'd like to keep the wave pulse going for now. You won't be able to use your telepathy at all, but right now, that's what you need. We need to let those areas of your brain rest. I'll be honest though, I don't see the cause. We need to run some more test."
"Understood." He said. He sat up feeling a little dizzy. "Could this condition cause these dreams?"
"It's a possibility. When we dream, we access all of our brain." Ryan had a hand half way to Soral's shoulder before it seemed the man wasn't going to fall over. "I'd really like to keep you here, but if I can put a monitor on you, I'll be content with that, at least for now, until we get a better handle on this."
Soral sighed. "I do not wish to cause a disturbance in the functioning of the ship. Will I be able to function properly?"
"I wish I could give you a definitive answer. I've dulled your telepathy, so theoretically you should be fine, just without telepathy. With the monitor continually providing data, I'll know right away if your readings start to change."
He gave a nod. He looked down at Bones who had once again placed his paws on Soral's shoe. He bent down and picked up the puppy who proceeded to lick his face. Soral sighed. "I did speak with him about this but he seems to persist." He looked at the doctor. "Please proceed with the telepathy blocker."
"He's just concerned about you." Ryan smiled. "I'll just be a couple of minutes." Ryan got to work.
Soral pet the dog while he waited. "Are all human pets this attached to their guardians?"
"Not sure about all. But dogs tend to get very attached. Lily would whine anytime I didn't take her with me. I've heard cats are more aloof though."
"Indeed." He sighed. "The telepathy inhibitor will it be a dose or a device." He'd seen both used but devices were harder to explain.
"I'm going to tie it into the monitor. It's a small device that can fit behind your ear." Ryan began making the necessary adjustments.
He gave a nod. "Doctor Rose."
Ryan concentrated, and with sure, steady hands soon had the device set up and discretely tucked away behind Soral's right ear.
"I appreciate your assistance with this. Although I have never been comfortable with doctors I am comfortable with you. Your dedication, and for that matter you bedside manner, are admirable."
"Thank you. I appreciate that." Ryan smiled. "Now, if anything starts to feel off, let me know. I know the loss of telepathy can manifest in weird ways, phantom pain sometimes like the loss of a limb, a host of others."
"Indeed." He picked up Bones. "Until later then." This was going to be a long few days.
Ryan gave the pup a quick pet and nodded a goodbye to Soral.
Dr Ryan Rose
Lt. Cmdr. Soral