You Put Your Left Foot In...
Mission 4: Letting the Hair Down
Statzia let out a sigh as she stepped through the doorway into Sickbay. She hated prosthetic fittings, almost as much as she hated wearing the prosthetic itself. To be honest, living without a replacement leg had almost been a relief the last few weeks.
Her eyes scanned the room, looking for a sign of where she should be.
Lyras spotted the OPS chief and waved her over. Though they had only briefly met, he did recognize her as the woman who had left with the first officer several days ago while on Risa. "This way lieutenant," he called out, offering a friendly smile to her.
Statzia gave an obviously-forced smile. "Sooner we get this done, the better, right?"
Hearing Lyras greet Statzia pulled Javn from her focus on the information displayed on the tricorder in her hand. She looked up giving Statzia a welcoming smile.
Statzia couldn't help but notice that the medical staff seemed far more cheerful about this process than she did. She forced a smile on her face again. She knew the routine. She removed her uniform jacket, her single shoe and sock, and her uniform pants, draping them across a chair. "So..." She really didn't know how to fill the silence.
"Ah, Lieutenant Liski." Doctor Haas said as he approached with a PADD in one and his other buried in his jacket pocket. "So, your here for your Bolian Flu booster." He said as he looked through his list of patients for the day.
"You built those things into the peg leg, too?" Statzia gave a dry chuckle.
"Do what with a peg leg?" Haas asked as he looked up and noticed the Lieutenant sat there with most of her uniform stripped off. "Why have you unclothed? Injections can be done through your uniform."
Javn grew slightly concerned that the doctor had patients mixed up. She watched with wide eyes waiting for him to come to that realization. Perhaps he's just joking? Javn made her way across sickbay to assist if need be.
"The lieutenant is the aforementioned appointment sir," Lyras answered dryly, "she is here to be fitted with a new prosthetic..."
Haas frowned before glancing down at the PADD in his hand, it took a moment before he realised he had moved his schedule onto the next day and was confusing Lieutenant Litski from Security with Lieutenant Liski the Chief of Operations. "Erm, yes." He said. "My mistake, I'm still getting used to all this." He just hated this, he felt like a first year medical student not a fully trained doctor. "So, what seems to be the problem with the old prosthetic?"
Statzia gave an amused snort. "Last I saw it, it was in the transport shuttle wreckage, and we were too busy dealing with the Borg to go digging for it." She folded her arms across her chest. "I wouldn't exactly say that the model worked, though."
"Oh. Have you looked at the options that are available for you?" The Doctor asked.
"The specs that the Mercutio sent with my transfer are Left Foot 3.0. The second prosthetic tended to glitch, like the connection with my nerves would short circuit just long enough for me to trip and fall flat on my face." Statzia sighed. "The most recent leg improved the connection...but it was painful to wear."
"I do not know much about prosthetics," Lyras confessed, "but it sounds to me as if your nerves are out of alignment, perhaps even malfunctioning altogether."
"Malfunctioning is right. They estimate that I had the tourniquet on for about two and a half days before the rescue team found me." Statzia sighed, rubbing absently at one of the connection points. "They sent me to Risa for part of my recovery for some acupuncture and other holistic therapies, but the nerves just didn't appreciate me hacking through them with a sharp rock."
"Yes, warm weather recouperation is a good tool for injuries such as this." Haas blurted out as he thought out loud. "I'm guessing the last prosthetic was cybernetic rather than bio-neutral?"
Statzia nodded. "I--wasn't sure that I wanted to feel like a Borg with one of those things permanently attached to my body."
Javn gave Statzia a sympathetic look unsure of any words of comfort or encouragement Statzia hadn't already heard.
"Any pain or discomfort you feel in the cybernetic prosthetic is pretty much eliminated with the bio-neutral counterpart." Haas explained confidential haven't done slot of work with prosthetic limbs in the past. "The bio-neutral prosthetic has overtaken the cybernetic version in recent years."
"Borg?" Lyras asked, looking from one to the other. "What is a Borg? And what is bio-neural?"
"The Borg are an enemy of the Federation. They come from the Delta Quadrant. They are biological beings that have technology inserted into their bodies, they have their individuality removed and become part of the greater collective." Doctor Haas explained, having had a conversation earlier in the day, he knew that Lyras wasn't from this time period. "Bio-neural is a modern concept from data transfer as well as other uses. Most new ships have bio-neural circuitry which helps speed up communication between ships systems."
Statzia gave a quiet sigh. "If we go with bio-neural...will you have to take off any more of my leg?"
Lyras looked from Haas to Statzia and back. "She does not give up her individuality, does she?" he asked, his expression most serious. "I would assume some tissue would require removal to make sure the nerve endings are undamaged. To ensure proper functioning of a replacement appendage, I mean."
"I just--" Statzia sighed, gripping the edge of the biobed. "It was hard enough coming to the decision to cut off my own leg. I was...hoping to not have to lop off any more of it."
Reaching to rest a gentle hand onto her shoulder, Lyras gave her an encouraging smile. "Your courage is not in question," he assured her, "but for you to regain full functional use of your leg, we will need to make certain nerve endings are undamaged."
Javn stood in front of the biofunction monitor behind the bed Statzia sat upon, it took her only seconds to link the monitor to the tricorder in her hand. She turned to approach Statzia, "Hopefully we can get the information we need to move forward with a plan today from these readings."
Javn slowly moved the tricorder down Statzias leg. The monitor behind her quickly filled with details pertaining to the extent of the nerve damage in the leg.
Doctor Haas bent down on one to examine the Lieutenant's leg. "May I?" He asked gesturing to the left leg.
Statzia chuckled. "You're the doc, Doc."
Haas nodded as he began to examine the stump on the left leg. He took out his tricorder and gave it a thorough going over. "From what I can see here, a bio-neural prosthetic would be a good fit and probably a lot more comfortable than the older cybernetic prosthetic. Of course, I'd have to run more thorough checks and scans but I believe from what I'm seeing here that we can get you walking properly and more comfortably again."
Statzia gave a wry laugh. "Any chance those come in something other than 'cyborg silver'?"
The Doctor shrugged, "Your leg, your choice of colour. Did they not give you the option with your previous prosthetic's?" Steffan asked curiously.
"I'm...not exactly the most cooperative patient." Statzia gave a sheepish shrug. "Having a leg that doesn't cooperate doesn't help either."
"Well, if you're willing, I'd like to sort that for you. It's not a quick process but it's the best on the market at the moment." Haas explained.
Statzia gave a sigh of resignation. Apparently, becoming a cyborg was the wave of the future. "Just tell me what I need to do."
Lieutenant JG Steffan Haas
Assistant Chief Medical Officer, USS Orion
Lieutenant JG Anastatzia Liski
Chief Operations Officer, USS Orion
Medical Officer, USS Orion
Ensign Javn Darhk
Head Nurse, USS Orion