The Passenger’s Log
STARDATE 8 July 2021
The starship pulled quietly into orbit above Akron Children’s Hospital at just before 0800 hrs today. The operational plan for the day was labeled: MISSION: TWO-fer. Its purpose: to complete two assignments in one day.
The first was crewmate Specialist AC also known as ‘BigMac’ to be accompanied by The Passenger for her bi-monthly infusion. You may recall, this special young lady spent a week or so hospitalized and is now battling Chron’s. Every 8 weeks she has an appointment with an infusion team and a three to four hour procedure to get her medication up-loaded.
The first part of the mission went without much to report except that a gravitational pull from an unknown origin occurred early in the procedure. The result was a clock, high on the wall near both The Passenger and Specialist AC descended at a rapid rate. The crash site was on the floor by BigMac’s bed with the electronic power source for the clock landing several feet away against another wall. The infusion team, responding to the loud noise followed by the clock’s re-entry and its collision with the earth’s surface, was relieved to find no injuries reported, the clock must have put out its hands to brace for impact!
The second part of the TWO-fer mission was The Passenger’s first opportunity to report for Pulmonary Rehab. GENESIS two-seven had left orbit over ACH around noon and came into stationary orbit over Aultman Hospital in Canton for the second part of the mission. Specialist AC had returned on-board but was placed in her quarters for rest following the long procedure. The Passenger continued to the Aultman meeting.
The result of this first assessment was to prepare a plan for eighteen sessions of 1.5 to 2 hours each over the next nine-weeks. Assuming insurance finalizes approval for the sessions, they will cover extensive breathing exercises, education, and fitness with the end goal being to aid The Passenger’s lungs to continue to function as well as they can function for as long as they can. The sessions will end at about the same time as the planned reassessment of The Passenger’s prognosis and a determination on what to do with the continued steroid therapy.
At the conclusion of the rehab appointment, heavy rain, thunder, and lightning interfered with the Starship GENESIS two-seven’s ability to bring The Passenger back on board. Thankfully, The Passenger also owns a Ford F-150 that doesn’t care about bad weather and I was able to return to my quarters the old-fashioned way!